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Enjoy long weekends in Vancouver

Victoria Day Weekend is upon us, followed by Memorial Day Weekend in the US on May 27th . Two great long weekends to enjoy Vancouver and all it has to offers!

Located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is the perfect location to spend time, bike, jog, sightsee  and relax. Enjoy this cosmopolitan city and the super friendly Vancouverites.

“The summer holiday” spirit in Vancouver has begun with many travelers arriving from around the world. It is time to enjoy the nearby beaches, parks, sailing, golfing, and much more.

Stay at the Wedgewood Hotel and Spa centrally located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Steps from shopping, cultural events and a variety of international culinary high-end restaurants. Bacchus Restaurant has just received another award for “Best Hotel Dining/Bar“ by Where Vancouver Magazine.

While staying at the Wedgewood, relax and prepare your skin for the summer hot months at the luxurious award-winning Spa at the Wedgewood.

Vancouver offers, hundreds of summer events which make this city an animated and exciting destination. Children, music, art, theater are all part of the repertoir of event.

In a couple of days, Vancouver International Children’s Festival will begin from May 23th until June 3th, 2012 and for theater lovers, don’t miss  the Vancouver Shakespeare Festival at Bard on the Beach from May 31st until September 22th, 2012. One of Canada’s largest non- profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. This event takes place in Vanier Park by Kitsilano beach under the summer sky and it is an unforgettable experience.

 Come and enjoy Vancouver with us!


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Run the 2012 Vancouver Marathon and relax…

Vancouver Marathon on Sunday, May 6, 2012, 6.45 am – 4.00 pm

This weekend is the 2012 Vancouver International Marathon! The city will welcome 15000 people from all around the world for this great event!  If you love to run, as I do, you know how nice it feels to have a massage or body treatment to soothe your muscles after this effort.

The Spa at the Wedgewood provides decadent massages such as the Deep Tissue/Sports Massage, the perfect one for runners after the marathon. This experience will be unforgettable and you will be tempted to return!

After running a marathon of 42.2 km or 21.1 km (half marathon) there is no better experience than a time of relaxation and well being!

For your enjoyment, the team of the Spa at the Wedgewood Hotel is happy to welcome all runners who wish to enjoy a moment of Zen.

This is the perfect location to relax and reward yourself in a luxurious atmosphere.

The Spa at the Wedgewood is offering rejuvenating treatments for sore muscles, the therapeutic 60-Minute or 90-Minutes Rosemary Sports Massage and Eucalyptus Steam Bath will allow you to relax. Or, you can share a unique experience with a friend with the 60-Minute or 90-Minute Rosemary Deep Tissue Duet Massage And Eucalyptus Steam Bath.

Will you be part of the experience this weekend?


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Vancouver Theater and Entertainment Escape

We are delighted! Vancouver is hosting some top notch entertainment this Spring 2012 that are not to be missed.  Some of our favorites include Renee Fleming who will be performing at the Orpheum Theater on March 21st, The Barber of Seville that will be performed by the Vancouver Opera at the Queen Elizabeth Theater between March 17th and 25th or Svengali is being performed by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet at the Center for the Performing Arts theater April 20th to 22nd. But let’s not forget everyone’s favorite Family Musical Cats returns from April 10 to 15 at the Queen Elizabeth Theater.  Most people come to town early, have a gourmet meal or drinks in the award-winning Bacchus Restaurant and Lounge; some, even making this a one-night city escape. The buzz is out…with the Wedgewood Hotel and Spa‘s incredible Spring Promotion, Vancouver’s theater and entertainment crowd are coming together to share their cultural reviews! We are delighted to see all these top international cultural events in Vancouver and it is only getting better…

Bacchus Restaurant and Lounge

Nightly live entertainment

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2012 Dine Out Vancouver…guilty pleasures for foodies…

Next Friday is the long awaited launch of the long awaited 2012 Dine Out Vancouver festival!…  This delicious festival for foodies takes place from January 20 to February 5, 2012, and gives fans the opportunity to try an incredible choice of scrumptious menus throughout the city.  Foodies can test new venues, check out new chefs, nibble on new inventions and be amazed by the latest in culinary art!  Chef Lee Parsons from the award-winning Bacchus Restaurant and Lounge, will once again present a modern French menu inspired by local fresh ingredients… His dishes are all so tasty and mouthwatering, that we cannot wait to taste his Crisp Confit of Fraser Valley Duck, with Forestière Potatoes & Winter Kale, his Pan Seared Filet of Northern B.C. Coho Salmon with Risotto of Fennel, Lobster & Lemongrass Sauce, his Honey and Poached Pear Crème Brulée with Winter Spiced Sablé…and more!

My guess is that every foodie and guest of Bacchus Restaurant has tried a wonderful dish they will never forget!.. like the Beef Brisket…it just melts in your mouth. Share with us your favorite dish from Lee Parsons kitchen…

We hope you will have the opportunity to experience the 2012 Dine Out Vancouver Festival!

2012 Dine Out Vancouver Festival Reservations are now open!










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Christmas Gift Ideas in Vancouver

Slowly but surely the Christmas Shopping season is upon us. With only 7 weeks to Christmas, it’s time to start thinking of a special Christmas Gift Ideas for your family and friends! Vancouver has incredible world-class shopping and the Wedgewood Hotel and Spa is ideally situated only steps away from it all.  Through the doors of the Wedgewood, walk to the corner and find Robson Street and Alberni Street. This area offers a lovely selection of Gift Ideas from international high-end shops such as Kiehls, Brooks Brothers, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Ferragamo, to name a few.  Across from Robson Square you will find Pacific Center, downtown Vancouver’s largest shopping mall, where guests can keep warm and enjoy Holt Renfrew. Holt’s is the place to go if you are looking for a Gift for someone special… it is decadent! … Molton Brown Toilettries, Fortnum and Mason Christmas teas, Joe Malone perfumes, Diptyque Candles, and more.

A 10 minute walk takes you to Yaletown where you will find local designer shops, art galleries and coffee shops to enjoy the seasonal treats.

For those looking for even more original gifts, the Vancouver Christmas Market will be returning from 24 November to 24 December 2011. The market this year will be set up at the Plaza at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Join in the celebration at the Wedgewood! Stop in for Holiday Afternoon Tea or Brunch in Bacchus Restaurant and Lounge.


Afternoon Tea downtown Vancouver at the Wedgewood Hotel and Spa

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Vancouver International Film Festival 2011 locations

The Vancouver International Film Festival is upon us. September 29 to October 14, 2011. As other Film Festivals around the world such as Cannes, Toronto, London, to name a few, film fests bring to off-Hollywood movie Fans the opportunity to see and experience life through the eyes of great creative minds from around the world. Movies that might not be distributed commercially after the film Fest. This year, Vancouver movie goers and visitors’ choice includes movies from Hong Kong, Egypt, Jordan, Denmark, Japan, India, Argentina, Angola, Belgium, France, Spain, Greece, Albania, China, USA, Canada and more…

These are two weeks where movie goers get to dive into another world, then they will dissect, critique and talk for hours about the meaning of it all with their fellow movie fans!

This year’s venues include The Empire Granville 7 Cinemas, The Pacific Cinematèque, Vancity Theatre and the Vogue Theatre, all just steps away from the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa in the heart of downtown Vancouver. This is an event not to be missed and many movie conversations are bound to fill the air of our award-winning Bacchus Restaurant and Lounge in the days to come.


Bacchus Restaurant and Lounge


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The Wedgewood Hotel and Spa – an introduction

The Wedgewood Hotel and Spa was created over 25 years ago by its Greek born owner, Eleni
Skalbania and, to this day, is a family-run hotel. Over the years, the foundation upon which Mrs. Skalbania has built the hotel remains solid and consistent; a commitment to personal service, superb quality and insurmountable warmth.

Nestled in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa has been named the city’s “most romantic boutique hotel”.  Combining every luxury expected of a great hotel with a timeless European grace, this exclusive four-diamond Hotel is characterized by understated elegance.  Its award-winning French cuisine restaurant, Bacchus, offers an unforgettable dining experience in opulent surroundings while guests enjoy a soothing retreat for rejuvenation & healing in the luxurious full-service Spa at the Wedgewood.  A state of the art Exercise Room, Business Centre, complimentary wired and wireless high speed Internet access throughout the hotel.

Providing a home away from home for countless longstanding guests, international celebrities and
dignitaries, it has become respected for protecting the privacy of all its clients.  The Wedgewood, has set the standard for fashionable small boutique hotels in Canada and one of the most popular luxury hotels in heart of downtown Vancouver. Eleni Skalbania’s attention to detail and her dedication to her guests over the years have led her to become recognized worldwide. Eleni’s youngest daughter, Elpie Jackson, has also developed a passion for the Hotel business and has joined her mother as Director of the Hotel, forming together a most dynamic team.

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