Vancouver For A Girls’ Weekend: The Sleepover Part 1

As a bonafide extrovert on the Meyers Briggs spectrum, I need to level up my energy stores by participating in at least one girls’ weekend per year (if not more). Some of my favourite girls’ weekends have included surf fun in Tofino, festival fandango in Palm Springs or foodie forays in Edmonton. One of the best ways to recharge my people-loving jets is to organize a getaway full of long meals, smelly cheese and some hot tub soaks including an adult sleepover. There’s something that speaks to my 12 year old self when I have an adult sleepover/girls weekend with my besties. The communal acts of sharing drinks, catching up on non-work/non-partner/non-kid life and helping each other decide what to wear out is something I’ve always enjoyed.

A recent rendition of one such girls’ weekend happened in Vancouver – my former hometown and current location of the uber-luxe Fairmont Pacific Rim. As my bambino bonded with grandparents, I kvetched with friends at the downtown Vancouver hotel. It was divine and restful.

A Vancouver welcome
A Vancouver welcome if there ever was one: fresh juices, dark chocolate and a handwritten Fred Herzog postcard.

I wrote all about my recommendations for what to do, where to stay, eat and drink for your Vancouver girls’ weekend on Family Fun Canada. Here’s the photographic version. My idea of recharging is cramming as much city stuff in as I can, especially when in Vancouver.

The City of Glass is so full of all my favourite things in life: beaches! workshops! brunch! friends!

Cheese plate with a view. Pro-tip: order a cheese plate from Les Amis du Fromage and grab some cold vines for an impromptu wine & cheese with your gal pals.

That I scheduled each day full up so as to not waste a minute of my escape to the big smoke. Maybe not your idea of bliss, but certainly is mine. But that’s not to say that my girls weekend wasn’t totally relaxing. It was. I managed to balance the busy with the chill, the boozy with the restorative thanks to the Fairmont’s array of amenities (my two faves: their outdoor hot tub and Willow Stream Spa, not to mention the modern, vista-hugging rooms).

With an ideal Coal Harbour location, you can get to Gastown, downtown and the WestEnd really easily from the Pacific Rim. Or you could pretend you’re at an all-inclusive and never leave the hotel, during your Vancouver girls weekend, depending on your desires. The Fairmont Pacific Rim has a collection of delish restaurants and is a beautiful place to hang out. Period.

The Fairmont Pacific Rim's Willow Stream spa is a must-visit.
Fruit kabobs for the win at the Willow Stream Spa.
Cake for first breakfast: yes please.

Thanks to the Fairmont Pacific Rim for the amazing stay, rad staff and stellar views.  You know how to help a girl connect, rev up and sleep sound. Oh and of course facilitate cocktail-in-hand hot tub hang outs with besties.

Stay tuned for part II of this adult sleepover epilogue where I chilled out a wee bit more at the vibrant WestEnd abode: The Burrard.

How do you like to recharge?

9 thoughts on “Vancouver For A Girls’ Weekend: The Sleepover Part 1

  1. Yay Vancouver!! I always love reading about other people’s experiences in my hometown. The Fairmont is really something else hey? They always know how to properly take care of you! I’ve never been to the Pacific Rim but I loved both the Whistler and Empress locations. Stoked to see you had a great time though 🙂 Also that cake looks ahh-mazing.

    1. Ahhhh thanks Christina! I love Vancouver too! I lived there for 10 years and moved away in 2014 so going back now is always a treat. And yes, the Fairmont Pacific Rim was amazing. I could spend a week in the spa alone. 😉

  2. Girls’ getaways are so important to recharge and reconnect with friends and with yourself- as much as we love our families and (hopefully) our jobs, it’s good to take a step back from both every once in awhile in order to better appreciate them when we return! Looks like you had a lovely time 🙂

    1. So true Emily! It was a fabulous time and I was 100% more energetic when I picked up little dude from Grandma’s 🙂

    1. Stanley Park, Vacouver’s huge city park full of old growth, birds and beaches is just down the road so it is possible to do both Roxanne 🙂

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