Leftover Smoked Brisket? We’ve got a Wine for that!

bbq wineWritten by Peter Harlos, Sutton Place Wine Merchant

Barbera d’Alba might just be the world’s most perfect barbeque wine.

The other night, I made a pizza I thought I’d share with you. I was lucky enough to get my hands on some leftover brisket, from a previous days 13-hour smoke, that a friend did for a neighbourhood block party. Some fresh pizza dough, a home-made Kansas City style BBQ sauce, caramelized onions and diced roasted yellow peppers came together on the grill with the chopped up brisket to make one of the best pizzas I’ve made all summer.

What the heck do you pair with that?

Well you’ve really got a lot of options, but to me, one of the best is a well-made Italian Barbera, and Pio Cesare does a fantastic job. A classic Barbera is medium bodied, has a little bit higher acidity and a little bit lighter tannin. A well-crafted Barbera d’Alba, such as Pio Cesare’s, has all of this plus an intense soft rich black fruit flavour that playfully mingles on the palate with the sweet peppers, spicy sauce and smoky meat.

It’s a delicious and refreshing quaff between bites of what would otherwise quickly tire the taste buds. And when you’re done chowing down on your favourite sauced-up, pizza, brisket, pulled pork, chicken, or ribs, there is more than enough luscious complexity to keep you coming back for more.

Truly an Italian classic for our modern times.


Join the Sutton Place Wine Merchant on Saturday, September 20 from 4:30pm-6:30pm for an Italian themed wine tasting.

Can’t make it on the 20th? Celebrate September at the Sutton Place Wine Merchant with fantastic wine tastings.

Click here for full schedule.

Savour a “BLOOD ALLEY” at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Provoke_BLVD_BloodAlley1For renowned mixologist Justin Taylor, who serves as Bar Manager at the newly opened Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar at The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver, nothing beats the true spirit of a cocktail. His philosophy, which is also his reality, is to tell a story with each and every glass.

With that said, ‘Blood Alley’, a cocktail that is sure to tantalize your taste buds is more than just a fresh summer drink.

“BLOOD ALLEY”
Named after the famous alley in Gastown , this is a melting pot of flavour and excitement. It is rich with spice and smoky elements, yet remains on the light and refreshing side. Its vibrant colour, speckled with black peppercorns, is stunning to the eye and its beauty is confirmed with each delicious sip.

TOOLS
Boston shaker
Jigger
Hawthorne strainer
Fine mesh strainer
Muddler

GLASSWARE
Coupe

INGREDIENTS
1.5 oz Los Siete Misterios Doba Yej Mezcal
0.5 oz St. Germain Elderflower
0.5 oz lime juice
3 whole strawberries
10 black peppercorns
0.25 oz Venturi-Schulze balsamic vinegar
House bubbly

METHOD
Chilled coupe glass
Muddle strawberries and peppercorns
Add remaining ingredients minus bubbly to shaker
Add ice and shake for 15 seconds
Double strain to coupe glass
Top with house bubbly

GARNISH
Peppered strawberry

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Film Festival Welcomes Films From All Over The World: September 25 – October 10, 2014

viff2A fall fixture on the international film festival calendar, Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is a microcosm of its home city: cosmopolitan, innovative, friendly, culturally complex, and very accessible. As the host hotel for the festival, The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver loves watching all the creative, innovative, and entertaining films that make their way to the city during VIFF.

Critically acclaimed as “an unspoiled celebration of world cinema,” VIFF presents approximately 575 screenings of films from over 70 countries. An international team of expert programmers view hundreds of films and travel to some of the biggest festival to bring Vancouver the best of cinema from around the world.

VIFF is internationally renowned by filmmakers and fans as an event that succeeds in connecting filmmakers with large, attentive and eager audiences.

With exceptional, entertaining and diverse programming, numerous guest filmmakers hosting lively post-screening discussions and accessible special events, VIFF is truly a film-lovers festival!

Film Series and Awards

The Vancouver International Film Festival has long been one of the largest and most successful film festivals in North America. In 2013, 341 films played on nine screens in seven venues. By the time the 16-day festival had wrapped, 130,000 attendees had been dazzled by the top films from more than 75 countries.

Last year, VIFF offered $19,500 in cash prizes plus another $25,000 in services and prize packs as part of five adjudicated awards. Audience Awards were announced in an additional six categories, including the Rogers People’s Choice Award, Most Popular Documentary Film Award and Most Popular First Feature Award.

Films selected for the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival will be presented in a diverse selection of series.

International Series

Cinema of Our Time A spectacular showcase of narrative films from around the globe featuring both today’s masters and tomorrow’s visionaries.
The Cinemas of East Asia For over 25 years, VIFF has presented one of the world’s largest and most adventurous collections of East Asian cinema.
Nonfiction Features Documentary and essay films embrace the spotlight in this acclaimed series, which sees over 75 nonfiction features play to almost 50,000 engaged viewers.
Arts & Letters A cinematic celebration of visual and performing arts with a strong focus on films in which music takes centre stage.
Spotlight on France VIFF honours the rich cinematic culture that continues to thrive in France by highlighting that nation’s finest big-screen offerings.
Altered States A late night series featuring international genre films, as well as fantastic cinema that defies ready classification.
International Shorts VIFF introduces you to exceptional international artists who push short-form storytelling to its limits.

Canadian Series

Canadian Images One of the world’s largest annual public exhibitions of new Canadian cinema. Incredibly well-attended, it’s truly a point of pride for VIFF. This series is also home to the B.C. Spotlight which focuses on our homegrown talent.
Canadian Images Shorts Carefully curated short film programs showcase both established Canadian filmmakers and emerging artists we’ll be seeing more from in the future.

Vancouver Keeps Hollywood North Title

ClapboardGreater Vancouver spends a lot of time recreating other cities. It’s served as everything from New York and Forks to a town in Maine populated by fairy tale characters.

What attracts tourists to the area—the cultural diversity, the views, the food — also attracts Hollywood A-listers and their film crews. And, if you know where to look, you can follow in their footsteps.

One of the great things we hear from celebrities is the reason they love Vancouver… they’re allowed to be themselves. However, spotting stars on Vancouver’s streets can be an entirely different matter. When Robert Pattinson or Kristen Stewart were spied while filming The Twilight Saga, the Twittersphere went berserk over their whereabouts.

It’s not only Vancouver proper that gets the spotlight. The historic cannery village of Steveston in Richmond was transformed into Storybrooke, Maine, the setting for ABC’s hit Once Upon a Time. Walk down Moncton Street and you’ll see signs for Mr. Gold Pawnbroker & Antiquities Dealer and Storybrooke Country Bread. It’s a movie set come to life.

In fact, many TV series have made Vancouver their home base over the years — Fringe, Battlestar Galactica, 21 Jump Street (the original TV series with Johnny Depp), even The X-Files. So the next time you’re in town, keep your eyes open. Your favourite film or TV star could be just around the corner.

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Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar’s Locally Sourced Menu

Chef Chen’s culinary philosophy: use the best locally sourced, farm fresh ingredients.

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LOCAL SUPPLIERS
Boulevard’s close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Okanagan wine country and nearby farms, fisheries and ranches aligns with one of Executive Chef Alex Chen’s key culinary principles: to use the best locally sourced, farm fresh ingredients. To that end, Boulevard is proud to source a number of its products from the following local suppliers, among others.

Barnston Island Herbs:
A 100% local family business with farms located in Surrey, Barnston Island Herbs has sustainably grown and supplied the best herbs, greens and specialty product to B.C.’s top restaurants and hotels since 1979.

North Arm Farm:
A 60-acre, family run and working organic farm in Pemberton, North Arm Farm produces a full selection of seasonal vegetable as well as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries and sources a wide range of fruit from the Okanagan. North Arm practices organic methodology and grows its crops following standards adopted by the Pacific Agriculture Certification Society, which is a member of the Certified Organic Association of B.C.

Cherry Lane Farm:
A family owned and operated farm that has been located in Richmond since the early 1950s, Cherry Lane grows some of the largest varieties of tree fruit such as Italian plums, heritage apples and cherries, white and red wine grapes, black mulberries and Bosc and Anjou pears, as well as an array of vegetable crops all produced without the use of synthetic chemicals or genetically modified seeds.

Pacific Provider Salmon:
Owned and operated by a North Vancouver fishing family, the Pacific Provider is a 43-foot fishing boat that travels through the waters around the Queen Charlotte Islands in search of the best catch and using only the most sustainable fishing methods. Pacific Provider is Ocean Wise certified and trolls with barbless hooks and line designed specifically for Coho salmon, eliminating the risk of endangering other fish, birds and marine mammals and of damaging the ocean floor. 

Sawmill Bay Shellfish Company:
An Ocean Wise certified, family-run farm located in the pristine, glacier-fed waters off Read Island, B.C., Sawmill Bay produces oysters, clams, mussels and scallops that are delivered within 24 hours of harvesting. Sawmill Bay is also in a remote location away from human habitation, which helps provide a clean and pollution-free environment for its harvests.

Mikuni Wild Harvest:
Mikuni Wild Harvest, the exclusive supplier of Boulevard’s wasabi, provides an abundance of richly flavoured foods found exclusively in the wild. Since 2001, Mikuni has focused on developing a boutique line of sustainable wild foods for restaurants and gourmet retail outlets.

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WINE PROGRAM
Boulevard’s noteworthy and wide ‐ranging list of wines available by the glass and bottle reflects Wine Director Lisa Haley’s passion for showcasing the best natural, biodynamic, organic and sustainable labels produced in both British Columbia and abroad.

The Boulevard wine list also features a focus on Champagne and sparkling wine that perfectly complement the seafood-focused menu designed by Executive Chef Alex Chen. Much like Chen’s dishes, all of Haley’s hand-picked selections are unadulterated, true reflections of their provenance.

Boulevard boasts an extensive list of wines sourced both locally and internationally, and with three accredited sommeliers on the front-of-house management team (Haley, Restaurant Director Steve Edwards and Maître d’ Brian Hopkins),the knowledge and experience to help each guest get the very best out of every glass.

If you haven’t yet visited the 290-seat, European-styled bistro and contemporary bespoke style restaurant, make sure to put Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar on your Must-Eat-At list.

Now Open: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Boulevard_Menu_OystersAn exciting new addition to Vancouver’s ever-expanding restaurant roadmap, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – located at The Sutton Place Hotel – provides a distinctive showcase for the celebrated culinary vision of Executive Chef Alex Chen and redefines the fine art of dining with subtle, unexpected, and playful approaches to cuisine, service, and style.

Chen’s seafood-focused menu is grounded in classical technique and training, while artfully infusing casual West Coast flair and creative hints of his international influences. Boulevard’s close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Okanagan wine country, and nearby farms, fisheries, and ranches aligns with Chen’s culinary principle of using the best, locally sourced, farm-fresh ingredients.

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From early morning to late at night, the 290-seat restaurant offers guests a variety of culinary experiences: from the stylish dining room, seated oyster bar and craft-cocktail and champagne bar to the vintage-style lounge, private dining room, and expansive wrap-around patio.

Boulevard_Menu_Cocktail2COCKTAIL PROGRAM

Justin Taylor’s cocktail philosophy is an inspired recipe blending equal parts simplicity and high-quality, local ingredients. With a focus on craft spirits and bitters sourced from B.C. and Canada and house-made syrups and infusions, Taylor and his team combine a wide variety of styles, spirits, flavours and flair to underscore their unique emphasis on telling a story in each and every glass.

From the signature house classic Boulevardier (cinnamon and vanilla infused Canadian whisky, oak-aged Campari and Amaro, stirred and served over ice) to the Boulevard Bellini (white peach purée, peach liqueur, B.C. sparkling wine and peach bitters, built and stirred in an elegant coupe glass and garnished with violet ice) and the Boulevard Caesar (Canadian vodka, all natural clam and tomato juice, house spices, grated horseradish and a lemon pepper and smoked salt rim, built over ice), Taylor’s cocktail menu offers up fresh and unique takes on classic favourites as well as an array of signature seasonal house selections. 

With an emphasis on establishing a comprehensive pre-batched and bottled cocktail program featuring standards like the Manhattan and Negroni, Taylor and his bartending team are committed to curating a truly unique beverage program that will redefine cocktail culture in Vancouver, and set a new standard for spirit of service and hospitality behind the bar.

Stay tuned: next week’s blog will discuss the restaurant’s delicious, locally sourced menu.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort Hosts the Canadian Long Distance Mountain Running Championships

A shot of Ghost Peak with Mount Cartier's summit on the right.

Ghost Peak with Mount Cartier’s summit on the right.

Canada’s top endurance athletes take over Revelstoke Mountain Resort on Saturday, July 19, 2014 when it hosts the Canadian Long Distance Mountain Running Championships.

The race starts at the resort’s day lodge and is a 60-kilometre gruelling run through mountain terrain. Competitors will run up the ski hill, through the alpine to the basin between Mount Cartier and Ghost Peak, and back down to the resort.

The 60-kilometre course is approximately 3,000 metres of elevation gain. Runners have the option to take part individually or in teams of three. The race starts at 7am and the winners are expected to reach the finish line around 2pm. All competitors have a 5pm deadline to finish.

There is more to the event than just a race; there is an entire weekend of festivities. On Friday, July 18, three guest speakers will share their stories beginning at 7:30pm, including Revelstoke ski mountaineering racer Melanie Bernier, elite Canadian ultra-runner Adam Campbell, and American trail running champion Max King.

There is a party scheduled for Saturday evening at the day lodge, and on Sunday, there will be 5K and 10K runs.

The Sutton Place Hotel is thrilled about all the amazing athletes that will be descending on the beautiful town of Revelstoke. The top finishers will be selected to represent Canada at the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships at the Pikes Peak Marathon in Colorado on Aug. 16.

Good luck to everyone competing!

We love you mom!

motherdaughterWhat would we be without our mothers? Mothers are the glue that holds a family together and the fine-tuned engine that keeps a family humming along smoothly. Mothers work a double shift between their “career jobs” and their “home jobs” — juggling their additional roles of family chauffeur, mediator in settling disputes over the remote control, food and beverage engineer, interior decorator, and academic counsellor, to name a few.

To honour the hard work that mothers give the world, some of our guests wrote us to share their love.

 

My Hands

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Submitted by Donna Sawmill. She received this poem from her daughter last year.

Sometimes you get discouraged
Because I am so small.
And always leave my fingertips
On furniture and walls.
But everyday I’m growing
I’ll be grown someday.
And all those tiny handprints
Will simply fade away.
So here’s a final handprint
Just so you can recall.
Exactly how my fingers looked
When I was very small.

 

Written by Sandra Weibley

“My mother’s greatest gift is her unconditional love and her dedication. She has given up her career as an architect in order to take care of my brother, my father, and I. If I ever feel in need of her advice or a shoulder to cry on, she will always be on the other line. I have a mother who believes in me and who always wants the best for her family. A true lovely Latin mom, with fierce dance moves and even fiercer cooking. I love you mom.”

Written by Diana Linkloy

“My mother’s greatest gift is her selfless devotion to her family. She works hard to take care of four children, and still manages to look beautiful every day! She is such an inspiration.”

 

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Submitted by Coral Klassen. She received this tribute from her son Jackson this year.

 

Written by Stephanie Slymourg

“Being a mother means blooming into wonderful, amazing people we couldn’t have become without first appreciating the landscape of raising our own children.
It means flowing with the seasons and accepting and embracing the changes as they smack us in the face like the hearty wind of a storm. Being a mother means simply letting the world wash over you, but not losing an ounce of your strength. It means allowing the hardships to shape you and smooth you out like a piece of sea glass destined to topple onto the shore with a shimmer and shine so beautiful you can’t help but pick it up and put it in your pocket.”

 

From all of us at The Sutton Place Hotels, Happy Mother’s Day to mothers all over the world. Thank you for your love.

AN ODE TO MY MOTHER (AND TO ALL MOMS OUT THERE)

I Love Mom_172388024Written by Sarah Lechinskov (a Sutton Prestige member). Dedicated to her mother.

When I forced my mom to sign up for Facebook last summer, I asked her all the standard “profile information” questions. “Are you interested in men or women?” I asked as my mom got dinner ready for my father.

“Women,” she said solemnly. “It’ll be a whole new life.”My mom never fails to leave me in hysterics. She is the master of deadpan.

During my “Mom Gets on Facebook Adventure”, it was a struggle, but I eventually convinced her to use a picture I took of her when she visited me in New York.

During this trip, my mom and I went to the Letterman show, and I held her hand as George Clooney dazzled the audience. Then we walked around the streets of New York with giddy excitement after, my arm looped through hers. Every step was an adventure.

We stumbled upon a man who held a kitten wearing an outfit sitting near some tie-dye purses, and my mom stopped to talk to him. “I just love your cat,” she said, then turned to me and said, “That’s my favourite thing I’ve seen in New York so far.”  Clooney on Letterman had nothing on that cat in the T-shirt.

She stills talks about it.

My mom often calls me at night, and within minutes of talking, she says like clockwork, “Well. I don’t have any news.” She does, however, have her own brand of interpreting the news, most of which comes from her watching TV on mute and reading the ticker. She finds it more pleasant that way. “What do you think of Kim Kardashian?” she’ll ask me. “I think I want to be more like her.”

My mom is 71.

Another time she was watching a VH1 special on Tupac and Biggie. “What’d you make of it?” I asked, curious to hear her take on the murderous feud. “Oh, well, as far as I could tell, it was a rap misunderstanding,” she said.

Nailed it.

When the dot-com boom happened in the early 2000s, my mom would always add “.com” randomly to conversations: “How are you doing dot com?” she would ask. At another point, she had big plans to name her cat “dot com,” but sadly, that never happened.

Emails from my mom are one of my favourite things in the world. Her first email password? “Ilovekids.”

Two years ago on my birthday, she wrote me: “Dear Sarah, I loved it when you were born — you were so big and healthy and loving (you talked to me when they brought you to me. You said ‘uhh. uhh.’) And I talked to you. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!”

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I love my mom so much it makes me laugh and cry and feel alive all at the same time.

A shining example of what a mother should be:

  • You’re all things lovely.  Your beauty is like a spring flower in full bloom.
  • rock for those of us who rely on your strength.
  • The epitomy of simplicity and I know no one else who wears it as well as you do.
  • Your unspoken motto is family first; you’re loyal to those you love without being unreasonable.
  • Thank you for the times you’ve seen right through my “I’m right” attitude and for respectfully pointing out the error of my ways.
  • Never boastful, always quite content to let others shine. You’re a listener and not a talker. It’s part of what draws people to you – you’re a wellspring of other people’s secrets but they go no further. Trustworthiness and integrity are my biggest aspirations because, by example, you’ve taught me they’re the the best qualities a person can possess.
  • A mother, friend, cheerleader, counsellor, therapist all rolled into one and each day I learn from you.  And if people were to ever say, “You’ve turned into your mother”  it would be all right by me. Thank you!

What do you love most about your mom? Does she send you the world’s best emails too? Are you doing anything special for Mother’s Day? Send us your favourite mom story (communications@suttonplace.com), and we’ll compile an ‘ode to mom to be published on Mother’s Day!

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As a special treat for Mother’s Day, join us at either The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton or Vancouver for our famous Sunday Brunch buffet featuring our signature specialities, including an omelette station, prime rib, and much more!

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Be sure to save room to indulge in our world-famous Chocoholic Buffet, returning for one day, just for Mom.

Available for groups of 4 or more only.
Versailles Ballroom
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Seatings: 10:30am & 12:30pm

$65.00 per Adult
$32.50 per Child
(ages 4 – 12)
Free for children under the age of 4

Call 604.642.2900 to make a reservation.

The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton

Grande Ballroom
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Seatings: 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm & 12:30pm

$45.00 per Adult
$38.00 per Senior
$22.00 per Child (ages 5 – 12)
Free for children under the age of 5

For reservations, please contact: Meghan Ferguson 780.441.3011.

Thank You for an Incredible Winter!

RMR End of SeasonOn behalf of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, we’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the guests that have made the 2013/14 Winter Season such a great success.

With 972cm (32 feet) of snow, it’s been another powder-filled finale. The 7th Annual Stoke to Spoke went off without a hitch, and Closing Weekend was an event bonanza to remember. Keep your eyes open for the start of our Early Bird Season Pass Sale on May 1 for the best rates on skiing and snowboarding in Revelstoke.

Revelation GondolaAs Revelstoke Mountain Resort enters its second season of summer operations with the lower Revelation Gondola in operation from June 28 – September 8, 2014, enjoy sightseeing with scenic gondola rides available daily from 6:30am to 10:30am (last download at 11:00am).  Make the most of your experience and combine your visit with a full buffet breakfast at the Revelation Lodge.  With dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, offering spectacular views of the valley and the Monashee Mountains, make sure to bring your appetite and your camera to capture an unforgettable dining experience!

The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort is excited about the upcoming summer season. Stay tuned for amazing family and couples promotions!

 

Spring has Sprung (or has it?)

The season has changed, the majority of Canada is still covered in snow, and so far, nothing about spring is warmer than winter. Even though this is the time of year the weather usually changes from freezing to moderate temperatures, that doesn’t seem to be happening this year.

So instead of complaining about the weather and the snow, we asked our guests to send us beautiful snowy pictures of either Edmonton or Revelstoke. And boy, are we happy we did.

Edmonton’s Sunny Spring:

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Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s Snowy Spring:

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South West Snow

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In the ski town of my mind, the weather is blue and rainy, the town is sleepy, yet a vibe constantly thrums and a presence looms over the town. Like a heartbeat fueled by snow, everyone knows what blue weather means, and, suddenly, a rainy day becomes the perfect anticipation for the best phrase in any turn hungry town: Powder Day.

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This winter has been a struggle across much of North America’s ski towns to find a weather system pushing snow and averting dry weather. It’s been a race to find any sort of tracks which one could call their own and it seems reluctance and skepticism took the driver’s seat over faith towards the powder pilgrimage. The winter has been slow with snow falls remaining few and far between, even in places typically rife with snow, the weather seems to be following this trend… Frankly, the past few seasons have been this way and the places which receive notable snow are sending up full chair after full chair. I shy away from long lines and short runs because I know of the perfect place with a huge vertical descent and almost non-existent lines. The best part is that each season, a storm system comes off the South West and hands snow graciously to Mt. Mackenzie and Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
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Each run, you are surrounded by not just friends but people enthused about being on a big mountain. Runs can be fast but if you want to stop, relax, and enjoy the peace of the trees, then it’s guaranteed your friends will be there.  I can’t say that I have chased snow across the west and I would be lying if I said that I’ve skied all over the world. But one thing that is for sure, Revelstoke has a pull that I nor any of my friends have felt.

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The snow seems to never end, the lines are always quick, and above all else, the people are local and friendly. It’s the sort of community which can only be found in a small mountain town with a big mountain attitude. If you’re looking for that right place to divide your time in the winter and you want a small community to stray from the mindset of a visitor to a friendly local, make your pilgrimage to Revelstoke.

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Written and photographed by David Jackson. David is a freelance photojournalist covering stories across Canada. His background is in Journalism and his heart is firmly rooted in adventure. To view more of his work, please visit his pages: BlogWebsiteInstagramFacebook.

Going Green on St. Patrick’s Day

kale_85779577Whether on St. Patrick’s Day or any given day of the week, it’s so easy to eat green.

With five super healthy green veggies to try that have been around for ages but may be lesser known on your dinner plate, spruce up your meals with healthy and delicious produce.

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This thinner version of traditional broccoli is a heart-healthy favourite among southern Mediterranean Italians. The Mediterranean Diet has been associated with increased longevity and low rate of heart disease and cancer. With a cup of chopped broccoli rabe containing a mere 25 calories and a whopping 130 percent of the daily value for vitamin C, it’s no wonder it’s a routine veggie choice among Mediterranean lovers.
Tip:
 Try a quinoa with broccoli rabe side dish that combines sautéed broccoli rabe with quinoa, an easy-to-make grain. After one forkful of this high-fiber side dish, you will think you’re in Sicily — even on St. Patty’s Day.
Bonus tip: Whole wheat couscous can be substituted for quinoa.

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While these green veggies look like overgrown scallions, their taste is actually a culinary cross between garlic and an onion. This fabulous flavour aside, a cup of sliced leeks will provide 30 percent of your daily value for vitamin A.
Tip: Since boiled potatoes are a must on St. Patrick’s Day, this year combine them with leeks and spinach for a festive green spinach leek potato soup that is destined to be a new tradition.

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While at first glance, fennel may look like celery, after one bite of this licorice-tasting veggie, the resemblance will be completely gone. In fact, in the case of fennel, the white bulb, not the green celery-looking stem, is what is typically used in recipes, especially in salads. Fennel is a nutritious vegetable gem providing only 30 calories per cup but adding tons of zip and fiber to salads.
Tip: Thinly slice the bulb as part of a salad and balance the licorice flavor with a sweet fruit such as sliced oranges or grapefruits along with a few olives for a fabulous dinner salad.

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As a member of the cruciferous family, Brussels sprouts look like tiny, adorable cabbages. However, don’t underestimate these mini cabbages. Research suggests that a plant-based diet that contains cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, may help reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Tip: Versatile Brussels sprouts can be baked, boiled, microwaved, or steamed. For your St. Patty’s Day corned beef dinner, substitute yummy Brussels sprouts with browned garlic for traditional cabbage.

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This leafy green is not only a good source of both vitamin A and vitamin C but also the bone-strengthening mineral, calcium. In fact, a cup of cooked kale provides almost 30 percent of the daily value for calcium.
Tip: If you have never roasted kale, you are in for a treat. Garlic roasted kale is a snap to make in the oven and a waist-friendly side dish as it provides less than 75 calories per serving.

And on a completely separate note… watch this cute 2012 ad for Guinness.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Black & White Dynamic Landscapes

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Intrigued by his Black and White images of Yosemite, Ansel Adams created an addiction which came to consume the greater part of my childhood. I would marvel at his meticulous compositions, note his subtle thoughts within the frame, and always dream of the dynamic nature of his lighting. I always wondered if I would find a place as visually dynamic and aesthetically untouched as the Yosemite that Adams found when he so graciously documented it. I believe Revelstoke provides that outlet for my imagination to wander.

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The images above and below were not captured on rigorous backcountry trips nor were they meticulously planned, rather, each image is found on a trip down the mountain or a stroll around town. If you are a landscape photographer looking for fresh, wild, and rugged landscapes with dramatic weather to accompany, Revelstoke is your next destination.

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Written and photographed by David Jackson. David is a freelance photojournalist covering stories across Canada. His background is in Journalism and his heart is firmly rooted in adventure. To view more of his work, please visit his pages: BlogWebsiteInstagramFacebook.

Playground Earth

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I held fascinations as a child with the mountains, curious and whirling my mind constructed a playground to which only the meticulously trained and undeniably free could embrace. I imagined sharp peaks, inverted skies, and ghosted trees all the while finding untracked snow that flowed beneath your feet to the valley below. I also wondered about the people who would embrace such a place and I could imagine their smiles, I could hear their voice recalling harrowing tales that can only be shared over cold beers and between good friends. I was in search of a farfetched world, a place where time seems to stop and begin again with every turn and all that remains are the subtle feelings of pure ecstasy. I know now, I was in search of Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

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In Revelstoke, your day starts surrounded by friends and a hot coffee on deep, comfy leather couches at La Baguette (at the mountain). Overwhelmed by butterflies, your stomach sinks not at the fact that the mountain above your head is technical and accessible, rather, your stomach fly’s away at the fact that last night saw 30cm of fresh snow on the mountain and it’s currently blue skies above your head. A definition of ‘powder day’.

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You guzzle your coffee, rush out the door of La Baguette and hop on the first gondola up at 8:30am. On the trip up the mountain, people laugh, eyes widen, and childlike grins can be seen through everyone’s balaclava. By the time you reach the first chairlift, a group of glass-eyed children gawk at the untouched playground all around them.

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Stepping off the Stoke Chair puts you at the base of a perfect boot pack up to the summit of Sub Peak, below Mt. Mackenzie, and with a short hike you find yourself atop  a sea of first tracks. Time seems to freeze as you become engulfed in the white abyss of clouds and surrounded by the eerie existence of snow ghosts. No words need be shared as you strap in, each person contemplating their journey  into an ocean of white. Once you drop in, each and every turn cuts deep into the mountain as a spray of champagne snow cascades around you. Like walking on water in an ocean of snow, the feeling is indescribable, but the rewards of earning each turn leave you with no questions, just satisfaction.

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The treeline approaches and the glades begin to unfold around you. It’s time to stop a minute, mostly to fight the leg burn, but more importantly to look back up at the peak you just descended, and now a sea of trees which lay ahead of you. It’s time to take on an entirely new attitude as it is no longer wide open turns through knee deep snow, it’s time for the glades and a more aggressive approach. The snow is just as deep, yet the turns are a little bit quicker, but still effortless. Now, instead of a white world mitigated by miniature frozen trees, it’s time to feel like a swift ninja jumping through 50ft trees and thigh deep snow.

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Whether a 4ft snow pillow on top of a big boulder below a mysterious drop appeals to you, or effortless  turns through wide open trees seems more appropriate, the options are endless and readily available on either side of the groomed runs. That’s what makes Revelstoke such a special mountain. The unpredictability of the big mountain terrain where between the trees and cliffs anything can happen, yet is safely accessed and descended by chairlifts and cat tracks. It’s truly a destination for adventurists and professionals alike, a mountain best felt with friends and loved ones.

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Though the mountain alone inspires awe, it is the people who call Revelstoke home that make the entire trip a true mountain experience. Riding down you might hear a story about a local guy who just hid in the trees with a sign that reads “Will you marry me?”, waiting on the girl he loves. At the bottom of the hill you see the now happily engaged couple ride in, champagne in hand, smiles beaming. Their friends wait for them at Rockford Wok | Bar | Grill for a drink and a celebratory toast. A heartfelt moment that only Revelstoke can deliver. Friendly hellos and wide eyed grins are the norm and you’ll always have someone to share a drink and a story with. Staying on the mountain at The Sutton Place Hotel with their ride in and ride out ease in the heart of the village connects you instantly. The stay is world class in a mecca of world-class riding- it’s the best place to stay to maximize your time on the on the  slopes.

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I’ve grown a little bit since my days spent dreaming of a beautiful mountain, yet I still feel the same as when I was young. The truth is, I am still young. Revelstoke Mountain Resort is a place where anyone can be eager and energetic because anyone can find exactly what they are looking for, even if it is ethereal things like a snow cased tree or a ride through the clouds. For myself, I have always looked for a way to satisfy the intangibles to which I desire. What I found in Revelstoke was far from a ski resort in British Columbia, I found a place to deliver the satisfying moments to which I have always dreamed.

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Written and photographed by David Jackson. David is a freelance photojournalist covering stories across Canada. His background is in Journalism and his heart is firmly rooted in adventure. To view more of his work, please visit his pages: BlogWebsiteInstagramFacebook.

Family Week 2014 at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

With 117 cm of snow in 7 days, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is literally a winter wonderland. Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snow shoeing… the activities are endless.

Watch this beautiful video of all the fun had this past Family Week and plan your next trip to The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort - there’s plenty of powder in the forecast!

Love Stories – What’s Your Favourite?

love_173159543Love is when your knees go weak around that person and where you get butterflies just hearing their name.

It’s when you wake up and go to bed thinking about them.

Love is something complicated yet extremely simple.

On this loving Valentine’s Day, The Sutton Place Hotels thought it would be fun to share our favourite recent literary love stories — and our thoughts on what make them memorable.

Major Pettigrew's book coverHelen Simonson’s debut novel, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, proves that a love story about an older couple can be just as enchanting—and just as appealing to readers—as the connection between two freewheeling 20-somethings. Pettigrew, a retired (and very reserved) British military man, is irresistibly attracted to Mrs. Ali, the Pakistani woman who runs a shop in his village. But with Pettigrew’s son and the narrow-minded ladies of the village standing in their way, can the major and Mrs. Ali build a life together? Simonson shows a wonderfully deft hand in exploring the personal and cultural issues that frame this touching story.


This Burns My Heart book coverSamuel Park’s moving first novel, This Burns My Heart, features a strong, memorable heroine torn between love and duty in Korea during the 1960s and 1970s. When Soo-Ja meets Yul, she immediately feels a connection. Unfortunately, she has just agreed to marry another man. Since going back on her promise would mean disgrace for her family, Soo-Ja rejects Yul to marry Min, a decision that haunts her for 20 years. Though Soo-Ja and Yul see each other only periodically, and usually by chance, their fraught encounters are tense with the passion of unrequited love. Fans of grown-up, realistic love stories like Ha Jin’s Waiting or Austen’s Persuasion will devour this debut.


Me Before You book coverLouisa Clark and Will Traynor: The fact these two are such an unlikely pair makes their love story all the more moving. Freshly laid off and desperate for work, “ordinary girl” Lou takes a job as a companion to Will, an acerbic quadriplegic, former adrenaline junkie who’s understandably despondent due to his predicament. Lou speaks her mind, has a razor-sharp wit and is self-deprecating in a way that dares readers not to succumb to her charms, as Will himself eventually does. Yes, Me Before You is a multiple-hankie novel, but the end brims with such hope and promise that readers will find themselves smiling despite their tears.


Zelda Fitzgerald book coverWe often think of brilliant writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda as a fast-burning, glitzy mess at the heart of Jazz-Age NYC. Therese Anne Fowler’s novel Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald promises a beautiful and damned love story but also something more. Fowler peels back the layers of history to reveal the unglamorous and rather normal story of their love. It’s the perfect book for readers who like a little dark truth with their romance.


Eleanor & Park book coverEleanor & Park begins when two misfit teens meet on a school bus in 1986. There are no vampires and they don’t live in a dystopian society (depending on your view of suburban Omaha). Rainbow Rowell painstakingly captures the experience of young love—the bliss of holding hands, the shaking fits of glee after a first kiss, the mixtapes—but refuses to shy away from the confusing, untidy aspects that come with the territory. Eleanor and Park are real people with real complexities and a real, grown-up story that will break your heart in the best possible way.

Extreme Luxury and The Ultimate Valentine’s Package Equals Perfect Romance

???????????????????????While women are running around trying to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, men too are looking to find a cute and sweet gift for their beloved.

Finding Valentine’s Day gifts shouldn’t be a difficult task because really, most women just want a thoughtful, meaningful gift and maybe some flowers. (and a nice dinner and dessert!) See? Easy!

But if you really have no idea what to get your loved one for V-Day, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

There’s never been an easier way to say “I love you” than with The Sutton Place Hotels’ ‘Once In A Lifetime’ Package. Forget the heart-shaped box filled with chocolates. This package contains Dom Pérignon, a Maserati, and a $100,000 shopping spree at Holt Renfrew.  What’s not to love?

The ‘Once In A Lifetime’ Package was designed to showcase everything passionate that Valentine’s Day has to offer and is available for a mere $500,000. The romance begins right away with door-to-door limo service. Upon arrival at the hotel, the lovers will be whisked away to the Presidential Suite, where they will be served a bottle of Dom Pérignon and hors d’oeuvres. As the couple relaxes with their bubbly, a white-gloved butler will ensure their glasses are never empty and will proceed to serve the couple for the next 24 hours. A six-course candlelit dinner with paired premium wines will then be prepared by a Private Chef in a private dining room. But the romance does not end when dinner does. In the morning, a champagne breakfast will be served in bed while the couple lounges in their personalized monogrammed Frette terry robes. A helicopter will then take the couple on a private scenic tour of the city that is sure to leave them breathless. To complement the hotel experience, the package keeps giving:  a private $100,000 Holt Renfrew shopping spree, a personalized Maserati, $50,000 worth of diamonds and fine jewelry, weekly couple’s massages, and fresh flowers delivered weekly to the couple’s home.

What more could you ask for?

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Your Perfect Home Away From Home

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Located in The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver, La Grande Résidence is the perfect combination of the comforts of home and the convenience of hotel services. With comfortable furnishings, state-of-the-art amenities, and a focus on quality service, you may be far from home, but it doesn’t have to feel that way! Many stay with us for weeks or months (even years) at a time and we do our best to make these furnished suites feel more like a home than a hotel room.

Our 164 magnificent one and two bedroom suites are completely furnished in a modern, charming French décor. All suites include a spacious balcony and impressive kitchen equipped with Miele appliances complete with stunning white marble countertops. Full hotel services such as the business centre, parking, concierge, housekeeping, and room service are available at your fingertips. This really is luxury living at its finest.

LGR_Bedroom3However, we know that it’s not actually home. Here are just a few ideas that you might want to consider to really make the space your own.

1. Bloom Where You are Planted

A potted plant or fresh cut flowers can really brighten your stay. Easy to find year-round in Vancouver, they are in instant pick-me-up in any room.

2. Warm Fuzzies

Your favourite slippers or throw blanket will keep you cozy and the soft familiar textures can be comforting, especially in the cooler weather.

3. Essentials

Does your home always smell like baking, the ocean, like a forest? Scent is a powerful sense and a couple drops of your favourite essential oil blend can be comforting and relaxing.

4. The Ties that Bind

Your loved ones may be miles away, but a framed photograph or two might be just the thing to keep them close while adding your own personal touch to the décor. Also, don’t forget to download Skype before you leave.

Everyone has their own routine when they travel. Here is what a few of our guests have done to feel more at home when they are away:

“I bring my e-reader and make sure I have lots of books to read.” — David Goldberg

“I bring my favourite shampoo, ALL my toiletries, and my house coat.” — Susan Lowter

“I always have granola and yogurt in the room. It’s how I start my day, no matter where I am.” — Anna Samsony

If there is every anything we can do to make your stay more comfortable, do not hesitate to ask the concierge!

SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR Comes to Revelstoke

Swatch FreerideThe Revelstoke stop of the SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR BY THE NORTH FACE® (FWT), which was originally scheduled for December 18, 2013, has now been moved to March 10, 2014. Although Revelstoke Mountain Resort is open for the season with great early season conditions, the competition venue known as ‘Mac Daddy’ face is in the backcountry outside of the resort, and is not yet suitable for the event.

“FWT was excited by the opportunity to start our season with a December event when the enthusiasm for winter is rising. We also recognized the timing was subject to variables associated with early season conditions,” said Adam Comey, FWT Americas general manager. “First and foremost, FWT is committed to providing a safe and quality environment for our athletes. The new dates in March offer great benefits for the competition moving forward. Revelstoke continues to be one of the most favourite stops of fans and athletes alike, and we look forward to returning in March.”

“Revelstoke Mountain Resort has phenomenal early season conditions, the best we’ve seen since the resort first opened in 2007,” said Ashley Tait, director of sales and marketing at RMR. “However, the FWT venue is outside the resort boundary in backcountry terrain, on a spectacular north-facing slope that must be skied only in optimal conditions.  Currently, the avalanche rating is listed as ‘considerable’ for this area. To ensure we are providing a safe venue for competitors and staff, more time is needed to allow the snowpack to settle out and mature, along with ideal weather conditions. In the meantime, come enjoy the incredible skiing and riding our resort has to offer-now or during the FWT in March.”

The 2014 Freeride World Tour season will now open in Courmayeur Mont Blanc, Italy (Jan. 18), with men’s ski and snowboard competition. The Freeride World Tour will then continue with both men’s and women’s ski and snowboard competition at Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France (Jan. 25), Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen, Austria (Feb. 1), Kirkwood, United States of America (March 1), Revelstoke, Canada(March 10) and the SWATCH XTREME VERBIER BY THE NORTH FACE®, Switzerland (March 22).

Take control of 2014 and Make it the best year ever

New Years DayNew Year’s Day is probably the world’s most celebrated public holiday, with origins that go back to Roman times. As such, it seems to touch a need which is deeply rooted in our human nature. At the heart of most New Year’s traditions is the idea of starting afresh, of the new year being a blank slate on which we can finally write the story of our lives in the way that we would like to have it. Hence the tradition of the New Year’s resolution. A resolution made at the beginning of the year to live a healthier lifestyle, be kinder to our neighbours, and so on. For that one day of the year, everything seems possible!

Now that January 1st has passed, why not making the decision that this will be the happiest year of your life. And that doesn’t mean expensive therapy or self-help books. It simply means taking control.

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1. Don’t compromise on your happiness just to please others.

You have to be willing to stay true to yourself at all times. This includes not being afraid to speak your mind without fear of losing someone’s approval.  As long as you’re a nice person at heart and socially congruent, then there’s really no reason for someone to want you to change.

2. Become responsible for everything that happens in your life.

Looking at this in perspective, if there is anything in your life that you personally aren’t happy with, would you say it’s due to things external to you or because of the decisions you made?

This is the first step to becoming conscious as you start looking at things in a more objective manner. Do you place blame on others or do you take responsibility? Taking responsibility means one thing — you’re in complete control of the results you create in your outside world.

3. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes.

Making mistakes is what we all have to go through if we’re to become better.

mistakesBe willing to embrace failure and to fail as fast as you can and as often as you can. The key difference between a success and a failure is due to this key point: a successful person isn’t afraid to try and fail.

4. Learn to say “no” more often.

Don’t be a “yes” person all the time. There may be times where you feel pressured by friends to do certain things that you don’t want to do. This is usually the perfect opportunity to demonstrate your discipline and personal boundaries, which is essential for building your self-esteem. Say “no” and be willing to stand your ground.

Your friends or family may not like it, but they certainly will respect you for it.

5. Don’t worry about the choices you’ve made.

Whatever choices you’ve made in your life are all due to your personal values and boundaries. This is further solidified if you better understand what your values and boundaries actually are.

The more about yourself you learn to understand, the less worry and anxiety you’ll experience in the long term. Learn to accept and trust in the choices you make and to push forward regardless of the outcome.

6. Learn to accept the way things are.

Be willing to accept your successes and failures before moving on to change and improve them. As long as you live consciously as stated in point #2, you will always have the ability and the opportunity to change course.

7. Write down things you’re grateful for.

It is quite common to overlook the nice things around us and to take things for granted. In most cases, we are more fortunate than we believe we are. Are you a hard worker? Do you have friends who like and respect you? Are you a good person?

However bad your current situation may be, there will always be someone who is worse off than you who may well look at you and see you as the type of person they’re striving to be in the future.

8. Accept your flaws and understand that you’re not perfect.

The reality is, nobody is perfect. Sure, you could work very hard toward perfection, but realize that no matter how hard you work, you will always fall short. It’s simply the nature of the beast. As humans, we’re designed to be imperfect, to make mistakes, to fail countless times and to strive.

9. Be willing to embrace rejection.

Rejection comes with the territory and happens on a daily basis. The key thing to understand is that rejection only becomes significant the minute we place value on it.

10. Learn to tackle the good times and the bad.

this too shall passRegardless of what happens to you in your life, you will face good times and bad. This is a given and the reality of life. But the key to good self-esteem is in recognizing the situation for what it is and to simply learn to deal with it in the best way you can.

Because just like the good times, the bad times will also pass.

No matter what your resolutions or goals are for 2014, The Sutton Place Hotels hope to be part of them.

Vote for Revelstoke Mountain Resort in the Ski Town Throwdown

ski_and_ski_2013“Skiing is a dance, and the mountain always leads.”

Revelstoke Mountain Resort boasts North America’s greatest vertical at 1,713 metres (5,620 ft). The resort offers 3,121 acres of fall line skiing, high alpine bowls, renowned gladed terrain, and endless groomers. It is also the only resort world-wide to offer lift, cat, heli, and backcountry skiing from one village base.

As Revelstoke Mountain Resort heads into its 7th season of operations, the resort will open at the end of November (tentatively set to open on November 30, 2013).

SPH_Revelstoke_ExteriorIn mid-winter 2012, The Sutton Place Hotel was introduced to what was previously known as the Nelsen Lodge. The third phase of the luxury condo-hotel was completed in February 2012, almost doubling the occupancy with an additional 107 condo-hotel rooms (total 222). With the new phase, a brand new outdoor, year-round pool, and hot tubs opened to hotel guests as well as a spacious, fully-equipped fitness studio while expanded services to the hotel included a wine & cheese guest reception, dedicated concierge, après-ski yoga sessions, and child care.

Revelstoke Mountain ResortUpon completion, the Resort will offer more than 20 lifts and over 100 ski and snowboard runs, transforming the area into a world-class destination. The four-season resort will include over 5,000 new housing units (1,500 resort condominiums, 2,000 hotel suites, 850 townhomes, and 550 single-family lots), as well as more than 500,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, plus a resort-style golf course.

On-mountain, the Turtle Creek Beginner Area and Tube Park opened for the first time in January 2012 and was well received by guests of all ages. The Kids’ Revelstoke Outdoors Centre, activity centre and snow school also in its inaugural year, was a great success and made good use of the new base area beginner slope. Introductory snowmaking on the lower mountain made a significant difference in the quality of the snow base and its longevity, enhancing the ski experience on lower mountain trails and the new Turtle Creek Beginner Area & Tube Park.

To enhance the Revelstoke Mountain Resort experience, the following additional features will be available for the 2013/2014 winter season:

  • Improved Ninja Traverse – The Ninja Traverse has been Sumo Sized! They’ve widened and groomed this trail to provide an easy and smooth return to the base of the Stoke Chair.
  • 007 Upgrade – 007 has been remodeled with a cut-through run to improve access to Mid-Mountain Lodge.
  • Snowmaking – Upgraded to improve lower mountain skiing and Village access.
  • Better Beginner Terrain – Greenhorn and The Last Spike have been widened and realigned from top to bottom for improved skiing. In addition, a widened access trail provides more green skiing options on Lower Mountain.
  • Faster Opening – New bomb tram installed at the Sweet Spot entrance to North Bowl to provide faster opening times on powder days.
  • Run Additions – Two new runs are being developed off the Stoke Chair.
  • Glades Galore! – Tasty Glades and Rollercoaster area (now Tally-Ho Glades) have been aggressively gladed for similar spacing to The Ripper glades. The Stoke base has improved visibility and access.
  • Mid-Mountain Lodge is now “Revelation Lodge” – New management has brought new menu options to Revelation Lodge.
  • Wino Renamed “The Village Tavern” – Reimagined for 2013 / 2014, enjoy a new après experience at the Resort Village Base.
  • Snowshoe Tours – Available daily from the top of the Gondola!
  • Calgary Shuttle – Dedicated shuttle bus operations all winter from Calgary International Airport (YYC).
  • FREE Family Fun – Free tubing all winter for Season Pass holders. They’re also continuing the Tot/Chaperone program which provides parents with a complimentary lift ticket when skiing with children aged 5 and under.

RMR1In November’s issue of Powder Magazine, they ranked the top 64 places to ski powder in North America based on Powder Per Person (or P3), which took into account things like vertical, snowfall, and skiable acreage. These rankings were used as a way to seed each of the 16 ski areas per region in a 64-team March Madness-style bracket, called Ski Town Throwdown.

The initial evaluation was done by Powder Magazine, using the P3 rating, and Revelstoke Mountain Resort easily made it past the first round. But now your help is needed to beat Whitewater in Nelsen, BC – they won the final competition last year and it’s going to be close to beat them in the next round of voting! Round 2 voting happens for 24 hours only and is on Halloween – October 31.

To vote, go to Facebook.com/PowderMag on October 31 and vote for Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Mark your calendars!

Fall Colours As Seen Through The Eyes of Autumn

autumn_leaves_196054A new season means a fresh colour palette, and the fall 2013 palette is loving versatility and experimentation. As the leaves change, so does the ability to try a new fashion for brisk days ahead. The transition into colder weather is now much brighter simulating warmth and heat.

This year, the fall runways were bursting with rich colours, with every jewel tone imaginable appearing on statement pieces from coats, shoes, pants and bags.

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color_autumn_natureNo, Valentine’s Day hasn’t come early, but the colour of love will be present in a major way well before February 14. You can evoke your inner ‘lady in red’ through everything from statement coats to workwear. For a fun day look, let your toes pop in a sky-high virtual pink sneaker wedge.

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Thinking about getting rid of your army jackets? Don’t. This season that perfect shade of military or ‘moss’ appeared all over the runways. Try layering lighter and darker shades together. If you think you’ve ended up looking like you’re about to enter a battle (albeit a rather chic one), you’re probably doing it right.

Orange
yellow_maple_leaves_210243This season’s orange is as bold as it gets, appearing in the exact shade of the traffic cone. There’s nothing safe about this fashion statement, but we do recommend wearing it for a great way to stay safe while walking late at night or biking around the city.

Which colours are you going to wear this autumn?

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Be Treated Like a Star at the Vancouver International Film Festival

celebrity_67202458Fledgling filmmakers practice their craft far from the glitter of Hollywood. In backyards, in small studios, or on local sets, they transform their vision into a film that they hope will one day be seen by thousands or even millions of people around the world. What they may lack in budget and star power they more than make up for in raw ambition.

Independent filmmakers might remain forever in obscurity were it not for film festivals. These annual events, where films are screened and professionally judged, are held around the world. At film festivals, cinema fans can see the new — and sometimes daring — films they would never be able to find in their local movie theaters.

Film festivals give new talent an opportunity to shine, while also showcasing the work of already well-known and respected filmmakers. Festivals can range from huge, star-studded events, such as the Cannes festival in France or the Sundance Film Festival in the United States, to small, independent, local awards that garner just a few hundred attendees. But all festivals have something in common: They celebrate the art of film and they champion the artists who produce it.

You no longer need to read Vogue or watch Entertainment Tonight to learn how to emanate a celebrity. You simply need to attend the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). From September 26 until October 11, VIFF will do three things that make their festival unique: screen the largest selection of East Asian films outside of that region, has one of the biggest showcases of Canadian film in the world, and has a large and important nonfiction program.

As the host hotel for the festival, The Sutton Place Hotels has created a star-studded VIFF package for one lucky Facebook follower and their guest which includes round-trip airfare for two, airport pick-up and drop-off, tickets to VIFF’s opening night including movie and gala, and breakfast the next day. Visit The Sutton Place Hotels’ Facebook Page, ‘Like’ the page, ‘Share’ the VIFF posts, and you will automatically be entered to win a celebrity package.

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Why We Can’t Wear White After Labour Day

white after labour day 6The post–Labour Day moratorium on white clothing and accessories has long ranked among etiquette hard-liners’ most sacred rules. For instance, as punishment for breaking it in the 1994 movie Serial Mom, Patty Hearst’s character was murdered by a punctilious psychopath. But ask your average etiquette expert how that rule came to be, and chances are that even she couldn’t explain it. So why aren’t we supposed to wear white after Labour Day?

white after labour day 3One common explanation is practical. For centuries, wearing white in the summer was simply a way to stay cool — like changing your dinner menu or putting slipcovers on the furniture. Not only was there no air-conditioning, but people did not go around in t-shirts and halter tops. They wore what we would now consider fairly formal clothes. And white is of a lighter weight.

But beating the heat became fashionable in the early to mid-20th century. All the magazines and tastemakers were centred in big cities, usually in northern climates that had seasons. In the hot summer months, white clothing kept New York fashion editors cool. But facing, say, heavy fall rain, they might not have been inclined to risk sullying white ensembles with mud — and that sensibility was reflected in the glossy pages of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, which set the tone for the country.

This is all sound logic, but that’s exactly why it may be wrong. Very rarely is there actually a functional reason for a fashion rule.

white after labour day 4Instead, other historians speculate, the origin of the no-white-after–Labour Day rule may be symbolic. In the early 20th century, white was the uniform of choice for Americans well-to-do enough to decamp from their city digs to warmer climes for months at a time: light summer clothing provided a pleasing contrast to drabber urban life. If you look at any photograph of any city in America in the 1930s, you’ll see people in dark clothes. By contrast, the white linen suits and Panama hats at snooty resorts were “a look of leisure.”

Labour Day, celebrated on the first Monday of September, marked the traditional end of summer; the well-heeled vacationers would stow their summer duds and dust off their heavier, darker-coloured fall clothing.

white after labour day 7By the 1950s, as the middle class expanded, the custom had calcified into a hard-and-fast rule. Along with a slew of commands about salad plates and fish forks, the no-whites dictum provided old-money élites with a bulwark against the upwardly mobile. But such mores were propagated by aspirants too: those savvy enough to learn all the rules increased their odds of earning a ticket into polite society.

Some etiquette buffs don’t buy this explanation, however. There are always people who want to attribute everything in etiquette to snobbery. There were many little rules that people did dream up in order to annoy those from whom they wished to disassociate themselves.

Coco ChanelWhatever its origin, the Labour Day rule is perennially met with resistance from high-fashion quarters. As far back as the 1920s, Coco Chanel made white a year-round staple. It was a permanent part of her wardrobe. Fashion rules are meant to be broken by those who can pull it off, and white looks really fresh when people aren’t expecting it.

Much to the chagrin of sartorial purists, that skepticism of the Labour Day law has seeped into mainstream America. From 1960s counterculture to the present day — white after labour day 2where would-be fashionistas get as many ideas from blogs and friends as from magazines and Fashion Week — more people than ever are breaking the rule. Even the 2004 manners bible, Emily Post’s Etiquette, 17th Edition, gives the go-ahead for wearing white after Labour Day.

No matter what side of the fence you sit on, it doesn’t seem proper for The Sutton Place Hotels to decide whether white can be worn after Labour Day. But… Coco Chanel famously wore white whenever she wanted, so why shouldn’t we?

Edmonton’s Old Strathcona is a Must-Visit Neighbourhood

Whyte AvenueHome to trendy Whyte Avenue, the busy University of Alberta, and a history that extends back over 117 years, Edmonton’s Old Strathcona District is the cultural, fashion, and culinary epicentre of the capital region. This neighbourhood, located on the south side of the North Saskatchewan River, is one of the few regions of Edmonton where heritage buildings are preserved and celebrated. The brickwork of the shops along Whyte Avenue, the centre of Old Strathcona, hints at a history extending back to the late 1800s. Originally called “South Edmonton,” the area was chosen as the northern terminus for a railway that extended from Calgary, completed in 1891. It is said the railway company wanted to capitalize on any future land value of the railroad terminus, so rather than extending the tracks over the North Saskatchewan River into then-Edmonton, they stopped on the riverbanks and created the new South Edmonton. It turned out to be a wise business move — South Edmonton soon overtook Edmonton as the region’s commerce centre, and land valued increased as expected.

Edmonton trainThe trains brought settlers; South Edmonton was a town by 1899 and designated “The City of Strathcona” in 1907. Construction of the first buildings began around today’s 103rd street — many of which still stand today. In fact, today’s Strathcona Hotel was one of the first buildings erected. Growth continued, and in 1912, the citizens of Strathcona voted themselves into Edmonton.

Growth in the area ebbed and flowed for the next few decades — but Strathcona’s fortunes changed in the 1970s, when, during an economic upswing, Edmonton’s downtown core was essentially demolished and rebuilt anew. Strathcona was spared this “revitalization.” This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it set the area up for its historic designation in the coming decades. Old StrathconaAs the area transformed from “run-down” to “heritage,” today’s Old Strathcona was born. In 2007, The Old Strathcona Provincial Historic Area was created — ensuring the preservation neighbourhood’s character for future generations to enjoy.

When staying at The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton, Old Strathcona is a must-visit neighbourhood. Within about 30 square blocks, you can enjoy more than 100 places to eat and drink, 54 clothing shops, 40 hair and body care stores, nine book and magazine stores, 25 health and wellness services, and the most live theatre per capita in Canada.

Old Strathcona Farmer's MarketBeyond the storefronts and eateries, though, there are some great community attractions in the neighbourhood as well. Every Saturday, year-round, residents and visitors alike flock to the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market (10310 – 83 Ave.) to pick up fresh baked goods, organic produce and meat, arts and crafts, and generally enjoy the hustle bustle. Also, from May 20 to September 4, one can take in a sky-high ride aboard the Edmonton Radial Railway Society High Level Streetcar — a throwback to the days when Edmontonians travelled in style aboard San Francisco-like streetcars. (The sky high part comes when you cross the North Saskatchewan River from 46 metres above, atop of the High Level Bridge.) There are also bus tours, guided walking tours and heritage museums and houses to explore.

Edmonton Fashion WeekSeveral of Edmonton’s signature events take place in Old Strathcona. The beginning of April brings Edmonton Fashion Week, where local, Canadian and international designers have their haute couture on display at the Transalta Arts Barn (10330-83 Ave). Also in the first week of April is the Night Of Artists, where more than 200 musicians, dancers, poets, storytellers and more get together in the Transalta Arts Barn. Beyond that, summer brings the Jazz Festival and Canada’s Largest Fringe Festival and winter brings the annual Ice on Whyte ice carving competition, among so many other events.

But perhaps the best pleasure Old Strathcona brings is also its simplest: just enjoying the atmosphere of Edmonton’s trendiest, most historic, and most culturally diverse neighbourhood. It is people watching at its finest!

Holiday Heaven for all Wine lovers

Wine GrapesCanada’s wine-making history is relatively short. Beginning in the early 1800s, some of the early European settlers experimented with planting vinifera species from their home country, but these often succumbed to vine diseases in the heat and humidity of summers, and froze to death in the frigid winters. However, indigenous grapes could withstand these conditions. European varietals were still being tested, but labrusca and riparia grapes and their hybrids such as Vidal Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Baco Noir, Concord, Niagara, Duchess and Maréchal Foch made up the majority of the wines. Suffice to say, these were not the stuff of global acclaim.

In the early 1900s, Canada saw a sweeping temperance movement that enacted a Prohibition in most of the provinces from 1901 in Prince Edward Island, ending for most of the country in 1930 (Prince Edward Island finally relented in 1948). This had similar consequences and black-market equivocations as the American one.

It wasn’t until after the World Wars and the consumer shift from preferring sweet wines to drier styles that the Canadian wine industry stepped things up. In the 1960s, better technology in wine-growing and production allowed local wine-makers to work with better quality, cool-climate vinifera grapes. Riesling, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier could be planted and maintained for whites. Reds consist of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Merlot and Syrah.

VineyardThrough the latter part of the 20th century into the 21st, Canadian wines saw vast improvements in production and quality. Wine societies were formed in the provinces to support and promote the local wine industries.

Ontario Rieslings were the first to garner attention for their excellence. These are produced in every style from dry to sweet, including Botrytis (“noble rot”) dessert wines and Icewines from frozen late harvest grapes. The Vidal grape is also suited to late harvest wines and Icewine styles and has become a notable regional specialty.

Cabernet Franc has become the starring red grape throughout most of Canada, finding its own expressions in different regions. While it is only used as a blending grape in Bordeaux, as in the Loire, Cabernet Franc is capable of high quality solo work as a single varietal release. These range from medium-bodied fruity and herbal versions to styles with denser cassis and chocolate characteristics through extended oak ageing.

Gamay Noir is the specialty of Ontario. These range from young, fruity wines in the carbonic maceration style of Beaujolais Nouveaux to those with more extensive ageing and richer flavors. Bordeaux varietals and blends are also popular in Ontario and British Columbia.

From The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver, there are a handful of wineries, such as LuLu Island, located within a half hour’s drive south near Richmond and New Westminster.pinot noir grapesThese boutique operations often source grapes from the Okanagan Valley and other growing regions, crushing and making whites, reds, and Icewines on site at the winery. Vancouver Island is home to more than two dozen vineyards, too. Popular grapes include pinot noir, Ortega, gewürztraminer, and several colder-climate grapes. Most Vancouver Island wineries are located on the Saanich Peninsula or in the Cowichan Valley. A unique way to embark on a wine-tasting experience across the Strait of Georgia is by taking a floatplane to Victoria.

Boasting nearly 82 per cent of the total vineyard acreage in British Columbia, the Okanagan Valley is BC’s premier grape growing region.  An ever-changing panorama, the valley stretches over 250 kilometres, across distinct sub-regions, each with different soil and climate conditions suited to a growing range of varietals. With more than 150 B.C wineries located in the Okanagan Valley, The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort is an easy hour and a half drive to the vineyard. The valley itself is known for its picturesque wineries overlooking Okanagan Lake and for producing some of the best Icewines in the world plus a variety of other wines covering everything from sparkling to red, white, and dessert. From world-class operations to family-run boutique vineyards, Okanagan wineries are rich with character and consistently ranked among the world’s best at International competitions.

Beautiful, beautiful Revelstoke

The picturesque town of Revelstoke, British Columbia is surrounded by national, provincial, and community parks, lakes, alpine mountains, and rivers. The Selkirk and Monashee Mountains completely surround Revelstoke; The Columbia and Illecillewaet Rivers flow into the township; and Upper Arrow Lake and Lake Revelstoke anchor the community. Revelstoke is more than a winter wonderland; it is the perfect place to spend a summer day while the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, and the birds are singing.

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Edmonton: Canada’s Festival City

Edmonton Skyline

Edmonton Skyline

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Art Gallery of Alberta

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Alberta Legislature

The Heritage Amphitheatre - Edmonton

The Heritage Amphitheatre

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Sunrise Over the River Valley

The City of Edmonton is a vibrant and exciting place in Alberta! With over 30 different festivals throughout the year, it has certainly earned its name of Festival City. Residents of and visitors to Edmonton can explore the beautiful river valley, where the green and gold of the fall trees inspired the University of Alberta’s own colours. Edmonton is home to over 20 theatre companies and the new, visually inspiring Art Gallery of Alberta.

Old Strathcona is a bustling area, with a thriving Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and a lively bar scene at night. Visitors to Edmonton should take a moment out of their visit to explore the local shops and restaurants in the district. A plethora of parks appeal to the outdoor-lovers of any group and in the beautiful prairie summer months, they are the perfect place to sit down and relax. The Alberta Legislature, the capital of the province, impresses with its manicured gardens and wading pool for cooling off in the summertime.

The Heritage Amphitheatre is the largest of its kind in Western Canada. The landmark’s distinctive white canopy offers excellent acoustics and an open view of William Hawrelak Park. It has fixed-seating for 1,100 patrons in the safety of a permanent structure with additional festival seating for 2,900 on attractively landscaped grassy slopes, for a comfortable capacity of 4,000 patrons.

Many of Edmonton’s Festivals make the Heritage Amphitheatre home, including The Free Will Shakespeare Festival, The Labatt Blues Festival, and the Symphony under the Sky Festival. Each year, over 50,000 visitors enjoy the unique natural and cultural setting this facility offers.

There are numerous other festivals that do not call the Heritage Amphitheatre home, but are strongholds in the Edmonton festival scene.

The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, July 5-14, 2013, is Canada’s oldest celebration of street theatre. Streetfest is home to over 1,500 exciting and entertaining outdoor performances by musicians, jugglers, acrobats, and unicyclists.

The Heritage Festival, August 3-5, 2013, is Canada’s longest-established multicultural celebration. Savour the tastes from around the planet, all in the great green river valley.

The acclaimed Edmonton Folk Music Festival, August 8-11, 2013, is the biggest in North America. International performers and composers rate it one of the world’s top 3.

The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, August 15-25, 2013, is North America’s largest live theatre event. It attracts 500,000 visitors to over 1,000 live theatre experiences each year.

Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, Edmonton offers countless unique festivals and special events that celebrate the performing arts, cultural diversity, music, sports, and international cuisine. Fear not. There is always something to do.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

What is a Canadian? A Canadian is a fellow wearing English tweeds, a Hong Kong shirt, and Spanish shoes who sips Brazilian coffee sweetened with Philippine sugar from a Bavarian cup while nibbling Swiss cheese, sitting at a Danish desk over a Persian rug, after coming home in a German car from an Italian movie all with a smile on his face saying, “What a great day, eh?”

No matter where you’re from, or what you believe in, we can all agree  Canada is our, “True North strong and free.”

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British Columbia – Agassiz

Jasper National Park

Alberta – Jasper National Park

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Saskatchewan – Canadian Pacific Railway

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Manitoba – Lake Winnipeg

Ontario - Algonquin Park

Ontario – Algonquin Park

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Quebec – Mont Tremblant

Newfoundland - Puffin Nest Island

Newfoundland – Puffin Nest Island

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Prince Edward Island – Covehead Lighthouse

Nova Scotia - Bay of Fundy Humpback whale

Nova Scotia – Humpback Whale in the Bay of Fundy

New Brunswick - longest wooden covered bridge

New Brunswick – Hartland

Yukon- Northern Lights

Yukon Territory – Night Sky Stars, clouds, and Northern Lights

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Northwest Territories – Sambaa Deh Falls

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Nunavut – sunset on the High Arctic

To Dads Everywhere, Happy Father’s Day

Father's DayAccording to history, when Sonora Smart Dodd’s father passed away in 1909, she wanted to honour him for raising six children as a single parent. To say thank you, she chose to celebrate his love in June because that’s when his birthday was. Little did she know that 15 years later, in 1924, her initiative would lead American president Calvin Coolidge to proclaim the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.

Today, countries around the world celebrate this holiday on different days. Spain, along with the majority of European countries celebrates on March 19, while Latin America follows the American tradition of the third Sunday in June. Though the dates and celebrations differ by country, what remains the same is the spirit of family.

In Spain, since the Catholic Church holds a significant influence, Father’s Day is celebrated on St. Joseph’s Day, which falls on March 19. St. Joseph’s Day is a Roman Catholic feast holiday to commemorate the life of the patron saint of carpenters, Joseph, who set the example of fatherhood as the foster father of Jesus.

Canna FlowerIn Thailand, Father’s Day is celebrated on December 5, the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyade who is very much beloved by the Thais. Tradition is that everyone wears yellow on Father’s Day, the official colour of Monday, the day of the week the King was born. Children begin the day by presenting their fathers with a Canna flower, which is considered to be a masculine plant.

In Japan, children give their fathers handmade beer glasses, Japanese candies or sweets, or sandals. Lunch or dinner usually involves crab, prawns, or other seafood.

Father's Day Gift

Similar to a typical Father’s Day celebration in Canada, South African children present their fathers with gifts such as flowers, cards, and ties. People in South Africa often enjoy picnics on Father’s Day or spend the afternoon fishing in hopes of securing a catch for dinner.

Show your father how special he really is with The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver’s traditional brunch featuring an array of savoury brunch fare and delicious desserts. Click here for details.

The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort Has Endless Snow Fun

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It may be hard to believe, but not everyone in the world excels at skiing and snowboarding. A well timed fall on a hard icy surface can be enough to send even the most enthusiastic learner packing – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other fun snow activities to pursue!

If you’re heading up to The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort this season, and skiing or snowboarding is not your forte, or you simply want to enjoy some family fun, then there is a new park that may pique your interest.

Specially designed to offer users the most thrilling tubing experience available, Turtle Creek Beginner Area & Tube Park features three lanes of snow tubing heaven chock-full of slopes, plateaus, and fast riding fun. The park is family-friendly, yet provides an exciting sliding experience that rivals even the best hillside fun. Open both day and night, it’s the ideal spot for a little pre and post dinner snow amusement.

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A Convenient Lift Too!

Another perk to the park is its ease of access. Built with functionality in mind, tubers can ride all the way down to the new Magic Carpet lift, and get easy access to their next tube run – saving on the mountain climbing and allowing for more downhill fun time.

The new 175m Magic Carpet lift sits adjacent to the Revelation Gondola line, from the village station, making it the perfect blend of convenience and location for those staying in the village.

A Little Practice Goes a Long Way

However, if you want to give skiing and snowboarding a second go, then we highly recommend Turtle Creek’s Beginner Area. Not just an average hill, the Beginner Area was designed specifically to enhance the different learning phases of a new skier or snowboarder.

Using a ‘progressive pitch,’ the slope features 5%, 10%, and 15% pitch variances that allow learners to gradually increase their difficulty levels as they advance their skills. In addition, the area is less than 50 steps away from the snow school at the Revelstoke Outdoors Centre, making expert guidance just a slide away.

No matter your favourite snow sport, you’ll always find a wealth of activities to do at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. With inches of snow already, the season is proving to be most promising indeed, which is why The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort has exclusive (family) packages for the season. After all, if there’s one thing that skiers, snowboarders, tubers and sliders have in common, it’s the desire to bundle up by a luxuriously cozy room with a delicious hot beverage in hand after a long day spent in the snow.

To find out more about The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s winter packages, click here.

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A Sutton Guide to Seasonal Shopping in Vancouver

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There are an unlimited number of sights and sounds to see in downtown Vancouver on any given day. Whether it’s views of snow-capped mountains and the majestic Stanley Park seawall in Coal Harbour, or fiery pink sunsets and sandy beaches in English Bay, the variety here is endless. In fact, so vast is the diversity in downtown Vancouver that it comes as a shock to most people when you tell them that the entire contents of the compact metropolis fit within a two to three kilometre radius.

Surrounded by sea on three sides, you can jaunt from shore to shore in record time, and likely, you’ll also notice that each exciting district has a completely different personality from the next. In addition, all of them are just brimming with stunning sights, cultural flavours, and, most importantly (for this time of year), shopping districts to enjoy.

Whether you are looking for chic brand name designers, hidden local gems or some of the best vintage finds around, this city has it all – and with the holidays just around the corner, we’ve compiled an insider’s list of the best stores, districts, and hideaways that money can buy.

Where to Start

Set in the heart of the city, it’s no surprise that The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver has a keen eye for the best retailers around. All you need to discover these great areas is your best pair of shopping shoes and a taste for hot trends and sleek styles. Then, simply step outside our doors and begin the fabulous journey that is downtown Vancouver.

Robson Street

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Crowned as Vancouver’s most popular shopping street, this colourful area boasts some of the most famous top-tier labels around, in addition to spectacular Canadian brands – perfect for visitors looking for Canuck couture to bring home. Some of the top highlights include Vancouver’s flagship Coach store, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Zara, Banana Republic, Aldo, and Camper.

For great Canadian buys, famous homegrown names here include: Roots, B2 (a trendy version of Browns), Aritzia, Lululemon, Club Monaco (founded by Canadians Alfred Sung and Joe Mimran) and La Senza.

The best part about this district, however, is the compact efficiency it provides for shoppers with limited time. All aforementioned stores exist within a three block radius, along with a host of other popular brands, restaurants, and ever increasing number of cafes (in case you didn’t know – Vancouverites love their coffee).

Granville Street

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Historic Granville Street has been home to a whirlwind of changes over the century. From the heart of entertainment during the roaring twenties, to grunge central in the eighties, and now the center of Vancouver’s eccentric entertainment, arts and retro scene, you can definitely find unique finds here.

Among the most popular stores are: Urban Outfitters, Joe Fresh (also opened by Canadian style icon Joe Mimran), John Fleuvog (also Canadian), Bedo(also Canadian), Future Shop, Winners, and iconic shopping centre – Pacific Centre Mall – home to Holt Renfrew and a barrage of over 90 of North America’s most popular brands.

Not to be outdone, Granville Street also has a wide range of chic retro vintage and second hand stores including Cherry Bomb, The Hanging Rose and Used House of Vintage.

Gastown

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As Vancouver’s most historic neighbourhood, this district is home to some of the coolest shopping around. Imagine high-end independent designers that you can’t get anywhere else, housed inside historically preserved Victorian buildings and lofts, sitting upon cobble stone streets while being lit by old fashioned gas lamp posts (all fitted with modern-day light bulbs thankfully). Plus, the cherry on top? A real live steam clock that puffs away like it was built yesterday.

There are over 180 shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars in this community, and if you’re looking to find unique finds, then this is the place to go. Among some of the most popular stores are: Roden Gray, Dutil, New World Designs, Ego Closet, Haven, Hitz Boutique, Dream Apparel, Anti-Hero, Productions and, for the deal seeker, Army & Navy – famous for their annual shoe sale.

Yaletown

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Much like Gastown, Yaletown has distinct elements of its history blended into its hip presence. Once Vancouver’s former industrial shipping yard, it used to be dominated by warehouses, rail yards, and shipping businesses. Then the area underwent a revolution with Expo ‘86, and has since transformed into one of the poshest neighbourhoods around. You’ll find in abundance here Concord Pacific high rise apartments, revamped warehouse lofts, original brick facades and glamorous young professionals from corner to corner.

Popular shopping picks include: Fine Finds, Atomic Model, Basquait, Mala Kuja Moda, Mavi, Babe Belangere Boutique and Revolucion.

Whatever fashion find you may be looking for this season, downtown Vancouver makes a great pick for all your shopping needs. Plus, if you’re brave enough to tackle all neighbourhoods in one day, rest assured that our Sutton Place Hotel will be waiting for you to rest your weary – but stylishly attired – feet.

For more information about The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver’s Shopping Packages, click here.

Our Edmonton Hotel Gives Everyone ‘A Taste of Christmas’

 

For many, the holiday season signifies the beginning of a long process involving planning, prepping, mashing, whipping, basting and baking – all in the name of creating the perfect Christmas dinner. In the world of sugar and spice and everything nice, this perfect dinner consists of having all your turkey and stuffing prepared weeks in advance, while still having countless free time to entertain your guests as everything warms magically in the oven.

However, though we’d all like to put on our best Julia Child impression for the season, the truth is that for most of us, preparing the big holiday feast is something akin to a Mr. Bean episode, complete with comical mishaps, scrapes, burns, laughs, tears and all.
Not to worry though, there are other alternatives to cooking during the holidays, and our Sutton Place Hotel in Edmonton is one such example.

From December 11th – 14th & 18th – 21st, you can indulge in a traditional dinner with all the fixings, held in the elegant setting of our Grande Ballroom. For $32.00 a person, the dinner includes a carefully chosen range of festive dishes that cater to all tastes, and has a wide variety of healthy, cultural, and indulgent choices to pick from, including:

Salads
Traditional Caesar Salad
Sutton Greens with Assorted Dressings
German Style Potato Salad
Cucumber & Tomato Salad
Sesame Shrimp Salad
Greek Salad
Asian Coleslaw
Served with a Variety of Home Style Breads

Chilled Delights
Smoked Salmon
Marinated Mussels
Cocktail Shrimp
Smoked Mackerel
Assorted Sliced Deli Meats with Pickles, Mustards & Horseradish
Garden Vegetables with Dip

Entrees
Baked Salmon with Fennel & Orange Beurre Blanc
Roast Beef au jus
Roast Turkey with Sage & Onion Dressing
Baked Three Cheese Cannelloni
Potato & Cheese Perogies with Onions & Sour Cream
Rice Filled Cabbage Rolls in Tomato Sauce
Tourtiere
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Braised Red Cabbage & Vegetable Medley

Desserts
A Selection of Christmas Favorites including:
Chocolate & Cranberry Bread Pudding
Walnut Torte
Shortbread
English Trifle
Mincemeat Tarts
Christmas Yule Logs
Nut Brittle
Imported & Domestic Cheese with Seasonal Fruit

Christmas Punch, Coffee & Tea

Quite simply the best meal in town, this is the perfect way to treat your friends and family to a stress free holiday meal cooked by expert chefs. Plus, if you feel like checking out the festivities in town, our location is set right in the heart of the city, making it a prime spot for every major holiday get together.

With tickets still available, it’s safe to say that sometimes, Christmas is best served with a side of stress-free simplicity.

It’s divine!

To find out more information about The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton’s ‘A Taste of Christmas’, click here.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. To make your reservations, please call 780.441.3011.

Sutton Makes the Season Sparkle with ‘Home for the Holidays – A Sutton Tree Pageant’

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It may still be the first week of December, but the holiday festivities are well underway at The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver.  From November 29th, 2012 – January 2nd, 2013 our Vancouver location will be showcasing our annual charity tree event, “Home for the Holidays – A Sutton Tree Pageant” which raises funds for the PALS Autism School.

Since 2005, we have partnered with local companies during the holiday season to create signature trees that will be showcased in our lobby for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

This year’s participants eager to hang, hook, prune and ornament will be:

AccenTrix Designs
Vibrant Design Group Inc.
Sublime Interior Design Ltd.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Wakefield Home Builders
Enviable Designs
Space Harmony
North Trek Promotions Inc.
Spirithouse
Urban Presentations
Exit Right Stage

To kick off the celebration, we hosted an exciting reception featuring music, drinks and hors d’oeuvres from Fleuri Restaurant. With over 100 attendees, the event was an absolute success and allowed everyone to view the sparkling tree masterpieces while helping a good cause.

Guests, locals, tourists and passersby are encouraged to visit the hotel to cast votes for their favourite tree through a donation to PALS Autism School. All voters will also be entered to win these fabulous prizes too:

  • Two ‘Weekend Getaway’ packages: A two-night stay at The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver including breakfast for two each morning, and a two-night stay at The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort including two ‘one-day’ lift passes.
  • ‘Island Getaway’ package: a two-night stay at the Hotel Grand Pacific and two roundtrip tickets from Vancouver to Victoria on Helijet.
  • ‘Island Getaway’ package two: Two roundtrip tickets from Vancouver to Victoria on Helijet.
  • A two-night stay at The Pacific Sands Beach Resort in Tofino, British Columbia.
  • ‘Couples Massage’ package: 60 minute treatment including exclusive Vida Spa products.
  •  Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory $100 gift card.
  • ‘Sunset Dinner Cruise’ for two with Harbour Cruises. (Two prizes to be awarded)
  • A two-night stay at The Tigh-Na-Mara Resort in Parksville, BC.

With so many prizes to win, plus an amazing cause to support, we are proud to share the season of giving with our exceptional tree designers and prize sponsors.  Please stop by to cast your vote and to help out a great cause.

PALS

The Sutton Place Revelstoke Mountain Resort Gears Up for Winter Excitement

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With the winter season approaching quickly, the Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort is giddy with anticipation over the flurry of activities lined up for the snowy season. From world-class competitions to exciting camps and retreats, skiers and snowboarders are sure to find their fill at RMR in 2013.  

The Return of the Freeride World Tour in 2013

January 7 – 12

As one of the world’s biggest ski and snowboard events, the Swatch Freeride World Tour is guaranteed to showcase some of the best winter athletes in the world.

Even better, for 2013, the Swatch Freeride World Tour is joining forces with The North Face Masters of Snowboarding, to create the new “Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face.”

The tour has an exclusive tour circuit (only 6 resorts in the world have been selected to participate), with Revelstoke Mountain Resort standing as the only Canadian resort to host the event in 2013. Revelstoke Mountain Resort was also the proud host for last year’s 5-star championship event, and received high praise from organizers and athletes alike. Famed skier Drew Tabke said of the venue:

“The best event last year was the combined event at Revelstoke. This event represented the ideal outcome of this merger of the two tours – a legitimate representation of the world’s best riders competing on a world-class venue.”

Sure to entice enthusiasts from around the world, there will be so much to see on and off the mountain, so make sure you make your reservations far in advance!

New Heli Ski Camps to Hit the Slopes with Pro Power

If you’ve ever wanted lessons from a pro, then Revelstoke’s New Heli Ski Camps are right up your alley. The Heli Ski Camps have recruited some of the biggest talent in the world, including professional Salomon athletes Chris Rubens and Leah Evans. The two skilled experts will provide an array of specialty programs on the mountain, which they know well from their experiences during the Freeride World Tour – Revelstoke’s signature athletic event.

With many avid skiers jumping to book the camps, the events and their guest coaches are creating a huge interest for the mountain resort – so much so that a second Women’s Retreat has been set up already. Chloë Lanthier, director & owner of the X-Training School and an accomplished world class endurance athlete will spearhead the second Women’s Retreat – which is sure to be a huge hit.

Those seeking a journey unlike any other can also sign up for a specialty excursion with 1994 Canadian Olympic Gold Medallist – Men’s Moguls, Jean Luc Brassard. Brassard will head the 6-day trip at Revelstoke from March 30-April 6, 2013 through Voyages Gendron and will guide students through  lift skiing and 3 days of heli skiing with Selkirk Tangiers. It’s guaranteed to be a once in a life time experience with some of the most breathtaking scenery and powder in the world.

For more information on the camps, click below:

Steeps Camp with Chris Rubens

 http://www.selkirk-tangiers.com/multi-day-packages/steeps-camps

Women’s Retreat with Leah Evans and Chloe Lanthier

http://www.selkirk-tangiers.com/multi-day-packages/womens-retreat

As always, The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort offers a variety of ski packages for the season, in addition to the best views in the city, so whether you want to take in the action of the championships, camps or simply want a ski getaway with family and friends, you can find something to suit your tastes with us.

For more information on The Sutton Place Hotel Mountain Resort ski packages and room rates, click here.

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Sutton Takes Pride in Our Products

People often say that ‘it’s the little things in life that make it grand.’ Here at The Sutton Place Hotel we value that sentimentality greatly and that’s why this week, we’re proud to highlight our toiletries exclusively made by Gilchrist & Soames.

Who Are They?

Though they may be little, these highly coveted items make a big difference to our guests. Why? Much like our hotels, Gilchrist & Soames take pride in providing clients with superior quality products that are consistently impressive and made with care and passion.

 For nearly fourty years, this London-based company has maintained an impeccable reputation among the luxury hotel community and guests. You could say that they are experts at what they do, and it shows in their mission statement:

  “At Gilchrist & Soames, our mission is to provide luxurious toiletry products and a concierge level of service to enhance the guest experience at the finest hotels and resorts around the world. We blend rich English formulations, botanical ingredients and unique aromas from around the world to create truly memorable hair, bath and body products. Our formulations and aromas are perfected only to the highest of exacting standards.”

 The Green Initiative

There are other reasons why we are proud to highlight the brand too. Much like us, they are committed to upholding responsible environmental practices. For example, where we hold a green key standard for our hotel practices, Gilchrist & Soames is partnered with Clean the World Foundation, Inc. (a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to saving lives and preserving the environment through a hotel amenities recycling program).

Where we take care to practice responsible:

  • Energy conservation
  • Water conservation
  • Solid waste management
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Indoor air quality
  • Community outreach
  • Building infrastructure
  • Land use
  • Environmental management

They take care to:

  • Study their ingredient’s impact on soil and water
  • Ensure that their packaging is minimal, recyclable and less wasteful

So yes, it’s the little things that matter because, when used in the right way, they can makebig changes.

To find out more about The Sutton Place Hotel’s green key practices, click here

 To find out more about Gilchrist & Soames, click here.

The Sutton Celebrates the Origins of Halloween

It’s a night full of frightful ghouls, scary pumpkin faces and dark foggy nights that send shivers down your spine. Halloween is among the most exciting times of the year, and yet, it may surprise you to find that its origins are ironically not dark and ominous, but filled with love.

Well, that may be stretching it a bit, but let’s say the holiday’s roots certainly aren’t as spooky as they are today.

The true meaning of Halloween actually dates back to ancient Celtic festivals that celebrated the summer’s end and autumn harvest. Back then it was also believed that during autumn, the physical and supernatural worlds came closer together, setting the stage for some supernatural occurrences.

In later years religious celebrations such as All Saints’ Day (also known as Hallowmas, All Hallows, and Hallowtide) and All Souls’ Day also became popular in the fall (and here is where the love part comes in) and allowed families to send their prayers and love to their dearly departed family members.

Eventually this day of homage developed some superstitious elements which are more akin to the Halloween practices that we see nowadays. For example, on All Saint’s Day people believed that wearing costumes and disguises could help them conceal their identities from angry or vengeful spirits, which is how the current tradition of wearing a Halloween costume got started.

As well, villagers and children used to partake in the act of “souling“, which was the practice of singing and saying prayers for the dead in return for soul cakes (treats). In Scotland, it was popular to carry lanterns made out of scooped out turnips while souling, which is how the practice of carving pumpkins got started in America.

So if you’re feeling a little timid or frightened this Halloween, just remember that realistically the day has some fairly friendly foundations, and if there is one thing you should be scared of, it’s not all the ghosts and goblins, but the calories in all those Halloween treats.

A Sutton Gentleman’s Guide the Perfect Martini

There are millions of tasty beverages served in bars around the world every day. Just one look at any bartender’s stash of mixes, liqueurs, liquors and garnishes, and your head begins to spin from the sheer volume of choices available. Much like a confectionary wonderland, you can find sugar-rimmed glasses filled with bright hues of red and blue, or scientific looking potions that beam a suspiciously neon shade of green. Yet, despite all the colours and fancy concoctions, there is still something to be said for keeping a drink simple…well actually, there is a lot to be said for keeping a drink simple.

 Simplicity – that’s where the Martini reigns supreme. Gin. Vermouth. Ice. Three simple ingredients with a delicately placed garnish and you’ve got yourself the tasty staple of upper class society. Even Mr. Bond himself knows that simple is stylishly cool – but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

 It’s almost ironic how difficult it is to create a good martini from 3 simple ingredients, but all experts will tell you, it takes time, patience and practice to achieve that flavour which is at once bold, smooth and fragrant without being overpowering. One of the most important factors to take into consideration is that the drink’s base – gin – is extremely complex on its own and can vary with its botanical essences from brand to brand. With flavour preferences varying from person to person, one just has to ensure that the essential flavour of juniper berry is present, and the rest can be decided by your palate.

 However, if you, like most folk, don’t have the most discerning palate then the following list of popular martini-approved gin brands will likely suffice.

 Bombay Original Gin

Many people are enticed by Bombay Sapphires luxurious looking blue bottle, but the real pros know that Bombay Original is the true martini maker’s delight. Made with only 8 botanicals this bottle has a more subtle kick than the Sapphire, and is more preferred by expert bartenders for martinis.

 Junipero

As you may have guessed, this gin has a strong essence of juniper berry. If you like to taste your botanicals, then this is your pick.

Tanqueray Ten

With a subtle citrus flavour, Tanqueray Ten is an excellent choice for those seeking a refreshing flavour. Though the brand is often chosen for gin and tonics, it also makes a great martini.

Plymouth English Gin

Many refer to this as the ideal gin for the ideal martini. Subtle and elegant with crisp, lingering flavors of citrus and juniper, it has a perfect balance that traditionalists stand by.

Beefeater

This gin has been around for generations, so many connoisseurs swear by its historically accurate recipe which is simple with hints of juniper, coriander, orange and lemon peels, angelica, liquorice, almond and orris root.

Vermouth
Though gin is the muscle of this drink, one could argue that vermouth is the joint that holds it all together. Though most people aren’t really sure what vermouth is (it’s a red or white wine flavored with aromatic herbs in case you were wondering) they do know that it can change the flavour of a martini drastically, which is why you need to make sure you pick the right one.

Most purists swear by the French-made Noilly Pratt. As one of the orginal mass-produced vermouths from way back when, it is trusted, tried and true and is made with dry white wine – the origins for the makings of a ‘dry’ martini. Many also say the same of the Italian-made Cinzano. Both brands come with a wide variety of sweet, dry and extra dry varieties so just ensure that you choose the one that applies to your favoured taste profile. There is also Martini Rossi, but some say it has a much stronger flavour than the other two, thus should be carefully administered in small quantities.

Now comes the real kicker: Should you drink your martini shaken or stirred? Well contrary to popular secret spy belief, all martinis should be stirred – not shaken. The reason being that shaking can ‘bruise’ the gin and change the flavour profile of the botanicals. However, many people prefer the little shards of ice that come with the shaken version of a martini, so the final decision is once again up to you.

Also important, a perfectly chilled martini glass and bottle of gin, along with a really fresh garnish. The two most commonly used garnishes are a lemon twist, which should come from an unwaxed lemon, or a green olive, which should be pitted and unstuffed (however, many people prefer the aesthetic appeal of the stuffed olive).

Then, and only then, are you ready to make your perfect martini. Ready?

Ingredients

100 ml of gin
25 ml of vermouth (dry is the most common)
1 inch strip of peel from an un-waxed lemon or a pitted green olive.

Instructions

  1. Pre-chill your shaker, glass, gin and vermouth.
  2. Once chilled, add ice to the shaker and measure in the required amounts of gin and vermouth. Shake or stir as required.
  3. Strain into your chilled glass and twist the lemon peel until it leaves a spritz of lemon oil on the surface of the cocktail. Or, poke the olive with a garnish skewer and place delicately in the glass.
  4. Serve holding by the stem.

Other Interesting Martini Facts

  • James Bond always orders a vodka martini, which actually is not a martini at all. Gin and only gin for the purists. Sorry Bond.
  • A dry martini uses a minimal amount of dry vermouth, where as a wet martini uses a lot of vermouth
  • A dirty martini has additional olive juice or brine poured into it, giving it a cloudy yet flavourful taste.
  • If you’re served a martini with a cocktail onion as a garnish, you are actually drinking a ‘Gibson’

So there you have it, while a rainbow coloured Bellini may entice your senses once in a while, the old classics will always have the upper hand. Why is that? Well simply put, simplicity is the essence of flavour – and you can’t get much better than that.

Come enjoy all martinis for just $9 every Monday at Gerard Lounge in The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver.

The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver Gets Glamorous for VIFF’S Annual Red Carpet Film Party

September 29th was all about style and silver screen sizzle at our Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver two weeks ago. Put together by Lighthouse Pictures, a local independent film company, and JetSet Crew, Vancouver’s premier event planning company,  the red carpet event featured the likes of Hollywood North’s most popular stars including: Gabrielle Miller (Moving Day, Call Me Fitz), Nicholas Lea (Crimes of Mike Recket), Roger Cross, Terry Chen (Continuum), Amanda Tapping, Zak Santiago (Random Acts of Romance), Adam Beach, the cast of Artic Air, Once Upon A Time, Motive, Falling Skies, Emily Owens, M.D. and many many more.

Enthusiastic Sutton Place Hotel Manager, Navid Sariolghalam, was onsite to witness all the star power first hand and had this to say of the successful event:

“The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver has always been a ‘home away from home’ to the stars because of our dedication to providing unparalleled luxury accommodations and friendly service.  We are proud to host Vancouver’s most prized film festival red carpet event every year because many of our guests come from this industry and have become like family to us. Plus it’s always a fun time!”

Hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Rick Campanelli, the hotel was packed with actors, directors, industry insiders and everyone in-between, all of whom got to experience The Sutton Place Hotel standard of luxury along with specially-made Belvedere martinis which were appropriately a ravishing red colour.

Party goers also had extra reason to indulge in their drinks because Belvedere Vodka and its Special Edition Bottles gave 50% of their profits to the Global Fund to fight HIV/ AIDS in Africa. In 2011 alone, contributions of these sales of (Belvedere) RED provided more than two million days of life-saving HIV/AIDS medicine.

Glamour, glitz and goodwill? We couldn’t have asked for a better ‘cocktail’ to kick off the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Time Saving Tips for Thanksgiving


Nothing beats the glory of a home-cooked Thanksgiving feast. From the joys of basking in the brilliance of your perfectly-cooked bird to the accolades and compliments from your friends and family, truly the turkey has a way of bringing everyone together…don’t you agree?

On the flip side of things there are also the countless hours of preparation that go into cooking your feast and the countless number of things that can go wrong. From not having enough time to defrost your bird to burning your potatoes and forgetting the dessert, there are equally as many pains as joys when making the perfect holiday meal.

That’s why The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver has their Thanksgiving Weekend at Fleuri Restaurant. Come join us on October 7th and 8th between 5:00pm – 10:00pm for a perfect setting for your friends and family, you can savour all the traditional delights cooked to perfection by our award-winning chefs, without the preparation, wait time or (drumroll please) dishes! Take a peek at our delicious 4-course Thanksgiving meal below.

Albacore Tuna Ceviche

mushroom tempura roll, curried carrot & radish salad,

crispy root vegetables

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Creamed Parsnip Soup

pear foam, roasted garlic & blue cheese panna cotta, red cabbage gel

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Roasted Turkey

potato purée, spiced sweet potato,

ragout of beans, legumes & brussel sprouts,

preserved fruit & walnut stuffing, natural turkey jus

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Pumpkin Meringue Tart

pumpkin crème brulée, warm pumpkin sponge,

caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream

If, however, you still prefer to keep the celebration at home, but you are running short on time, take solace in The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver’s ‘Turkey Express.’ Essentially your entire gourmet Thanksgiving meal to go,
our catering team will go through all braising, boiling, baking and basting trouble for you to create a mouth-watering tour de force that includes:

Menu

Roasted turkey
Apple sage stuffing
Seasonal vegetables
Mashed potatoes
Cranberry sauce
Gravy (2 Containers)
Dinner rolls (12)
Pumpkin Pie

Price: $325

Only 40 orders per day and the last order will be taken on October 5 th at noon (while quantities last).

Extras

Vegetable insert $25
Mashed potato insert $22
Cranberry sauce $17
Gravy $17
Bread rolls (12) $10
Stuffing $22
Pumpkin Pie $38 (or price of other cake from La Boulangerie)
Turkey ONLY $200
Ham ONLY $155
22 lbs. Turkey Express $400
Organic Turkey Express $400
The best part? You can pass all the goods off as your own, and no one will ever know! Now that’s something to be thankful for.

Wishing the best for this year’s holiday, Happy Thanksgiving from The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver.

The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton Gets Shopper Savvy

Like all of our Sutton Place Hotels, our Edmonton hotel is ideally situated to create a host of conveniences for our guests. Set directly in the center of the city, just a stone’s throw away Sir Winston Churchill Square and the bustling downtown Edmonton Arts & Entertainment District, it’s guaranteed that on any given day of the week, you’ll be entreated to an endless volume of metropolitan sights and sounds during your stay.

Even if you’re just stopping in for a short visit, we are connected by an indoor pedway to the Edmonton City Centre Mall, making shopping literally easier than walking out the front door.

Which brings us to the biggest new benefit about being set in the centre of the city: following suit after The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver’s successful program launch, our Edmonton location now has its very own Sutton Shopper Program.

Offering up to 40% off selected retailers at City Centre Mall, the popular guest program is perfect for everyone from guests who are picking up presents for home to visitors who need a little relaxing retail therapy.

Hailed as downtown Edmonton’s most popular mall, City Centre features everything high-end designer fashion to convenient everyday retail needs.

Just in time for the coming winter, we’re guessing there will be plenty of reason to stay indoors this season – which is good because shopping outdoors in 4 inch stilettos during minus 30 temperatures can be pretty difficult.

To see featured retailers and to find out more information about our program, click here.

The Sutton Place Hits the Road with the Luxury & Supercar Weekend – Shaughnessy Concours d’ Elegance

Though Vancouver is famed for the beauty of its nature, lush outdoor scenery and irreplaceable West Coast sea breeze, it does also celebrate the splendor of more ‘material/mehanical’ pursuits as well.

Take a drive down Robson Street, through Coal Harbour or Yaletown, and you’ll likely find several steely gems, ranging from Mercedes convertibles to top of the line Ferraris and Lamborghinis.  

While you can hunt through affluent neighborhoods for a peek at the ultimate driving fantasy, one stop at the Luxury & Supercar – Shaughnessy Concours d’Elegance guarantees that you’ll hit the mother lode all in one go – which is exactly what thousands of excited car enthusiasts did this past weekend.

Held at Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden, this year’s showcase featured the largest and most valuable collection of supercars and luxury brands to date. Always happy to be part of Vancouver’s social scene, our very own Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver was also there to take part in all the fun with our very own custom luxury chalet.

Under a canopy of lush garden beauty, we offered all event goers a relaxing atmosphere to lounge in, complete with cosy couches, floral displays, cucumber water and delicious deserts all exclusively made by our Executive Chef, Michael Deutsch.

 

Raspberry Shortcake & Peanut Butter Crunch

 

For the two-day event, our chalet was jam packed with car aficionados who were able to see remarkable collections such as the ‘50 Years of Bond Cars’ selection (which featured every single car from all of the bond movies … ever!) and the more nostalgic ‘20s and ’30s inspired ‘Great Gatsby’ collection. There were also several Canadian cars on display too, most notably the HTT Pléthore, a highly anticipated Canadian-built luxury car that oozes high-end appeal.Everyone was also able to preview new 2013 models and classic collectibles from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Ferrari, Maserati, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Bentley, Aston Martin, Porsche, Audi, Jaguar, Land Rover, Alfa Romeo, Fisker, Tesla, Spyker, Lexus, Cadillac, Lincoln and Bugatti.

Though cars were the stars, onlookers looking for a bit of diversity were not disappointed. The event also featured modern and classic motorcycles, luxury boats, private jet helicopters and Vancouver’s largest outdoor designer fashion stage too. Exceptional designer outfits were seen by Blumarine, Etro, Gianni Brun, Giambattista Valli, Issey Miyake, John Varvatos, M & FGirbaud, MaxMara, Missoni, Moncler, Neil Barrett, Pal Zileri, Thomas Wyle, Valentino, Jacqueline Conoir, JAC and Malene Grotrian.

For every minute of the excitement, our friendly staff were on hand to meet and greet all the event participants – many of whom shared with us fond memories and experiences our hotel. Everyone who stopped by was also encouraged to enter our ‘Luxury Package’ giveaway which includes a luxury one-night stay at The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver, our famous ‘Lobster, Beef & Chocolate’ dinner, and a delicious full breakfast the next morning.

A tremendously successful affair, we’re glad that Vancouverites now have a fun luxury car event to call their own, and if you don’t believe all the hype, then simply look at our photos below. They say it all.

Luxury & Supercar Weekend – Shaughnessy Concours d’Elegance

 

The Sutton Place Hotel Company’s luxury chalet in the VIP area.

 

This is a preview of our luxury chalet in the VIP area in one of Vancouver’s classiest event, Luxury & Supercar Weekend – Shaughnessy Concours d’Elegance. We simply cannot wait for everyone to see what is behind that curtain but it is nothing less than luxurious.

 

Debuting high-end fashion, elegant lifestyle, and of course, luxury cars, this event is definitely going to be magnificent!

We will be tweeting live for all the event’s updates and coverage this weekend, so be sure to follow us on twitter @SuttonPlaceHtl.

 

A Day in the Life of The Sutton Place Hotel Concierge

At Sutton, we are renowned for our extraordinary customer service and attention to detail. That’s because we’ll always treat you royally. It’s a standard that we are consistently praised for by patrons and press alike.

 However, if there is one person among our staff who really knows the ins and outs giving guests that ‘personal touch’ it’s our veteran concierge expert, Geoffrey Argue. With over 26 years of dedicated experience towards helping people find everything from the best suit tailor in the city to live chickens for film shooting, Geoffrey has seen and done it all.

 We sat down with this seasoned pro recently and got the inside scoop on what his job as The Sutton Place Vancouver Concierge entails, and believe us, it’s impressive! Below are the excerpts from our entertaining discussion.

 1)      How would you describe the role of a concierge?

Part-time Caretaker, Counselor, Confidant, Friend, Shopper, Critic, Tech Guru, Social Planner, Travel Agent, and anything else that you can think of as long as it is not illegal or unethical.

2)      What gives you the most satisfaction?

Fulfilling all of the above roles in question 1. Also, having the guests come back and thank you and tell you that you and the hotel made their stay a special one in Vancouver.

3)      What is the toughest question/request were you able to deliver on?

It is so hard to narrow this down with over twenty years of requests, but here are a few:

During 9/11 and with no air traffic, a very famous Hollywood actress who was staying with us had to get her break milk to feed her new born baby who was back in Beverly Hills. We were able to secure a car with two drivers to get the breast milk to her baby and all within 20 hours… she was very pleased!

We were also asked if we could find live chickens for a very panicky movie set because they had forgotten to secure some for the movie they were filming! Thanks to our Mayor and his  bylaw that allows chicken coups in backyards, we were able to obtain some within an hour!

Another time, one of our guests who was smoking a very rare Indonesian cigarette had requested that we locate some for him, which can be virtually impossible to find in the city. We contacted the Indonesian Consulate and by luck, one of their staff members had just returned from Indonesia and had smoked the same cigarettes there! This fellow was very kind and was willing to spare a package of cigarettes for us to give to the guest. The end result was a very ecstatic and of course impressed guest!

4)      How long have you been at your current hotel?

I am coming up to my 26th year and I still enjoy each and every day!

 5)      What makes a great concierge?

Patience. Personability. Knowledge. Organization. Empathy.

6)      What is it like to work for The Sutton Place Hotel?

The company and hotel provide a very challenging and rewarding career within the hospitality industry.  At The Sutton Place Hotel, we work as a large family and we treat each other with fairness and respect.

I have been with the hotel for 26 years which is a testament in itself to what a great a place it is to work.

Chef Concierge Geoff Argue accepting the “Birk’s Silver Service Award”.

A Sutton Guide to Scotch

Envision a lychee infused martini with a hint of lemon zest and subtle notes of angostura bitters. That is a complex drink. Yet as fancy as it looks in your hand, nothing says ‘I’m a refined spirits connoisseur’ more than a solid glass of Scotch. Long hailed as the manliest of man drinks, the fiery liquid has been a source of gentlemanly pride for ages. 

Yet, when you really think about it, do you know what Scotch is? 

Furthermore, do you know what the difference between Scotch and whisky is? 

It’s okay if you don’t, because even some veteran bartenders get stumped by these questions. Perhaps that’s because in some ways, Scotch and whisky are the same, but in other ways, they are not. What we mean is: 

  • Scotch is whisky that is produced in Scotland (hence the name) 
  • That means whisky made in other nations, is American whiskey, or Irish Whisky etc.
  • All whisky, even Scotch whisky, is made from a variety of grains including: corn, barley, rye or wheat
  • The grain is mashed, fermented and then aged in wooden barrels for many years, decades or even centuries
  • The spelling of the term “whisky” is often debated by journalists and consumers. Scottish and Canadian whiskies use “whisky”; Irish whiskies use “whisky”, while American and other styles tend to use “whiskey”.
  • Each nation has their own whisky regulation rules; some argue that Scotland’s are the most strict enabling them to produce the best quality whisky or Scotch whisky
    • In addition to requiring that Scotch whisky be distilled in Scotland, the Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009 (SWR) require that it also be bottled and labeled in Scotland.
    • All Scotch whisky must be aged in oak barrels for at least three years.

 

Fairly simple stuff until you factor in the whole single malt vs. single grain vs. single cask vs. blended malt vs. pure malt classifications. Yes, there is a difference and it’s a mouthful.

Here are the facts:

  • A Single Malt Whisky is whisky that is entirely produced from malt in one distillery
  • A Single Cask Whisky is one that comes entirely from one cask
  • Blended Malt Whiskies are single malt whiskies from different distilleries that are blended into one bottle
  • Pure Malt Whisky is used to describe some single malt bottles. The term essentially was just another fancy way for people to say that their whisky was derived from malt only. However, this ‘label’ was controversial among many whisky governing bodies and resulted in the Scotch Whisky Association declaring that a mixture of single malt whiskies must be labeled “blended malt.” Thus, the term “pure malt” is no longer used.
  • Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a Scotch whisky produced from only water and malted barley at a single distillery by batch distillation.
  • Single Grain Scotch Whisky means a Scotch whisky distilled at a single distillery but, in addition to water and malted barley, it has other grains too (i.e.: corn, rye etc.). “Single grain” does not mean that only a single type of grain is used to produce the whisky—rather, the “single” refers to the single distillery that it was made in (kind of misleading isn’t it?)

The list of intricacies goes on and on, but all you really need to know is that the fine glass of tawny liquid in your hand really does take a lot of effort to create. It’s not that run of the mill fire water your ancestors chugged back, and it deserves its accolades. This is carefully crafted art my friend.

That’s why every Thursday at the Gerard Lounge we feature Scotch Flight Thursdays – an ode to the drink that makes life grand. Featuring only the best blends, single malts, single grains and every other variation you can imagine, you can sniff, swirl and savour the historic flavours (with a little bit of knowledge in your arsenal to boot).

Now that’s smooth.

For more information on the Gerard lounge click here.

 

Focus: The Honda Celebration of Light

where to go, what to do & what you’re going to see

There’s nothing more mesmerizing than watching giant explosions of light followed by bellowing, thunderous sounds. Add a dazzling starry night sky, a dash of balmy beach weather and one of the most stunning views in Vancouver and you’ve got the biggest fireworks celebration in Canada — also known as the Honda Celebration of Light.

 As the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world this explosive event sends approximately 400,000 spectators flocking to English Bay each evening. These crowds not only add to the festive atmosphere of the city, but they also make BC boom (figuratively), bringing in an estimated $39 million dollars in incremental tourism and hospitality spending each year.

 Owned by the Not For Profit Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society, 2012 marks the 22nd consecutive year of the event, and to celebrate, they’ve lined up 3 countries who’ve never competed before: Vietnam, Brazil and Italy.

 

Not only does the completion promise some new ideas, sights and sounds, but it also ushers in a great new sponsor, the Honda Car Company.

 Also in effect are great seating options for those who want to avoid crowds.People can choose from bleacher seating on the YVR Observation Deck, or they can choose The Keg Lounge.

 If you simply want to avoid the hassle of finding a seat and arriving early, then bleacher seating is a great pick. You can reserve spots for yourself and friends, and enjoy a spectacular view right beside the Shore 104.3 broadcasting station on the roof of the English Bay bathhouse.

If you’re looking for a view with a party too, then The Keg Lounge is where you want to be. Located on top of the roof of the bathhouse in English Bay, this hotspot is front and center to the fireworks barge, and is guaranteed to be a bash from start to finish (hence the 19+ age requirement). Opening at 7:00pm, there will be some of Vancouver’s most popular musicians, delicious hors d’oeuvres by The Keg, drinks and a hip lounge atmosphere right in the heart of Vancouver’s stunning beach scenery. Throw in complimentary drinks and parking and you’ve got your evening made!

See below for the Shore 104 stage schedule.

Saturday July 28
Shore 104 Stage English Bay
7:30 – 8:15 Zaac Pick
8:30 – 9:30 Bahamas
10:00 Vietnam Fireworks Show

Wednesday August 1
Shore 104 Stage English Bay
7:30 – 8:15 Jets Overhead
8:30 – 9:30 Trews
10:00 Brazil Fireworks Show

Saturday August 4
Shore 104 Stage English Bay
7:30 – 8:15 Hannah Georgas
8:30 – 9:30 Said The Whale
10:00 Italy Fireworks Show

 If you’re a beach bum who likes to be in the middle of all the action, then there is plenty of shore line property to stake out too. With kilometers of beach stretching all the way from Sunset Beach to English Bay, you can claim some a real estate to squeeze into – so long as you get there early. Veteran beach goers recommend heading down at least 4 hours early to get prime territory in English Bay. Head down a little later and likely you can get something just a little bit further away.

If cultural exploration is your kind of bag, then seek out Sunset Beach as your sand of choice. Why? Because this year they have the Rogue Stage, an amazing performance platform that will celebrate the cultures of each of the competing countries with food, music, dance, sporting activities, vendors and concessions. Festivities will begin a 2PM on each day of the Fireworks: July 28th, August 1st, August 4th.

See below for the Rogue Stage schedule.

Saturday July 28
Rogue Stage  Sunset Beach
2:00 – 2:45  Oliver Swain
3:00 – 3:45 Headwater
4:00 – 4:45  Harry Manx
5:00 – 6:00  Barney Bentall
6:00 – 6:30  V3
6:45 – 7:15  SEACHS
7:30 – 8:15  Jim Byrnes and Steve Dawson
10:00  Vietnam Fireworks Show

Wednesday August 1
Rogue Stage  Sunset Beach
4:00 – 4:45  The Breakmen
5:00 – 6:00  Dunstin Bentall and Kendal Carson
6:00 – 6:30  Ache Brasil
6:45 – 7:15  Grupo America
7:30 – 8:15  The Be Good Tanyas
10:00  Brazil Fireworks Show

Saturday August 4
Rogue Stage  Sunset Beach
2:00 – 2:45  Bocephus King
3:00 – 3:45  Partick Brealey
4:00 – 4:45  Viper Central
5:00 – 5:45  Cousin Harley
6:00 – 6:30  Famee Furlane Balletto
6:45 – 7:15  Joel Plaskett
7:30 – 8:15  Great Lake Swimmers
8:30 – 9:30  Patrizia Colletta
10:00  Italy Fireworks Competion

Ah, but where to go when the fireworks are done? Home is far away and transit is guaranteed to be a bit of a wait. That’s why we’ve got an amazing Fireworks package. Our Sutton Place Hotel is just a quick walk away from all the action and is the perfect place to rest your feet when the flash of excitement is done. Plus, with our amazing Fleuri restaurant and coveted Gerard Lounge, you can continue the festivities with great food and cocktails and then head to bed – which is just an elevator ride away.

Quite possibly the most romantic gift you can give your loved one, or simply a memorable night of fun for you and your friends, this is the only way to see the Celebration of Lights in style.

Click here to view our special offers.

 And just like that, we’re setting the fireworks celebration off with a bang!

Sutton Supports Canada’s Future Athletes with the Highly Successful Just FORE Fun Invitational!

With the Summer Olympics ready to go, and all eyes on our nation’s brightest young sports stars, this past weekend was the perfect time to hold a fun-filled golf tournament supporting local athletes. In its 8th year running, our ‘Just FORE Fun’ Invitational had a great turn out and was a huge success,  featuring a day full of food, drinks, prizes … and of course, golf!

Held at the world-renowned Furry Creek Golf & Country Club (just before Squamish), this event was supported by many of our friends, sponsors and partners who all worked together to create an unforgettable fundraiser for the Simon Fraser University Athletics Department.

Why is this cause so important to us? Well, quite simply, Canada’s young athletes need our support, and Simon Fraser University has a long history of excellence in intercollegiate athletics. Considered to be one of the top athletic programs in Canada,  SFU has 17 varsity sports teams in 12 disciplines of sports including:  football, women’s softball and volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, wrestling, swimming and diving, golf, track and field, and cross country.  With over 300 student athletes, SFU is also the only university in Canada to offer a full-ride scholarship for athletics.

Hard working sports stars can now obtain an excellent education at one of Canada’s top universities while also competing in the best collegiate athletic association in the world, the NCAA. Why is this significant? Because it helps keeps our nation’s best athletes in Canada, where they can represent us with pride!

This year’s event saw our guests vying over highly coveted gifts, packages and getaways in our silent auction including:

  • A weekend getaway at The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort including lift passes
  • 2 roundtrip tickets from Air Canada (anywhere in North America)
  • 4 Nights’ accommodation at the Westin Mission Hills in Palm Springs including 2 rounds of golf for 2
  • A Whistler weekend getaway: 2 nights at The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler + 1 round of golf for 4 at Big Sky Golf & Country Club
  • An island getaway: 2 tickets from Vancouver to Victoria on Helijet with 2 nights at the Inn at Laurel Point
  • A sea safari from Sewell’s Marina
  • A sunset dinner for 2 from Harbour Cruises
  • A 60-minute treatment from Vida Spa
  • Dinner GC’s at Le Crocodile, Don Francesco and C Restaurant
  • Exclusive bleacher’s seats for the Celebration of Light Fireworks
  • Tons of wine… and the list went on and on…

Golf, sun, wine and delicious food? You could say that the event was an ace!

Hot Tips for Making the Most of Festival City!

Webster’s Dictionary defines a festival as “a time of celebration marked by special observances.” If that’s the case, then Edmonton is Canada’s most observant city, or in real speak, it is Canada’s ‘Festival City.’

As thrilling as this title sounds, earning it is no easy feat. The responsibility requires the planning, foresight and capacity to hold over 30 celebrations a year – not to mention the diversity and culture to have enthusiastic crowds for everything from the eclectic (The International Street Performers’ Festival) to the big guns (the Edmonton Folk Festival).

With so much action in the city, it’s easy to get confused – which is why we’re offering our ‘insider’ information on the biggest and brightest attractions. With that said, here is a quick fire list of hot tips of catching the best of E-town this summer.

Hot Tip #1: Be a Square

No, we’re not talking about the plaid shirt, thick framed glasses and ironic moustache kind of square, we’re talking about the heart of Edmonton’s Downtown core: Sir Winston Churchill Square. As the city’s famed centennial park, there are countless celebrations held here throughout the summer including:  Edmonton Pride Festival, The Edmonton International Street Performers’ Festival, A Taste of Edmonton, Cariwest, The Edmonton International Jazz Festival, Movies on the Square , The Works Art & Design Festival and more. You can pretty much catch a stage performance here on any given day of the week, but, as usual, all the best ones happen on the weekend. The critics’ choice? Hands down, it would have to be The Edmonton International Street Performers’ Festival

 

Hot Tip #2: Get Down in Gallagher Park (or nearby)

As the biggest folk music celebration in North America, The Edmonton Folk Festival is certainly one of the best parties all year long. Luring thousands upon thousands of tourists from all around the world  (20,000 people per day for four days to be exact), this annual event, held in the picturesque beauty of Gallagher Park, lets you catch great tunes, some sun and that wholesome beatnik vibe that is oh-so-hip right now.  If you’re looking for more fun in the surrounding area, the entire region near Gallagher Park is flush with movement. Popular events situated around the “River District” (named as such because of its proximity to the Saskatchewan River) include the Edmonton Heritage Festival, Labatt Blues Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival and Symphony Under the Sky Festival.

The pick? It’s hard to compete with the Folk. The sheer size, scale and calibre of performances are unlike anything else in the city. Plus, with new walkways, bike lock-up service and tons of volunteers, you could say the experience is near flawless.

Hot Tip #3: Find Some Fringe in Old Strathcona

The area may be old, but the vibe is definitely new. Often referred to as the cultural hub of Edmonton, this colourful hot spot hosts a perfect blend of independent art workshops and large festivals like the International Fringe Theatre Festival (North America’s largest live theatre event with over 500,000 visitors to over and 1,000 live theatre performances each year).There are also countless funky clothing, antique and book stores, plus a farmers’ market, great eats and some of the most interesting commercial developments in Canada.

Critic’s Pick: We love the Fringe, but it can be intimidating at first, so we suggest to follow your curiosity and don’t be afraid to see bold and outrageous performances.

Hot Tip #4: Think Theatre. Go Gallery. Do Dance

In addition to earning the title of Festival City, Edmonton was also designated as ‘the Cultural Capital of Canada’ back in 2007. Permanent art venues like the 85,000 sq-ft Alberta Art Gallery, the Alberta Aviation Museum, The Royal Alberta Museum, Fort Edmonton Park, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and Winspear Centre have an endless assortment of galleries, exhibits, and dance shows all year round to prove it too!  Whether you want to take in a musical or concert at the ‘Jube’ or see Canada’s most talented dancers at Winspear; you’ll always have a large variety of choices to pick from. Also, don’t forget the ever-popular Gallery Walk of Edmonton. Held 3 times a year, a collective of some 60 odd art galleries in the 124 Street area of Edmonton make a grand event by inviting the public to take a gander at the diverse collections. Always a great place to catch the best up and coming artists in the industry, this is the most interesting 12-block walk you’ll ever take.

Critics Choice: The Fort Edmonton Park where time has stopped and you can walk back in history to experience life in historical periods between 1846 and 1929. 

Hot Tip #5: Stay with Sutton

Right in the centre of town, just across the street from Sir Winston Churchill Square and walking distance to other exciting venues (the Citadel Theatre, The Art Gallery of Alberta, City Hall and the Stanley Milner Public Library), you can’t get more in the middle of the fun than with our gorgeous Edmonton property. Upholding a renowned standard of luxury and service, we take pride in helping all of our visiting guests experience the best that the city has to offer. Whether you need help finding the fastest route to your concert, or simply need some assistance planning your day, we can accommodate you with that famous friendly smile!

For more information about local events click here.

To book your stay with The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton click here.

Happy Canada Day Eh?

As Canadians we like to pride ourselves on being different from our southern cousins – particularly when it comes to knowledge about our own nation. So while we may laugh at people who think we live in igloos and eat poutine all day, we can’t get too haughty if we don’t know our facts and dates either.

Case and point: Do you know what the original name for Canada Day was?

If not, then you may want to read on for a little mini history lesson in honour of our great country’s upcoming holiday. Here are a few important facts to help you brush up on your Canadian IQ.

The 4-Fathers

Nope, we’re not referring to forefathers, what we’re talking about is the first four provinces (well it was three actually, but we’ll explain that later) that originally made up the ‘self-governing Dominion of Great Britain” (or as we call it today – Canada). Among the four provinces that made up this Dominion were: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec.

Technically, there were 3 original provinces, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada – which is the area where Ontario and Quebec are now. Confusing isn’t it?

Name That Date

So if there is one date you need to remember it’s this one: July 1, 1867. On this day, Canada officially became a ‘Dominion’ of Great Britain. This grand event was called ‘the confederation of Canada’ under the British North America Act, or as we now call it, the Constitution Act.

Dominion Day? What?

On June 20, 1868, the nation’s Governor General proclaimed that Canadians should celebrate the anniversary of the confederation (and rightly so!). Thus in 1879, July 1 became a statutory holiday called… Dominion Day.

Strangely though, it wasn’t until 50 years later that people began having official celebrations. After World War II, Dominion Day was celebrated more frequently and the government became more proactive about creating public events. Of course when we celebrated our 100th anniversary in 1967, people really took notice and began thinking “Hey, why don’t we call it Canada Day?” Much to the chagrin of many traditionalists, the holiday’s name was officially changed to Canada Day in 1983, and since then it’s stuck.

But What About The Other Provinces?

The Canada that we know today certainly took a while to develop. Here is a list of when all the other provinces joined in on the fun.

*side note: when we say join, we mean previous borders and ownership rights were changed.

July 15, 1870

July 20, 1871

July 1, 1873

 June 13, 1898

September 1, 1905

March 31, 1949

April 1, 1999

Know Your Bills

Though we see them every day, it’s a rare occasion that we actually think about the faces on our multi-coloured currency. Much more than aging men and women with nice clothes, they are all prominent historical figures and you should know them by name.

$100 Dollars, Robert Borden,
Prime Minister 1911-1920

$50 Dollars, William Lyon MacKenzie King,
Prime Minister 1921-1948

$20 Dollars, Queen Elizabeth

$10, John A MacDonald, Canada’s first
Prime Minister 1851 – 1891

$5 Dollars, Wilfrid Laurier,
Prime Minister 1896-1911

And there you have it. A crash course just in time for Canada Day.  Considering our hotels are 100% Canadian owned, we think that a well-deserved Sutton Place hotel stay might be the best way to show your patriotism this holiday. So, if you’re in Edmonton, Revelstoke or Vancouver, then get you to the Sutton Place! 

What’s more? We have excellent Summer Promo Rates at all of our properties – the perfect way to kick of the festivities off in style.  Click here to find out more!

http://www.vancouver.suttonplace.com/summerPromo.html

Canada Day events happening in Sutton cities:

EDMONTON:

http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/news/2012/celebrate-canada-day-2012-in-edmonton.aspx

REVELSTOKE:

http://revelstokecc.bc.ca/events/?nodepage=events&d=1341126000

 VANCOUVER :

http://www.insidevancouver.ca/2012/06/20/canada-day-2012-in-vancouver-top-10-canada-day-events-celebrations/