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!

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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