Family Travel Question:
Q | Four Seasons Meetup
A | The Four Seasons Vancouver shows its family-friendly side
During the second weekend in June nearly 600 travel bloggers gathered in Vancouver, British Columbia for the third annual Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) Conference. This was a great opportunity for some of the Best Family Travel bloggers to spend some quality time together doing what we love best: Talking kids and travel. We had an especially great chance to do so at a gathering hosted by the YEW Restaurant at the Four Seasons Vancouver.
The staff at the Four Seasons Vancouver and at YEW showed an exceptional attention to detail. This is clearly a hotel that knows how to treat families right. When we arrived, the table was set up with healthy and fun appetizers that, along with a package of Wikki Stix, all children receive immediately upon arrival in the restaurant.
We also got to sample some of the other treats the hotel provides for kids, including delicious caramel corn, natural sodas, macarons, and crispy rice “sushi” (which comes complete with fruit leather “seaweed”).
As Colleen Lanin of Travel Mamas said, “I particularly liked the caramel sauce served with apple. It was so tasty, I might even be able to convince my fruit-refusing three-year-old to eat apple!”
It was so much fun for the group of us, who normally only communicate via email, Facebook, and Twitter, to connect and chat. No less so because the friendly and accommodating waiters served us cocktails that were pretty to look at as they were delicious to drink (those strawberries were dusted with black pepper – the perfect sweet-savory combination).
Amy Whitley of Pit Stops for Kids and I were also lucky enough to stay at the Four Seasons for three nights in a suite that included a king-sized bed, a sleeper sofa, two bathrooms, and some amazing views. We agreed that this would have been perfect for either of our families, with plenty of room to spread out.
Other things we loved about the Four Seasons Vancouver:
The fantastic kids menu at YEW restaurant. As Corinne McDermott of Have Baby Will Travel said, “I loved that [the kids menu] had such a wide variety, and that it was so very reasonably priced. I was tempted to order the edamame just for me!” I took Corinne’s advice at breakfast and ordered a fresh banana strawberry smoothie from it – yum!
The gorgeous indoor-outdoor pool. Can’t you just see your children swimming from one side to the other? Best of all, if your kids wake up early and want a swim, you can relax poolside with some complimentary coffee.
The Four Seasons Vancouver Kids in the City package, which runs through September 5. Families get a second room for 50% off and kids get a free souvenir t-shirt and snack when they arrive (rumor has it that it’s that “sushi”!), eat breakfast free in the YEW restaurant, can take a cooking class in the YEW kitchen, have access to the Playzone games room, and enjoy activities like scavenger hunts and face painting.
If you’re interested in a family trip to Vancouver, be sure to check out these posts by our bloggers:
Many thanks to the Four Seasons Vancouver, which hosted several of our bloggers over the weekend and also provided appetizers and drinks free of charge.
Photos courtesy of Mara Gorman and Amy Whitley.