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Vancouver Magazine - - Travel Summer Getaways -

The cor­ner­stone of the down­town core is the Olympic Club Ho­tel and The­ater, run by PNW brew­ing mag­nate Mc­me­namins. The al­lur­ing Art Deco estab­lish­ment is your base of op­er­a­tions: not only is it cen­tral, it’s also a self- con­tained plea­sure palace. Back in the day, those plea­sures would have con­sisted mainly of il­licit card games, boot­leg booze and the bawdy house up­stairs. To­day, the booze is above-board. There is a 100-per­son movie theatre where you can get served your grilled pork ten­der­loin and a pint as you watch the show. And, de­spite the orig­i­nal “Ladies Pa­tron­age Not So­licited” sign above the leaded- glass en­trance, women are most wel­come to join in on bil­liards or shuf­fle­board in the ex­pan­sive, plant-stud­ded games room. All of it is fairly drip­ping with pe­riod-piece, his­toric charm, but wired and plumbed with some mod cons (though bath­rooms are still down the hall). Did we men­tion that it’s a rail town? You’ll fall asleep to the mourn­ful wail of pass­ing trains. (Cour­tesy earplugs are pro­vided to guests.)

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