the iN­siDer’s hol­i­Day GuiDe

Where Vancouver - - Contents - By Chloë lai

Ho­tel concierge Verinda Do­man shares some of her sea­sonal favourites for sight­see­ing, din­ing and more

A mar­riage pro­posal while sky­div­ing. A Neil Di­a­mond im­per­son­ator singing “Sweet Caro­line.” A Cana­dian-themed feast fea­tur­ing pou­tine, Cae­sar cock­tails, ketchup chips and more—all de­liv­ered to a pri­vate plane. “I’m al­ways pre­pared to make the im­pos­si­ble pos­si­ble,” says Mar­riott Pin­na­cle concierge Verinda Do­man, of the mag­i­cal mo­ments she’s or­ches­trated for guests over the past 25 years. Spo­ken like a true mem­ber of Les Clefs d’Or, an elite in­ter­na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion of concierges.

Want to cre­ate your own magic? Try Do­man’s “Van­cou­ver Hol­i­day Bucket List”: meet Santa’s rein­deer at The Peak of Christ­mas (page 51) at Grouse Moun­tain, and belt out sea­sonal tunes on a carol ship (page 51) or on a Karaoke Christ­mas Lights Trolley Tour (page 51). Catch Scuba Claus div­ing at the Van­cou­ver Aquar­ium (page 57). Ex­plore daz­zling dis­plays at Canyon Lights (page 51) at Capi­lano Sus­pen­sion Bridge and the Fes­ti­val of Lights (page 51) at VanDusen, or ride the minia­ture train at Bright Nights in Stan­ley Park (page 50). Hop aboard False Creek Fer­ries (page 57) to reach Granville Is­land (page N2), where one-of-a-kind bou­tiques and art stu­dios bring joy—and unique gift ideas—to the world.

Of course, merry-mak­ing has a way of work­ing up peo­ple’s ap­petites. “Van­cou­ver is a world-class culi­nary haven,” Do­man de­clares. Recharge your hol­i­day spirit with West Coast–in­spired tastes at Show­case (page 65), fresh seafood at Ancora (page 69), in­no­va­tive In­dian cui­sine at Vij’s (page 73) and clas­sic French flavours at Jules Bistro (page 71). Sea­sons in the Park (page 74) is blessed with “one of the best panoramic moun­tain and city views,” per­fect for ex­tra-spe­cial oc­ca­sions. And what’s more spe­cial than the most won­der­ful time of the year?

Scuba Claus takes a break from the chilly Arc­tic Ocean to ex­plore the Strait of Ge­or­gia habi­tat at the Van­cou­ver Aquar­ium

Verinda Do­man

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