Portland and Vancouver

Our first holiday season in the Northwest was relaxing—for the most part.  We opted to stay out here rather than traveling back to the Midwest which was just fine with us.

Portland called our name for Christmas and we visited our friend Victoria again.  It’s so close (only a few hours drive) so it wasn’t bad.

Me and Victoria!

Me and Victoria!

We took the dogs again although this time around they caused a bit of havoc in the hotel room.  Lets just say we lost a remote and the carpet better have gotten a good cleaning.  Nevertheless, it was a good time and we enjoyed seeing Victoria again!

For New Year’s we opted to do the short three hour drive to Vancouver, BC for the first time.  This time, we left the dogs at home (the last thing we needed was to get stopped at the border and for some reason have to turn right back round.)  The drive there was pretty uneventful and even the wait at the border was pretty short, only about 25 minutes.

Peace Arch I-5 Border

Peace Arch I-5 Border

On our way.

On our way.

dessert

Chocolate cake!

When we arrived in Vancouver, we checked into our beautiful hotel,Pan Pacific.  Alex may have exaggerated the truth some and we were able to get a higher floor and this fancy dessert upon arrival.

Views from our hotel room were amazing too; we had the Cascade Mountains in the distance and the water at our feet.  It was gorgeous!

Hotel

Pan Pacific.

Mountains!

Mountains!

And of course we had to indulge in Chinese food while we were there.  On the drive, we stopped in Richmond, BC and ate at Shanghai River.

dumplings and s & p pork ribs

Dumplings and pork ribs.

The fried pork dumplings and salt and pepper pork ribs were super good.  We had heard that the Chinese food in Vancouver was going to be some of the best we ever ate and it was.  Before we headed back to Seattle, we had another amazing meal at Kirin in downtown.  There we opted for the barbecue pork bao, rice cakes, pork pot stickers and sticky rice.  Everything was so tasty!

Rice cakes.

Rice cakes.

Barbecue pork bao.

Barbecue pork bao.

On New Year’s Eve we stayed in at the hotel and went to a NYE  party hosted by a local event’s company.  Although it started off slow at first, later in the night it got pretty busy, but not over crowded.  The food was pretty good and so was the music, just too bad the drinks were way over priced.  However, we ended up having a good time.

NYE 2013

NYE 2013

All in all, the holidays were a good time and we did enjoy ourselves.  But now we are ready for some rest before we head to Las Vegas later this month!

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