I can proudly tell you that I really did no planning for the Vancouver leg of my trip. That’s right I didn’t build an itinerary or anything close to that! Most of what I ended up doing was last minute or planned the night before. What ended up working very well by stroke of luck was Chantelle actually got assigned a flight to Seattle today. I had wanted to visit Yi and Dave/Dany/Clarence anyways so this worked out perfectly.
Dim Sum at Top Gun
To start off the day I checked out of the Sheraton and went to a Chinese Restaurant, Top Gun that Joanna had recommended to me for dim sum. The food was really good but man dim sum for one is pretty expensive I learned.
Tulalip Premium Outlets
Filled up, I started to head south towards Seattle. My Nexus card of course was key to getting across the border quickly. One pitstop I had to make of course was the Tulalip Premium Outlets.
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Satisfied with my purchases, I headed downtown. I found a parking spot close to the Crowne Plaza and waited at the hotel lobby for the Air Canada flight crew to come in. There was a delay with the flight so it took awhile but they eventually got here and settled into our room.
We spent the rest of the afternoon around Pike Place eating, roaming around and trying to avoid the crazies, found an alley filled with bubble gum, picked up some Red Mango and Chantelle bought a dress at Ross.
Meeting Up An Old Friend at Mongolian Hot Pot
After that we met up with Yi Chai for Mongolian Hot Pot in Bellevue. This place was the same franchise as the one with the little lamb logo in Toronto. It wasn’t all you can eat as it is back home but the hot pot was very good. After dinner we went over to Yi’s new place to check it out. Always good to see old friends.
Chantelle was pretty pooped from a long day of flying and touring around so we headed back to our hotel and decided to just valet our car since it was just more convenient than going to find a lot.
- Nexus Pass – So worth it in my opinion even if you’re not travelling to the US that often. It’s only $50 and is valid for 5 years. More on this in a separate article.
- Tulalip Premium Outlets – Still one of my favorite outlets in the US. I always seem to be able to buy stuff here. If you’re ever in Vancouver or Seattle, this is the one to shop at.
- Breakfast at Top Gun for dim sum
- Drive down towards Seattle
- Tulalip Premium Outlets
- Drive to downtown Seattle
- Park in a public lot
- Meet Chantelle at Crowne Plaza Seattle
- Explore around Pike Place Market
- Dinner at Mongolian Hot Pot
- Visit Yi’s place
- Back to hotel
Check out the Next Day
To read about my adventures spending my last day of my trip in Vancouver and enjoying one beautiful sunset, check out Day 88 – Vancouver – Beautiful Sunset at Spanish Banks.
Curious what else I did on my trip to Asia? See the full itinerary and all 89 days.