Welcome back to Beautiful Spaces—a series of posts in which I talk about the places where I stay during my travels. It all started in 2013 when I realized that my contentment on the road is directly connected to how much I love where I’m living…and so made a commitment to find beautiful spaces to call home along the way. The owners of this cozy little Airbnb rental in North Vancouver were kind enough to offer a small discount in exchange for this review. As always, opinions are my own.
After our epic cross-US-then-cross-Canada road trip in the late spring to mid-summer, Chad, Luna, and I settled in for a longer-than-usual stay on Canada’s western coast—in a city that Chad already loves and that I’d been curious about for awhile: Vancouver.
We chose to live in North Vancouver—a sprawling city in and of itself located up against and, indeed, in the mountains across the water from downtown. First, we spent a month in a studio in Lynn Canyon, and then we moved to our longer-stay spot: a little one-bedroom place with a spacious patio about a 30-minute walk from the famed Grouse Grind.
Very quickly, the little space felt like home, with its giant cozy leather chair and its tiny white kitchen. Chad spent his days settled at the kitchen table, brainstorming business ideas. Luna sprawled happily on a blanket by the window, which we took to calling “the princess bed.” And I took up residence most days in the leather chair with notepad and laptop in hand or standing in the kitchen making bone broths or sour cream pancakes or burrito bowls.
Our favorite space, though, was the patio. We were out there anytime it was sunny and warm (regularly in the beginning of our stay) and sometimes, bundled in blankets or pulling the chairs back toward the house away from the rain, even when it wasn’t sunny or warm.
Chad declared several times that good patio spaces were now a requirement for him. He couldn’t imagine living without the views and the fresh air and the space to mull over creative ideas in the sunshine.
Other things we really liked about our stay? Luna loved the little walking path (Mosquito Creek) just a couple blocks away. And we humans were really, really glad to have stayed in North Vancouver, which is so much quieter and closer to nature than the bustling city.
The owners, who lived above us, were also incredibly nice, helpful, and quick to respond if we needed something. They’re the kind of people you could trouble for a cup of sugar when baking or just stop to chat with.
In fact, the only thing that was less than ideal is that the buses up in this part of town are almost never on time. So if you don’t have a car (we’d sold ours already by the time we figured this out), you’ll need to be a little flexible. Leave a little early if you have somewhere you have to be. And take a book in case the bus coming back is running late too.
Despite the buses, though, I’d absolutely still choose this space if we were re-booking our Vancouver adventure.
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Looking for more places to stay? You can see all the beautiful spaces I’ve reviewed here.
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