Sharing your title name with Canada’s kingdom of cool is no easy feat, but Washington’s own Vancouver seems to strike a chord in lovers of the Pacific Northwest Coastline. Just across the bridge from hip and happening Portland, and with an abundance of farm fresh restaurants, classy and comfortable beds, and not to mention the suave and sophisticated Tidewater Cove Boat Show, guests hightailing into town to celebrate the yachting event running from the 27th-30th July are sure to be smitten by the warm welcome that awaits.
The Tidewater Cove Boat Show is about to hit its fourth year. As the only in-water show in the Portland and Vancouver area, only the brightest and the best yachts glide in to enjoy the state of the art purpose-built Tidewater Cove Marina. Boasting access to both the Columbia and Willamette Rivers ensures smooth accessibility. Yacht lovers have the chance to peruse and purchase a sublime selection of vessels, and visitors can expect a savvy social vibe complete with fine foods and sips of something special.
Sundance Yachts will be hosting a special after-hours event on Saturday 28th July. Between the hours of 7-8: 30 pm guests can mingle with other high-class yacht lovers as they admire a selection of beautiful boats on display, and of course – hors-d’oeuvres will be passed around to keep everyone satiated and in good spirits.
The Tidewater Cove Marina sets the perfect mise-en-scene for such a classy event. The new marina is dazzling with 40-85 available slips, its private gated space, and its ample parking and free WIFI access. Added benefits of the beautiful brand-new marina in Vancouver include being close to the airport for easy transfers and having a whole host of houses and condos close by. Beaches and restaurants are also well within reach.
Where to Stay
The Hilton Vancouver Washington sits right in the heart of the downtown area and delivers on the elegant promise one expects from the global hotel brand. Bright modern spaces invite guests to swim a few morning laps in the pool, enjoy breakfast on the patio of Grays Restaurant and Bar, and let the concierge desk book those dinner reservations, casino nights, and tee times at the Camas Meadows Golf Club.
Suites are cool and contemporary with either views of the park or the flow of the river. Spacious living rooms, dining room for supper soirees, and a separate guest and master bedroom ensure everyone sleeps in sheer bliss.
The Heathman Lodge also invites guests to rest easy with pine clad rustic reception, distinctive local artwork, and atrium pool and spa area for refined relaxation. Be sure to bag one of the twenty stunning suites. The Ada Suite comes with a roaring fireplace, balcony for sun splashed morning coffee, and large living space with a dining table for four.
Where to Dine
Decadent dining is waiting close by in Portland’s Salty’s Restaurant. Diners who are looking to sample some of the finest seafood fresh from the waters of Washington will swoon over the carefully curated menu. From flamingo pink Copper River Salmon to coconut crusted prawns served with a spiced pineapple chutney, live lobster with golden Yukon potatoes, and world-famous seafood chowder with surf clams and applewood smoked bacon – every morsel is heaven sent. Combined with a fabulous wine list that pulls from the best vineyards around Oregon – you have a feast worth making the drive for.
Soak up sublime family hospitality at the McMenamins on the Columbia, a well-loved chain across the states and Canada, you can tuck into hearty tantalizing fare. From cockle-warming Northwest Chowder to Elk burgers with coffee-bacon jam, all washed down with finely tuned crafted beers from the bottle shop – life doesn’t get any finer on the Columbia River.
One of the most popular spots on Hayden Island and conveniently located right down the street from the sweet Sundance Yachts, Island Cafe has been a Portland mainstay for a quarter of a century. Casual Americana meets the ebb and flow of the river at this laid-back spot where cool shaken cocktails and sharing platters whiz out of the kitchen to keep you put all night. Soft tacos with beer battered halibut, lobster wraps, and ahi tuna burgers make for a mouth-watering supper.
Friends and fun is the name of the game at the glorious Beaches Restaurant and Bar. Sitting right on the waterfront, you can pick from a Bloody Mary brunch to Beach Shack inspired snacks like rock crab dips with flatbreads, and full on fabulous dinners watching the lights blink across the bay. Making the most of farm fresh Portland and the trawler nets of the salty sea, everything that hits the table is fresh and delicious.
Hayden Island is another hip choice worth heading into Portland for. The floating restaurant scene offers a smorgasbord of delectable spots for sunlit brunches, lingering lunches, or long suppers beneath the stars. From new American fayre to good old-fashioned steaks and ribs, take your pick from BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Picasso Pizza, and the Hidden Bay Café to name but a few.
Petra House makes for another delicate dining experience in Vancouver. The Mediterranean inspired menu complements the rich interior, where warm fabrics and carefully chosen decorative pieces add an atmospheric flair. The lavish lamb dish simmered with yogurt is certainly a highlight.
Where to Play
When you have had your fill of fine yachts at the Tidewater Cove Boat Show, there is plenty to keep you entertained. The hip city of Portland is famous for its farmers’ markets, art museums, and craft brewery scene that make any visit a vivacious experience.
Closer to the Tidewater Cove Marina and there is an endless array of parks, historic sites like the Gassy Jack statue, even more breweries and rum addled classy cocktail bars like The Diamond, and the chance to wander the seawall at sunset.