Yesterday was a day full of fun and luxury. My parents had gone to a gala recently and bid on and won an incredible package for a night out in Vancouver. Because they know what a huge hockey fan I am, they gave it to me. It wasn’t included in this, but I ended up getting a hotel room in the city for the night just to make the night even more fun.
My friend met me at my house in the mid-afternoon and we drove out to our hotel. We had a few minutes to check in, take our bags upstairs and take a few pictures from our little balcony with an incredible view.
The in-room phone rang and it was the front desk, telling me that I had a guest who was there to pick us up. It was our limo!
We came down to the front drop-off area and didn’t see any limo in there, so we walked a bit outside to see if we could see anything. A minute later a man comes up to me and asked if I was Sharon. I said yes, and he was our driver. He motioned us over to the vehicle that was in the drop-off area and it wasn’t a limo. It was a Cadillac Escalade. It was a very beautiful vehicle, but it wasn’t a limo, so I was extremely disappointed. I’ve never ridden in a limo before, so I was really looking forward to it. I was determined to not let this disappointment ruin my evening, but I was definitely disgruntled for a few minutes. When I was talking with my dad later on in the weekend, he mentioned that Escalades are the new limos. Fine, but don’t call it a damn limo if it’s not a limo! Frustrating. But whatever. We had a nice drive over to the stadium and made arrangements for pick-up once the game was over.
We found the gate where we were supposed to enter and took an elevator up to the second level. One of the employees pointed us in the direction we should walk in to find our suite where we’d be for the night. She said that we should look for wine bottles, so I was assuming it would be a small table outside of the room with wine bottles on it. I was wrong. THIS is what she was talking about:
There were two walls of these wine bottles. A pretty impressive way to be welcomed!
The hostess took our coats and then showed us around the suite a bit. In the pic above on the left hand side, you can see the entrance to the buffet station. To the right is the bar and more tables.
We were led over to the area where we’d be sitting for the evening. She showed us where our seats were for the game, then took us to our table. This is a small view of the dining area. Our table is right behind the dude in the Millionaires shirt in the pic below.
There was a while to kill before dinner would be available, so we were offered cocktails and a meat and cheese platter, which we happily said yes to.
When it was closer to dinner time and more people had filled the suite, we decided to order a bottle of wine to share. Funnily enough, on the wine list I noticed that one of the wines was from our family’s winery in Washington! Very cool. The wines were pretty expensive, but we found a reasonably-priced one that was very delicious.
Finally it was time for dinner and the selection at the buffet was amazing! There were several kinds of pasta (risotto, gnocchi and I believe canneloni), salads galore, fried chicken, seafood (crab legs, mussels, prawns), several kinds of meat and breads and more. And then there was the sushi. OH the sushi! They were very simple rolls, but they were phenomenal. Probably the best sushi I’ve ever had.
I had several platefuls of these rolls. The seafood in them was obviously premium quality, and while they were very simple, the flavour was phenomenal.
One of my plates of food:
Very soon it was time for the game to start, so we brought our glasses of wine (that had been put in stemless wineglasses) out to our front row seats.
When the game started, I was a bit wary and was fully expecting the Canucks to lose. They just came back from a horrible road trip, plus they were playing Chicago, who won the Stanley Cup last year. Thankfully it was a fun, entertaining and exciting game.
Throughout the game, we had all sorts of treats brought to us at our seats.
We had a few more drinks, so we were very giggly and happy. Earlier in the evening, our server had told us that she could bring us anything we wanted from the vendors downstairs, and she specifically mentioned the mini doughnuts. Those are one of my favourite things about hockey games, so I said we’d like to have some during the second intermission. We were expecting a little bag of them, like the regular peons get, but we came back to this at our table:
Woohoo! There were other desserts at the table that were pretty good, but the doughnuts were fantastic.
The game ended up featuring a hat trick by Daniel, but only two hats ended up on the ice. We thought it was maybe because nobody realized it was his goal until the game had started up again. The Canucks ended up winning 6-3, which was so fun. It’s always great when the home team wins!
Our driver was waiting for us outside of the arena after the game, and it was a quick trip back to the hotel room. We both played on our phones for a bit, but we were pretty tired, so we hit the sack. I was so tired but I tossed and turned all night and barely slept. I’m convinced that the cause was due to the coffee I had. I’d asked for decaf but it must have been full-strength, as that’s the only reason I can find for my sleeplessness. The bed was very comfortable, though!
All in all it was an incredible experience, and I’m so glad I got the chance to experience a hockey game in a different area than I normally do. It’s nice to get spoiled every now and again! :)