West Coast Alert

West Coast Alert
July 2008

Susie Wall

IN SEARCH OF A PASSPORT-FREE VACAY, PRINCESS? Time to pack your boat n’ tote for a Gulf Island getaway. Whether your destination of choice is Pender, Galiano or any along the West Coast’s archipelago of luxe-lands-surrounded-by-water, a wet safari is a true celebration of summer in these parts—butter clams, cashmere blankets, beach barbeques and all. So pick out your Pinot, hire a float plane (Sea Air at YVR’s South Terminal charters to most beaches and docks) and order up a giant box of ‘homemade’ S’mores from Butter Bakery on Dunbar—it’s time to hurry up and chill!

POET’S COVE RESORT Prepare for an eco (but très chi chi) sojourn at Pender Island’s Poet’s Cove Resort and Spa. Check into this oceanside getaway’s main lodge (or better yet, one of their private cabins), unwind at their famed Susurrus Spa (complete with steam cave), nosh modern Coastal cuisine at the adjoining Aurora restaurant or day trip over to the Saturday Market on nearby Salt Spring Island—where vendors must make it, bake it or grow it. Visit

QUINCE Save for artisan breads and jams, some of B.C.’s hippest Islands don’t exactly peddle Pellegrino, if you catch my driftwood. Snap up vacuum-packed, restaurant-quality meals from Quince—Vancouver’s catering and cooking school hotspot. While you’re there, pick up some import oils, couture chocolates and gourmet spreads to guarantee yourself the Guest Most Likely To Be Invited Back Award. Visit

Madonna in Montreal
You and a friend could be off to Montreal to see Madonna live in concert. The grand prize includes roundtrip airfare, $500 spending money, a 3 night stay at Hôtel Le Germain Montréal, a driver to the concert in the Le Germain Audi A8 and more! We’re also giving away copies of Madge’s latest release, “Hard Candy”.
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CAFTAN Just because it’s the Gulf Islands doesn’t mean you leave your glamour behind. Anna Kosturova’s bikinis and cover-ups have brought shelter to some of the best bodies in the biz (her work even graced a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue). Love this cotton voile tunic’s global vibe, not to mention the cheeky Parrot Lagoon print and the quarter circle body for a full throttle Rachel-Zoe-goes-poolside message. Visit