As a die-hard Fifty Shades of Grey fan and a blogger and a fangirl, it would absolutely be against my religion NOT to do something Fifty Shades inspired on the blog this week ahead of Thursday night’s release.
I mean, this is a five-years in the making event for those of us who’ve been in the Fifty Shades world since it was, ahem, Twilight fan fiction.
As I mentioned on Friday’s the C List – this week, I’m doing 5 days of Fifty Shades and it’s going to roll out like this:
Monday: the Filming Locations Tour
Tuesday: Favorite Quotes from the Book
Wednesday: the Scenes I’m Most Excited For in the Movie
Thursday: a Look Back – Fanfic to Big Screen
Friday: the Morning After – Thoughts, Reactions, and Flails
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Fifty Shades of Grey: the Filming Locations Tour
Last May, when visiting one of my best friends in Vancouver, I had the awesome opportunity to check out some of soon to be famous filming locations from Fifty Shades of Grey. Kate, determined to make this the best tour ever, was prepared with a detailed list of locations, addresses, and photos to guide us.
Here are just a few of the memorable spots from our Van City Fifty Shades tour with my very own tips to enjoy some of them to their fullest.
Rainier Provisions served as the “Portland Coffee House” in the movie and is where Christian takes Ana for tea following his photoshoot with Jose at the Heathman. While I’m not a tea drinker, Kate highly recommended I try a London Fog which instantly became a staple, go-to drink for me that I still drink regularly to this day.
The Paper Hound Bookstore
How to Get There: 344 West Pender Street
The Paper Hound will appear in the movie as the bookstore where Christian purchased Ana’s first edition copy of Hardy’s Tess of d’Urbervilles. While I tried to snag my own used copy, there weren’t any copies on hand that day but I DID manage to score (from the Banned Books cupboard) a copy of the Story of O.
Tip: If you’re looking for a souvenir, I snagged a Paper Hound tote that I absolutely love for $15.
How to Get There: 838 W Hastings (the blue towers in the back)
The Jameson House was used as Christian’s apartment building Escala during the Vancouver shoot. While we didn’t go up to the building to check it out (I imagine we’d never get past doorman outside to see the lobby) we did have many views of it while out and about downtown.
While no scene is filmed within the Peckinpah itself, its exterior played a starring role in the scene following Ana and Christian’s tea in Portland when Christian saves Ana from being hit by a cyclist. It’s this moment where a startled, doe-eyed Ana first realizes she wants Christian to kiss her. Despite sticking around, I did not get rescued or catch a glimpse of any Christians.
Tip: We later went back for dinner and if southern BBQ is your thing, this place and their pulled pork sandwich is a must!
This building was used to film exterior shots of Ana’s apartment building and more notably will be the backdrop when Christian surprises Ana with her graduation present: the Audi.
the Elevator at the Fairmont
What is it about elevators? While scenes for the movie were filmed on the 14th floor of the famous Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, it wouldn’t have been a Fifty Shades of Grey tour without riding the infamous elevators where the famous first kiss at the Heathman hotel went down.
Christian Grey did not, in fact, show up.
Tip: If you’re already on the elevator, why not head to the roof top and enjoy a drink or appetizer at the Roof Restaurant + Bar. Kate and I HIGHLY recommend their crispy fried elman’s pickles and one of their signature cocktails.
Bonus: the view is spectacular at sunset.
Christian’s Grey’s Office
Lastly, where it all began, Grey Enterprise Holdings otherwise known as Christian Grey’s office where Ana and Christian first meet when she interviews him. On an ordinary day, this building is known as the Bentall 5 Tower in downtown Vancouver.
Tip: If all this Christian Grey stalking has built up your hunger, head over to Bentall Tower’s Cactus Club. During patio season, there’s the perfect table for spotting some of the city’s handsome business men having after-work drinks.
What locations would you love to visit? Let me know in the comments below.
Come back tomorrow for more Christian and to find out what my favorite quotes from the book are!