I think it's hi-larious that people don't think I'm outdoorsey. I mean you can hike with hot pink nails, right? I grew up in Seattle and getting outside is just what people do there. You go on hikes, you ski, you enjoy the fresh air and the pine trees. So heading up to Canada for a little bit of that mountain air was just what the doctor ordered over the 4th of July weekend. We had an absolute blast despite the fact that it was over 90 degrees most days! I wanted to share a few of my travel tips if you are heading up north.
We stayed at the Westin Whistler. It was a great hotel because it was centrally located within Whistler village. The rooms were nicely done and even featured a little kitchenette. The only drawback was that the pool was very small which was challenging with the hot temps. In the past, we have stayed at the Fairmont, which is also very nice and located close to the Blackcomb lifts. This trip we visited Nita Lake Lodge for dinner (more on that later) and really loved the place. It is definitely more out of the way but the general feeling of the place was very relaxing.
High above everything on the Peak-to-Peak.
There are so many fun activities to do in Whistler during the summer. The first day we rented bikes downtown in the village and went around all of the little lakes at the base of the mountain. The loop is about 25 miles but is the perfect easy going path to take. Then, in the afternoon, we took the chairlifts from Blackcomb up to the top of the mountain. We went on the Peak-to-Peak gondola which launched in 2008. The harrowing journey from the top of one mountain to another is pretty breathtaking. Once we were over to Whistler, we took one more chairlift to the tipy-top of the mountain. The views were spectacular and it's not often that you can walk around a mountain in your shorts and sandals. Before we left, we went on a peaceful hike next to the Cheakamus River. You hike along the side of the river and then cross over a very high up suspension bridge to loop back on the other side. There were not very many hikers and quite a few bikes on the trail but we had a great time!
On the way up to the very top of the mtn.
A brief snack at the top.
Views from Nita Lake Lodge.
After working up quite an appetite biking and hiking. We had an amazing meal at the Nita Lake Lodge restaurant. The portions were quite light but everything was prepared with such careful attention to local ingredients. They even had a small garden on the roof of the hotel. The cocktail I had was infused with lavender from their garden. It was beautiful to sit outside and watch the sunset on the little idyllic lake.
So those are a few of my tips, if you ever go and visit Whistler during the summer. I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th.