Last weekend David and I had a lovely getaway to Whistler. The fires in the area had been bad but we happened to arrive at the perfect time as it started to drizzle, clearing out all the smoke. Everyone in Whistler was rejoicing, grateful for the clear air.
We arrived late in the afternoon and checked into our room at the Four Seasons. We were lucky to have a nice patio, the perfect spot to open one of our favorite bottles of wine we got on our trip to Napa two years ago from Tank Garage Winery.
After getting a bit of work done, we headed out to walk around town.
We ended up grabbing a bite and a cocktail from Bar Oso. While we had a nice time, we wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. It was pretty loud and nothing we ate was particularly special. I had a simple vodka on the rocks, but from what I could tell if you are really into cocktails, you might enjoy this place more.
We then headed back to enjoy our room and I had the most wonderful shower of my life! Holy water pressure! We were in bed by eight and I couldn’t have been happier.
After working all the next morning, we were able to get out and hike in the afternoon.
We took a 30 minute drive to Cheakamus Lake where we enjoyed a beautiful and relatively easy hike.
We walked through beautiful forests…
And next to dramatic rock faces…
And most of the time along the shoreline of stunning Cheakamus Lake.
As we were nearing the end of the trail, other hikers began warning us about bears up ahead. After going a bit further we decided not to risk an encounter and head back to the car.
That night, to no one’s surprise I’m sure, David was craving Indian food. We had a very tasty and relaxing dinner at Tandoori Grill.
The next morning we were up bright and early to head to Joffre Lakes.
First, we picked up surprisingly tasty breakfast sandwiches at Mountain Currie Coffee Company. We were happy to find a place that opened at 6:30am allowing us to grab breakfast and coffee and still get to the trailheads on the early side.
We drove about an hour, past Pemberton, to get to the Joffre Lake Trailhead. At this point we started a steep hike up to Middle Lake. It was pretty hazy and cloudy as a result of the aforementioned rain, so we were stunned when we got to Middle Lake to finally see such a beautiful site.
From Middle Lake we hiked about 20 minutes further, stopping at a large waterfall…
And then on to Upper Lake where we were happy to once again be met with such a gorgeous view.
And of course, it was all downhill on the way back! By the time we got to the parking lot it was totally packed with busloads of people arriving, we were lucky to get there bright and early.
After a quick shower and change we headed to Fifi’s Bistro, next to the Fairmont, for the most charming lunch.
Afterwards we headed to the Mallard Lounge for cocktails. I love the ambiance and vibe here even though the drinks are way overpriced.
At that point the timing was perfect to return to the Four Seasons for their free afternoon wine tasting where we tasted a local red and white from Penticton.
For dinner we had a great experience at the relatively casual but innovative Hunter Gather.
The next morning we had our first sleep-in in a very long time. Then took a nice stroll to grab coffee and pastries from Purebread and walked to Lost Lake to enjoy the views and see the toad migration.
We had so much fun in Whistler and cannot wait to go back as there is a great deal more we would like to explore!