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A Weekend in Whistler

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.

Patio Four Seasons Whistler Tank Winery Napa

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.

Four Seasons Whistler

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…

Cheakamus Lake Forest Whistler

And next to dramatic rock faces…

Cheakamus Lake Whistler Rock Slide

And most of the time along the shoreline of stunning Cheakamus Lake.

Cheakamus Lake Whistler

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.

Mount Currie Coffee Company Whistler

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.

Joffre Lakes Middle Lake

From Middle Lake we hiked about 20 minutes further, stopping at a large waterfall…

Joffre Lakes Waterfall

And then on to Upper Lake where we were happy to once again be met with such a gorgeous view.

Joffre Lakes Upper Lake

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.

Mallard Lounge Martini Whistler Chateau Fairmont

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.

Sidecut Four Seasons Wine Tasting Whistler

For dinner we had a great experience at the relatively casual but innovative Hunter Gather.

Hunter Gather Whistler Vegeatable Soup

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!

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7 Comments

  • Reply Brittney S. HearnAugust 30, 2018 at 7:26 am

    What a lovely trip and you even got to enjoy a bottle from Tank! Miss you both terribly. Please keep the posts coming!

    • Reply AnnaAugust 30, 2018 at 10:48 am

      Miss you too! Love Tank – thank for introducing us to one of our favorite Napa wineries!

  • Reply Natalie PelafosAugust 30, 2018 at 8:13 am

    What a great trip, sounds wonderful. And THAT VIEW of Upper Lake!!!! It looks like a fairy tale. I want that beautiful bowl of noodles and veggies from Hunter Gather – looks delicious!

    • Reply AnnaAugust 30, 2018 at 10:50 am

      It was such a nice trip. We were so lucky to have a great view despite the rain. That noodle bowl – the perfect thing on a drizzly and chilly afternoon, felt like fall was on our doorstep. Xoxox

  • Reply AEA Number one fanAugust 30, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Wait a minute…. Did I just read that you worked? And then had enough time in the morning to go for a hike and come back AND beat everyone to the trail? Who are you people?????

    • Reply AnnaAugust 30, 2018 at 10:57 am

      Dear AEA Number One Fan (If that is your real name). You’re the best, and also the worst. And those were two separate days. You forgot to add that I also talked to you until midnight – pretty much super woman over here.

  • Reply KateSeptember 3, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Dear AEA Number One, If you had known for aslong asI have, you wouldn’t have any trouble believing.
    xxoo

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