Whistler, British Columbia
We’ve just returned from a relaxing weekend in Whistler, our favourite weekend getaway destination. It seems that every time we visit Whistler we experience a new side of this alpine village, which is a big reason we keep coming back for more.
It also doesn’t hurt that it’s only a 1.5 hour drive from our house, door to door.
For this trip, we stayed at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Whistler, located near the Upper Village on the base of Blackcomb Mountain. It’s a beautiful property surrounded by old growth forests and snow-capped peaks.
Ironically, this mountain resort is busy all four seasons, with mountain biking, golfing and hiking being the big attractions this time of year. The downhill mountain bike scene has exploded in the past 5 years, I’ve never seen so many bikes in the village.
I still have yet to try downhill mountain biking (every year I say “this is the year”), but I do plan to fix that on our next trip to Whistler in August. Fingers crossed.
This Whistler visit happened on fairly short notice, as a group of colleagues from my office were participating in Tough Mudder (an 18-20 km military-style obstacle course that draws over 20,000 visitors to Whistler) and someone dropped out of the competition, so an extra room became available.
It didn’t take much convincing.
Because we stayed in a standard room (ie. not a one bedroom that allows us to separate sleeping areas), we decided to leave Braydon at home with his grandparents and only bring Connor with us. Connor is still breastfeeding so he comes with us on every trip.
I had no desire to compete in the event this year, but the thought of hanging out by the pool seemed like a great idea.
Speaking of the pool, it’s definitely a hotel highlight during the summer months. We typically visit Whistler in the winter when there’s more than 2 feet of snow on the ground, which means we rarely spend any time relaxing by the pool.
It’s a fun pool, with 3 hot tubs and a poolside restaurant bar. For a moment, we felt like we were hanging out at a tropical resort in Mexico, but then we noticed the giant green mountains and tall pine trees surrounding us.
After a lazy lunch on a patio at the base of the Blackcomb Mountain, we walked to Lost Lake and spent a few hours laying in the tall green grass with Connor. There are few better ways to spend an afternoon than sitting by the lake, surrounded by nature.
Having just spent a few weeks in the dusty beach town of Sayulita, we forgot how much we love grassy parks on a sunny day. Connor curled his little toes in the grass and giggled when his chubby cheeks brushed against the grass. Serious cuteness.
Snacks at the lake.
The rest of our time was spent wandering the pedestrian only Whistler Village. As we continue to grow as parents, we are now quick to notice whether a destination is “kid friendly” or not. Whistler is very kid friendly.
There was a time when all we cared about was playing in the mountains during the day, followed by late night drinking at Whistler’s many pubs and late night establishments.
Nowadays, I find myself looking for children’s playgrounds and restaurants that cater to babies and toddlers.
I was very impressed with the number of kid activities in Whistler, especially in the Upper Village near the iconic Fairmont Chateau Whistler. From trampolines to mini golf to rope courses, there’s something for all ages and interests.
We’re looking forward to the days when our boys are old enough to appreciate how special Whistler is.
We typically choose to dine in the Village because there are so many options, but we thought we’d give the Four Seasons restaurant a try. When in Rome, right?
Our perception of the Four Seasons Resort is that it caters to the higher income demographic, which, in our experience, often dislikes coexisting with young families (how dare that crying baby interrupt my dinner!). While the brand does target the upscale crowd, we were pleasantly surprised at how baby friendly this property is. It seemed many of the guests also had children with them, from infants to teenagers and everything in between.
As you can see in the above photo, the outdoor restaurant has a putting green in the middle of the large patio. How fun is that? Connor is almost crawling now, so he had a lot of fun chasing the golf balls and throwing them in the cup. We may have a future golfer on our hands.
Side note – we couldn’t believe how friendly everyone was at the hotel – and we’re Canadian!
It’s important to note that we were not compensated in any way to write about our experience at the Four Seasons Resort (we’ve never worked with the Four Seasons). We just had a very nice weekend escape to Whistler and our hotel experience was a big part of that.
Have you visited Whistler? What did you think?
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