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So worth it to escape to Whistler during their off season!!!






Whistler is only an hour + 40 minutes drive north of Vancouver.  I never really realized how close it is!  It’s like driving from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara – no biggie!  So why not make the trip?  Go during Whistler’s “shoulder season”.  I had no idea what that meant.  It means their off season before they open the ski hill.  Duh.  Let me tell you dear readers that it is a major bonus!!!

Jeff is not a big skier + I have never skied in my life + only snowboarded once, managing to crash into an 8 year old little girl.  Thus, we weren’t heading to Whistler for winter sports, but to stone cold chill to the maximum.  After moving houses + Jeff’s long hours at work, we needed a break.

I booked our stay at the Nita Lake Lodge.  It has great reviews + is outside of Whistler Village which was a plus for me because I liked being somewhere quiet + outside of the tourist bubble.Nita Lake Lodge

I WANT TO LIVE THERE!!!  The hotel has a woodsy, Arts + Crafts feel.Nita Lake Lodge

The lobby is ready for Christmas!  Nita Lake Lodge’s concierge + guest services is ACES, TOP NOTCH!!  Friendly, warm, helpful, thorough + super accommodating!!!!Nita Lake Lodge

Here is our bathroom – with heated floors!!!Nita Lake Lodge

We got a studio with a lake view on the top (fourth) floor.  It felt very spacious because of the high ceilings!Nita Lake Lodge

Lounge-y lounge area to watch the flat screen TV.Nita Lake Lodge

Our view of the lake from the balcony.  The hotel offers seasonal complimentary bike, fishing rod, canoe, stand up paddle board + kayak rentals!Nita Lake Lodge

Outside, a back view of the hotel from the lake.Nita Lake Lodge

Jeff on the dock.Whistler - 09

Does this look like somebody’s relaxing or what?!Whistler - 10

Literally what did we do the most on this trip?  SLEEP!!!!  Like the Dickens!!!!

The next morning we headed to the hotel’s cafe, Fix.  It is not your typical cafe – it is a step up!!!!  Gourmet sandwiches, fresh juices, coffee, pastries, etc.Nita Lake Lodge

We treated ourselves to massages at the hotel’s spa after the cafe.  As usual, I was running late (Jeff’s fault – he is a time optimist) + flustered when I arrived.  So they could tell this lady really needed a little help.  I specifically requested a Registered Massage Therapist because our backs are both f**ked up + it is covered under Jeff’s extended health care plan!  Woot!

Alright y’all, get this.  During the massage, the masseuse kept freaking out about how tight + messed up I was!  I said, “Wait till you get my husband!  His back is like a piece of overcooked steak!!!”.  WELL GUESS WHAT??!!!  After Jeff’s massage, she told him that I was WAY worse than he is!  It’s called uptight, folks.  Jeff is happy-go-lucky + sweet.  I stress out for two people.Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 8.24.02 PM

The spa experience was amazing.  It was beautiful, serene + the masseuse kicked my butt.  It was one of the best massages I’ve ever gotten!  So what did I do after the massage?  Sleep.

That night we made reservations for Araxi, in Whistler Village – a recommendation from a friend at Jeff’s work.  Yet another plus about Nita Lake Lodge is they have complimentary shuttle service to the Village, so go + enjoy your wine!!!

Yummy, dense bread, olive oil + perfect scoop of butter.  I was so hungry, Jeff was like, “Hey, hey, hey, chill out on the bread, mon”!Araxi

A major reason to go during shoulder season in Whistler…we had the five course meal for $32!!!  A regular plate alone at the restaurant is $29, so this is a dealio!!!

Butternut squash soup + arancini ball.Araxi

Beet salad.Araxi

Jeff’s foie gras terrine.Araxi

Ricotta gnocchi.Araxi

My main entree.  Duck breast with polenta cake.  IT WAS COOKED PERFECTLY + SO TASTY!!!!Araxi

Jeff’s sinister gentleman’s pose with his moist Arctic Char.Araxi

Chocolate tart with caramel ice creammmmmmm + caramel drizzle.Araxi

Jeff’s pear trio + cappuccino.Araxi

Araxi is FIVE STARS!!!!  No snobbery, you don’t have to dress up all fancy + the service is warm + full of smiles!!!  Oh + Gordon Ramsey loves it there.  Take advantage of shoulder season!

After dinner we took the shuttle back to the hotel + waddled over to Roland’s Creekside Pub.  Although it’s right next to the Nita Lake Lodge, this pub is filled with the nicest local characters ever!  I happened to find the only white guy in the pub who lived in Japan for 15 years + was a field anthropologist stationed in Osaka.  Go figure.  We were there till closing + made lots of new friends!!!Roland's Whistler

Our last day we went to the Village for some tourist time.  Here’s Jeff trying to look manly while holding a shopping bag.Whistler - 23

The Village is kind of boring + the shops are pretty typical of a ski town.  BUT I had my first Beaver Tail experience!!!  A Canadian fried dough pastry!  Mine was the classic dusted with cinnamon + sugar!  It tasted like a Mexican churro!!!  How I miss churros – so you know I’m going to be looking for beaver tails wherever I go now!!!Whistler - 24

Obama eats Beaver Tails.Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 9.08.50 PM

I wanted to take a picture in the snow, but it was getting too late to drive up the mountains.  So we took a picture in a parking lot on top of a lump of snow that was collected by the snowplows.Whistler - 25

Good enough!  Our Whistler trip was a success!!!  Service was exceptional, relaxation was achieved!!!  We are already planning our next trip to Whistler during their next shoulder season in May!!!


12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Beaver Tails are the BEST THING EVER. My fave is the cinnamon and sugar with a bit of lemon juice – SO GOOD. The nearest Beaver Tails are all the way in Banff, which is probably a good thing. 🙂

    November 20, 2013
    • With lemon juice??? I’ll have to try it! What’s better than fried dough coated in sugar??? Nothing!

      November 20, 2013
  2. Deb Fayle #

    You did Whistler nicely! Great tip to go in the off season, so smart … your accommodation and dining choices are known for their top notch quality and service so way to go!!

    November 20, 2013
  3. kenneth '' Dad's - Papi '' nishino #

    Yummmmm, Araxi, sounds like dakine…kine, Nan, maybe a trip
    there in, April, huh huh…hehe…LOL !!!!! and beaver tail’s !!!!! It’s
    AWsuM 2 just get away once in awhile,…Good On U and Jeff !!!!!

    November 20, 2013
    • You would love Araxi, dad!!! I’m so glad we were able to go away – otherwise we’d kill each other! Haha!

      November 20, 2013
  4. I was going to text you yesterday to ask about your Whistler trip! Glad to see it all went really well. What a fancy getaway, huh! You deserved it, honey! Did you ever make it to Purebread?

    November 20, 2013
    • Thanks!!! Welllllll, we made it to the antique store next to Purebread, but then we didn’t go into Purebread because I was so burnt out at that point! Now I regret!!!

      November 20, 2013
      • Hahaha… you are so funny! Oh well, they seem to be at the Yaletown market in the winter, if I recall correctly. How was the antique shop?

        November 20, 2013
      • They had a couple good pieces + very fair prices!

        November 20, 2013
  5. Mike Schultz Paintings #


    December 4, 2013

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