When G and I started talking about what to do for our 25th Anniversary, Whistler was one of the first places that came to mind. The Canadian mountain resort town is located about an hour north of Vancouver, BC (and only 3.5 hours from our house) which makes it the perfect place for a weekend getaway.
If the name sounds familiar, you're probably remembering Whistler from the 2010 Olympics. While most events were held in Vancouver, the Luge, Bobsled and Ski Jump competitions happened at Whistler.
Most people come to Whistler/Blackcomb Mountains to ski, and while we have done that, our favorite time to visit is in the fall. It's less crowded, the weather is usually good, and the scenery is breathtaking.
We stayed at The Four Seasons Whistler, and I cannot say enough about the hotel and its staff. We were upgraded to a suite for our anniversary, and every person we dealt with was pleasant and helpful, and went out of their way to make sure we had a great time.
The views from our balcony were stunning.
The Aspen-like pedestrian village is a great place to wander, shop and eat.
On Saturday Whistler hosted a Mudarella Run, and thousands of women were waiting in line to ride the gondola up to the start of the course. I have no idea how these two were going to compete, but they were definitely having fun.
The areas surrounding Whistler have miles of hiking trails, so we set out for some adventure. The mountain is also home to a large population of black bears, and we saw five of these guys hanging out by the side of the road, getting ready for their long winter's nap. I have never been that close to a bear in the wild before. Yikes. Glad we were in the car.
Luckily we didn't run into any more bears on our hike, but we did find beautiful scenery at every turn.
With apologies to my Canadian friends, the American dollar is currently very strong in Canada, making it an affordable place for a relaxing weekend. The soul soothing beauty, delicious food, and friendly residents are icing on the cake.
Just watch out for bears.