Whistler is my favourite place to escape on the weekends. Just 2 hours from downtown Vancouver, nestled in the mountains, it’s the perfect place to relax and recharge, especially during the summer.
I’m lucky enough to call Whistler home. My family has lived there for close to 14 years, and we visit as often as possible. Whistler is known as one of the best winter destinations in the world, but I actually prefer it in the summer. Over the past few years, Whistler has become an increasingly popular travel destination all year round, as more people discover what a gem of a place it is.
Last week, we were invited for a weekend stay at one of my favourite spots, Nita Lake Lodge. Located near Creekside (the original village) the lodge overlooks a tranquil lake in a very quiet, peaceful area of Whistler.
The weekend marked the opening of Nita Lake’s patio season. Recently, the lodge expanded the seating area to include a second tier on their patio, overlooking Nita Lake. This is by far one of the best patios in Whistler, and we were very excited to attend a lovely long table dinner to celebrate the opening. Even if you don’t stay at Nita Lake Lodge, a visit to their restaurant Aura is an absolute must.
After a delicious dinner, we retired to our suite. The room was fully equipped to be our home away from home; big comfy bed, soaker tub, lounge area and a kitchenette. Spending the next morning sitting on the lake view patio, sipping coffee and watching the fog lift was a beautiful way to start the day.
Nita Lake provides complimentary kayaks and canoes for all their guests, along with bicycles to explore the area. This is a really fun way to spend the morning, before brunching back at Aura’s patio.
For lunch, we ventured into the village to Bar Oso. Created by the team from the renowned Whistler restaurant, Araxi, Bar Oso serves Spanish-influenced tapas and craft cocktails. ‘Oso’ means bear in Spanish, an homage to Whistler’s wildlife.
Bar Oso specializes in gin cocktails, so we furthered our ‘ed-gin-cation’ with their gin flight. One of Bar Oso’s goals is to source their products as locally as possible with all 3 gins we tasted created in BC. This was a delicious and fun way to try what Bar Oso has to offer.
There are a lot of great share plates on the menu, and our server was very helpful pointing us in the right direction. We enjoyed an incredible charcuterie board with a delicious mix of cheese, meats and olives. We sat at the bar and chatted with the chef, while he prepared our board. The long, convivial bar makes for the perfect spot for Après ski (or Après lake) pre dinner snack or nightcap.
The Summer season is just kicking off, so after lunch we picked up our season’s passes to Whistler Blackcomb and headed up the mountain. This is one of the best things to get if you come up a few times over the summer. Compared to a winter pass, a summer pass is incredible reasonable. Even if you use it 3 or 4 times over the season, it’s worth it. There is nothing better than spending the morning at the lake and the afternoon up the mountain. Whistler is truly a slice of paradise.