Our two night get away has come and gone (insert very sad, pouty face here) to Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler, BC. I like to dream that our days could always be about travel and relaxation. Well maybe it will be like that in our retirement… oh, I don’t like to say that though, it makes me feel so old! I’d just like to have weekends away all the time with my husband! Is that too much to ask for 🙂
We were looking for a nice place to stay that was relatively close, so, we wouldn’t have to spend as much time on the road. I said right off the bat, to Keith, that Whistler would be good with me, but, he was thinking Portland. Portland would’ve taken us many more hours to get to, plus, our Canadian dollar is doing so poorly it would have been a lot more expensive right now. Keith goes through Whistler often in the summer when he’s out riding on his motorcycle, so, for him I guess Whistler is not as special??? I don’t get there very often, so, any chance I can go there, I’m in! I checked out reviews on various sites such as Trip Advisor and found Nita Lake Lodge. Neither of us had stayed there before and it had very good reviews. So, that is where we went for two nights.
Here’s a few pictures and a little review.
The drive to Whistler takes about two and half hours. We started off later in the afternoon than I would have liked, but, I’d just come off a night shift and needed to sleep for a bit. The day was absolutely beautiful! A perfect day for a drive to Whistler!
The Sea to Sky drive to Whistler is stunning. You literally have mountains on one side and the ocean on the other side.
We usually stay in the village when we go to Whistler and Nita Lake Lodge is a few minutes away from there by car and on the other side of the highway. My google maps got us a bit off track when we arrived in the dark, but, eventually we made it and we were both looking forward to a great meal and a glass of wine.
The lobby was very pretty. Right away I liked the coziness of the place and it had the typical Whistler mountain resort vibe.
The room was perfect! When you walk in there is a closet and a huge entry way with benches and a full length mirror. The room is very large with a beautiful gas fireplace, a large screen TV, and a very well stocked kitchenette that is beautifully hidden behind those cabinet doors. The gas fireplace wouldn’t turn on for us when we arrived, but, it was fixed by the next day when we came back to our room in the afternoon.
The TV was great! It didn’t matter whether you were on the couch or on the king sized bed you could watch it as if you were looking straight on from anywhere in the room. No tilting or turning required. The kitchenette included a small sink, fridge, microwave, dishes, and a French press for making coffee. It was perfect and well hidden. They even had some creamers and milk in single serving containers in the fridge instead of that awful whitener for coffee.
There is a small patio with a table and two comfy chairs behind those long curtains. We didn’t spend much time out on the patio because it did end up getting quite cool the next day.
The room included slippers and bathrobe for both of us and the bathroom toiletries were from L’Occitane! I love L’Occitane products!
The bed was super comfortable. I didn’t take any pictures that turned out of the bathroom, but, let me tell you it was huge! A nice large shower and a separate large soaker tub. The floors in the bathroom were a natural stone and the floor was heated.
Nita Lake Lodge has banquet rooms that looked pretty nice when we peeked into them. Since we’ve been back one of my coworkers told me she was going to be staying here for a wedding very soon. I can see it being very nice place to get married.
When we arrived it was about seven in the evening, so, we got settled into our room and freshened up to go have some dinner. We weren’t sure where we were going to eat. Keith had looked up some restaurants and he was interested in one that was supposed to be right next door. We ended up staying in the lodge for our dinner at the Cure Lounge and Patio. There are three places to eat at the lodge and we ate at two of them. We didn’t get a chance to try out the Fix Cafe. The night we arrived I had the Nita curry dish which was excellent! It was cauliflower and spinach in a coconut cream sauce. Yum 🙂 I don’t even remember what Keith ate!
So, they have the Cure Lounge and Patio, the Aura Restaurant, and the Fix Cafe. The next morning we had breakfast at the Aura Restaurant before we went for our walk to the village. I had the Light Nita Breakfast and Keith had the Gluten Free Pancakes… I think he had a few eggs on the side too.
Keith enjoyed his breakfast. He’s not into powdered sugar, whipped cream or butter, so, he would have been happier without those on his plate. He did like the pancakes though. He’s not on a gluten-free diet or anything, but, he was craving pancakes and that was his option.
This was my breakfast and this is when it gets a bit hairy, literally! I had a pouched egg, some tomatoes, potatoes and my whole grain toast. When I’m not home one of the things I love is having peanut butter! We never have peanut butter at home due to my kids allergies. So I grabbed the peanut butter and generously lathered my toast with it. I had taken my first or maybe second bite and I noticed IT! I can’t even think about it now because it makes me gag. I’m so sensitive to that. Even at home if anyone finds a hair in my cooking, I’m done for. My stomach turns and I start to gag and I lose all appetite. So, when this happened. I grabbed my napkin and started to spit into it… sorry this is so gross, and got up and went to the bathroom and calmed myself. I came back to the table several minutes later and Keith knew what had happened by my reactions, even though, I hadn’t said a word. Keith told me the waitress had come by while I was gone and asked if everything was alright. He had told her that there had been a HAIR. When I was seated again, the waitress came by and asked if everything was okay. I told her what had happened. She asked if she could bring me a new serving of toast. I told her “no” to just please take the toast away (the culprit) and bring me a new napkin. She brought me back new toast. Never came back with a napkin. I decided to eat some of the new toast and took another one of the peanut butter packets only to find it open and already used. I ended up eating my potatoes and tomatoes. I took another napkin from the table beside us. We were going to say something about the napkin and the peanut butter on the table, but, this waitress was not on her game. She had been totally uninterested from the moment we sat down. Her head was on something else and serving food was not it! Everyone has bad days, but, she didn’t even take anything off the bill for us! If it had just been the hair, but, her inattentiveness to what she was doing ruined our breakfast. The prices weren’t cheap! So, unfortunately I can’t recommend the Aura Restaurant. The waitress and the food experience was very lacking unlike the Cure Lounge and Patio which was wonderful as was our waitress.
Nita lake is very pretty and the lodge has a dock where you can rent kayaks and other water equipment that would be fun in the summer. Also, the lodge has bicycles for the guest, free of charge, for the first two hours.
Of course anywhere you walk in Whistler its picturesque. It’s the ultimate outdoorsy, lifestyle place. After our walk to the village, our walk around the village, and lunch we called for the shuttle to pick us up. I wanted Keith to just call a taxi, because I was expecting to have to wait for a long time to get the shuttle, thinking, that they go back and forth to the village on a set schedule. But, that wasn’t the case. The shuttle arrived within minutes of us calling and the driver was super personable.
I’d stay at Nita Lake Lodge again, because, I loved the room and the setting. I’d have drinks and food at the Cure Lounge and Patio for sure. The ambiance was very nice there… loungy 🙂 Next time I’d like to take advantage of the spa they have. Maybe for a sister’s get away! They did tell us when we checked out to let them know we have stayed there already, because, we will get the “special” rate… hmmm. Will have to look into that for sure.
Does anyone else have this kind of horrid reaction to hair (yuck) in food? Keith and my kids laugh at me when this happens… they think it’s funny!
Have a great week!