I have a bit of a weird relationship with birthdays in that I love to celebrate (any excuse for champagne), but I don’t really like being the centre of attention. I enjoy attending parties, but it kinds of stresses me out when they are in my honour. So, in order to get the best of both worlds (an epic celebration without any of the stress), my boyfriend and I decided to head to Whistler for the weekend to stay at Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
We arrived to the perfect birthday welcome of champagne and chocolate on the Fairmont Gold floor. With private lounge, check-in and concierge, Fairmont Gold is like a boutique hotel hidden inside a big hotel. I’m pretty sure that once you go gold it’s hard to go back because they make you feel pretty darn special.
One of my favourite components of the hotel was the pool. I hadn’t realized how hot Whistler would be (I packed about 5 jackets), but it was over 30 degrees the entire trip, so poolside was the perfect place to be. With a cocktail in hand from the pool bar and the mountains in the background, the pools (there were like 5) felt like a holiday in themselves.
I was fortunate to arrive in Whistler on a Friday, in time to attend Fairmont Fridays at the Mallard Lounge & Terrace. I had heard about this event even before arrival, so I was looking forward to seeing what it was all about. With live music, drink specials and complimentary canapés, both tourists and locals gather at the hotel for a fun evening in the late summer sun. It was really special to see the local community gather alongside the visitors to enjoy the beautiful setting.
The hotel room was also a highlight of the trip. With picturesque mountain views out the window and a cloud-like bed, I would wake each morning feeling totally relaxed and generally drank my coffee in bed. I must admit that it was hard to leave the room, but the the complimentary snacks & desserts in the Gold Lounge would eventually draw me out.
All in all, my weekend at Fairmont Chateau Whistler was the perfect 25th birthday I could hope for. After a weekend of fresh Whistler air, fun activities, plenty of cocktails and lots of sleep, I returned home feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on another year in life. Thanks for having me, Fairmont Chateau Whistler!
Scroll down for a little photo diary of the trip, as well as few other elements of Whistler I loved.
Eating & Drinking
I found one of my favourite patios at Cure within the Nita Lake Lodge. Located just a few minutes drive from town, but hidden next to a lake, the lodge was the perfect hideaway from the busy village and boasted a dreamy view too. I had a few great cocktails at Araxi alongside some yummy truffle popcorn. The interior eating area of Basalt had my favourite decor. I ate a Beavertail once for lunch (you must). I’m trying to remember what else I ate, but I’m not really sure; I think it’s safe to say I mostly drank cocktails on this trip. Oh, we also explored the farmer’s market which had plenty of food too.
I am just going to straight up say that outdoor activities aren’t really my thing, but I knew I had to do at least one while I was there. So, in true Elise fashion, I chose the laziest one possible: zip lines. Basically, we drove up a mountain and zipped all the way down. The whole trip with Superfly took about 3 hours and I got to enjoy both North America’s longest and highest zip lines, so it was really quite thrilling. On the first line I held my phone in my hand and attempted to make a video. I thought my phone was recording, but I was actually taking a multi-burst of my thumb and spent the entire time stressing about dropping my phone. So sorry for the lack of action photos, but the phone stayed in my pocket after that first incident because I wanted to enjoy the process!
Whistler, I love you and hope to see you again soon.