Archive | July, 2012

There’s Just Something About Whistler

Four Seasons Resort Whistler
– Tiffany Whelan, Sales Manager…this is her story

As I sit at my desk early on Friday morning, I look out the window and remind myself that it was just two months ago that I stared in awe at a beautiful blanket of white.  I remember why I moved here 18 years ago. Fresh out of university on the West Coast of British Columbia, I moved to Whistler for a year, just enough time to save some money to travel to Australia. Eighteen years later, I’m Married with 2 kids, a dog and a mortgage.  My window view is much the same. There is something truly magical about this place.  There’s just something about Whistler…

This season has been without a doubt the most amazing on record. The snow fell early this year, which made for some great local skiing and undoubtably the best opening on record. The stars were aligned- Great snow, great rates, and the largest amount of skiable terrain in North America.  Whistler’s snowfall in March alone was over 405cm, close to 159 inches and the snow continued to fall in to late April.

So why am I blogging about my Whistler story you may ask? Because there is something to it. This is one destination that will truly change your life forever…It is the vacation that your family will remember for years to come. Whistler has something for everyone in both winter and summer. From skiing and snowboarding, to snowshoeing, ziplines and World class golf, mountain biking and river rafting. For those outdoor enthusiasts, try the Whistler Olympic Park in the spectacular Callaghan Valley for some amazing cross country skiing and biathlon lessons. Or in the summer months, relax by Lost lake or take a swing at Nicklaus North Golf Course.  For those thrill seekers, how about brushing off that leotard you’ve kept in your closet all these years, pop on a helmet and fly down the Whistler sliding center track at 92 km an hour? Come on, you know you want to…

For those with kids, this is Canada’s Year Round Playground. Endless family activities. My Daughter Georgia turned 3 last year and started the Blackcomb ski school Valley Kids program. I cannot tell you how impressed I am with the Whistler Blackcomb Ski School. The staff, the instructors, unbelievable. I knew she would be the life of the party at the Blackcomb base but I never expected her to cry at the end of the day because she didn’t want to go home. It’s by far, the best money a parent could ever spend.

For those looking to experience Whistler in style, try the Four Seasons Resort Whistler on for size. I am proud and humbled to say I work for Canada’s only Five Diamond Resort , nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. Not only is the hotel absolutely stunning, but it’s the intuitive care that the staff provide to our guests. When we welcome you to Whistler, we invite you into our family. Over festive week, I had the opportunity to speak with many guests from all parts of the world, at the ski concierge, in the restaurant, and in the lobby. Guests are always astonished by the level of attentiveness and the lasting relationships they make at the resort.

Taking a sip of my Blenz coffee (a Canadian Company), I can’t be sure what life path my family will take from here, maybe another 18 years in resort, but one thing is for certain. I know that my heart will forever belong to this spectacular mountain Destination. There’s just something about Whistler… What are you waiting for? Hurry up and get up here!

 

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WINE NOT?

One of the highlights of my trip last week to Northern and Southern California was definitely our trip to Napa.

With the growing sophistication of the wineries and the food has also come a new level of sophistication and choice in luxury lodging. The Carneros Inn is a definite standout in every category: lodging, location, food, wine, spa, architecture and activities. There is definitely something for everyone in this well appointed 27 acre property right off Highway 121. The cottages are reminiscent of what you would expect in the 1930s for the winery’s grape pickers-but the similarities end there. These well appointed cabins include Italian toiletries, and linen robes. Complimentary wireless coffeemakers, rocking chairs dining rooms, MP3 players are standard. If you are there for the view, it is worth the splurge for the rooms that face the vineyard. Don’t forget your yoga gear as they have a yoga studio and chances are you will be able to be accommodated in one of their 15 spa treatment rooms.

This is a romantic and ideal location for a wedding, family get together and equally up to the task for a corporate meeting with a generous 5,000 square feet of meeting space. Distances between buildings need not be a challenge with their complimentary golf cart transfers.

With three farm to table restaurants, you can count on contemporary California cuisine in Hilltop which is for guests only and serves breakfast and dinner, or FARM, which is their signature dining room with al fresco dining ¾ of the year. This is a very popular restaurant for guests and locals alike. Chef de Cuisine Andrew Budnyi is committed to crafting simple but elegant organic and sustainable food paired with the best wines of the region. The Boon Fly Café can also make picnic lunches to go-just don’t leave without one of their signature donuts.

Email me or call for more suggestionsto book your trip to Napa, San Francisco or wherever you want to create an amazing, memorable  experience.

Experience Napa Valley this summer and fall with a 33 percent  of rack rates on a stay of three or more night in a cottage or suite.

Exclusive Amenities at The Carneros Inn

  • · Upgrade to next room category on arrival, subject to availability
  • · $40 daily breakfast credit per room toward Full American breakfast at The Boon Fly Caf, The Hilltop Dining Room or Cottage Dining
  • · $50 Spa Treatment Credit per room, once per stay
  • · VIP wine tasting passes for 2 to The Vintners Collective, a small upscale tasting room in Historic downtown Napa. Guests will receive a full VIP tasting and opportunity to purchase limited production wines. Advance reservations through the concierge required, this is a $25 value per person.
  • · Early check in, based on availability
  • · Late check out, based on availability
  • · VIP Status

Sincerely,
Randi Winter

Specialist in and Journalist of Inspired Pursuits
Passionate Travel/Virtuoso Affiliate of Classic Travel
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