As the long winter nights roll on in Vancouver, those glimpses of sun on the nearby mountain ranges seem to call, “join us… join us…” And who would we be to ignore the voice of Nature herself? To the mountain!
But where to stay?
Whistler offers many accommodation choices, from hotels to private home rentals, but the option we can never resist is the quintessential log cabin. After all, they say: “A log cabin has a soul that other dwellings do not… from the living trees to the axe marks of the builder’s notches” (well at the very least one veteran log home builder, Sam Whitehead, from the Chilcotin region where we grew up says that!).
Searching various TripAdvisor reviews and a Google image-search or two led us to the beautiful cabins at Riverside Resort – they also offer yurts! (which might be fun for a future adventure).
Racing the twists and turns of Sea To Sky highway on wet roads is an adventure unto itself and we spent the early morning winding our way up the mountain to the gondola loading zone. Wet skies in Vancouver (and even in Whistler village), turns out to mean a little bit of powder at the top of the mountain. The perfect silver lining to a West Coast rain cloud.
We managed to catch nearly the first chair and make a few ‘fresh tracks’ on some less travelled runs, then an afternoon break to check into our log cabin weekend accommodation.
The cabin we had rented was equally as lovely in person as it appeared on the Riverside Resort website. Of course, the temperate weather in Whistler Village meant we were missing the picturesque snow out front, but given the sunshine and a relatively warm day we were definitely willing to let that slide. Plus, it’s only a very short walk to the world-renowned Skandinave Spa!
We started out our evening with a bottle of champagne provided by the resort (flutes and a sweet card set out on the table when we arrived) and explored the cabin.
Everything was well appointed and matched the hand-hewn logs that formed the walls. The bedroom was cozy, a ladder led to a loft upstairs with two more single beds, the kitchen had everything we needed, and the shower fit two people.
Of course, always be sure to explore you accommodations thoroughly. You never know what goodies you may find hiding in a cupboard, or what nefarious characters lurk in the upstairs loft!
Later we prepped a quick and tasty dinner of salmon burgers, with our favourite salad with truffle oil dressing and pilau rice, and celebrated yet another weekend of exploring and enjoying the great outdoors right in our backyard.
We finished off the evening with a boozy hot chocolate or two (when we packed the cooler I snuck a bottle of raspberry cordial off our bar shelf) and took advantage of the cabin’s free WiFi to watch a movie cuddled on the comfy couch under blankets. Johnny Cash’s “Walk The Line” was perfect for the night.
We’re glad we took this time to spend a weekend, not only hitting the slopes at one of North America’s premiere ski resorts, but also to partake in the perfect Canadian winter weekend – in a beautiful log cabin.
So even it doesn’t quite feel like winter in Vancouver some days, remember there is a cozy log cabin awaiting you at Whistler with all the fixings for hot cocoas and a movie night … the perfect way to have Winter For A Weekend.