The Five W's: Where to Eat, Stay, and Relax in Whistler
I can't believe it took me so long to get up to Whistler again. Even though I'm not the greatest snowboarder, Whistler has always been a fun/relaxing time and even just the beautiful drive up makes it worthwhile! You probably don't need the who, what, where, when, and why, but here's where you should eat, stay, and relax in Whistler.
Stay: Westin Resort & Spa Whistler
The Westin is amazing. First off, the staff here treated us like royalty the moment we arrived, and our one bedroom suite had the most beautiful view of Whistler village and the gondola. The amenities, like the pool and hot tub, were a nice touch, and let me not even begin on the mouth-watering amazingness of the hotel's restaurant, Grill & Vine. To top it all off, the hotel is located within walking distance to just about everything, but the complimentary hotel shuttle definitely came in handy much more than once!
The Green Moustache
Being gluten-free (by choice) it can often be difficult to find places to eat out, especially when visiting a new place. My friend and I stumbled upon The Green Moustache, a completely gluten and dairy free establishment, which had a really delicious assortment of 100% whole food options. Affordable and rejuvenating, I'd definitely recommend you try it!
Elements Urban Tapas Parlour
You might never know this little spot serves breakfast, but they do, 7 days a week. We took the advice of our hotel staff at the Westin and tried out Elements for breakfast before heading home. And, oh my, was it ever delicious. We opted for what the couple next to us were eating, corn fritters ie. "heaven on earth," and we were not disappointed.
I genuinely like this spot for dancing! I'm not typically a huge club-goer, but this place happened to have some amazing live music when we were there – a live DJ paired with a saxophone, yes please! Moe Joes' vibes had us dancing for a long while.
El Furniture Warehouse
I didn't realize this establishment was connected to the Warehouse chain in Vancouver until I spoke with one of the owners during a private birthday party here. We had a really fun time at the back bar just chatting with some tourists and sipping on some red wine before heading out dancing. El Furniture Warehouse made two appearance during our two day trip, so I'd say it's definitely worth a visit. Ps. They only accept cash or credit.
If you want to go real crazy, definitely hit up Garfinkel's, an underground club that's typically pretty jam-packed with tourists. I met Australians, Londoners, and a few people straight outta Spain here the one night we visited. Note to self: the locals shorten it to 'Garf's" not 'the Fink's,' but it's kinda fun to throw them off, anyway.
Relax: Scandinave Spa
One of my favorite memories from my trip? Finally visiting the Scandinave Spa! I've been hearing about this little piece of amidst-the-wilderness paradise for quite some time, and finally I realize what all the hype is about. The spa has an outdoor, mineral water setting, similar to what you'd find in Budapest (if you've ever been). There's a system set up for warming up, then dunking in the polar bear water, and then relaxing the warmth again. I felt rejuvenated and alive – and the silence policy in the spa had me back in a relaxing, meditative state.
There are obviously so many different things to do and see in Whistler, but my mini-vacay here proves that you don't have to be a snow bunny to enjoy a few days in the village. You just have to know where to eat, stay, and relax in Whistler.