This past weekend, Dave and I went to Whistler to celebrate Christmas with his brother, sister in law and niece. It was a cold and wintery weekend but it made it feel that much more Christmasy. Dave and his brother spent the weekend snowboarding, while us girls had fun exploring delicious brunch destinations and shopping around.
Day 1: We arrived late Friday evening after a treacherous drive up. Once we got checked in and checked out our rooms at Glacier Lodge in Blackcomb we wandered to the Fairmont for a late night drink and snack. I had a delicious Milk & Honey, a drink that consisted of Absolut Vodka, Frangelico, Milk, Honey and Cinnamon, the perfect holiday drink to warm you up. We shared some truffle fries as we were feeling peckish after the long drive. Then we called it a night.
Day 2: The boys were up bright and early to ski, while I stayed in bed and enjoyed a rare sleep in. Next stop was brunch! We walked to the village and found Main St where we went to Crepe Montagne, http://crepemontagne.com/, an authentic French Creperie. It was the perfect brunch spot with very little line when we arrived, but became much more popular as it got later. We sat in a beautiful window seat with the kitchen behind us, a very intimate setting. I couldn't go to a Creperie without ordering a Crepe, so I chose the Nordique, a crepe that comes with 1 egg (sunny side up), cheese and tomato, which I then added asparagus and spinach to. It was absolutely delicious! After a lovely brunch, we walked around the Village, popping into the shops and looking around for Christmas gifts. After a much needed nap and relaxation time, Dave and I walked into the Village for some couple time. We stumbled upon a wonderful little wine bar, Basalt Wine + Salumeria, http://basaltwhistler.com/, which was exactly what we were looking for, somewhere intimate and cozy. Here we ordered drinks and olives to keep the hunger at bay. I ordered an amazing mulled wine and Dave ordered a hot buttered rum, both drinks kept us nice and warm for the walk to our next stop, 21 Steps Kitchen + Bar, http://www.21steps.ca/, for an early Christmas dinner.
Day 3: Once again the boys headed off to the mountain to get their last day of boarding in and us girls went for brunch again. We went to Portobello Market and Fresh Bakery at the Fairmont in Blackcomb for a quick and easy breakfast since Dani was going to join the boys midday for some boarding. I was on babysitting duty and Dave decided to join me so we adventured on with our niece back into the village. As she happily snoozed for 2+ hours we walked around, watching the snow fall and found my main attraction of the trip, Purebread, http://www.purebread.ca/. This bakery/cafe is a must when you visit Whistler and a first for me and I was so delighted to get the suggestion from a friend. Here Dave and I shared a salted caramel and dark chocolate square while warming up with a flat white and peppermint tea. We couldn't leave Whistler without purchasing some treats for the drive home and a loaf of bread for my dad.
Overall our early family Christmas trip to Whistler was a success! Nothing really gets you in the mood for Christmas and the holidays like snow falling. Looking forward to our next adventure, next week, when we're off to Ireland (lots of travel posts to follow!)