Pet-Friendly Mountain Lodge in the Heart of Whistler Village
Summit Lodge & Spa goes to great lengths to offer attentive, personalized service to guests as well as their four-legged tagalongs. This pet-friendly mountain lodge rolls out the red carpet for canines at no extra cost, greeting them with treats upon arrival and setting up guest rooms with pet beds and bowls before you even get there. The special treatment extends to human visitors. In addition to providing gourmet dining options and relaxing spa services, the hotel enhances stays with thoughtful touches such as yoga kits with mats and blocks to help you recover from a flight or car trip in the privacy of your room.
Located in the heart of Whistler Village, Summit Lodge is comprised of 81 suites, each of which comes equipped with a kitchenette, a fireplace, and custom cherry-wood furnishings. You can explore the many shops and restaurants of the village just outside or take a dip in the heated outdoor pool and hot tub. At the onsite Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa, staff members administer treatments such as the 60-minute Javanese massage, during which tense muscles are soothed and the circulatory system is stimulated with Indonesian essential oils.
Whistler, British Columbia: Olympic History at North America’s Largest Ski Resort
Connected to Vancouver—about 80 miles (130 km) south—by the scenic Sea to Sky Highway, the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort spans two mountains, each more than 7,000 feet in elevation. Since the resort contains more than 200 ski trails and more skiable terrain than any other resort on the continent, it makes sense that Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked it the No. 2 North American Ski Resort in a 2011 poll.
The mountains gained worldwide recognition in 2010, when they served as the setting for the alpine skiing, bobsled, and luge events of the Vancouver Winter Olympics. The Whistler Museum tells the stories of those games with exhibits of athlete memorabilia, including the uniforms of local gold medalists and an Olympic torch you can hold yourself.
Although skiing and snowboarding are the main draws (visitors usually number more than two million annually), the area is also well-suited for snowmobiling, ice climbing up frozen waterfalls, and dogsledding across the Soo Valley Wildlife Reserve. For a break from the outdoors, peek inside the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, which celebrates the cultures of two peoples indigenous to the region via displays of their goat-wool weavings, dugout canoes, and rock paintings.
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