Imagine the perfect romantic hideaway in a resort town where glacier mountains and rivers flank a village and valley. It’s a place where people from all over the world visit winter and summer for dining, nightlife, wellness, arts, culture, and outdoor activities.
Get ready to indulge in Cornucopia in Whistler. The 11-day festival returns this weekend until November 15 and offers gala tastings, winery dinners, interactive seminars, and rocking after-parties.
3 p.m. – Check in at Nita Lake Lodge
Experience a contemporary, romantic and authentic lakeside retreat at the Nita Lake Lodge, which has received accolades galore. It’s already been named one of the top 25 Hotels in Canada by TripAdvisor and last month, Condé Nast Traveler named this lake-side resort the #1 Resort in the Top 20 Resorts in Canada.
6 p.m. – Dinner with Secret Location and Veuve Clicquot at Aura Restaurant
Celebrate your first night with five champagnes in this special dinner involving dining, fashion and champagne.
10 p.m. – Yellow Night at Nita Lake Lodge
The party’s not over. There are canapés and dancing to the beats of Whistler’s DJ Smokey.
8 a.m. – Yama Yoga
Take in the many-limbed path towards a new way of life with the practice of bringing synergy between body, mind and soul through focused movement and breath. This class taught by Janet Corvino from Soul City Yoga teaches basic yoga techniques on the mat to align physically, mentally, and spiritually.
11 a.m. – France Without the Attitude
Let’s be honest: French wines are intimidating. But this course, aimed even for beginners, shows French wine isn’t just for the rich, knowledgeable, snobby or my know-it-all brother-in-law. Vancouver wine writer Daenna Van Mulligen gets guests tasting and comparing bottles from France. Salud!
1 p.m. – Peaked Pies
With a large population of its workforce from Australia, Peaked Pies is proof that there is an Aussie colonization in Whistler. For less than $10, you get a traditional pie stuffed with grounded beef and caramelized onions. The pie is served steaming hot, the crust is flaky and mashed potato and rich gravy are the perfect accompaniments.
Wine, pie and now here’s the cheese plate—or in this case, many samplings of some of Canada’s finest cheese. There’s the 2015 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix winner, the Comox Brie and another award winner Cows Creamery’s Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar.
8:30 p.m. – CRUSH Gala Grand Tasting
This is the renowned flagship tasting event of Cornucopia where attendees sip, savour, and sample their way through the night and getting to know new wines. There’s New World versions and Old World wine and it wouldn’t be a party if there wasn’t something special and CRUSH provides it with champagne and sparkling wine.
10 a.m. – Snowshoeing or a trail walk
Nita Lake Lodge offers complimentary snowshoe rental for hotel guests and while it’s unlikely there will be enough snow by this weekend, the trails along the glacier-fed lake are a beautiful and tranquil setting for a walk for now and a glide on snowshoes later on in the season.
Noon – Mount Currie Coffee Company
This coffee company takes pride in working directly with farmers and millers in producing companies to get not just the best products but the most responsible ones as well. Try their Canadiano, a latte with a shot of maple syrup.
4:30 p.m. – Craft Beer for Wine Lovers
This event has been a hit for the last two years at Cornucopia with DJ Kearney and Ken Beattie, two beer lovers who are also two wine lovers, presenting a new line-up of compatible wine and beer duos. Their seminar pairs popular grape varieties poured side by side with like-minded beers.
11 a.m. – Facial at Nita Lake Lodge
Leave the world behind and don’t think yet about the workweek ahead. Take in one last indulgence with a gentleman’s hot towel facial at the Nita Lake Lodge before you depart.