Next time you’re Whistler-bound, consider making Summit Lodge your home base for a quirky experience with plenty of perks. While not taking themselves too seriously, they are serious about authentic mountain experiences, which is true to form a Whistler experience – and that’s a good thing. Things you’ll come across during your stay? Uniquely themed rooms (some complete with a scooter), hand-made sock puppet dolls, doggy sitting and even pet fish rentals.
They are located on Main Street or what locals call Food Street which aptly features a concentration of locally owned and operated restaurants which include six different ethnic eateries located steps from the lobby. It’s often where the locals will dine and a great area to stay outside of the main village if you’re trying to avoid the well-trodden tourists’ spots.
1. Hy’s filet mignon and foie gras 2. desserts from Alta Bistro 3. variety of pastas from Pasta Lupino 4. cold presses juices and fruit smoothie 5. Tandori Grill dishes it up 6. warm berries and creme anglaise
- Hy’s Steak House & Cocktail Bar – if you’re in the mood for splurging on a big steak dinner
- Alta Bistro – if you’re looking for a French/contemporary menu that is all locally-inspired cuisine
- Pasta Lupino – if you’re looking to carb-load with fresh pasta pre or post a big work out
- The Green Mustache – if you’re looking for organic juices, fresh salads and perhaps a shot a wheat grass?
- Tandoori Grill – if you’re in need of a curry fix, garlic naan, pakora…yum
- Crepe Montagne – if you on the quest for a taste of Paris at Whistler’s authentic French crêperie
During your stay, you’ll want to try Elements (ElementsWhistler.com) where they’ve won year on year for Best Brunch in Whistler (try the honey ham and brie stuffed french toast). Need a massage to work out the kinks from mountain biking?
You’ll need to visit the on-site Javanese style spa, Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa (TamanSariSpa.com). Like most Whistler-based spas, they don’t offer RMT (registered massage therapist) for health insurance kick backs, but these ladies know how to work out any knots, kinks, or problem spots you might have, as they stand on the massage table to prod, jab and knead your body in the most soothing way that will leave you in a tranquil state.
If you’re feeling the need for some subtle speed, go see Spitfire Scooter (SpitFireRentals.ca). They have a new fleet of Yamaha BWS and 2013 Honda Giornos and are the only place in Whistler where you can rent a scooter to cruise the town.
Need a few more reasons to visit Summit Lodge & Spa? Read on to learn about the five free perks they offer guests staying at the hotel this summer.
Five Free Perks from Summit Lodge in Whistler
1. Free bike rentals
Most places on Whistler Mountain, bike rentals will cost you upwards of $50 easy. Summit has a small fleet of 10 Norco City Glide bikes on hand for guests to borrow for four hours at a time – free of charge. Ride Whistler’s valley trail which winds for 50 kilometres around lakes, parks and picnic spots – with great scenic views along the way.
2. Free Pet Stays and doggie date walks
If you’re a parent to a four-legged pooch, here’s some good news for you. Your pet stays for free. Plus, Summit will welcome your K9 in style – with a VIP pet board, bed, food and treats, ready in the room upon arrival. New this summer is a guided dog walk that takes guests and their friends on a six kilometre trial.
3. Free Pet Fish Rentals
If you’re need of a fishy companion, request the Summit’s newest aquatic additions – Arnold and Xavier. The goldfish are loaned out to guest in need of some company, and come with pebbles of food – 1 p/day of their stay.
4. Free Winter Shuttle
Offered during the winter only, Summit picks up and drops off guests from the hotel lobby to the bus loop, located at the base of Whistler Mountain. If you’re headed to Blackcomb, take the gondola from Whistler for an easy connection.
5. Free Yoga Classes
New this summer, are free Ashtanga yoga classes that will run throughout the week. Guests are welcomed to join at no cost. Donations to Whistler’s Animal Galore shelter will be graciously accepted.
Summit Lodge & Spa
359 Main St. Whistler, BC
Canada V0N 1B4
Disclaimer: The writer experienced the above as part of a press trip. This post was neither paid for nor required. Views are that of the writer.