|An apple white chocolate mousse that tastes like clouds, from Alta Bistro - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
Good heavens, Whistler is beautiful. Downright enchanting, especially in the fall. Forget for a moment the restaurants, shopping, and overall vacation/resort-vibe of Whistler -- you can't help but stop dead in your tracks to admire what an alpine wonderland this place is, and how its natural beauty has, for the most part, been thankfully preserved. And I live in the Pacific Northwest, it's not like we don't see evergreen trees and snow-capped mountains -- I was agog at how stunning the surroundings are. The dramatic sharp peaks of the Canadian mountains gave me a Middle Earth moment, where I wanted to see if I saw any wizards and halflings scurrying along the trails.
|Gorgeous views between Vancouver and Whistler - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Hello, Gorgeous! - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
|Four Seasons Whistler - fireplaces, views and wine tastings! - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Four Seasons is where it's at - even for well-dressed pups - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Delicious salmon roulades at Four Seasons Whistler's 5280 bar - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
|Let's be civilized and have pretty drinks and teeny, beautiful bites of food - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Breakfast of champions at Four Seasons Whistler - in perfect individual-sized portions - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|A local feast of BC at Alta Bistro - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Start a meal right with small plates and wonderful wine selected by wine director Eric Griffith - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Elk tartare and duck liver parfait - my favorite kind of dessert! - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
|Dessert and cocktails, an intimate, cozy evening at Alta Bistro - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
But don't think it's all silly gimmick -- Sushi Village is TASTY. They use sushi rolls to play with textures and temperatures, layering cooked with raw ingredients -- the KFC Roll is totally worth getting! We had two orders of it. And they do a deliciously spicy riff on traditional agedashi tofu, fried cubes of tofu, typically served very simply, but they have a version drizzled with a pepper sauce that's reminiscent of Korean-style, spicy/sweet gochujang. There are traditional Japanese dishes that pay respect to the cuisine, and they leave plenty of room to have fun with the food, which compliments the tavern/party atmosphere you don't typically expect in a sushi bar.
|East meets West meets Partytown at Sushi Village - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Black truffle dessert anyone? Dessert tasting menu at Bearfoot Bistro - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
|Sweet creations by Chef Dominic Fortin - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Winter Olympic memories and disco ball dreamz - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|I don't always do shots of vodka, but when I do, they're in a room made of ice - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Frozen, but I'm not Letting It Go - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
|Scandinave Spa - I felt like one of those Japanese snow monkeys soaking in hot springs - Some Photos by Wasabi Prime|
Also -- it's a No Talking Zone. I'm serious -- pie hole = shut it. The silence is conducive towards relaxation, which I totally get. But we figured out our own silent sign language of "Whew, too hot, let's cool down," and "OMFG - I can't believe I'm jumping into freezing water, my head is literally going to explode." Admit it, you want to do this.
So, the game plan is set, when to go? Winter is Whistler's high season -- if you're into skiing and snowboarding, head on over -- just plan accordingly, it's busier. That's probably a better time to take advantage of the shuttles between Vancouver, they run more frequently in the winter months. Once you're in town, you don't really need a car. If you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy more of the laid-back local scene, Autumn is your best bet. I'm not much into snowboarding anymore, so personally I'm for off-peak times of the year, just to be able to enjoy a place at my leisure.
The off-season visit during fall really won me over. Whistler has a fun, quirky nature that might get overlooked in the winter rush. And if you're a dog nerd like myself, it's a very dog-friendly city, with most of the hotels welcoming your fuzzy friends.
|Weird, wonderful Whistler - bring your pup. And Leo DiCaprio. - Photos by Wasabi Prime|