July 24, 2008 | Tips from Travellers >
Whistler, Culinary Tours & Schools
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On a recent overnight trip to Whistler my husband and I decided we wanted to go for breakfast at a non chain-type restaurant. We left our hotel and headed to the Whistler Village. On the way we drove right by a small restaurant called the Southside Diner. The Diner is located below a Youth hostel and provides a riveting view of the Husky gas station so we drove by it without a second glance. After wandering around the village for a couple of hours we decided there wasn't an eatery there that fit the bill for what we wanted. We decided to head back towards Vancouver and see what we could find. As we approached the corner where the Southside Diner is I commented that it looked busy, and that was usually a good sign. Besides, at that point I could have eaten straw and been happy. We gave it a try. What a brilliant decision it was. The service was exceptional and the food was great. No one raised an eyebrow when we ordered breakfast at 1:15 in the afternoon. The place was packed with lots of locals so you know it had to be good food, good service, and good prices! I think this restaurant is the hidden restaurant gem in Whistler. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and it is a perfect place to enjoy the local atmosphere.
July 23, 2008 | Tips from Travellers >
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A trip up to Whistler is always busy busy busy. There is so much to do there. It is difficult to decide what to participate in when you are there for a short stay. One thing is for certain, you are guaranteed to be tired and hungry by the end of the day. After playing 18 holes of golf and then going out for dinner, I wanted some peace and quiet and some time to unwind. We found the perfect spot to do that at the Nita Lake Lodge. This boutique hotel is fairly new to the Whistler area and is a little oasis in an otherwise bustling town. It offered all the amenities we were looking for including an upscale restaurant as well as a Bistro type coffee shop. The hotel itself is situated across the street (highway 99) from Whistler’s Creekside gondola. It is right on Nita Lake so we woke up to a very calming lakeside view. I would certainly agree with the staff when they say they have the best back yard in Whistler. For me this hotel had it all and more. The staff were great, very friendly and knowledgeable about the area and all there was to do. You are situated close enough to the Whistler Village to enjoy all it has to offer, yet the hotel’s location is quiet and relaxing. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle back and forth to the village so you can have that second glass of wine or if you like, take full advantage of Whistler’s night life. Then, when you are ready to call it a day, the shuttle will take you back to a little piece of hotel heaven.