When Expedia.com sent us to Whistler, Canada for our latest adventure, we knew we’d be doing an active vacation, but we also wanted to showcase the romantic side of the destination as well. A winter holiday can be one of the most romantic settings for a holiday. What’s better than getting cozy by the fire after a day of play in a winter wonderland?

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Romantic Whistler

Once you’ve finished whizzing down the world class slopes of Whistler Blackcomb, the romance begins at Whistler Village.  Start off with a Sleigh Ride through the grounds of the gorgeous Fairmont Chateau Whistler in the upper village. A shuttle bus will pick you up and take you to the Chalet where hot chocolate or hot apple cider is waiting for you by a camp fire. When the Clydesdale horses show up pulling a winter sleigh, it is like a dream. The ride takes you through a half hour trail of snow covered forests and high end lodges. You’ll stay warm and comfortable with a fleece blanket keeping your warm or better yet, your honey’s arm wrapped around your shoulder.

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The half hour sleigh ride is only part of the romantic package. Finish it off at the lodge while dining on a three course fondue by candlelight. Nothing brings couple’s closer together than cheese and chocolate and here you’ll get your fill of exactly what you need. The upper village is only a 10 minute walk from Whistler village so if you aren’t staying at the Fairmont, you can easily take a romantic winter stroll back to your hotel, or you can use the many shuttles that go back and forth between the two areas.

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Another great option to getting into the romantic mood is a day at the spa. We’ve always wanted to go to a Scandinave Spa. There’s one in Collingwood Ontario which we’ve yet to visit and even after many trips to Mont Tremblant we never managed to put a spa into our itinerary. While in Whistler, we were determined to experience the luxury and decadence of relaxing in the thermal baths in the middle of a forest.

Make sure to book a massage when you go to the spa. If you don’t, you won’t receive a robe and will have to walk around outside in the freezing cold with nothing but a towel.

We started off in the steam room and massaged our aching muscles for a while before heading out into the cold outdoor baths. I couldn’t bring myself to plunge into the freezing water (see my aversion to taking the polar plunge in Antarctica) but Dave was in for the full experience. As I wimped out and sat in the quiet room watching the braver souls plunge into cold water, Dave joined in. Everyone looked cold and uncomfortable to me and I was happy to simply relax and enjoy a magazine sitting on the lounge chairs.

romantic whistler at the spa

After a bit I joined Dave in the outdoor hot tub before heading to the sauna for some more hot therapy and relaxation. It certainly is an experience that takes away any stress that you have and it soothes your tired muscles after a day of skiing the Whistler Blackcomb epic slopes.

Whistler romance fireplace suite

Something I highly recommend when going on a ski vacation is to book a chalet with a fireplace. We stayed at the Westin Whistler which is all suite rooms, so we had a full kitchen and dining area as well as a fireplace and loft bedroom. We walked over to the village supermarket and liquor store and bought some wine and cheese and spent the night by the fire talking about our outstanding day on the hill and anticipating the rest of the holiday to come.

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Adventure and Romance

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We talk a lot about adventure on our travel blog and the reason we think it is important is because adding adventure and excitement into our lives is what has kept our flame strong for the past 22 years. When we push ourselves to the limits together and enjoy a good thrill, we draw closer with each event. Whistler was no exception. We played hard during the day as we followed each other down runs and carved our way through the snow. We laughed when we fell and we whooped and hollered when we made a sweet move. It’s so much fun as a couple to do any activity together. Why not learn a new skill together and then put it to the test. Snowboarding is a great one to start with.

Apres Ski

Working out and fresh air motivates you to keep the action going and everyone’s favourite event at ski resorts is Apres Ski. It’s a tradition to sit outside on a patio and enjoy a drink or two with your fellow snow lovers. Skiiers and snowboarders are an active bunch and they’d rather enjoy each others company and keep the night alive rather than sitting on a couch watching TV. Their energy is contagious.

whistler dining and romance

One of our favourite places for Apres Ski in Whistler was the Bearfoot Bistro. For only $9.95 CAD (9.95 USD)  you can order a dozen oysters of your choice. That’s an amazing bargain for the best known aphrodisiac in the world! Add a bottle of Moët & Chandon for only $35 and you will have your spouse or partner eating out of your hand. How romantic!

There are plenty of spas and fine dining restaurants in Whistler and plenty of places for a secluded hike or quiet evening. So for your next vacation, forget about a trip to the Caribbean, go to Whistler. Instead of being zombies baking on the beach day in day out, add some adventure to your trip. The excitement and energy you feel will put a spark back into your relationship. Drinking margaritas all day in Cancun will simply put you to sleep. But snowboarding and skiing will inspire you to do something special with your evenings and reconnect with the one you love.

Expedia LogoTo book your Whistler Holiday visit Expedia.com and see the possibilities that can happen when you try something new and take an active vacation to add a little spark to your relationship. Remember, the more you play, the more pampering you are allowed to give yourself. That’s our motto. Work hard play hard and life is good.


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  1. Kevin Scott

    Sounds like the spa added some good variation to the ‘typical’ skiing holiday, and would probably be great to soothe the inevitable achy bodies after skiing!

    1. debndave Post author

      That is so true Kevin. No matter what, if you haven’t snowboarded in a while, your muscles ache. It uses a completely different set than every day life. My thighs were thanking me as I sat in the hot tub.

  2. John@Travel trailer

    What every man would want is to be with her wife traveling around the world. You got that dream pal and we are envious of that. Goodluck on your travels and may it bring prosperity to your love.

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks so much John. We’re really grateful that we’ve managed to carve out this career together. I hope the fun continues.

    1. debndave Post author

      Haha, you caught that did you? Now, we just need a few days off to edit the video. I can’t wait to see what we captured!

  3. Dariece - Goats On The Road

    As usual, you guys are too cute!

    A great post for the home team! As crazy as this sounds, even though we’re from near Vancouver, we’ve never been to Whistler, we’ll make it there one day. It looks like you guys had a blast and enjoyed some pampering as well.

    Cheers you two :)

    1. debndave Post author

      Aw, thanks Dariece. It doesn’t sound crazy at all. We lived in Vancouver for 3 years in the 90′s and never made it to Whistler snowboarding. We’re kicking ourselves for not going sooner, it’s amazing! So, my advice is, take a trip there. It’s an incredible destination.

  4. Leigh

    I like the look of the rooms at the Westin!

    And I know oysters are supposed to a great aphrodisiac but they just don’t do it for me. Hope they worked there charms on the two of you!

    Looks like great skiing up high.

  5. Lisa

    Whistler is on our list to take the kids. British Columbia is so beautiful. There is a reason why people who vacation there from Ontario(where I live) never come home:) I also love that beautiful champagne flute, which is a must after a long day on the slopes!

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  8. Randy Kalp

    Sounds (and looks) like you guys had a great time. I love that first picture of you guys standing above the cloud line before your run. It’s been awhile since I’ve had that feeling, but I’m hoping to change that in 2013-2014. :)

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  12. Stefan S.

    Oh man now I know that I was really missing out when I did not visit Whistler in British Columbia during my undergrad days in Edmonton, Alberta. I was invited a couple times to go over there but I have to admit that it was beyond my budget at that time. Looking at your pictures makes me realize that I should have made the effort to make it. Still, I don’t think I could have been able to have such luxurious accommodations and dinners. You guys roll out in style!

    1. debndave Post author

      I know how you feel Stefan. We didn’t visit Whistler and we lived in Vancouver for 3 years in the 90′s! So hey, everyone misses out on something. Sometimes travel doesn’t work out and we’ve missed some great sites due to budget too. It’s all the more reason to go back one day. We’ve worked our way up to staying in nicer accommodations. When we were younger, we probably would have flopped on a friend’s couch:)

  13. Bill Soukup

    A tip for the romantically inclined.

    Jetted tubs must be cleaned properly by the hotel you are staying at for your safety and enjoyment.
    Jetted bathtubs have about 15-20 feet of plumbing lines that run underneath the tub. These lines are full of warm stagnant water that is a perfect breeding ground for mold and bacteria. If you are going to stay at a place that has a jetted tub (Jacuzzi), ask them if they use a jetted tub cleaner. Most just wipe down the surface, leaving the plumbing lines full of yukky stuff. If they don’t give you a satisfactory answer you could bring your own jetted tub cleaner and clean it yourself. If you use a jetted tub cleaner designed for the lodging industry, the cleaner will get the tub very clean. Think of it like a pool or hot tub that is well cared for, they are very safe to use.

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