Us Liesch’s are big fans of little getaways. After Koby and I got married, we loved taking short trips that were within driving distance, and have now made it a tradition with our kids! A few times a year, we will try to plan a quick little getaway- but here is our FAVOURITE Go-To spots that are only a couple of hours from Vancouver.
Ever since we spent our honeymoon in Whistler at the Pan Pacific Mountainside, we have fallen in LOVE with Whistler and all that the village, AND our favourite hotel has to offer.
We have been back almost every year- including a little ‘attempted’ getaway while Judah was in the hospital! This past trip was definitely one of the most special times, as we got to surprise my parents and bring them along too. Whistler in the fall, is a must-see!
So what’s so great about this place we love?
WELL… Whistler Village is one of the most picturesque places I have ever been. Most of the village is closed to cars, so its a beautiful walk at any time of day- great shops, coffee, restaurants, and our favourite hotel happens to have the best spot at the end of the village, right at the base of Whistler mountain.
Let’s talk food…
Our favourite breakfast spot by far is Crêpe Montagne – great coffees and breakfast crêpes.. the 2010 is our fav!
Our favourite lunch or dinner or anytime spot is Splitz Grill… THE best burgers that you can personalize any which way you’d like!
Our ‘Go-To’ for a casual dinner is always pizza and beer in our hotel room, and so our favourite Pizza spot is Avalanche Pizza… actually, I think Avalanche is my favourite pizza place, PERIOD.
Our favourite spot for a beer or appies is located right at the base of Whistler Mountain, and happens to be inside our hotel (I like how I call it ‘ours’ as if we own it! But it seriously feels like home to us!) is Dubhlinn Gate… best pub in our eyes!
Lastly, if you’re wanting a bit more of a fancy spot, or even just the BEST Oysters in town, we recommend Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar. Best service and amazing food!
Ok obviously we like to center our trips to Whistler around food! HAHA! Besides food, when we bring our kids up with us, we spend a lot of time at the Whistler Olympic Plaza Playground (which is conveniently located right beside one of the Starbucks’ in the village #parentshighfive), which is located in Village North. We also spend a LOT of time pool-side… more on that below!
Many people have asked us ‘what is there to do in Whistler in the fall?’ and let me tell you- we have gone to Whistler in EVERY season and there is always so much to do! There is SO MUCH to do with kids too- you can find out more over at Whistler.com!
Like I said- we fell in love with Whistler, and the Pan Pacific back on our honeymoon. Whistler is also such a romantic spot for a getaway- take a stroll through the village and then enjoy some hot tub time… need I say more?
This last trip, we had the opportunity to stay at the Pan Pacific Village Centre location, and were again blown away by the hotel itself, the staff, and the atmosphere they have created. One staff member even stopped us in the hallway as we were on our way to the pool, and ran to get 3 kids-sized robes for my babies! How sweet is that?!!!
The Village Centre location has an amazing pool area, which you can see how much our whole family LOVED! They have not one, but two great hot tubs to choose from too. Their gym area is great too- had everything I needed to fit in my workouts while away! We usually stay at Mountainside, which you can read a little more about here!
Our suite included a beautiful kitchen, spacious living room with unreal VIEWS (as you can see!), and the comfiest beds and beautiful full bathrooms too.
We love the Pan Pacific so much that we plan on going back for years to come! And now I am dreaming of Whistler and snow and pizza and hot-tubbing…..