whistler travel guide + fairmont whistler review!
A few weeks ago, Michael, Shiloh and I took a trip to Whistler for the first time and fell in LOVE with it! We’ve already been planning on when and how we can go back because it was SO beautiful and the cutest little mountain town! Today I want to share a little Whistler travel guide with you, as well as review the hotel we stayed at! We were only there 3 nights so we weren’t able to explore EVERYTHING but still got to a great taste of how amazing this city is!
How to get to Whistler
Michael and I flew direct from Denver to Vancouver (about a 2 1/2 hour flight I believe), and rented a car at the airport, then drove about 2 hours to get to Whistler! I was kind of dreading this travel day because #baby, but the drive was BEAUTIFUL. It didn’t feel like two hours at all because the scenery was so amazing to look at! I even saw a BEAR on our drive to Whistler!
Where we stayed in Whistler
outfit details: pajama set
We stayed at Fairmont Chateau Whistler all 3 nights and it was SUCH an amazing hotel! Like I said, we are already dying to go back this winter to experience it during ski season! This hotel was GORGEOUS and our room was perfect for the 3 of us! They were extremely accommodating with a baby – brought a crib to our room along with bath essentials for Shiloh. They also brought a separate mini fridge to our room for me to store breastmilk in!
Room service breakfast at Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Fairmont Chateau Whistler also brought us the most AMAZING board of the most beautiful and delicious chocolates I have ever seen in my life! They ranged from milk to dark chocolate and were so intricate. Michael and I did WORK on this chocolate board haha! So yummy!
Such a stunning hotel! Looks like a castle!
Dessert at The Wildflower – one of the many restaurants on property at Fairmont Chateau Whistler! We had the breakfast buffet at this restaurant and dinner on our last night and everything was DELICIOUS! All of their dishes are locally inspired, so fresh, and have tons of flavor. I highly recommend dining here if you come to Whistler.
Where to eat in Whistler
Like I mentioned, we ate at all of the restaurants at our hotel and LOVED every single one! So even if you aren’t staying at the Fairmont, I highly recommend any and all of their restaurants. They also have a little cafe downstairs called Portobello which was so good! It’s also adorable on the inside, so even if you just want to grab a massive cookie and cup of coffee, this is the place to do it!
We also had dinner one night at Araxi which I HIGHLY recommend! We did the chef’s tasting menu and LOVED every single course we go! Tons of you guys recommended this place to me and it definitely did NOT disappoint! The seafood was some of the best I have ever had!
A few other highly recommended spots were Creekbread (organic pizza with nitrate free meats) Green Moustache, Red Door Bistro (must have reservations) and several of you also told me about Cow’s Ice cream!
What to do in Whistler
One of my favorite things we did was the peak 2 peak gondola experience! On this gondola ride you will get amazing 360-degree views of Whistler Village, mountain peaks, lakes, glaciers and forests. We couldn’t stop taking pics the entire gondola ride because everything was SO beautiful. During the winter months, you can definitely use the gondola to ski or snowboard on the mountain, and during the summer months you can enjoy the incredible views and also grab a bite to eat or a drink at the top of the mountain! We went during the summer months obviously and it was pretty chilly at the top – so make sure to bring a jacket! This was also super convenient for us to do from our hotel as the gondola was just steps away from our doorstep at the Fairmont!
Another fun activity that was right outside our doorstep was the Whistler Farmer’s Market! I loved getting to see all of the local vendors and try so many of their local fruits, veggies, granola, cheese, and more! I heard their big farmer’s market is on sunday’s and this one was on a Wednesday. So it was kind of small but still a lot of fun and a great way to learn more about the city!
There are SO many beautiful lakes and hikes to explore in Whistler! We were a little bit limited with Shiloh because we didn’t have our hiking backpack with us. But we went to Green Lake (pictured below) and it was stunning! Other beautiful lake / hiking recommendations are Wedgemount Lake, Garibaldi Lake, and Lost Lake!
Another MUST do in Whistler is Scandinave Spa! When you guys saw I was in Whistler, this was probably the #1 thing recommended to me and it was AMAZING. Caitlin and I both got massages there, and after our massages we experienced their incredible Scandinavian baths / hydro therapy outside. One of the amazing things about this spa is the location – it’s located on the edge of Lost Lake Park, in the middle of the forest. So you feel totally isolated. Everything is so quiet and peaceful and unlike any spa I have ever been to.
Their Scandinavian baths outside were probably my favorite part. You go from a hot pool to a cold plunge pool, then into a relaxation room…and repeat the process 3 or 4 times. This was SO relaxing and again, unlike any spa I have ever been to before.
If you haven’t been to Whistler yet, definitely add it to your list of places to see! It’s such a beautiful city with amazing food and SO much to do! I hope to go back this winter and share another travel guide with y’all!
Thanks for reading!