Groupon: A Mountain Lodge in the Heart of Whistler Village
Located in the heart of Whistler Village, Summit Lodge & Spa puts guests just a short walk from the lifts going up Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Peak, where they can enjoy the views from the Peak 2 Peak Gondola or hike along the mountains’ 18 trails. After a day on the mountain, the Lodge pampers guests with gourmet dining options and relaxing spa services. The hotel also goes to great lengths to offer attentive, personalized service for four-legged tagalongs. The pet-friendly lodge rolls out the red carpet for canines at no extra cost, greeting them with treats upon arrival and setting up guest rooms with pet beds and bowls before they even arrive.
Summit Lodge is composed of 81 suites, each of which comes equipped with a kitchenette, a fireplace, and balconies. Guests can explore the many shops and restaurants of the village just outside or take a dip in the heated outdoor pool and hot tub.
A $25 credit toward body treatments at the onsite Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa is included with each Groupon. Try a 60-minute Javanese massage, which uses Indonesian essential oils to stimulate the circulatory system, or a papaya enzyme body polish.
Whistler, British Columbia: Mountain Biking and Golfing at 2010 Olympic Site
Connected to Vancouver—which lies about 80 miles (130 km) south—by the scenic Sea to Sky Highway, the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort spans two mountains, each more than 7,000 feet in elevation, which are connected via the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. Since the resort contains more than 200 ski trails and more skiable terrain than any of its North American equivalents, it makes sense that Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked it the No. 2 North American Ski Resort in a 2011 poll.
The mountains gained worldwide recognition in 2010, when they hosted the alpine skiing, bobsled, and luge events of the Vancouver Winter Olympics. The Whistler Museum tells the stories of those games with athlete memorabilia, including the uniforms of local gold medalists and an Olympic torch you can hold yourself.
In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb transforms from ski resort to bike park, with 124 miles (200 km) of lift-serviced mountain-biking trails. The warmer temperatures also allow for hiking along 18 scenic trails, including the Overlord Trail, which meanders past fields of wildflowers and glacier-fed alpine lakes. Animal lovers can inquire inside the Roundhouse Lodge atop Whistler's peak for guided tours that focus on local wildlife, including black bears, black-tailed deer, the whistling marmot, and the nose-picking mongoose. And three of golf’s biggest names have chosen the Whistler area for their courses: choose from Arnold Palmer’s Whistler Golf Club, Robert Trent Jones Jr.’s Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club, and Jack Nicklaus’s Nicklaus North.
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