I’m back in Laguna Beach and getting into the swing of things after a week away in Whistler and Vancouver with my family. Today I thought that I’d share a little photo diary and some snippets of our trip. It was seriously such an amazing, once in a lifetime experience and I’ll treasure it forever! Warning: Lots of photos ahead…
Heading to Vancouver and they offered complimentary wine on the plane which was a big treat! We had to drink it really fast though because we ended up hitting a little turbulence.
We started off the trip in Whistler which was breathtakingly beautiful! It snowed almost the whole time and it felt like a magical winter wonderland. We stayed right near the village so there were lots of stores to explore and lots of places to eat and drink.
We were a short, free shuttle away from the slopes which was amazing! No rental car required this vacation. We had the option of skiing Blackcomb mountain and Whistler so we alternated each day for the most part.
The first family picture on the first day of skiing! We mostly skied in two groups but met up every day for lunch which was fun. We were pleasantly surprised with all the amazing food options (specifically Gluten Free options) on the slopes. We couldn’t resist drinking a mid-day cider either!
The picture I took 🙂
My siblings and I were all about the “après–ski” atmosphere. My sister had heard good things about Longhorn Saloon at the bottom of the gondolas and it did not disappoint! We ended up going there several times. I’d recommend the Gluehwein – and the nachos if you are feeling hungry!
Day two when we actually saw some blue skies and sunshine – although it was fairly brief! We were almost always in some sort of snow fall.
Our apartment that we rented had a fireplace which was so nice.
My siblings (and Chris) and I did a “kids night out” and ended up eating at Bar Oso which was absolutely fantastic! We ordered a bunch of shared plates and several round of Pink Cadillac cocktails which I highly recommend.
On Monday afternoon after skiing we all did a zip lining excursion which was such a cool experience. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty terrified at the beginning as I’m not really an adrenaline junky, but after the first ride my fears subsided. It was so much fun! We did 4 zip-lines in total – including the longest and highest zip line in Canada – and all in the snow!
Post zip lining hot chocolate 🙂
The village across from our place had several Starbucks locations. Needless to say, I was very happy!
Despite Chris and myself not having skied in about 5 years, we ended up doing well and having a lot of fun. Chris looked like a natural after the first run! I took a little bit more time, but after day one, felt more comfortable! For the most part, my siblings skied together and my parents, Chris and myself skied together. My siblings are definitely more skilled and love going fast and going down black diamonds! By then end of the trip I managed to do a black diamond and several moguls!
On Thursday we headed back to Vancouver. It rained most of the time which isn’t unusual, but we caught the sun for some time on Friday which was nice! The picture above is a shot from our hotel room.
We took the Aquabus to Granville Island and then to Gastown on Friday which was really fun! Such a cool way to get around.
My family and I had a lot of fun perusing – and eating – at the Granville Public Market!
We had such a short time in Vancouver but we definitely wanted to visit Gastown which was so quaint and charming!
Our waitress at lunch the first day told us that we had to eat at The Flying Pig and get the roasted brussels sprouts – she said they were the best she’d ever had. After our visit, where we ordered a plate and some sparkling wine, we concurred. My mom also snagged the recipe!
The last night of the trip we ate at Cardero’s on the water which was so beautiful! Everyone in Vancouver was so nice and friendly and I can’t wait to go back and explore more!
I hope you enjoyed this little recap of our family vacation. It was such a fabulous time and so great to see my family after almost 6 months. I feel so lucky and grateful that my family and I are able to go on these type of trips!