Summer Weekday in Whistler

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Stay

Just a short drive from Vancouver.. The Four Seasons is the one hotel in Whistler that I just keep coming back to and I love. The service is outstanding and it really has that whole Whistler vibe going on.

Play

Pool season is very much in full swing and I love a good pool day. Grab a book and head to the pool area.

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Ask for the Poolside favourite when ordering a drink.

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Eat

Wander Whistler Village and get a candy apple from Rocky Mountain Chocolate.

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The pizza from SIDECUT is soooo good + a late night room service order of Creme Brulee.

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Hy’s Steakhouse

The cheese toast is everything!

Relax

Then go catch some zzzz’s in the newly renovated rooms!

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That’s it for now. Until next time..

Happy Weekending!

 

 

My Stay at The Parker Palm Springs

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First off…

The decor and overall vibe of this place is insane. Over-the-top. Eccentric. Alive. Those are just a few words I would use to describe The Parker.

I am seriously obsessed with the Jonathan Adler and 50’s, 60’s inspired decor in this place. Serious vibes! I’ll be honest I may have vacationed here just for the gram but I did also want to find out why everyone loved this place so much! I can honestly say I now know why…

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Second…

The grounds.. I mean come on!

First after walking through their cool lobby you’ll walk out to the gardens full of lush green bushes, following a dirt path..

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there’s lots of area to explore from their firepit area to their hammocks + Jonathan Adler bronze 3D printed banana statue to the paths winding down to their Lemonade Stand and pool areas.

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I just felt like every turn you could wind up somewhere new and it felt magical.

The Pools

Silicon Valley Pool. This pool is located off of the Lanai rooms but is accessible by everyone. A good place to read a book + order some chips + salsa.

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The Gene Autry Pool. This saline pool is giving off serious lush jungle vibes.

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There is also an indoor pool in the Spa which you have access to but we didn’t end up using.

The Decor

Okay, so let’s talk more about the decor + vibe of this place.

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I’ve actually been obsessing over all the decor and even called to find out what the art piece above the beds in the room were to source it. Apparently Jonathan Adler had it made specifically for the hotel. You can’t even buy it! And sadly the Parker isn’t selling any.

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Jonathan Adler designed this hotel and incorporated many of his pieces into the rooms creating a fun, unique and whimsical experience.

If you have watched the shining you may want to know beforehand that the carpet is a replica from the movie.. we were told about it upon arrival and checking in as we were being shown to our room. Thankfully I haven’t seen it!

You can find some similar Jonathan Adler inspired decor ideas on my Pinterest.

The Rooms

The rooms were incredibly chic! The specific room we were in was quite spacious. It has sort of an old Hollywood charm it. The Hermes soap was a nice touch.

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North building

We stayed in 12 North. We booked our room with a private hammock + seating area. Not going to lie, I’m not sure if it was worth the price of the room. I loved that it felt private and was quiet in the north building but I think next time I’d rather spend the money on a room that leads out to the pool, maybe one of their ‘Lanai’ rooms instead. We didn’t end up using the hammock. No, not even for an Instagram picture sadly. There was sand underneath and it just didn’t seem all that appealing if I’m being totally honest. We preferred the hammocks out in the gardens surrounded by greenery + grass beneath.

Eats

Breakfast is seriously so good I can’t. If I could have their latte every morning + any of their pancakes I’d be in heaven.

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Lemonade Stand

Good if you want some chips and guac and a fresh squeezed lemonade.

The Lobby Bar

I cannot get enough of the seating in the lobby + their cocktails were so good. The 60s fireplace in the middle with moroccan poufs was a really cool feature and it just had this fun laidback vibe. If you’re lucky you’ll get to snag their hanging chairs for a minute.

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I’ve also been obsessed with their playlist. Search up The Parker Palm Springs Mister Parker playlist on Spotify! They were seriously playing the best laid back cool music. We were literally sitting there wanting to Shazam every song.

The Service

The service is outstanding. From the guy who showed us to our room, to the Manager on staff at Normas.

This place was truly just such a fun experience! I can say I will definitely be back. This, I am certain, is one hotel you won’t be bored of.

 

3 Days in the OC

Where to Stay

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Monarch Beach Resort

Ok this place is everything. It’s a beautiful hotel located in Dana point area. The pool area is a dream + the rooms are beautiful. It’s just off the PCH and within a quick driving distance to Laguna, Newport Beach etc.

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Poolside

Book a walk out fireplace room where you can walk out to the courtyard area or pool directly from your room. They will also supply you with a smores kit for roasting marshmallows over your own personal fire pit.

 

Where to Eat

AVEO Table + Bar

Aveo does Sundays right! Their Sunday brunch is bomb. Anything + Everything you can think of. If you’re lucky enough you can get a table outside on their patio with the fire pit overlooking the ocean and courtyard area.

Nobu Newport Beach

Nobu does Japanese food right. Located right on the water in Lido Marina Village, Nobu is a cool spot for dinner. The patio is beautiful on a warm night. Their patio overlooks the marina and you can watch the boats come in and out. Nobu is definitely share style and is fun with a group. I’ve been to other Nobu locations but I have to say that Newport Beach location is a favourite. I love the ambiance and the massive wood staircase leading up away from their lounge area to the dining area. Have a cocktail while a dj spins downstairs before being seated at your table.

Alessa Laguna Beach

Located in the heart of Laguna Beach, Alessa, is great for an intimate dinner on their patio or fun for a more casual vibe with friends. Always ask for the patio. Their Cali Cali pizza is soooo good. Avocado on pizza.. nothing says California more. Or opt for one of their many yummy pastas. I’ve been here on a few occasions and this little restaurant definitely has me coming back. If you’re waiting for a table be sure to put your name in and browse some of the shops on the streets close by.

Babette’s Newport Beach

Best breakfast spot. I’ve been to Babette’s on a few occasions, the first time was for my cousins girls breakfast before her wedding. Great spot for brunch with your girls or with your significant other. My favs are a Lavendar Latte + The Don Omlette. I wouldn’t have thought of ordering sweet potatoe fries with breakfast but it’s surprisingly so good. If you are thinking of heading to the beach or on a hike somewhere get some of their cold pressed juice + their rosemary chips to go. They also do wraps and salads to go. Crystal Cove is just across the street on the other side of the PCH.

Bourbon Steakhouse

A new steakhouse in the OC. Bourbon is actually located in The Monarch. Delicious steaks + yummy sides.

Sprinkles Cupcakes

I love Sprinkles. They have a few locations but if you are in the area drive along the PCH and stop to get some seriously delicious cupcakes. They are on Avocado ave. How cute!

 

Where to Shop

Lido Marina Village

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Lido Village Books

The cutest little bookstore.

Alchemy Works Harbour House

Faherty I just adore this brand.

Planet Blue

Love their maxi dresses!

Le Labo

Le Labo I fell in love with Le Labo after staying in the Fairmont hotels and became acquainted with their signature scent Rose 31. I first discovered Santal 33 here at Le Labo in Lido Marina Village + fell in love. Now the scent reminds me of California and everything that California dreams are made of. Be careful as this scent is addictive! Le Labo has other bath products, perfumes, candles, oils + lotions.

Clare V

Looking for a new tote or handbag? Look no further than Clare V.

Serena + Lily

Currently crushing on all their furniture and home goods.

Sweaty Betty 

Love their workout gear!

South Coast Plaza

They have everything.

 

Where to Beach

Monarch Bay

Take the tram for hotel guests down from The Monarch to the beach. You could walk but it is a bit of a trek and the beach tram is seriously cool. The private beach is for hotel guests or people living on the golf course.

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Once you reach the beach there is a private club down there where you can order drinks or food and sit in the restaurant or take it out to the chairs or sit on the beach and enjoy it.

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They have a guy down there you can get towels, chairs and umbrellas from. Outdoor showers are also provided to rinse off before you head back up from the beach.

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This spot is perfect for watching the waves rolling in and out or for talking a walk on the beach. From time to time you can catch a few surfers doing their thing.

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Newport Beach

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Worth checking out if you are in the area. The wedge is cool too.

Crystal Cove

Good area for a hike or if you are there in the morning check out the Beachcomber and enjoy their delicious coconut macadamia nut pancakes.

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Less than 24 hours in Calgary

4 pm

Settle in with a latte at Cafe Gravity + Wine Bar in Inglewood. I first discovered Inglewood as my best friends brother lives there. It’s such a cute and trendy little spot with seriously good coffee just minutes from downtown.

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5 pm

Check into hotel. Typically we stay at the Westin when in Calgary as it is just close to everything and the service is always the same.

7 pm

Mercato on 4th street. If you like Italian food then you are in for a real treat! Request to sit at the bar top so you can watch all that happens in the kitchen. It makes the experience!

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Usually they have a special on and if you’re lucky it will include truffles! This truffle parmesan risotto will have your tastebuds tingling.

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Also their tomatoes are imported from Sicily making the Caprese salad a must try. The restaurant is definitely share style, whether you are two people or with a group prepare to eat!

9 pm

Drive around and look at Christmas lights. Since it is Christmas time we decided to go for a little drive to check out the Christmas light displays at Spruce Gardens.

10 pm

Relax in hotel.. blog.. or whatever you want to do.

9:30 am

Breakfast at oeb on 4th street. Ask for the Double Trouble! Fried egg on brioche bread with cheddar cheese + heirloom tomatoes with chipotle aioli, all topped with arugula and shredded manchego cheese.

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10:15 am

Walk to Phil & Sebastien from oeb. Get a coffee + a donut for later.

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11 am

Checkout of hotel + head to Chinook Centre for some shopping before catching your flight.

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Until next time Calgary…

A Purely Northwest Experience

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I like to celebrate American Thanksgiving. I still love my Canadian traditions but I really appreciate celebrating in honour of my American family + friends. And let’s be honest it’s another excuse for Turkey dinner. It’s something I started doing a few years ago.

I’m lucky enough to live close to the border so I visit Bellevue and Snoqualmie and other close cities in Washington frequently. I love the Evergreen state and the drive from Bellingham to Snoqualmie is absolutely stunning. I love seeing all the trees -the green in the summer, orange in the fall and the bareness in the winter.

The Pacific Northwest is home to me. And maybe home to most of you. But if you’re looking for a truly northwest experience then this is it.

Salish Lodge + Spa

Perched atop Snoqualmie falls, Salish has become like a second home. A place to retreat and feel at ease. It’s like your worries just melt away. It’s the ultimate cozy spot! The lodge is a secret spot I’ve been hiding away at for a few years, I visit a few times a year and the experience is always pure bliss.

The Rooms

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The ultimate cozy spot!

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They recently renovated so all the rooms have gas fireplaces. They used to have old wood burning fire places in every room and it was one of my favourite parts about the lodge but i’m not gonna lie the renovated rooms have grown on me.

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The Attic

A cozy spot for comfort foods + casual fare. House made wood burning pizzas + unreal house made chips with caramelized onion chip dip.

The Dining Room

Some of the yummiest brunch options. In the evening they have lovely dinners as well.

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Thanksgiving Dinner

If you’re planning on dining on on Thanksgiving I recommend booking early – like October. There’s nothing like a homemade Turkey dinner but this I promise is pretty close!

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The Spa

Definitely one of the best spas I have been to. They have lots of different options for treatments but be sure to check out their Honey treatments. Look for the bee on the menu.

The Country Store

I always find the cutest little knick knacks or seasonal items in this store as well as their very own selection of jams, honey, right down to their pancake mix.

The Falls

See the falls from the top just steps from the hotel or take a hike down to the falls. Immerse yourself in nature.

 

Weekend in Whistler

As a Vancouver local it’s very easy to visit and if you live near Vancouver you probably visit often. If you’re not within a quick drive to Whistler, I would definitely recommend visiting any time of year. Whistler is a haven for outdoor sports and activities year round and is a great place to relax and restore with friends and family. There’s just so much to explore here.

Stay

The Four Seasons Whistler never disappoints. Although sadly I did miss their famous Smore bar at their courtyard fire pit. They start that up mid November. On arrival get greeted with a Whistler Warmer! It’s warm cider and it’s oh so good.

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There’s just something that feels inviting and relaxing about Whistler

FS Whistler’s service is definitely one that you won’t forget. The staff will remember your name and ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible.

Shops Native to Whistler 

Open Country Whistler + OC 2
A fashion and footwear boutique. Get yourself a trendy pair of Sorel’s or find some other winter goodies here.

Rocks + Gems Canada

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I love stopping at Rocks + Gems Canada every time i’m in Whistler or Banff. I love their beaded bracelets, and the variety of different rocks + gems. They have some really beautiful agate pieces I love to use as coasters.

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Ruby Tuesdays
Everything from Pyhrra Jewelry to local artists + definitely a good collection of silver + gold stacking rings. Ask for Helen. She’s awesome.

3 Singing Birds
Handcrafted items from local artisans that are inspired by the Pacific Northwest. You’ll find many lovely items from pottery and jewelry to candles + creams.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
A chocolate covered almond apple with sea salt is a must! I’ve been coming here since I was a little girl and every time I visit Whistler I have to get a candy apple.

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Side Cut
Four Seasons very own, Sidecut offers apres ski snacks + dinner. Their spicy popcorn is so good!

Il Caminetto
I’m a huge fan of the Top Table Group and one of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver is Cin Cin (also by Top Table Group) so naturally I was excited to try this restaurant. This is one of their newer restaurants and is Italian fare. It definitely has a different vibe than Cin Cin but they have some similar items on the menu like their truffle and mushroom risotto which is to die for. Be sure to visit their sister restaurants in Whistler Araxi and Bar Oso.

Bar Oso
‘Oso’ means bear in Spanish. It’s a cozy little spot apres ski for charcuterie boards done right + to die for wagyu short ribs. They also have yummy cocktails + a wine list.

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Pure Bread
Delicious baked goods + house made coffee.

Other timeless favourites:

Hys
Classic steakhouse.

Barefoot Bistro
Upscale dining with nitro ice cream + and a champagne bar. You can saber a champagne bottle in the wine cellar.

Araxi
Whistler’s oyster bar. Although I don’t love Oysters, it’s definitely a place I would recommend dining at least once.

Carambas
The ultimate comfort food. Mac + Cheese and Pizza.

Relax

Spa at FS Whistler
If you are staying at FS Whistler then this is very convenient. You also have access to the pools if you’re not staying in the hotel.

Scandinave Spa
An outdoor spa in nature with an age-old Finnish tradition. First sauna, then immerse yourself in the cold pools and then out to relax.

Your mind and body will thank you.

 

48 Hours in Palm Springs: Where to Spy

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Palm Springs Door Tour

Spying on all the colourful doors in the area

I heard of this as I was researching modernism week (which happened to be the week before I went, so sadly I missed it) and decided to give it a whirl.

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Following a little map I found after googling ‘palm springs door tour’, we went around spying on all the colourful doors in the area. If you happen to be in the South Palm Springs area then be sure to check it out. Look for the pink house at E Sierra way and then bike or drive around.

Galleries

We didn’t have much time to check out the galleries, but we walked into a couple on El Paseo.

The Shops at 1345 have some cool abstract art by local artist Robert Landry.

Pottery by Double M Pottery in the shops at 1345 is a beautiful little pottery gallery on it’s own.

What other art should I be checking out next time I’m in Palm Springs? Has anyone visited the Palm Springs art gallery?