|The BC “Quickie” Getaway List
February 8, 2016
FEBRUARY. Some call it the month of “love” and depending on Shubujabawokee Sam – or whatever the apparently-smarter-than-a-meteorologist groundhog’s name is – an indicator of whether we’re in for a late or early Spring. For those of us sans-Valentine date, who have fallen back into routine and grind mode, it’s good, vital to our well-being – both mentally and physically – to hit the reset button for a few days! The following are well-designed for a few days visit, weekend trip or as we like to refer to as, “quickie” getaways.
7. Scandinave Spa (Whistler)
POW! Less than two hours from downtown, Whistler is kind of a no-brainer and the best destination to explore the PNW – all year round! Hit the slopes, explore the back country, go zip-lining, ice climb, bungee jump, warm up with the spiked hot cocoa in the village, take part in the legendary après ski festivities and more! After all that makes you tired, nothing is more chill than peace and quiet at Scandinave Spa. Rejuvenate and steam outdoors in Canada’s Winter Wonderland. The calming waterfalls and breath-taking views don’t hurt.
6. Nectar Yoga B&B (Bowen Island)
Disconnect from the city and the outside world and align your chakras at Nectar Yoga B&B on Bowen Island for a special R&R experience. Not your typical Bed and Breakfast, the resort offers a harmonious sanctuary with meditation, yoga, and a beautiful ocean view. We recommend the Nectar Loft Yoga Retreat Package: private Nectar Loft situated on a 1.2 acre lot, daily fresh veg breakfast, daily morning meditation and yoga classes, oh – and your own private Nectar Yoga B&B island, no biggie.
5. Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort (Kootenay Lake)
Harrison isn’t the only place with its own hot springs. Explore Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort and enjoy a therapeutic experience in their hot springs cave and pools. The average temperature in the pool ranges from 98° – 100 ° while the cave temperature ranges between 104°-110°. The pool is open year-round and single entry and day passes are available. Make a trip out of it and stay the night in one of their affordable lake-view rooms!
4. Tigh-Na-Mara Resort (Parksville)
Tigh-Na-Mara Resort is the ULTIMATE Westcoast experience! Cozy log cabins with fireplaces and Ocean views. There are no excuses for being lazy though as they also have a pool, tennis courts, basketball hoops and gym. The very best part? The Grotto Spa – that just happens to be open to all guests. It’s not the Playboy Mansion, but one can dream. Oh an it’s voted the #1 Spa in Western Canada so there’s that.
3. Rockwater Resort (Sunshine Coast)
It’s always sunny on the Sunshine Coast! Hide away and decompress in a Rockwater Tenthouse Suite for a few days, nestled amongst the Arbutus trees and with a never-ending view of the Pacific Ocean. When we say “Tenthouse Suite” we mean a beautiful and rustic sanctuary under the stars, equipped with a hydro-therapy tub, private veranda, and king-size bed from where you can watch the sunrise and sunset. Warning: May be difficult to leave.
Spend the night in a Rockwater Tent Suite and wake up the the sunrise and Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Rockwater Resort)
2. Wickaninnish Inn (Tofino)
We’re reaching the end of storm-watching season but there’s still plenty of time to bundle up and escape to the Island for a few days for an awe-inspiring experience. Crashing waves, gale force winds and rain, there’s nothing more exhilarating than the raw power of Mother Nature! The calm after the storm is just as memorable, especially when it’s fire-side at the Wickaninnish with a glass of vino in hand, overlooking the ocean and Chesterman Beach.
1. Sparkling Hills Resort (Vernon)
Not all that glitters is gold but a stay at the Sparkling Hills Resort, you’re guaranteed a golden experience. All 149 guest rooms and three Penthouse Suites are infused with captivating Swarovski crystal decor throughout (the resort is the first of its kind in the world to include 3.5 million crystal elements into every part of its design) and don’t get us started on the view. The views of Lake Okanagan and the Monashee Mountains are breath-taking. This luxury doesn’t come cheap, especially if you want to ball out and stay in one of the 1,200 sq. feet Penthouse Suites featuring an open concept, private sauna, walk-in shower for two, and in one of the suites – a private outdoor patio.
Did we miss any? Comment below and let us know YOUR favourite “quickie” getaways!