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Old 03-29-2013, 10:57 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I think we may end up going to the Banff/Calgary area. It just sounds so beautiful with plenty to do as a couple. Very exciting wish we were getting married tomorrow so we could head out for our honeymoon.

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Yeah, I think you guys that lived here your whole lives don't realize how nice it is!



Coming from Toronto myself, I think even in peak tourist season Banff isn't bad. The proximity to EVERYTHING makes is a good option. Parking at the hot springs is retarded on long weekends...



Depends on what you mean by a lot to do. I think an amazing trip would be to start in Fernie, spend a few days there, experience an awesome mountain and a really cool small down. Some semi-fancy hotels but nothing really magazine worthy (unless you stayed at one of the mountain lodges for $500+ a night).

Then I'd head up through the valley and stop at the Lussier hot springs. I agree with the others here, tons of hot springs in the area, but if you want to real deal, go here. It's in the side of the mountain, right next to a stream. Two small unheated toilets are the only change rooms or facilities available, but the romance (especially if it's mid-week) of that place will be worth it.

Then I'd head to either the Banff or Lake Louise Fairmont. I stayed on the gold floor in the Banff Springs Fairmont this past December, and that's how a honeymoon should be spent. A decent room (about 250 sq ft) would be about $300 a night on that floor. You have an honour bar where you can sit by the fire and chat, play with iPads, etc. Breakfast included in the mornings, bath robes and slippers, a tin of cookies when you arrive. Luxury!

I'd use the fairmont as home base to go to Lake Louise and/or Sunshine for a day or two, and spend the rest of the time checking out Banff, taking a drive up the icefields parkway, go on a helicopter tour of the area, etc.

In summary:
- if your budget is massive: Cat-boarding trip in BC complete with luxury accommodations and gourmet food.

- for the middle budget, do my trip above, and adjust the activities to suit the budget

- for the lower budget or adventure minded, Fernie will be cheaper and has a really down to earth feel. Eat dinner at the Old Barnhouse in Kimberley one night for a change. Another option for the REALLY adventurous is Skoki Lodge near Lake Louise. It's an 11 km snowshoe or cross country ski into the lodge. Rates are not bad ($150-$200 a night or so), and they cook all your meals for you. There is no power or running water in the cabin, but I've heard it's VERY beautiful!!! (Will and Kate stayed here on their visit lol)

So my vote goes for Banff/Fernie/Calgary area. I've been to Vancouver/Whistler and it was okay, but I'd get bored there. We get more sunshine, and better snow!
I love this it sounds so perfect...might have to use this for our honeymoon trip. The fact that there is a real hot spring to go to is just amazing. And Fernie looks pretty cool. Thank you so much for this and thanks to everyone else for all your suggestions
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I'm driving through all of these places next week as an outsider.... I'll give you a report back in a week or so.
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I'm driving through all of these places next week as an outsider.... I'll give you a report back in a week or so.
That would be fantastic, thanks. Enjoy your trip!!
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Keep in mind Fernie is a haul compared to Banff and not much else around it, it's a totally different area. Nice though but not nearly as much to do or see around there.
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Wow...no mentions of Tahoe. You specifically mentioned "Romantic." A nighttime dinner cruise across Lake Tahoe, surrounded by the mountains, isn't romantic? You can choose a fancy hotel at South Lake, or do the Ritz at Northstar. Getting a blankie put over your lap on the Ritz lift is quite nice, any girl would love. And tons of mountains within minutes of each other.

I do Vermont every weekend. Stowe is your best bet, and they have so much snow they'll be open until April 21st this year (we're going next week). It's spendy, but they have beautiful inns and hotels (stay on the mountain at Spruce Peak if you can afford it). Stowe isn't a mountain (the actual mountains is Mt. Mansfield), it is a town. A long strip of nice restaurants, shopping and stuff to do. And one of the best mountains in Vermont...the only better is probably Jay Peak, which just opened an unbelievable new resort with a kick-ass indoor water park featured on The Travel Channel. Included with your room/lift ticket. But Jay Peak is in the middle of nowhere. That actually makes it more romantic. You can even drive up to Canada in just a short time, and ski Sutton and hang out in the beautiful little town up there.
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+1 for Tahoe. Northstar is romantic as hell. I went alone (hubby is 3000 miles away) and I started to get a little lovesick on the gondola cuz he wasnt around. I am the least romantic person on the planet and I almost grabbed a random non english speaking stranger to cuddle by the outdoor fire pits
Take a day to roll to south lake tahoe and have a wild time there. Then do more boarding and making out and stuff. Its pricey, but it really is gorgeous.

Otherwise...congrats! ! I love weddings (particularly the open bar and prime rib part.) Did you pick out the rings and vows and stuff? Have a great time
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Wow...no mentions of Tahoe. You specifically mentioned "Romantic." A nighttime dinner cruise across Lake Tahoe, surrounded by the mountains, isn't romantic? You can choose a fancy hotel at South Lake, or do the Ritz at Northstar. Getting a blankie put over your lap on the Ritz lift is quite nice, any girl would love. And tons of mountains within minutes of each other.

I do Vermont every weekend. Stowe is your best bet, and they have so much snow they'll be open until April 21st this year (we're going next week). It's spendy, but they have beautiful inns and hotels (stay on the mountain at Spruce Peak if you can afford it). Stowe isn't a mountain (the actual mountains is Mt. Mansfield), it is a town. A long strip of nice restaurants, shopping and stuff to do. And one of the best mountains in Vermont...the only better is probably Jay Peak, which just opened an unbelievable new resort with a kick-ass indoor water park featured on The Travel Channel. Included with your room/lift ticket. But Jay Peak is in the middle of nowhere. That actually makes it more romantic. You can even drive up to Canada in just a short time, and ski Sutton and hang out in the beautiful little town up there.
I agree with the Stowe comment.

I had to look up Banff that everyone seems to be mentioning and google the pics of the lodge. Just my opinion, but its doesn't seem to compare to Stowe in terms of being a romantic setting with great riding. Stowe is absolutely gorgeous. My wife went with me this year. She wont touch the slopes but she wants to go back next year for longer just because of how beautiful the place was.
Now another place I looked at that I can only suggest off of what I've seen pics of is Whistler. Seems they are also considered to be one of the best resorts in the world for not just the riding but the resorts and ski apres.

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Banff! Done Realize that crowds thin-out during weekends. If she's cool with a mountain Honeymoon, then you'll be good anywhere. Among your original 3 options, don't do Vermont. Just a totally different vibe than the Rocky/Cascade Mountains!

Be sure to check holiday schedules. There are many state-side holidays during the middle of February (Presidents/Ski Week etc.) and ski resorts can get pretty crowded. I don't know Canada's schedule, but avoid these weeks for thinner crowds and thinner prices.
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I'm not saying any of the before mentioned places are bad and do sound fun. Reality check...Honeymoon = bump and grind, drink, eat and ride...and if you do that everyday...ur going to be toast....thus any place where the snow is going off. I mean you can eat, drink and get nasty anyplace...but epic riding requires epic snow on epic terrain. I'm not recommending this...but for example...Glacier, WA...a shithole of a little place with no nightlife, but there are a few great restaurants/microbrew/bud, get a cabin with a hot tub and access to a sled/cat tour, and hike or sled for some turns under full moon. What I'm saying a fancy resort might be a waste if ur riding hard all day and all night.

Congrats...btw.
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I'm not saying any of the before mentioned places are bad and do sound fun. Reality check...Honeymoon = bump and grind, drink, eat and ride...and if you do that everyday...ur going to be toast....thus any place where the snow is going off. I mean you can eat, drink and get nasty anyplace...but epic riding requires epic snow on epic terrain. I'm not recommending this...but for example...Glacier, WA...a shithole of a little place with no nightlife, but there are a few great restaurants/microbrew/bud, get a cabin with a hot tub and access to a sled/cat tour, and hike or sled for some turns under full moon. What I'm saying a fancy resort might be a waste if ur riding hard all day and all night.

Congrats...btw.

I will have to disagree with you here. I am not sure if you are married or not but speaking for myself (I am married) I will say that the ambiance of the place you spend your honeymoon counts for a lot. Its like the icing on the cake after a beautiful wedding. Most people don't want to half ass it. They want a place that continues the feeling of romance and enjoyment.
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