NOVEMBER 6TH, 2010
Whistler’s best kept secret—till now—is Nita Lake Lodge.
New ownership has brought in a killer kitchen brigade, an Ayurvedic
spa, a rooftop garden and has stocked the lake with trout (they’ll even
loan you a rod and tackle at the front desk). The large and luxurious
rooms with lakefront views are just as inviting as ever. Rooms from
$189. Nita Lake Lodge, 2131 Lake Placid Rd. Whistler, B.C.,
serene part of the Valley Trail calls for biking or cross-country
skiing, and once the lake freezes over, look for ice hockey games
organized by the Lodge. In summer, the pretty Alta Lake park and
playground with boat launch is just steps away. In November, it's
wine-tasting time at Cornucopia.
Nita Lake’s Aura restaurant
serves up locally foraged mushrooms, Pemberton-grown heirloom beets and
artichokes from the Lodge’s own rooftop. Bison flatirons, Sloping Hills
porchetta and side-striped prawns are the smartly sourced support staff
to the vegetable-forward menu.
up by the fire in the Cure Lounge at Nita Lake, where the thick-cut
buttermilk onion rings ($5) are not to be missed. On tap is France’s
Kronenbourg 1664—a match made in heaven. Or Whistler. It's all the same