Steve and I just got back from one of the most amazing trips we’ve ever been on, to one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever been. Can you tell I love this place? So many hyperboles. But, I feel it is justified. Banff was nothing short of majestic, and if you ever have the opportunity to visit, DO IT. Here’s where we stayed, what we did, and (most importantly) where we ate while in Oh, Canada!
WHERE WE STAYED
We were in the adorable town of Banff for a total of 6 nights. We had two places in mind that we wanted to stay, so we decided to split our time. The first three nights we stayed at THE MOOSE. Y’all. The Moose. Stay at The Moose. I can’t say enough. First, it was affordable. Which is important. But it skimped on nothing. The room was so nice, with an entry way housing a little coffee bar station and mini fridge. The entry way opened up into a small living area with a fire place and doors to a balcony. The bathroom (which is pretty much how a gage hotel rooms) was huge, and with plenty of counter space (yassss) and a walk in shower. And the bedroom had a king bed, and plenty of room for our piles and piles of luggage. (We brought SO.MUCH.STUFF.) Oh! And the rooftop hot tub. I would be doing you all a disservice if I didn’t mention this thing. And I’m not even a hot tub person. But between the mountain views, and sub zero temps, and the lake effect (imagine frozen eyelashes, while you’re nice and toasty in the boiling water), it was an experience you can’t miss.
For the remaining three nights, we stayed at The FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS. If you google Banff, you can’t miss all the images of the Fairmont that populate. One girlfriend described it as the castle the Beast (Beauty and the Beast) lives in. And she wasn’t wrong. The place is UNREAL. And the views might just be worth the price of admission (which was’t cheap). We had a Mountain View room. Waking up to sweeping views of the Canadian Rockies did not suck. However, I want to be completely transparent. The Banff Springs hotel, while BEAUTIFUL, is a place we would have visited, and maybe not stayed at. You can get the experience, see the gorgeous views, and experience the enchantment of the grounds with visit. And maybe use some of the cash you save on a dinner on the grounds.
WHERE WE ATE
Banff has so many great options for food. We happened to be there on Super Bowl Sunday and watched the game at BANNF AVE BREWING COMPANY. It was the perfect atmosphere for that, with great local beer on tap, and upscale bar food. PARK DISTILLERY also came highly recommended. They distill their own gin, tequila and vodka. Our favorite dinner of the week was definitely CHUCK’S STEAKHOUSE. We saved this for our last night and it was the perfect send off. We had the wagyu ribeye that you could cut with a fork. It was YUM.
Some other honorable mentions:
BEAR STREET TAVERN– Great pizza with this magical mix of local honey and rosemary infused Chile oil for dipping. AMAZING.
SILVER DRAGON– We were craving Chinese one night. The Mongolian Beef was awesome.
WHITE BARK CAFE– We stopped at this coffee shop few times. It was close to the Moose and had great coffee.
WHAT WE DID
Steve is an avid skier. I….have “skied” before. So, needless to say our skill levels are vastly different. But I braved it and went with him. We went the LAKE LOUISE first. I can’t adequately described to you how unreal this place is. The scenery is otherworldly. And I made it down the mountain in one piece. A few days later we went to SUNSHINE VILLAGE. Again, a beautiful place, but a very different mountain than Lake Louise. Steve described one side of the mountain as a scene from Star Wars. You know, those desert, end of the world looking places. Yeah…kinda like that. Steve found a few runs that he enjoyed at Sunshine, but overall we both enjoyed Lake Louise the most.
In between visiting those two ski villages, we decided to do some cross country. Neither of us had every done it before, so I thought it might even the playing field some. It was such a cool experience! A bit of a work out, but once you get the hang of it, so much fun. We rented the skis, boots polls from BACKTRAX for the day. We were able to leave them with the concierge at our hotel and they picked them up from there.
Banff was an amazing experience. From the scenery, to the people (Canadians are the MOST accommodating), to the amazing adventures around every corner, it is definitely one we will always remember!
Let me know if you have any questions I didn’t cover in this post, or you’d like any advice on traveling to Banff. And as always, thanks so much for stopping by!