GUEST POST BY OUR TRAVEL ADVISOR CLARA!
This past Victoria Day weekend my family and I were given the opportunity to visit Blue Mountain Resort. We had an absolutely amazing weekend with no rain and sunshine on most days. Less than a 2 hour drive from Toronto, this small resort town has so much to offer, so much to see and do for the whole family.
To beat the traffic we left Toronto at 9.30am on Saturday and were at our hotel, the Westin Trillium House Blue Mountain by 11.30am. We were so excited to be there that we decided to go directly to the hotel and see if our room was ready. We were pleasantly surprised to be escorted immediately to our 1 bedroom suite overlooking the pool, pond and village. During the summer months I would recommend requesting this view as opposed to the Mountain View as there isn't much to see on the mountain side if there is no snow or skiing. We had the nicest and friendly bell hop ever. Being our first visit he gave us a good 10 minute overview of all the must sees, the must dos, where to eat and what to avoid.
The 1 bedroom suites are approximately 550 square feet at the Westin Trillium. The master bedroom offers a Queen size heavenly bed (and can honestly say, heavenly it was!) and a pull out sofa bed in the living room area. Since my children refuse to sleep in the same bed we usually separate and the girls sleep with the girls and the boys sleep with the boys. This meant that my husband and son had the pull out bed – unfortunately their experience was not as heavenly as the girls. In future, I would recommend upgrading to a room with enough regular beds to accommodate all family members.
So after we were all settled we decided to head to the village to see all that it had to offer. Never having been there we didn’t really know what to expect so we scoped it out and took advantage of some of the activities that were offered.Our first stop was the Ridge Runner Mountain coaster. This is an exhilarating coaster experience as it twists and turns 3,560 feet down the mountain through varied terrain. Although you can control your own speed it can go as quickly as 42 km/h! Each car can accommodate an adult and child so it is suitable for anyone over 3 years of age. At first I wasn’t sure if it was going to be worth the cost but for my thrill seeking children it was the adrenalin rush they were looking for and we all loved it even if we screamed the whole way down.From there we decided to take the Open-Air Gondola up to the top of the Escarpment. This activity is open to people of all ages….just maybe not those who are scared of heights. It was a gorgeous view going up and down and we enjoyed the fresh air. When we arrived at the top we spent about an hour walking the trails and enjoying the sunshine. My kids loved seeing the whole village from this vantage point and walking where people actually ski.
By this time we were totally famished and decided to head back the Village for some lunch. I would say one of the best parts of the Village is that it is so family friendly that you can take the kids to any of the restaurants without being concerned about feeling out of place or not having a menu that they would like. Throughout our weekend we ate at MJ Bryne's Irish Pub and Firehall Pizza Co. for lunch. We dined at Magnone's Italian Kitchen and Oliver and Bonacini’s for dinner. We thoroughly enjoyed all our dining experiences and would recommend each of them. We kept it simple for breakfast and enjoyed pancakes and cereal in our room which was equipped with a fully functioning kitchen with a dishwasher.We spent the remainder of our first day swimming in the 80 degree outdoor pool, enjoying the hot tub and ending the evening with a spectacular fireworks display over the mountain.
Want to see what we did Sunday? Stay tune for our next post!
Clara Power is a mother of 2 highly active kids and a Personal Travel Advisor at her own travel company based out of Vaughan, Ontario. As a family travel specialist she enjoys planning the perfect family holiday for her clients. She uses her extensive travel experience to over 27 countries to match her clients’ needs to the best possible vacation and helps to create seamless holidays that everyone can enjoy. For more travel tips and reviews follow her at www.facebook.com/ClaraPowerTPI.