2011-2013 Bed & Breakfast Guide

Location: Belle Neige Suites: Whistler, 8597 Drifter Way, Whistler, British Columbia, V0N 1B8, Canada Dates the Stash Tea B&B Guide Coupon is applicable: April 15- November 15
Email: belleneige@telus.net Number of Rooms: Two
Phone: 1-604-938-3573, Toll-Free from Canada/US 1-800-611-4869 Cost: Off Season: From $89, Winter: $129-$199, Summer: $119-$149
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About the Area

Nestled in the spectacular Coast Mountains less than two hours from Vancouver, British Columbia, Whistler is Canada's premier year-round destination. Distinguished by impressive twin mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, and surrounded by forested valleys, rivers and lakes, the resort offers countless outdoor adventures. Skiing and snowboarding are the biggest draw, but golf, mountain biking, and a long list of other winter and summer activities bring people here, and continue to bring them back again and again.The mountains blend seamlessly with Whistler Village, a vibrant town center with every amenity for the traveler: diverse accommodations, local and international cuisine, shops, arts and cultural centers, wellness spas and entertainment venues. Much of the village is pedestrian-only. Whistler is consistently rated one of the world's top year-round destination resorts, and has received international recognition for its visionary and innovative work as a sustainable community.

Community Whistler has always been so much more than a world-class travel destination. While millions visit every year and know it as an alpine vacation resort, Whistler is also home to a thriving community of professionals, artists, athletes, families, and groups. Residents and community groups share a strong sense of community and a passion for the environment, and work hard to create a welcoming alpine culture. Many locals were once visitors from around the world themselves or a member of the resort's transient workforce who became enamored of Whistler's laid-back lifestyle and stayed far longer than originally expected.

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What to Do

Must-sees: The view from Belle Neige's Snowflake Suite balcony, where you can watch the moon coming up over Whistler Mountain. Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler Olympic Park, Peak to Peak Gondola

Activities: golfing, white water rafting, horse riding, glacier hiking, spas, biking, skiing, the tube park, zip treking, outdoor skating, live music concerts, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, bobsledding, horse drawn sleigh rides, heli-skiing, cat-skiing, float plane sightseeing, lake swimming, wind surfing, beach volleyball and many more!

Museums: Whistler Museum, Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Great drives or views: The Sea-to-Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler! The view from the Blackcomb Mountain's Peak to Peak Gondola.

Best places to eat: Your hosts at Belle Neige Suites: Whistler have their own favorite top ten restaurants. To name a few: Elements, The Edgewater and Araxis. For casual and après ski we enjoy the GLC, Pasta Lupino, Alpine Cafe, The Den on the Lake and the Fix Cafe. Our list has been developed and experienced personally over the twenty years we have enjoyed dining in Whistler! With more than 90 restaurants ranging from local to international fare and featuring award-winning chefs, Whistler is a foodie's paradise!

Great shopping areas: Your one-stop destination is Village Stroll, with more than 200 retail shops ranging from chic brands to unique local finds--plus everything you need for your Whistler adventures!

Most romantic spots: At the top of Whistler Mountain or Blackcomb Mountain, no matter the time of year! Sitting at the dock of Lost Lake or Rainbow Park. Moonlight snowshoeing or skating on Green Lake. A day at the Scandinave Spa.

Best day trips:

  1. Walk, bike or cross-country ski the Valley Trail to any or all of the five local lakes and numerous rivers. Head down to Alta Lake for picnicking or barbecuing with family and friends, or take a leisurely walk along the beach and dip your toes into the shallow water.
  2. Ride the Peak to Peak and get a bird's eye view of Whistler!
  3. Make a trip to the Whistler Public Library, a feast for the senses!
  4. Are you a hiker? We have some of the most beautiful hiking trails. We recommend the Cheakamus Lake Hike, or find your way to Nairn Falls and Brandywine Falls.
  5. Ski all day, every day! With North America's longest ski season (from November through July), the only resort in North America where you can ski or ride on a glacier. Hundreds of hiking and cross-country skiing trails throughout the Whistler valley.

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Interview with the Innkeepers

How would you describe your bed and breakfast?
We feature privacy and affordable comfort. Each suite is non-smoking and has a private entrance, fully-equipped kitchen and ensuite bathroom, free WIFI, cable TV, parking and a private balcony or patio. Come and go as you please, and enjoy the quiet and serenity of our serene mountain setting. Conveniently located within six minutes to the hustle and bustle of Whistler Village, our suites seclude you from the noise of the Village while taking you there within minutes.

We are a non-traditional bed and breakfast wherein breakfast is optional; most times of the year, we do not serve breakfast in a common dining room. Breakfast is served in the privacy of your own suite where you can have breakfast in bed or on your private balcony; feel free to enjoy breakfast in your PJs!

What types of vacationers is your bed and breakfast perfect for?
We are best suited for couples, singles, and families looking for a place to relax and feel at home in their own private setting. We're close to hiking, sight-seeing, lakes, biking trails, and located on the thirteen-minute bus route to the base of the Whistler Mountain Gondola or Blackcomb Mountain Ski Lift.

Belle Neige Suites: Whistler is perfect for guests that are interested in doing their own thing with insight from local hosts that live here year-round.

What is special about your inn? Is there a story behind it?
In 1986, we started a Bed and Breakfast for EXPO '86. As we were fully booked for the duration, we referred guests to other inns. This developed into a Bed and Breakfast booking agency to accommodate our overflow. When moving to Whistler to start an inn in the early '90s, we decided on the name Belle Neige ("beautiful snow"), as the snow was so abundant and beautiful! We also considered Bella Luna, as watching the moon rise over Whistler Mountain is breathtaking! We have raised our children here; Whistler will always be home to our family.

What is within walking distance of your inn?
You can walk from Belle Neige Suites along a 19-mile creek, where you have a beautiful 360° view of Armchair Glacier, Whistler Mountain, Wedge Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain! You can easily walk to the Alpine Cafe for a cappuccino, lunch, or casual dinner. You're also only minutes away from the Nicolas North Golf Course where you can enjoy a fondue dinner at The Den on the Lake or soak in the sun on the deck with an amazing view. Then walk or cross country ski to the beautiful and relaxing Scandinave Spa.

What type of breakfast do you serve?
Our optional breakfast is your choice of a Continental or Full Breakfast! We serve up tasty morning meals such as Belgian waffles with strawberries and kiwi, Italian frittata with capicolli, potatoes and organic oregano, and banana cinnamon pancakes with pure maple syrup.

Are there any special events held in your area?
Plenty! We have year-round events, from free summer concerts to athletic championships!
January – World Cup, Telus Winter Classic, Women's Allstar Roxy Snow Camps
February – Whistler Pride Festival
March – Ski Nationals
April – World Ski & Snowboard Festival, The Whistler Cup
May – Every Woman Conference
June – The North Face Whistler Half-Marathon, Tough Mudder
Summer – Crankworx Whistler, Art Walk, Whistler Children's Art Festival, Bulls-Eye Canadian National BBQ Championship, Wanderlust Yoga Week, Art & Heritage Walking Tours, Creekside Artisan Market, Saturdays at The Point on the Dock, Whistler Farmers Market, Canadian National Paragliding Championships, Winemaker's Dinner on Whistler Mountaintop
August – Ironman 2013
October – Whistler Mountain Turkey Sale/Ski and Board Swap, 50 Relay and Ultra Marathon
September – The Four Kings Bike Race, BC Orienteering Championships
November – Cornucopia: Whistler Celebration of Wine and Food
December – Whistler Film Festival, Whistlers New Year's Eve Celebration

What is the best time of year to visit?
For abundant powder, come visit us in January and February! For great snow and some sun, March. Spring skiing goes through June! In August and September, the Alpine flowers are in bloom--perfect time of year for hikers! And of course, December is the month when Whistler is bursting with festive holiday spirit.

Will guests be able to meet the innkeeper?
Depending on when guests want to check in. As hosts, we are active in many of the activities that Whistler has to offer year-round. During the winter season we are ski instructing, skiing, exploring the back country...in fact, we would be happy to share our secret ski stashes!

We speak English, French, Italian and Spanish. We have traveled much of the world and enjoy sharing our little piece of heaven!

What is your favorite thing about your inn?
Our area has been voted the #1 place to live in Whistler for nine consecutive years by Whistler locals! We are close enough to the village to get there in minutes, but far enough away to not hear the late night noise and activities. The Meadow Park Sports Centre, Ice Rink and Swimming Pool are just a short walk away. We live in the most central part of the Whistler wonderland!

What is the one thing guests return year after year for?
Having their privacy to come and go as they please in their self-contained suite. Guests stay for weeks at a time! We have great restaurants, hiking, skiing, and biking recommendations based on what our guests are looking for. We live and breathe all the incredible scenery and activities that Whistler has to offer; it is a special place that we are happy to share!

Do you have any advice for someone staying in a bed and breakfast for the first time?
If you don't enjoy the first one, try another! We are all so very different! If you know you do not want to share a bathroom, or if you like the option of eating in, or if you like to lounge around après-ski in your own space, we welcome you to choose a bed and breakfast like Belle Neige Suites: Whistler that features private kitchen suites with private entrances.

Innkeeper’s favorite Stash Tea?
There are so many favorites! But Moroccan Mint Green Tea would be our choice if we had to choose only one, closely followed by Lemon Ginger!