Roam+Board :: Nita Lake Lodge

[trip style = weekend getaway]

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What In a sea of mega mountain resorts, Nita Lake Lodge is a quiet, lakeside retreat with boutique appeal. Think cool, alpine comfort, chiseled by color and a touch of library-chic.

Case in point: two-tone wood tables flirt with faux-fur pillow-topped traditional black velvet and brown leather seating. All huddling around a giant stone fireplace, this environs is exactly where you want to sip a cedar-infused rye sour {seriously, highly recommended} après one of Whistler's zillion summer or winter pursuits.

And speaking of fireplaces, every one of the 77 oversized rooms---a minimum of 550sf in size---share this cozy commonality. Rarely do I want to crack open a book in my hotel room, but the dancing flames and lake views demand it.

In the eve, refuel at Nita's Aura Restaurant. Written up by food critics from Vancouver to New York, chef Mike Guy creates modern Pacific, farm-to-table meals, each with a story of the field where the Pemberton potatoes were sourced or the straight where the fresh halibut was caught.

Off the beaten path from Whistler's condo clusters, the Nita Lake Lodge is close enough to the action, yet as far away as you want it to be.

Where Shoreside at Nita Lake in Whistler {near Creekside gondola}, about a one-and-a-half-hour drive or a three-hour luxury train ride {summer season only} from Vancouver, BC.

When Picturesque year round. Summer and winter buzz, while spring and fall are quieter lending themselves to a rejuvenating trip style = weekend retreat.

Who/Why Library-chic matches your horn-rimmed spectacles.

Cost Summer rates start at $149/night and include wifi, breakfast {if you book through the hotel direct}, use of hotel bicycles, a resort shuttle operating seven days a week from 7am - 11pm, access to the fitness center and the spa's sauna and steam room. Fido can stay for $25 extra per night.

{Trip Styler Tip :: If you'd like to surprise a special someone with a trip style = luxe + active escape, check out the Summer Rail Package {$659/person} combining a two-night stay with a return rail journey from North Vancouver aboard the Rocky Mountaineer's glass-domed coach, a stand-up paddle board lesson by REO Rafting on Nita Lake and a $180 Aura Restaurant dining credit.}

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[photos taken by @tripstyler when a guest of Nita Lake Lodge]