13 June 2013

Canada Wine Country & Mountain Anniversary - Part One

Dave and I opted to spend our 3rd anniversary in the mountains...again!  Our first anniversary was spent on the shores of Tofino, our second in the mountains of Colorado and our third in the mountains and wine country of British Columbia.

After Dave high-fived me at the finish line of the Rocky Mountain Soap Company run in Canmore, we stopped off for a quick lunch at Communitea.  We needed to fill our bellies before heading deeper into the mountains!  After a delicious quinoa salad and some lovely mugs of tea, we hit the road...heading north past Banff before heading west toward Golden where we would spend the first night of our journey.

The mountains were absolutely spectacular!  There is nothing I love more than marveling at these giant pieces of earth jutting into the sky!  The sharp ridge lines slashed against the clouds and created the perfect panorama for a road trip.  With CBC on the radio and long conversations at hand, we cruised through the mountains pointing out waterfalls and rock formations along the way.

Golden is an awesome (and at this time of year, sleepy!) little town.  We headed to the Canyon Ridge Lodge, a bed and breakfast we stayed at for the night and were greeted by the most amazing owner ever!  The accommodations were cozy and warm and the hot tub out back promised a relaxing dip later that evening.  After a brief snooze in our comfy bed, we headed out to fill our bellies once again and did just that at the Whitetooth Mountain Bistro where we had the place to ourselves.  With a clink of our wine glasses we dug into our dinners and savoured the fact that we were on vacation.

The next morning, we rose early and joined others at the breakfast table for a spread of fruit, cereals and eggs made to order (if you wanted them!).  I munched on fruit and Dave had an english muffin.  The conversation with the other two couples around the table varied from our travels to gardening tips.  In all, it was a fantastic experience and we definitely would stay there again! 

After that, we got back on the road to continue from Golden on to Kelowna...but that will be the next post!

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