I’ve been so excited to blog this weekend! For our anniversary we were able to spend a few days in Fairmont Hot Springs, BC and it couldn’t have been more perfect… it kinda felt like a second honeymoon. No work, no schedule, just a whole lot of relaxation and so much happiness. Let me take this moment to warn you about the oooverload of photos headed your way. ;)
Friday, we left Edmonton early in the morning. We had decided to take the route through Jasper so the trip took a liiittle longer than expected- we were on the road for about 9 hours. It started raining before we got to the park and eventually that rain turned into snow. The sun did peek out from behind the clouds a few times, but for the most part it was a very moody day- the kind that makes you want to curl up in a blanket with a book and something hot to drink… or sleep. I might have slept a few times. Oops. Anyway, Jasper was gorgeous. Like ‘I made Levi stop uncountable times so I could photograph something else’ gorgeous. Just look.
Looook at this handsome man!
We drove through quite the snowstorm in the top of the mountains…
…which turned into sunny skies by the time we reached Banff.
We made a quick stop outside of Fairmont to stretch our legs…
Finally, we made it to our villa and then went for supper. There weren’t any restaurants in town that we were familiar with, so we got to try a few new places. Friday evening, we went to a small restaurant- From Scratch. To be completely honest, we went in with pretty low expectations but by the time we got our drinks we were already impressed. Everything on the menu was made from local products… everything. I stepped out of my ‘comfort zone’ and ordered the duck confit. It was one of their specials for the evening and the owner highly recommended it… I was not disappointed. It was honestly one of the best meals I’ve ever had- I loved every bite.
On our way back to the villa, we passed some deer… we actually ended up seeing them every day somewhere around the town.
Saturday was our anniversary and it was pretty much perfect. We slept in late and watched our wedding video… I cried like a big baby. We spent the afternoon enjoying the sun on the patio… and the beautiful view from the patio.
That evening we decided to try the Hoodoo Grill and again- we were impressed. They were short staffed that evening so there was quite a bit of a wait for our food but they’d warned us of that before they seated us. We ordered quickly and then Levi downloaded checkers on his phone so we could play while we waited. I won. Because that’s obviously a super important detail. (really though, it is. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve beat him in a game.)
Our food was amazing. I’d stepped out of my comfort zone and ordered one of the specials for the evening again- steelhead trout. I was a little wary about ordering fish because I usually don’t like it, but this was amazing. I loved every bite. Levi ordered salmon and was equally impressed.
Supper took about two hours and it was around 9pm when we headed back to the villa… it was a beautiful drive.
On Sunday, we decided to get out and explore some of the area around the town. We looked around in a few stores in town and then headed out for a drive. Our first stop was Columbia Lake in Canal Flats. The lake was freeeezing so I didn’t go in any farther than my toes but the area was gorgeous.
We stopped by a creek on our way to the hot springs.
Look! A natural chair! It was actually super comfortable for being.. you know, a rock.
We took a little hike up to the natural hot springs near the resort. Levi had been to the hot springs before, but they were a lot… smaller this time than he remembered them. The minerals from the water have solidified and built up over the years and as a result there’s not much room for water anymore.
An old bathhouse that is fed by the hot springs…
We spent the rest of the afternoon back at Columbia Lake before heading to our villa for the evening.
Monday morning. There’s a sleeping husband somewhere in there.
We spent Monday at the resort pool. The pool is actually fed from the hot springs so the water was wonderfully warm and full of minerals. Levi said it made his skin feel weird; I loved it. We spent most of our afternoon just relaxing by the poolside in the sun. We got a liiiiittle sunburnt. Oops.
That evening, we decided to go back up to the natural hot springs to catch the sunset before we headed home the next day.
It was the perfect ending to a wonderful, wonderful weekend. I was a little sad to have to leave the next morning but oh so thankful for our time together. Fairmont Hot Springs was good to us.
Thanks for following along, friends!