Date Nights // Whistler Getaway

Happy February! It's "date night" month with The Bright Lights! We're going to highlight some of our favorite dates so far this year, and hopefully inspire some fun ideas for you and your special someone! (If you haven't already, check out our previous blog explaining more about this month's theme and our passion for intentional dates!)

I'm excited to share this date experience with you! I have been wanting to go away for a night for the past couple months! I was just itching to do something remote, quiet and peaceful. Coming into 2015, Sam and I both knew we were in for a busy first couple months. With a combination of school, work, events, meetings and weddings, I knew that I wanted a night away!

For my birthday Sam surprised me and planned a trip to the Scandinavian Spa in Whistler and an overnight stay in Squamish! I was ecstatic!! 

If you're able to get away for a night, this is a great place to feel like you're far away without the hassle of flying! (Unless you're not from the Vancouver area!)

Before we left, we had to make a coffee run. A must before we go on any road trip! It was SO lovely not having to rush anywhere. We were able to sit down for a few minutes, sip on our drinks before we left for our 2 hour drive. 

One of the best things about driving the sea to sky highway is the view along the way. Once you pass North Vancouver, the view is just spectacular. 

It was a pretty foggy day, but the slight fog over the water and the trees just made it that much more mysterious. If you get a chance to drive up that highway on a summer day, take some time to stop at the viewpoints to enjoy the views along the way. It is absolutely breathtaking! 

Sam had booked us a night stay at a Bed & Breakfast in Squamish called The Highlands Bed & Breakfast. This was going to be my first time ever experiencing a Bed & Breakfast! The weekend we had gone up to Whistler was also an American holiday. Instead of being immersed in the big crowds we decided to stay in Squamish which is about a 45 minute drive away to be able to get away from the crowd at the end of the night. It was so nice heading back somewhere quiet and remote.

We arrived at the Highlands Bed & Breakfast first to check in and drop off our bags. We were greeted by the friendliest woman who ran the Bed & Breakfast. She showed us up to our suite. Everything was impressively clean, tidy and felt very welcoming. We had a room with a balcony so we had a spectacular view of the mountains. The room had a nice big bathroom in it with a jacuzzi tub and a separate shower. After seeing the jacuzzi tub I knew I wanted to take advantage of it before we left!

Our view from our suite! (This doesn't do it justice!)

Our view from our suite! (This doesn't do it justice!)

A little selfie on the balcony before we left for Whistler! We hopped back in the car after dropping off our bags at the Bed & Breakfast, 45 minutes later we started seeing more snow and successfully arrived at Whistler Village. 

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We went straight into the village, and had to make one important stop! (Aside from a coffee stop) we walked right away to grab some beavertails!

Sam and I walked around the village for a bit before we went for an early dinner. We stopped by a local restaurant in the area and grabbed a few things to eat! 

Our next stop was what I had been anticipating for! The Scandinavian Spa! I've heard lots of great things about it, but I haven't had a chance to check it out until now. The Scandinavian Spa is located a few minutes outside of Whistler Village. Once you drive up, you walk through the cutest pathway through a forest to get to the Spa. 

Even before you get into the Spa, you have an amazing view of it from the entrance. It's quite beautiful and it made me so much more excited to start! 

For those who are unfamiliar with the Scandinave Spa it's a form of hydrotherapy where it's alternating hot and cold water. This helps improve elimination of toxins, decreases inflammation and stimulates circulation. Hydrotherapy treatments include saunas, steam baths, hot baths, and cold plunges. natural way of de-stressing with a process of entering hot and cold baths with a time of relaxation.

Sam and I arrived at 4pm to experience the baths first and he had booked us RMT massages at 8pm. This worked out perfectly for us, because after our massages we were ready to head back and enjoy the rest of the evening. Saying I was incredibly relaxed is an understatement. 

After experiencing the Scandinave Spa for the first time, I became a huge fan! I absolutely love being able to experience something new with Sam. What was nice was that we were able to also enjoy each other's company throughout. It didn't take away from our time together, but I felt that we were able to invest more into our relationship by not having a specific agenda for the day but purely relaxing. 

At first 4 hours in the baths seemed like a long time for me, but when we were there the time went by fairly quickly. By the time you were wrapping up, you can feel a difference in your muscles and mind - I wanted to keep going! 

Men, if you're trying to think of a good anniversary date, getaway, just because date - this would be a good one! You would definitely have to plan ahead because they do book up quickly, but if you live in the lower mainland you don't have to stay in Whistler or Squamish overnight, you can still make it back home at a reasonable hour and have had a great time away!

I know we're definitely going to come back. :)