Right now I’m quietly chilling in a darkened hotel room while my daughters snore on a cozy sofa bed. Today we drove for about six hours to get from Windsor to Blue Mountain Resort, where my mom, my girls and I are visiting for a family orientated blogger retreat.
Let’s just start by saying that I knew this trip was going to rock from the get go. Everything I have seen and heard about Blue Mountain led me to believe this was going to be one amazing getaway. The point I’m trying to make is, I went into this with high expectations. Now here I sit at the end of our first day, and I am already blown away by how fantastic this place is.
And we’ve barely scratched the surface. We arrived late, around 7 pm, and checked into our room at the Westin Trillium House. This is actually the first time the girls have stayed in a hotel, and I worry they are going to be totally spoiled for future hotel stays. We are staying in a gorgeous two bedroom, two bathroom, suite. While every room at the Westin Trillium House includes a full kitchenette, ours also includes a generous dining and sitting area, and a lovely balcony with a view of the mountainside.
After dropping off our bags and freshening up a bit we took a stroll around the adjacent pedestrian village. We walked by the Plunge Aquatic Centre, which is one if the places we’re looking forward to visiting tomorrow. I had to pry G-Girl away from the plate glass windows. This is top of the list for Blue Mountain activities that she is excited about, so she was eager to sneak a peek at the water play area.
The majority of the shops in the village were closed for the night (it was after 8pm after all), but we enjoyed walking, looking in the windows, and picking out all the places we want to stop back in at later in our stay. I am utterly in love with the look of the village; the cobblestone pedestrian only streets, the colourful multi-story lodges and shops. I could have happily strolled around for longer but the kids were way past due for dinner so we made our way to the Firehall Pizza Co.
Again expectations were exceeded. We had stellar service. The waitress was fantastic with the girls, she listened, took their order and generally treated them like people. The food was delicious. The kids’ menu choices were solid, well beyond your typical chicken fingers and fries. The five year old had a stuffed pasta in blush sauce while the three year old had penne with Alfredo sauce. Both pasta dishes were served with a generous portion of Parmesan cheese on the side, which made my daughters ridiculously happy. I ordered a Calamari Po’Boy, a panini with calamari, coleslaw and spicy seafood sauce. So yummy! My mom had a personal pizza, and here’s the really cool part, they offered gluten free crust! My mom, who has celiac disease and follows a gluten-free diet, was delighted to be able to order a Gorgonzola and chorizo sausage pizza with a rice flour crust. I tried a bite and it was quite good. If I hadn’t known the pizza was gluten free, I don’t think I would have noticed.
After dinner, we made our way back to our room, got the girls tucked in for dreamland, and settled in for a little quiet time. And now, I need to get some shut eye because we have one amazing and busy day planned out for tomorrow. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!