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en route to PembertonAlthough I have been luxuriating in deep, sound sleeps, my internal clock keeps waking me up at 6:30. The first thing on my mind is a steaming hot cup of coffee and cream, and luckily the kitchenette comes with a coffee maker and a daily supply of filter coffee. We brought the cream.

On this fifth day of my stay at the Westin, the sun streamed in through the shutters. The predicted weather was sunshine with a high around 20ºC and...

Snow on the peaks in JulyI visit Whistler, BC in the summer  of 2011 to check out whether it lives up to its international reputation for consistent fine dining experiences - and it definitely does. 

Farmer's market cherriesI also check out the spa scene and walking trails, as well as the Peak to Peak Gondola ride.

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A Peak to Peak CabinAfter several rather grey and overcast mornings, Thursday dawned with a clear sky and my IPhone told me that there was going to be a temperature high of around 20º in Whistler. It was definitely the day for us to do the Peak to Peak Gondola ride.

The Peak to Peak Gondola connects Whistler and Blackcomb mountains on a 4.4 kilometre long ride. Opened in December 2008,  it breaks three world records. Supported by only four towers, two on each...

I was up by 7 as usual and brewing coffee. Breakfast for the second day was a bowl of Liberté the tempting Pure breads baking listMediterranean yogurt, thick and creamy, with blue berries and strawberries. Then while my friend headed off for a golf lesson at Whistler Golf  Club Driving Range, I settled down to catch up on my writing.

By 11:30 we were ready to head out on an exploratory walk around the village to see what was open for lunch. We wandered...

the aesthetics chairs in Avello SpaTuesday dawned overcast and grey but I was optimistic that the sun would be busting through the clouds a little later. After coffee and  a breakfast of yogurt and berries, I went off to the Avello Spa to be indulged!

At the Avello Spa they were offering a special treatment deal for a paraffin wax manicure and pedicure. I was greeted by the reception staff and then Aiko, a delightful young aesthetician originally from Osaka, came to show me...

View of the village from our balconyWith a five night stay booked  at the Whistler Westin Resort and Spa, I thought this would be an ideal chance to check out the renowned restaurants that have established Whistler's reputation for fine dining. There is a core group that have been the "must go to" restaurants for years, and I was curious to see whether they were still as good as ever.

With only four evenings  free for dining out I had to make some choices....

Arctic CharAraxi
4222 Whistler Village Square
Whistler, BC
Ph: (604) 932-4540  or Reserve online at OpenTable

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Araxi was the fourth of the major restaurants that are synonymous with fine dining in Whistler, that we could try on this brief five day visit.

A five minute walk from our hotel in the village,  Araxi's patio seating looked inviting with its white table cloths and comfortable-looking chairs.  Despite the lingering sunshine, we opted to...

goat cheese frittersLa Rua
4557 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, BC.
Ph: (604) 932-5011   or Reserve Online at OpenTable

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For our dinner at La Rua we were joined by our friend, Hilary, a talented chef who had prepared a great brunch for us at her home,on our second day in Whistler.

the view from our table...

warm mushroom salad Rimrock Cafe
2117  Whistler Road,
Whistler
Ph: (604) 932-5565 or Reserve Online at OpenTable

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Rimrock Cafe is the first of the fine dining restaurants that I am visiting for  my Destination Whistler: Five Days of Fine Dining story. We had a reservation for 6 PM and the Shuttle bus from the Westin Resort and Spa dropped us off at the restaurant, shortly before 6 PM....

foie grasFraîche
2-2240 Chippendale Road
West Vancouver
Ph: (604) 925-7595  or Reserve Online

Fraiche Restaurant on Urbanspoon

I had been meaning to get across to West Vancouver to visit Fraîche for at least a year. By the time I got there for lunch last week, there had  been a changing of the guard - chef, I mean. Chef Jefferson Alvarez, whose food I enjoyed on a pre-show visit to Divino Wine...

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