Do + Dine at Deer Lodge

Tiffany Burns Lake Louise Ski Resort BanffThe glorious, awe-inspiring Canadian Rockies! This is the view from the top of the gondola at Lake Louise Ski Resort, which is still open — until May 8th. To my right, you can see the lake which this part of Banff (Canada’s first national park) was named for. The lake, and Deer Lodge, our digs for the weekend, are both only five minutes from the bottom of the hill.Lake Louise April 2016The famous turquoise glacier-fed water is already starting to appear through the rink that  I played hockey on in February. The paths around the lake are in good conditions for a hike…Deer Lodge in Lake Louise… but after a day of snowboarding, apres-ski at Deer Lodge, just down the road, is more tempting.view from the hot tub at Lake Louise's Deer LodgeFirst up, into the rooftop hot tub, for a gorgeous view of the sunset over the Rockies. You can just make out the Beehive, a roundish mountain next to Lake Agnes teahouse, a beautiful hike to do in the summer. Meanwhile, this truly is a hot tub time machine, because afterward you’ll find yourself inside Deer Lodge, which is like going back to 1925, the year it opened.Caribou at Deer Lodge in Lake LouiseTilt back your glass at the bar and you’ll see this guy, which makes perfect sense, because you’re in the Caribou Lounge. Just because you’re in a UNESCO World Heritage Site doesn’t mean you can’t get a decent drink.Rocky Mountain Charcuterie Platter Deer LodgeAfter a day of snowboarding it only made sense to apres with a charcuterie platter. It’s something of a specialty at Deer Lodge, because parent company Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts raises its own elk, bison and beef.Bighorn Sheep Lake LouiseNow that your tummy is primed for food, mosey by the bighorn to the Mount Fairview Dining Room.Grilled Alberta Beef at Deer LodgeThe Grilled Alberta Beef with parmesan frites is delectable.Deer Lodge great room and fireplaceIf you have room for desert, I highly recommend moving to the Great Room and having it in front of the fire. There is no room service at the hotel, but you’re welcome to bring your own drinks or nibbles up to your room. Ours had an incredible view — check it out.Tiffany Burns Lake LouiseWhat a wonderful weekend! See you next year, Deer Lodge! Besos

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