The seasons have finally (finally!) turned, and the itch for some rest and relaxation is becoming almost too much to bare. After all, you work hard and deserve a pause, whether it’s for a night, a couple days, or even a week. Since the question of where to go – and subsequently where you should stay when get there – is almost as important as when you can find some time off, we’ve narrowed down five notable getaways within driving distance of the Calgary area.
Emerald Lake Lodge
Where: 20 minutes west of Lake Louise in Yoho National Park | 403-410-7417
Why: This beautiful and secluded lodge is a perfect fit for a quiet, romantic retreat. Recently voted one of the top 2 resorts in Canada in the 2010 Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards, the Emerald Lake Lodge is not your average getaway. Crystal clear (but oh-so-cold) turquoise waters and absolute silence await you.
What: When you’re not taking in the pristine peace and quiet, be sure to dine at Cilantro on the Lake.
Chateau Lake Louise
Where: 111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, Alberta | 1-866-540-4413
Why: If it’s luxury you’re after, look no further than the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. A signature Fairmont property overlooking beautiful Lake Louise, it doesn’t get much better than this. Home to one of Fairmont’s notable Willow Stream Spas, with easy access to many recreational activities (canoeing on the lake, anyone?), the Chateau is a brilliant choice for relaxation.
What: If you’re in an educational state of mind, check out the Mountain Heritage Summer Adventures programs, and leave your vacay with interesting stories, beautiful pictures, and a new appreciation for the World Heritage Site next door, Banff National Park.
Where: 9th Avenue and Centre Street, Calgary | 403-264-8990
Why: Maybe a drive isn’t your thing – we don’t blame you – or perhaps you’re only in the market for one night away. Busy young professionals can indulge in a beautiful staycation right here in Calgary at the new Le Germain Hotel. Founded on comfort, impeccable service, and absolute elegance, this hotel is also on the leading edge in environmental sensitivity.
What: Dine at one of Calgary’s best new restaurants, Charcut Roast House, without even leaving the building.
Jasper Park Lodge
Where: Old Lodge Road, Jasper, Alberta | 1-866-540-4454
Why: The Jasper Park Lodge is an often-forgotten but not-to-be-missed resort getaway location. Cruise the Maligne Lake, tour the Columbia Ice Fields, or ride Canada’s longest aerial tramway through Jasper National Park. If it’s privacy you’re after, the Lodge offers luxury signature cabins for those extra special (or “just because”) occasions.
What: Check out the shiny new 10,000 sq. ft. spa, which just ranked in the Top 10 Best Resort Spas in Canada by Conde Nast Traveler.
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
Where: 5225 Fairmont Resort Road, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC | 1-800-663-4979
Why: Busy young professional parents will love the family-friendliness of this getaway, which includes a waterpark, horseback riding and pony rides, kayaking and family hiking and biking. Not to be confused with the Fairmont line of hotels, this Fairmont, British Columbia resort also offers both full and half-day camps for kids of all ages so you can slip away to one of the many golf courses in the area.
What: If air travel is your thing, the resort airport is available year round and can accommodate both private and charter jets.