EDITOR’S NOTE: This post on a romantic getaway to Whistler Creekside was originally written in 2019 and has been updated with new restaurants, coffee shops and retail stores, as well as fresh images and links.

When was the last time that you had a romantic getaway with your partner? If you can’t remember, then I’d say it’s a sign that you need to take one. Imagine a weekend stay where you’re surrounded by nature, steps away from Whistler Mountain, and within arm’s reach of a plethora of dining options. My husband, Shayne, and I recently had a romantic stay in Whistler Creekside, and it ticked all those boxes.

A shot of Creekside glowing at the base of Whistler Mountain in the winter.
Creekside glowing at the base of Whistler Mountain. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Hotel Heaven

Our dreamy adventure began when we checked into our Studio Lake View Suite at Nita Lake Lodge, located in Whistler’s Creekside area, a five-minute drive south of Whistler Village.

Not only did we love the calming lake view, but the fireplace, double-soaker tub and king-size bed were an integral part of setting the indulgent mood of our romantic escape to the mountains. This boutique hotel is beautiful.

A photo of Nita Lake Lodge from across the lake in winter.
Nita Lake Lodge is Whistler’s only lakeside hotel. PHOTO ELLIE WILLIAMS

There are six room types to choose from and every room option is exceptionally spacious with a contemporary, mountain-design feel. Nita has several great amenities such as a gym, spa, their own restaurant, bar and café.

A lakeside room at Nita Lake Lodge in Creekside Whistler.
The newly refurbished rooms at Nita Lake Lodge. PHOTO NITA LAKE LODGE

Not only that, but they also offer complimentary use of snowshoes, sleds and fat bikes (bikes with huge tires to tackle the snow) and a courtesy shuttle to Whistler Village. We quickly found our fluffy, green robes and made ourselves at home.

Spa Time

I’m a massageaholic, so I booked us in for a 60-minute, deep tissue, couple’s massage at The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge. Nothing is more fun than strutting around in a fluffy hotel robe, am I right? Before our massage, we enjoyed a sunset soak in their hot tubs, which offer a stunning view of Whistler Mountain. We also snuck in a quick steam and a relaxing cup of organic, herbal tea in their plush spa lounge.

Two people enjoy Nita Lake Lodge's rooftop hot tub in the winter overlooking the mountains.
Hot tub time with views over the mountains. PHOTO TYLER REVELLE

The treatment turned us both to jelly. While descending back to planet earth, we debated getting pizza from nearby, local-favourite Creekbread, so that we could eat dinner in bed, but I’d packed a great dinner outfit and wanted to dress up – sorry Shayne, no pizza for you!

A photo of a woman looking very relaxing while having a head massage at the spa at Nita Lake Lodge.

Dinner Date

We went to The Den at the hotel, which is known for its use of fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Our intimate dining experience included Yellowfin Tuna and BC Salmon Poke, which melted in our mouths.

Shayne dined on the tender Duck Confit Linguine and I chose the juicy Grilled AAA Striploin, both paired with wine suggestions from our server. Although challenging, it’s imperative to save room for dessert, which is something that we regrettably didn’t do.

A shot of people dining at The Den at Nita Lake Lodge.
Fresh, local produce with lots of vegetarian and vegan options on The Den’s menu. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

If you want to continue revelling into the evening, the Cure Lounge has an incredible cocktail list, but our after-dinner food coma directed us to our cloud-like bed rather early!

INSIDER TIP: Besides The Den, other intimate dinner spots in Creekside include the Mekong, Rimrock Café and Red Door Bistro — we recommend making reservations, as these places are popular.

Lakeside Strolls

Waking up to the daylight flowing through the blinds, we eased into the day with a coffee beside the fireplace. Nita Lake Lodge is the perfect location for a morning stroll, with various paths to explore that weave around both Nita Lake and Alpha Lake.

Make sure to pause and drink in your beautiful surroundings while out for a stroll. PHOTO OLA KROL

Our walk was followed by breakfast at The Fix, which is located in the hotel and known for its gourmet coffees, locally-made pastries, artisan bread, and gluten-free options.

Another breakfast option, which is just up the street, is Southside Diner, which has a bit more of an eggs-and-bacon approach to the first meal of the day. There’s also the new Rockit Coffee, which has breakfast wraps, smoothies and pastries. You can grab and go, but the funky, 70s rock decor makes for a cool breakfast vibe.

Mountain Fun

Nita Lake Lodge is only 500 metres from the new Creekside Gondola, which whisks you up Whistler Mountain. With a rental store and guest relations building right at the base, you can get everything you need without leaving Creekside.

The Creekside Gondola just over the snowy bridge in Creekside Village.
The new, 10-person, Creekside Gondola opened in 2023. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

If your ski legs are up for it then check out the Peak to Creek run, an 11-kilometre (seven-mile) ski run from the top of Whistler Mountain all the way down to Creekside.

INSIDER TIP: At the top of Peak Chair there’s a great photo opportunity by the inukshuk.

Après Options

Sometimes I think people go skiing just so they can après, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Creekside is home to legendary après spot, Dusty’s Bar and BBQ. If you’re looking for one of the best Caesars in town and to bust a move while the tunes are pumping, then this is the spot for you. If you’re a sports-loving couple, you don’t have to worry about missing a game because you can après at Roland’s Creekside Pub, with its nine flat-screen TVs.

If you’re after a crafted cocktail along with some Thai bites, Mekong opens for après from 3 to 5 PM on Saturdays and Sundays in peak winter. Their Mekong Caesar has a unique, Thai twist and we love it with a serving of Popcorn Maitake Mushrooms and Soft Shell Crab Papaya Salad.

Five colourful cocktails in a row at Nita Lake Lodge.
A colourful selection of The Cure’s cocktails. PHOTO NITA LAKE LODGE / ELLIE WILLIAMS

When you’re craving a cozy experience after your mountain adventure, Cure Lounge, located at Nita Lake Lodge, is where you want to be. The couches right beside the fireplace are my favourite spot to sip on mulled wine, which I like to pair with Cure’s Parmesan Fries. Read more about Cure’s cocktails in Whistler’s Must-Try Winter Cocktails.

INSIDER TIP: The Caesar is considered a classic Canadian cocktail, and Dusty’s offers three to choose from: The Dusty’s Legendary Caesar, the Horse with No Shame, and The Smokepit Caesar. It never hurts to try all three! For more Caesar suggestions take a look at: A Whistler Tour de Caesar.

Retail Fix

Get the Goods is the place to go for unusual, locally sourced gifts and keepsakes. They have everything from table and lawn games to Riedel glassware and cocktail shakers, children’s toys and skincare to funky sunglasses and jewellery. It’s like Aladdin’s cave in there!

A snowy shot of Franz's Stroll in Creekside Village, lit by fairy lights.
Franz’s Stroll in Creekside Village is a lovely place to explore. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

There’s also a lovely interior design store called 122 West, where you could definitely get carried away imagining what you’d buy for your own mountain chalet pad.

ART POP Whistler is run by local artist, Andrea Mueller and is a beautiful space packed with her nature-inspired artwork along with clothing, jewellery and other whimsical keepsakes and gifts. It’s good to note she also does events (adult and kid), which could make for a unique date night.

It’s also worth noting that there’s both a grocery and liquor store for any little bits and bobs you might want to grab.

A wintery shot of the snow-clad Nita Lake Lodge as seen from the lake in Creekside.
The lodge sits on the frozen shores of Nita Lake. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

The hardest part about staying at Nita Lake Lodge was checking out. Waking up beside a glacier-fed lake and to the peaceful sounds of nature reminded me that not only was this vacation important for Shayne and me, but it was, in fact, perfect for my soul.

Valentine’s Day is coming up, but who needs an excuse to whisk your other half away for a mountain getaway? Let the team at Whistler.com help you plan your stay – the romance is up to you! If you’re a BC or Washington resident make sure you sign up for Whistler Rewards for deals, discounts and perks you can’t get anywhere else. Read more about Creekside in our Insider’s Guide to Whistler Creekside.

Book your winter trip now to secure up to 25% off lodging and 33% off rentals. Thinking about spring skiing? Receive a $75 après voucher for every third night booked.

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