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It was a warm fall September day and we were sitting around the kitchen table dreaming of a Whistler girls’ weekend. The logistics of getting 7 women together isn’t easy so we set forth a date and let everyone know to put it in their calendar as a “non-negotiable” must-attend weekend. The months flew by and when June was finally here all of us were buzzing with excitement as we planned the final stages of our getaway.

Our goal was simple, “Whistler, whatever YOU want it to be”. We created an active weekend where all members of our group could partake in as many (or as few) adventures as they wanted to. The result? The ultimate Whistler Girls Weekend.

The Destination

Whistler VillageI’ve always had a love affair with Whistler, heck, I was even married there! The town offers the ability to spend all day outside exploring world-class destinations with amazing hotels to come home to at the end of an adventure-filled day. Unwinding in the hot tub, getting cozy by a fire, refuelling with treats and eats, and then a village full of restaurants and nightlife for your evening adventures!

A 2-hour picturesque drive from Vancouver, along the edge of Howe Sound and through the Coast Mountains, Whistler is the ultimate destination for anyone looking to explore the outdoors.

For more information on Whistler and to book your adventure tickets and lodging in advance, click here!

Where to Stay

Aava hotel lobby Whistler Girls WeekendI regularly get asked where to stay in Whistler and hands down my favourite hotel is the Aava Hotel. It’s perfect for families, groups, and women’s retreats in Whistler! Here are 5 reasons this hotel stands out above the rest:

Location

Aava hotel entrance Whistler Girls WeekendLocated 10 feet from the village, this hotel gives you all the conveniences of being IN the village without the noise or foot traffic of actually staying in the Village.

Rooms

Living room area in Aava hotelThe beautifully renovated rooms are larger than many other hotel rooms. We prefer to rent the two-bedroom suite which offers two full private hotel rooms on either side of a large communal room. We slept 7 in our room and had plenty of room with 4 beds, 3 bathrooms, a large dining room table, and a full kitchen! By far the best value and experience you’ll have in the village.

Hot Tub & Pool

Jami Savage doing a cannon ball in the pool on her Whistler Girls WeekendThere’s nothing like sinking into a hot tub to soak after a long day of hiking and biking. Throw on your bathing suit, cozy into a robe, and hit the deck for some poolside fun (including cannonballs!). When you’re all warmed up you can unwind around the fire pit in the big comfortable loungers. If you’ve got a big group you can also use the deck side long table and cook your own dinner on the BBQ! So many outdoor entertaining ideas!

VIP Treatment for Mountain Bikers

Jami Savage with mountain bike from Aava hotel on her Whistler Girls WeekendThe moment you pull up to check into the hotel, your bikes are given white-glove treatment. The bike valet team carefully helps you unload your bikes, tags them and takes them down to secure storage until you’re ready to hit the park. Not only that, but they have all the tools and cleaning stations you could need, and fun extras like free go-pro rentals to capture all your adventures! Check out more about why we think the Aava is the best hotel for mountain bikers here.

Malin + Goetz Shower

Jami Savage taking a selfie in the tub on her Whistler Girls WeekendWhen it was time to get cleaned up and ready to head out, we all really enjoyed the Malin + Goetz products. These aromatic products, designed for sensitive skin, left us all with soft skin and smelling great! We also loved that the products were directly installed into the shower, meaning less waste, no little bottles and also no limits on if you needed a bit of extra conditioner for long curly hair!

What to Do

We quickly coined the hashtag for the weekend as #WhistlerOurWay and wanted to cram as many outdoor adventures into our weekend as possible. This meant an action-packed itinerary and everyone could partake in as many, or as few adventures as possible!

Want to learn more, including how to secure your tickets for adventures in advance, click here!

Morning Cruise

Women on mountain bikes in WhistlerTo get us warmed up for our adventures, we took advantage of Aava’s free bike rentals and went on a quick one-hour loop around Lost Lake. Whether you use Aava’s free bike rentals or need to rent your own bikes, the local riding is well-marked and easily accessible for beginner bikers (and yet scenic and fun enough for riders of all levels). The trails are well marked and you could spend the whole day exploring different areas around Whistler if you wanted to.

Tip: If Aava doesn’t have any rentals available (as they are first come first serve), we highly recommend heading over to Gateway Bike Rentals. They are one of the most welcoming businesses I’ve ever been into and will quickly get you on the right bike for your day!

Hike to See the Sights

Brandywine FallsWe took a stroll through the Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, first checking out the stunning 70-meter waterfall. Next, we passed through several different ecosystems and trekked up to a large bridge which acts as a base camp for Whistler bungee jumping. It was the perfect spot for a quick refuel and some people watching as they threw themselves off the bridge! We continued to walk up to the suspension bridge at the Cal-Cheak Recreation Site and then did a loop back towards the falls. While it wasn’t a challenging hike, as there was very little climbing, it was a long loop which covered 10 km and took us about 2.5 hours.

Tip: Be prepared! It was really hot, especially in the areas where there was no tree cover, so make sure you’re wearing sunscreen, have food and water and your essential ten items.

Whistler Bike Park

Jami Savage on Whistler bike trail for her Whistler Girls Weekend“I thought I’d spend a lot more time being scared, instead I spent the whole day having fun!” ~Sarah. Sarah is an intermediate rider and the thought of riding the Whistler Bike Park was somewhat intimidating, but she was willing to try it anyway! After getting up there and seeing how many accessible trails there were, from “easy down” greens, to blues and blacks, the progression of being able to comfortably go at your own pace made for a fun day!

Tips:
#1 – Know how to change your own tire! I popped mine and had to get help… lots of people are very kind and willing to help, but I should have been more self-sufficient.
#2 – Know your bear safety rules. We shared the bike park with a local bear and while it was not confrontational at all, we still wanted to give it lots of space and make sure that we were respecting it and its environment.
#3 – Wear Gloves! One of the most challenging things about going to an all-downhill park is the vibration on your hands and how much you burn out your hand muscles from gripping the brakes so hard. Rent or buy gloves if you’re heading into the park!

Retail Therapy

Jami Savage shopping on her Whistler Girls WeekendAfter we had showered off the bug spray, sunscreen and dirt, we headed into the village for an afternoon of retail shopping. I love hanging out in the stores with all the mountain biking gear and picking up a few things for my kids and my husband. The other ladies loved being able to shop at stores like Lululemon, The Gap and Roots and found some amazing sales! When we weren’t shopping on our Whistler girls’ weekend we had fun in the village window shopping and people-watching!

Food

Mexican dinner in Whistler With so many restaurants and eateries to choose from, there truly is something to satisfy all tastes. We found an amazing Mexican place for dinner on Friday when we arrived for our Whistler girls’ weekend. And while some of us hit the Whistler Bike Park on our last morning in Whistler, the other ladies enjoyed their relaxing morning by having brunch on a sunny patio while people-watching and reminiscing about the adventures from the day before, all while reconnecting with each other.

Dinner and Dancing

Group of women on a Whistler Girls WeekendOn Saturday night we were in full girl’s night out mode! We all left our phones at the hotel and headed over to Stonesedge Kitchen for some delicious local food and then down to Buffalo Bills for some dancing. We ended up being on the dance floor for 2.5 hours (even though it felt like 20 minutes) as the DJ was amazing and kept the dance floor packed all night long!

Let’s Be Honest… Getting Away Isn’t Always Easy!

While we all knew that we WANTED to do a Whistler girls’ weekend, being able to make it happen can sometimes be a whole other challenge. Especially for business owners and moms, making the time to get away can seem like an impossible task. When we were putting together this blog and interviewing everyone who came out, we all felt the need to emphasize the value of why weekends like this are so important and also provide you with tools on how to make it happen.

Why Women’s Weekend Getaways Are Important:

Group of women relaxing around the pool on a Whistler Girls WeekendIn today’s society we are all too busy, have too much on our plates and not enough time for recreation or socialization. Getting away from our daily lives allowed us to:

  1. Relax and rejuvenate
  2. Socialize without interruption
  3. Be physically active
  4. Get in some downtime – including sleeping in!
  5. Be away from home 
  6. Take part in fun, different, and inspiring activities
  7. Reconnect with nature
  8. Build relationships with your tribe – We all know that it takes a village to raise a family, run a business, and thrive. This weekend away allowed us to deepen our relationships with each other, invest in each other and lift each other up.
  9. Role model for our children – We know the benefits of socializing for our children but often don’t prioritize it for ourselves. Being able to show our children that we have friends and social life, and making time for it is truly practicing what you preach. It is showing your kids that maintaining positive friendships is just as important as an adult, as it is as a child.

How to Plan Your Own Successful Whistler Girls Weekend:

Jami Savage and friends waiting for bike lift on their Whistler Girls Weekend

  1. Plan Ahead – Seems obvious, but with people’s busy schedules, get your dates picked out and set in stone as early as possible. Don’t forget to book your tickets in advance for your incredible adventures and lodging, click here!
  2. Carpool – Start your adventures as soon as you leave home. This is more environmentally friendly and allows you to share in the excitement of getting to your destination together. If you can’t carpool or someone has to arrive late we recommend taking the bus up. With the centrally located bus loop and a lot of direct bus lines, it makes for a cost-effective trip.
  3. Bring Food – We loved staying at the Aava where we had a kitchen in the hotel room and could do potluck breakfasts, appies, drinks, and more together. This saved money and made for a more social, laid-back trip.
  4. “Free” Activities – Hiking, biking, exploring local destinations, Whistler has a LOT of free activities for women to explore.
  5. Guilt-Free – When we first started going on adventure weekends many moms felt guilty. Guilty that they were leaving their kids. That they were spending money on themselves instead of their family. That they were inconveniencing family and friends with childcare. Guilty that they should be working or cleaning their house. After going on more and more adventures, we all realize that this investment is so important and we want to empower other women to make time for more adventures in their lives.
  6. Find Your Tribe – Whatever it is you love to do, find your tribe so that you can do more of it in your life. Whether it’s being outdoors like me or crafting, or bowling… find people in common so that you don’t miss out on those opportunities to follow your passion!

We all left this weekend feeling relaxed, energized, reconnected, grounded, empowered, and grateful and returned back to our families and businesses refreshed and inspired and ready to tackle daily life again. We are all still buzzing from the epic weekend we had in Whistler and we are all looking at our calendars and brainstorming our next adventure-filled weekend away!

Want to see more of our Whistler girls’ weekend? Check out this video!

Have you gone on a women’s weekend away? Where did you go? We’d love to hear your suggestions!

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Is this a sponsored post?: While portions of our Whistler girls weekend were graciously sponsored, all of the reviews are our own. We truly know the value of women taking time for themselves and wanted to share our ideas so other women have the tools to plan their own weekends away with the girls!