Just under a month ago, Dave and I had the privilege of heading up to Blue Mountain courtesy of Ford Canada. You may know that I have partnered with Ford before to check out some of their current models, and this time around we got to test drive the 2018 Ford EcoSport! A compact SUV with an EcoBoost® engine that auto start-stops when you’re not using it (for example sitting at a red light)! It has a beautiful 8-inch touchscreen display that makes it easy to navigate GPS, control your music, and even allows setup for voice-control before you take off on your trip.
Although not my favourite Ford vehicle we have ever driven, the Ecosport definitely was the most eco-friendly and compact SUV we’ve had a chance to drive with Ford. It was a smooth ride, even on the snowy/icy roads on the way to Blue Mountain! That is definitely something that is important to me as a Mom – to have a reliable car in the winter.
Thankfully, Dave and I were able to get away child-free for some necessary “us time,” but the Ecosport would definitely be carseat friendly as well! We were so excited to arrive at the Westin Trillium House in the heart of Blue Mountain Village and stay in a beautiful 1-bedroom suite boasting high ceilings, a kitchenette, fireplace, and a view of the mountain side. After arriving, we decided to check out C&A Steak Company – a restaurant in the village – for dinner. As with most things in the village (being a touristy spot!) it was an expensive meal. We brought our own wine (a bottle we purchased in NOTL at Trius Winery) that we’d be saving for a special occasion. The corking fee was $30 – not awful, not great – but we really enjoyed our bottle so it was worthwhile. They do, however, have quite an extensive wine list with lots of vintage wines available if you are a connoisseur. The service was wonderful, and Dave thoroughly enjoyed his striploin. I ordered the filet mignon with lobster and was surprised to find Dave’s steak more tender than mine. It was still tasty, but for the price point I was a bit disappointed. Either way, it was a dinner out just the two of us and we definitely enjoyed ourselves!
We decided we wanted to hit up the outdoor hot tubs at the Westin before doing anything else, so we wandered back over to the hotel to change into our swim suits. There are 2 outdoor hot tubs (one is actually more like a pool in size!) available for guests of the hotel. After spending a bit of time there, we thought we might head out to the village but once we got back to the room and collapsed onto the very comfortable bed, we fell asleep almost immediately (can you tell we’re parents???).
The next morning we decided to wake up early (it was a tough call not sleeping in!!) so that we could make it to the Scandinave Spa before it opened to be in line for entry. If you’ve never been to the Scandinave Spa, let me first tell you that YOU NEED TO GO. It is an experience like no other. And because of that, the lineup to get in (there is a quota for how many people can be there at one time) can sometimes be long and start early. Okay, okay, let me paint the picture for you: multiple outdoor hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms to warm up in to escape the cold winter air. Follow that with a quick dip into one of the cold plunge pools and then relax in one of the areas provided: muskoka chairs by an outdoor fire, hammocks, warm indoor spaces with lounging chairs. Then repeat the process as many times as you want. $65 gives you entry to the baths, and if you can plan your trip far enough in advance you can also book a massage (which gives you automatic entry to the baths). Pro tip – either bring on rent a big cozy robe for your walks in between “stations” – it’s very worth it!
After spending several hours in the quiet tranquility of the spa (and a few treats in the cafe later!), we decided to hit the village before heading home since we had fallen asleep early the night before! We wanted to check out the new Northwinds Pub because it looked really cool, but the wait for a table was longer than we had. Looking back I wish we had just stayed and waited, because we ended up at the Irish pub waiting far too long for mediocre food and service. However before leaving the village we made sure to grab lattes from Starbucks and some chocolate from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Co. for the trip home!
Regardless of a few small hiccups, we really had such a wonderful time away – it was far too short and we wished we could’ve stayed 2 nights. Highly recommend the Westin Trillium House if you’re looking for a stay in the village!
Until next time, Blue Mountain… We will meet again (soon)!!
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