Gone Postal: A-Z Best of Whistler in Year One
This week as the calendar flipped one week closer to the end of the world, my wife Candace and I began celebrating our one-year anniversary of life in Whistler. With time ticking down to the Mayan apocalypse we can’t help but to be thankful for spending the last year of modern civilization hunkered down in the safety of Whistler’s bubble. And while we’re still not sure what makes a Whistler local a local, we’re proud to call Whistler home and look forward to digging in deeper here.
Because we have kids and live on a ski-bum budget, we opted to celebrate our one-year Whistler anniversary in style: at home in front of the fire sampling a few local seasonal’s paired with Samurai Sushi take-out. Real baller.
Anyhow, through the course of the evening Candace and I began compiling a list of Whistler favorites from our first year. So, in alphabetical order, this is what we came up with.
A. Walk to Awesome – The neighborhood we live in is straight up awesome. If you read The Proof you’ll notice that many of the featured artists live somewhere around the corner from us. It’s beautiful here; we can walk to the lifts, saunter down to the beach, ski out when the snow’s in, and it always feels better than the suburbia that groomed us.
B. Fix Café @ Nita Lake Lodge – Coffee, tasty food, free wifi, great staff, resident’s discount, and a ton of local’s who float in and out. Hands down our favorite coffee shop.
C. Cornucopia – A last minute addition to my calendar this year, it won’t be missed next year. With it’s scheduling doubling for 2013, we’d be crazy to miss it.
D. Whistler Museum – Some of the best events I’ve been to this year were hosted by the Whistler Museum. A hub for culture & heritage in Whistler, Whistler Museum and its’ program director Jeff Slack have brought us such events as the Whistler Speaker Series and Whistler Debates.
E. Pure Bread – Pour-over coffee, cinnamon buns, Guinness cake, and awesome served up four or five days a week. I can never remember what days they’re open but, when I hit it right, I feel like I’ve won the lottery.
F. WORCA – I joined WORCA to do a story on the Tuesday night toonie rides. It was supposed to be a one-off but somewhere between “Go!” and being passed by a couple hundred dudes in spandex I decided I would give my Tuesday’s to WORCA. Besides, no one in the back of the pack wears spandex and I fit right in.
G. Scandinave Spa – Every time I go to the Scandinave it’s the best night of my life. If you’re local, hit it up on Tuesday’s.
H. Samurai Sushi – Yum yum.
I. Shopping Local – Candace likes this. I avoid shopping at all costs and, when fate conspires against me and I have to go buy some shoes or something, the closer to home the better.
J. Ski School – I’m not sure how the rest of the WB Ski Schools work, but Maz and the crew down at Creekside Whistler Kids kill it. My 4-year-old is in his second year of ski-school and is about one year away from turning pro. I don’t have enough good things to say about the WB ski school. I have a future post scheduled for January where I’ll gush and make WB blush.
K. Leisure Time (Friendly Whistler Vibe) – I’m not sure why or if anyone but me will get this, but Whistler reminds me of Wycleff Jean looping Pink Floyd.