JET SET EXPERIENCES: British Columbia Beckons

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Ease of access (wonderful direct air lift into Vancouver), coastal proximity (delightful seafood and wine pairings) and low elevation (for those prone to altitude sickness) are key variables for selecting this world-class resort.

The journey is the destination as you wind your way up the aptly named Sea to Sky Highway 70 miles from Vancouver to the Whistler base village (comfortably situated at 2,000 feet).  Despite its lower elevation, Whistler Mountain enjoys bountiful snowfall from nearby Pacific storms and provides endless unobstructed terrain for all levels.

The international influence in Canada produces a varied and vibrant culinary scene and endless shopping along the Cultural Corridor leaving plenty of options for those who prefer to take a brief hiatus from the slopes.

And when you retire at night, the Four Seasons Whistler Residences are perfect for families while the iconic Fairmont Whistler provides incredible views of the mountain with ski-in/ski-out access.  

To venture north to Whistler this winter, please contact Melissa Pugh.

JetSet Hotels: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, British Columbia Canada

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, off British Columbia’s beaten wilderness path, redefines the “glam-ping” experience.  This ultra-luxurious eco-destination has some of the most breathtakingly beautiful wilderness frontier left on the planet.  Inspired by late 19th century Great Camps, the Wilderness Outpost at Bedwell River is where childhood wishes and grown-up dreams come true. Located near the village of Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada, you can take a 45 minute private seaplane transfer from Vancouver, BC., or a 30 minute boat ride from Tofino.

This special property is located in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve Area, in one of the best intact examples of temperate rain forest left on Earth. The resort employs local men and women, and, through various education-based naturalist and recreational offerings, contributes to the enhancement and global understanding of the Reserve.

An enclave of 20 great white canvas guest “tents” are furnished with plush bedding, wood stoves, and antique rugs, with a romantic pioneer vibe.  Bear- and whale– watching are among the must-dos here, along with relaxing in one of the secluded hot tubs, wood-fired saunas or massage tents. No tin-can campfire beans here! Cuisine is coastal fresh and locally sourced.  A massive timber cookhouse offers a delicious paradox of indulgent luxury and remote, untamed wilderness.  National Geographic Traveler magazine calls the resort “rusticating luxury”. Open annually from mid May until the end of September and offering 3, 4 and 7 night all inclusive adventures, Clayoquot is perfect for the entire family.

They have launched special programs in 2013 and whether you are a beginner or ready to go pro, you can sharpen your skills kayaking, surfing, or fly fishing.  People travel from all over the world to catch trophy fish here.  My personal favorite is the first annual Wine and Culinary Weekend, June 6-9, 2013.  Whether you want to spend your days as an active adventurer or relaxing in the environment with a bottle of fabulous British Colombian wines, there is something for everyone around this sexy camp ground!

Contact Jill Taylor at jill@jetsetworldtravel.com or 312-574-1182 to plan your luxury Canadian “glamping” adventure.