Sunday, January 2, 2011

New years day - Nita lake Lodge

New years day dawned bright sunny and cold in Whistler this year so Nancy, my son and I decided to take a walk in the snow. It was a beautiful crisp white morning and it was a pleasure to crunch through the snow.

We were walking along the trail that goes between all the lakes on the valley floor.  The trail had been cleared, but unfortunately it was icy and it was not long before I took a tumble, hurting nothing but my dignity, so we decided to take off across the frozen lake.

There was a cold wind so our thoughts turned to hot toddies (it was after noon at this point) we were right next to Nita lake lodge a relatively new small hotel on the lake that we had watched being built.  It looked beautiful from the outside so we were looking forward to seeing the interior.

We walked in from the crisp cold outside and we were surrounded by a warm peaceful atmosphere and though the bar was a large open space and was rather empty it was inviting and we found two couches and a large comfy chair surrounding a large gas fireplace.

The lobby
The drinks menu had some very interesting sounding warm drinks, Nancy and I ordered a rum (I think) with hazelnut butter and rimmed with sugared hazelnut I can not remember the name of it.

The drink came with a warmer under it, which seemed a bit pretentious, but in fact it kept the drink warm and the butter melted.  It was absolutely delicious not too sweet but warm and comforting.

Nicholas ordered a drink called "The Lazy Baggins" he ordered this as he said that is what he felt like.

The lazy Baggins
It came unsweetened with honey on the side to sweeten to taste, and some candied orange peel and cinnamon add more flavour.  The base was chai rum and milk and it also was very delicious.

We relaxed and enjoyed our drinks feeling very pampered and lucky, it was a very nice way to start the new year. After we finished we headed back to get the appetizers out for those more adventurous souls who had been skiing for the day and those were that still suffering from their New Year festivities.


  1. Oh gosh, I'm not envious of the snow seeing as I'm currently enjoying my first summer in two years (travelled and missed summer last year!), but I must admit it does look pretty! Love how the Baggins drink makes me think of Lord of the Rings, too :P

  2. I like this first picture of you. You look like a 'styled' celebrity taking the air between winter film festival offerings at Telluride.
    Thanks for the chili powder and Verde recipe. As I have neither tomatillos or salsa verde to hand, tonight it is Pork and Taters skillet night. Cheers!
    PS, this is my second attempt to post this comment. Please delete whichever you deem less witty if they both show up.