Trip to Ontario
In November Jeff was a speaker at the National Golf Course Owners Association Conference in Deerhurst, Ontario. We stayed at the Deerhurst Resort but were under-whelmed by the food and the accommodation so did not write about it. After the conference we headed to Blue Mountain Resort for two nights where we found fabulous accommodation at the Club Intrawest Resort, a really nice mini-Whistler village and some great food.
Club Intrawest Blue Mountain
The Club Intrawest at Blue Mountain is designed on the theme of Lake Country. The ‘cottages’ are located in six separate two story buildings each unit with its own porch to sit on and screen door to slam. We chose a one bedroom unit which was very large and with two bathrooms and a pull out couch could easily suit a family for a week’s summer vacation. As is our usual Club Intrawest experience the unit and resort was very well appointed with everything we needed for a day of R & R – adult only hot tub, free video games (yes we still play them), flatscreen TV’s (2), ice-maker, mason jar glasses and did I mention – his and her bathrooms!! View our photo set.
Blue Mountain Village Dining
The village at Blue Mountain was built by Intrawest and it is quite obvious in the design of some of the buildings. If you do not look around and notice the absence of a ‘real’ mountain (this looks more like a big hill) you could get confused in front of Columbia Sports or Starbucks and think you were in Whistler. As soon as we arrived, after our 2 hour drive from Deerhurst, we found a pub that looked like Dusty’s in Whistler. This one was called Rusty’s at Blue but you get where I am going with this. The menu was upscale pub food with a twist – tater tots, gyros and a veal sandwich stood out on the menu. I ordered the Vegetarian Quesadilla and Jeff the Pulled Pork Sandwich. The food was good (and Whistler priced) but what really stood out was the service! Our server Jeff was personable, friendly, helpful about the area and even funny! The best service we have had in a while. Thanks Jeff at Rusty’s!
The next day we were looking for breakfast, even though it was almost noon and were told about the all day breakfast at the Sunset Grill. The decor was diner like but it was a bit messy inside. I guess that’s what you get for visiting in the off season. The staff seemed to be into a mid-cleaning routine. We both ordered a standard breakfast which was OK but nothing really to write about.
We will write about out dinner experiences in the next blog.
Jeff & Tara Ciecko of CK Golf Solutions write two blogs on their website, one is their 19th Hole Blog where they share personal experiences and the Biz Blog where they share business best practices and golf industry related opinions. They have owned CK Golf Solutions for 5 years and provide marketing, social media and business services to the golf and other industries.