The Treasures of Pemberton
By Jane Cassie
Photos by Brent Cassie
Contributors to Travelink Publishing
There's nothing quite like the laid-back and friendly ambience of a small town. In contrast to larger cities, people take time to smile as they pass by one another on the street. Store vendors strike up conversations, even with first time patrons. Traffic is at a stress-free snail's pace, and road rage, well, it's unheard of. These are only a few delights that you'll find in Pemberton, a scenic thirty-minute drive past the bustle of Whistler Village.
Signs lead us easily to The Log House Inn B&B that is perched on a hillside location and backed by evergreens.
We admire the massive interior log construction that complements the open floor plan, rich with Navaho fabrics, earth-tone throw rugs, and a wood-burning stove.
he two upper floors, devoted entirely to guests, house relaxing common areas and six spacious guestrooms, while a larger suite, boasting a Jacuzzi tub, is on the lower level.
A gnarled wood-carved railing directs the way to our upper level room, where, like its neighbouring companions, a handmade country-style quilt drapes a sleigh bed that snuggles into a cozy alcove. Stargazing becomes one of our favourite pastimes, from both the reading loft's telescope and the embracing deck's hot tub. Additional perks include a TV, snowy white robes, and various lifestyle necessities that one of us has forgotten to pack.
"We fell in love with the place the moment we saw it," congenial owner, Saad Hasan, relays when sharing a bit of the home's history with us. And he certainly had reason to. This impressive structure, that is more like a lodge, has a warm and homey feel from the moment you step over its threshold. Although operated as a B&B prior to their purchase in '99, it's obvious that Donna and Saad's expertise in the hotel industry has certainly been an asset!
The next morning we realize that there is truth to the previous comment made by Saad's wife, Donna, "When it comes to cooking, breakfasts are my favourite meals to prepare." With the rotation of seven full course breakfasts, guests are treated to a variety of fabulous creations like eggs Benedict, blueberry pancakes, and our favourite, French toast filled with a sensational blend of cream cheese, apples and cinnamon. Accompanied by fresh baked goods, a selection of fruit and bottomless cups of coffee, we are fuelled for a day of activity that lies ahead.
Instead of heading towards North America's number one ski destination as originally planned, we decide to turn in the opposite direction and check out the many recreational opportunities. After passing through the town of Mount Currie, we hug the Birkenhead River, where fishing and camping are summertime hot spots.
Year-round horseback riding is also featured at a number of ranches along the way, and a myriad of uncrowded trails provide a wonderland for winter snowmobilers, and incredible cross-country terrain for fair-weathered mountain bikers and hikers. Flanked by glacier-gouged peaks, our drive is picturesque to a fault, and although there are endless activity options, we are content to just sit back and enjoy this perfect postcard setting.
Later, we meander along Pemberton's handful of streets and are taken somewhat off guard at how many strangers smile as they pass by or offer a simple greeting. The Outpost is our dining choice for the evening and although we don't have huge expectations of small town fare, we are totally surprised with the outcome. Our entrees are exceptional and match up to any of our favourite city eateries. After striking up a full-fledged conversation with our waitress, Leanne, she even shares a couple of other recommended dining options. Competition doesn't seem to be an issue here. Then we realize that helping a neighbour sure is - just another wonderful small town attribute of Pemberton.
If You Go:
Log House Inn B&B
1357 Elmwood Drive
Pemberton, BC V0N 2L0
Phone: (604) 894-6000
Toll free: 1-800-894-6002
Fax: (604) 894-6000
Web site: www.loghouseinn.com
Hosts: Saad & Donna Hasan
Take Highway #99 north from Horseshoe Bay near Vancouver.
Pass the Whistler Village and follow signs to Pemberton
From Highway 99, follow the clearly marked signs through the town of Pemberton
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