Down the Highway
As many of you know we do not often take our car out on the road; in fact before this trip we had our brand new Terrain for 5 weeks and it had only been driven 126 kilometers since day one. The main reason we decided to spend the weekend in Harrison Hot Springs was to take part in Slow Food Cycle (see next blog for details). We knew about the ongoing construction on Highway #1 so planned to leave downtown before lunch on Friday and actually scheduled a meeting in Langley on the way. To all of you who drive that route back and forth every day… ‘we salute you’ for your patience and determination… and wish you good luck; only 2 more years left.
Harrison Hot Springs Resort
We arrived in Harrison just after 2pm and were very lucky to be able to check in to the Resort early. We had booked a lake view room and ended up on the 5th floor with a great view of the lake and the main street. We had been to Harrison once before but did not stay at the Resort. The check-in and valet staff were fast and friendly and we soon had our bikes in storage, our luggage in the room and were headed down to spend the afternoon by the pools. We were able to secure two chairs in a good central location close to the bar and the main pool before the Resort began to fill up after 4pm. There was no pool side bar service but the bartender at the window did make a ‘mean’ Mojito.
The Copper Room
For dinner we had a reservation at the Copper Room and did not know what to expect. We were very happy with the table in which we were sat, with a great view of the band and the dance floor and were very surprised by the price fix menu. The ‘Jones Boys’ were the band of the night and did 4 sets starting at 7:30 with a variety of music keeping the dance floor busy throughout the night. It was great entertainment for us who watched. The regular dinner menu had a lot of good choices but the price fix menu (three courses plus sorbet) for only $35, could not be passed up. We chose one of each appetizer, Roasted Yam Soup for Jeff which was delicious and Spinach Salad for Tara which was served in a very unique way with the salad shaped inside a ring of cucumber. For dinner Jeff had New York Steak with mashed potatoes and Tara had the stuffed tomatoes (heirloom tomatoes; one with spinach and goat cheese and one with white bean tapenade). Both were not overly large but with an appetizer, sorbet and desert were still more that enough food and both were good (but just not great). The wine list had good choices from around the world and we opted for the Blue Mountain Pinot Noir.
The night was complete with an after dinner drink in the Islands Bar just above the lobby check-in area. There were two weddings taking place so the lounge was a bit busy (with guests who had snuck out of the festivities) but the bartender/server did a great job of keeping everyone happy. All of the staff at the hotel were very good and we had a great time. It is not a place that we will visit every summer (too many other things to see and do in BC) but we will go back again.