Feeling the winter blahs? Take Canada Air to Banff in the Canadian Rockies — and be sure to stay at the Rimrock Resort Hotel. We stayed there and had a fabulous time. First of all, you’re in Canada and the people there are some of the nicest people on earth.
I use to think that Canadians were fake because they were always happy but I soon learned that just about every Canadian is really and truly nice. The folks in Banff and at the Rimrock Resort Hotel are no exception. Located just a short ride outside of the glorious town of Banff, your room will have a view of the Rockies as will the restaurants and the warm, luxurious Rimrock Spa.
The décor is very rural mountain with fireplaces and hunting memorabilia. It’s fine to wear boots and jeans and remember that it’s really cold. At night you’ll want hats and mittens. There are places to explore beyond Rimrock but it’s a wonderful home base. It’s more than a home base as it’s spa and gourmand paradise.
Chef Ralf Wollmann, executive Chef at Rimrock, coordinates three upscale restaurants and the Divas Bar. The food ranges from child friendly mac and cheese to the famous Alberta grass-fed beef burger, to the wild game and seafood dinners served at the Eden dining room and the Primrose dining room. The Eden dining room not only offers superb food and wines but exclusive china, glassware and silver. It might be a once in a lifetime event, but you’ve got to experience this restaurant. My personal favorite evening was the one we spent in the Larkspur Lounge, close to the big open fire, listening to the wonderful piano and vocals by a local artist while we were wolfing down one of the Alberta beef burgers after a day out in the mountain air! As well, if desserts are your favorite part of the meal, the best pastry chef in Canada, Chef Vaugeois, is on hand to make sure that your dessert, whether a classic cake, petits four or a chocolate affair is a splendid experience!
Chef Wollman is proud of his staff, that numbers around 70 cooks and wait staff, and the local and organic products that supply the Rimrock kitchens. He is very particular about what he brings into the restaurant, making sure that only the freshest and tastiest ingredients come through the door. The staff is also truly international which reflects back on the food interests of the international clientele of the Rimrock Resort Hotel.
The Rimrock Spa is equally wonderful. The atmosphere is very warm, quiet, and such that one simply relaxes. The deep tissue massage and the facials invites one into a different world — one of beauty, and wonderful aromas. This is definitely a place that you do not want to leave! While there I also took advantage of their pedicures and manicures — the seating looks out on the mountains, which is itself very restful. I found the spa staff to be completely lovely, very sweet and interested in what might work best for my skin, nails and feet. I would go back in a minute!
As well at the Rimrock there are fitness facilities, tour booking facilities, a free bus to carry visitors down to Banff itself and the opportunity to get out into the mountains for skiing, hiking — even moonlight hiking with hot chocolate! So, don’t succumb to those winter blahs. Get out and get to Banff! A fabulous time awaits you. n
The crown jewel of the Rimrock Resort is the award winning dining available at Eden restaurant. Eden has been honored for the 6th straight year with AAA/CAA Five-Diamond and “Best of” Wine Spectator awards. Eden is one of only seven five-diamond dining rooms in Canada, and the only one in Western Canada. Eden may conjure up images of heaven but the restaurant is more heathen with a 10-course Grand Degustation menu designed a-la-minute, a 6-course Chef’s Tasting Menu, and a 3, 4 and 5-course Table D’Hôte menu. The food is the main attraction but the view, wine, service and general ambiance does not disappoint. Eden is fine dining at its best, rich food paired with exquisite wine served by an attentive staff who knows your last name and treats you like royalty.
300 Mountain Avenue,
P.O. Box 1110, Banff,
Alberta, Canada T1L 1J2