A couple of weeks ago it dawned on me that Jordon and I are going to be married 20 years ago next October. We started to toss around where to go and what to do. It’s still a year and a half away but if we were going to go somewhere great, we needed to save.
On monday, Jordon posted a 5000 word long travel guide to Banff National Park on the Don’s Photo blog. It’s worth the read if you a photographer who enjoys travel. One of the ideas that I loved was a night at the Skoki Lodge, a historic alpine lodge that is a 11 mile hike up the mountain. It is $200 per person per night but the food is great the setting is breath taking.
The problem is that the time of the year could mean either snow or hiking and we don’t cross country ski. Snow shoeing 11km up a mountain is a lot harder than hiking it and I am not sure if after 20 years of marriage if I can talk Jordon into carrying me. Also while we had only planned to spend a night, it is a two night minimum which meant it would cost us $800 for those two nights, it was more than I wanted to spend.
I looked at the Chateau Lake Louise which is $699.99 a night for a basic room. We have a history there (Jordon proposed to me there) but it is a luxury hotel and the $700 for the room was just the beginning of what it would cost. Breakfast can easily cost you $100 in the hotel.
After looking around, a hotel that we have stayed in before in Banff has a wonderful jacuzzi suite with a fireplace for only $120 a night. We have thought the normal rooms are wonderful so the idea of staying in this kind of room sounds like a lot of fun. Also since it is right in the middle of Banff, we can walk everywhere and not have to worry about parking (not that Banff is that busy in October).
Saving some money on the hotel also means that Jordon and I can spend some more time in Banff tooling around and hanging out together. I can’t wait.
As for what we are going to do… probably some of the same things we often do in Banff and Jordon has suggested hiking around Stewart Canyon and Lake Minnewanka or heading to Yoho National Park and checking out the Walk in the Past Trail.