(all pictures from matthew hranek )
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Winter Getaway: Fairmont Chateau Montebello
here late Monday afternoon, and wow, it is such an amazing property. First, it's the world's largest log cabin. It was built in 1930, as a private club, and became a hotel in 1970. It has a lobby that has a fireplace right smack in the center, that I think is 6 sided, and is 4 stories tall. The furniture is great--nothing seems shabby, even though it seems vintage. The scale of everything is so awesome. It has a massive dining room, with fantastic artwork and totem poles, that surround a stage. The rooms are smaller and cozy, but you aren't here to spend tons of time in your room. It's the kind of place you come to experience the outdoors (cross-country skiing, ice skating, ice hockey, dog sledding, horse sleigh rides, tubing, curling)...and then there's the beautiful indoor pool. I think it must be so lovely here in the summer too. The food is really good (and so is the Molson Dry beer on tap)--they use local and organic as much as possible (this is actually a Fairmont standard). More to come tomorrow.