Coming from the eastern coast of the United States, for me, any trip out west has always been an adventure. I can’t put my finger on it but skiing and hiking in the Rocky Mountains is a completely different experience than trekking the trails or boarding down the slopes of mountains in the east.

So with that in mind, here are my suggestions for some of the best accommodations for enjoying these activities in the Rockies. Many hotels and spas in the area offer the amenities skiers and hikers are looking for. Find the one that suits your taste and your budget and start packing.

Make sure to bring lots of warm clothes and gear, and I’ll see you soon out on the slopes!

The Fairmont Empress has been the in-spot for princes and princesses and movie hotshots since its completion in 1908. It maintains its feeling of British days gone by with an updated mood of stylishness and elegance. The magnificent lobby has played host to England’s most beloved ritual –the taking of Afternoon Tea, which continues to this day in Victoria’s grandest tradition.

You won’t be able to get enough of those delicious scones with their clotted cream and raspberry jam. Yum! And there is nothing like a hot cup of English Earl Grey after a long day’s hike. Those Brits definitely know how to take their tea.

According to Frommer’s guide, the classiest place to stay in the Rocky Mountain area is the Four Seasons Resort Whistler, located amidst the mountains of the Whistler Backcomb. This magnificent edifice, with 273 modern-rustic rooms is a city on to itself. It is built in various different styles of architecture and décor and is the only AAA 5-Diamond hotel in Canada.

After a day out on the slopes, a visit to the luxurious, fully serviced spa will provide you with every form of pampering you could imagine. Or choose to spend the day just soaking in the Jacuzzi and reading a good book in the quiet of the solarium.

For those interested in a more intimate accommodation, The Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa, with its beautiful surrounding gardens and enchanting island view, has a fully equipped spa which every woman would die for. Northwest native art adorns the walls and the rooms are spacious and stylish.

Rumor has it that when Christopher Reeves (aka Superman) wanted to take his wife, Dana, for a special weekend, he chose the Galiano, which he said was the “most romantic place on earth.”

There are many smaller and less expensive inns and B&B’s in the Rockies that offer great accommodations and excellent service. The Goldenwood Lodge, with its breathtaking views over the Columbia Valley, is a wonderful choice. Specially designed cottages with one to three bedrooms surrounding a small lake provide a peaceful setting for relaxation, meditation or romance.

After skiing or hiking in the nearby Selkirk Rocky Mountains, returning to the peace and quiet of this setting is just what the doctor ordered.

About the author

Celina Taylor is a freelance writer and blogger who specializes in winter travel destinations. An avid hiker, skier, and snowboarder, Celina always ensures to bring the latest in winter hydration packs and gear from Source along with her on her travels.