We had guests from Mexico visiting us and decided to take them to the Rockies for a few days. After staying in Jasper, we took the Parkway down to Lake Louise and then headed to Golden where we stayed for a couple of nights at the Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Ski Resort.
What a super spot to relax or to enjoy the many activities in the area!
The Lodge itself is very large, although it has only 10 bedrooms. The main foyer and lounging areas are decadent with large comfortable sofas, a fireplace, an eating area, and a large L-shaped bar made out of a giant tree that was split in half lacquered and placed atop large stumps to form a stand-up bar. Included in the price was a huge breakfast prepared by Lori and Ken (the owners) that consisted of pancakes, eggs, freshly made scones, home-made breads, home-made yogurt, fruits, tea, coffee, and all the trimmings. And the beds!! OMG! Luxurious down-filled feather ticks (is that how you spell that?) that made you never want to leave. The rooms are very large, immaculate and have large ensuites that even have heated floors (just in case you actually get out of bed)!
We spent our day and a half at the Vagabond doing a little hiking, taking the gondola to the top of the mountain for lunch at a great restaurant on the summit, and visiting the Grizzly Bear Refuge where we were fortunate enough to get within 15 feet of ‘Boo.’ In the evenings we relaxed in the outdoor hot tub, and enjoyed a nightcap(or two) in front of the fireplace.
So what else can you do while you stay at the ‘Vag?’? Try extreme mountain biking from the top of the mountain (you take your bike (or a rental) to the top of the mountaine on the Gondola and ride down)…..Or try some of the best White Water Rafting in the Rockies…. Or how about ATV’ing…………or Zip-lining………..or horse-back riding…………or some golfing at one of the nicest public courses in Western Canada…….or just plain old relaxing on the huge wrap-around deck at the Vagabond and enjoying the incredible view!
We were totally blown away by the variety of activities here; and surprised by how few people even know about this place. It truly is as hidden gem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vagabond Lodge is a 10 Room Boutique Lodge Located across the road from Gondola at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Golden BC. All rooms are located on the upper level of this 3 story building. There is no elevator just so you are aware. The beautifully decorated rooms all have great views of the majestic Rocky Mountains. All bedrooms have private bathrooms with shower/tub enclosures and all bathrooms have heated floors. Vagabond Lodge does not have air conditioning but for the few days in the mountains where it may be considered hot by some standards, the windows all open to the fresh mountain air. Vagabond Lodge does not have televisions in the rooms but if you need a fix, there is a tv area on the lower level along with a pool table, and board games. A hearty and healthy breakfast is complimentary(nothing fried) and during ski season lunch is also included in the cost of staying at this very special place. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vagabond Hotel Golden