I have so much to say about our stay at CI Blue Mountain.
4 months ago I called to inquire about steps to take to elope on resort grounds on Canada Day. I was not charged a cent to have my ceremony anywhere I wished outside, but they warned me with the holiday I may not get the privacy I wanted. I booked a studio suite and hoped for the best for weather.
On June 30 I arrived and lo and behold, there were major thunderstorm warnings in effect for July 1. I requested a room with a resort/pool view since my backup plan was to have the ceremony on the deck (I offered to pay for an upgrade). They could not accommodate this probably due to the holiday and gave me a "mountain view" in the Lodge Suite. This was a partial view at best as 80% of our view was the parking lot and highway.
Thankfully, the weather turned beautiful and our ceremony was performed in front of only 2 guests beside the pond behind the resort. It was a wonderful day, the perfect setting and I couldn't be happier I chose this resort.
The Lodge Suite was fantastic and very large for a studio. The deck with Muskoka chairs and hammock was awesome! The tub can easily fit two adults. The bed is huge, but very soft - this was tough for us as we prefer very firm mattresses. Nice fireplace, very cozy, romantic, cottage feel. The kitchen was stocked full of everything we needed and our only complaint was that our fridge did not get cold until the second day and we brought milk + food, etc.
The resort had more amenities than I expected. The Boathouse had a projector screen and played the World Cup, lots of seating and a full library with arcade and Kids Clubhouse in the basement. There were both Family and Adults Only pools and hot tubs. BBQs are available on the grounds. Little details such as free herbs for guests to pick and ice cream sandwiches handed out free were really neat. The Breakfast Bar served each morning was probably the best continental breakfast we have ever had in any hotel.
The walk to Blue Mountain Village is just across the street about 5 minutes but there are no trails, so we had to choose between walking across a filthy construction side or on the side of a dangerous road to get there each day. We have visited several times before, so if this is your first visit be aware the Village is EXPENSIVE! We bring our own food and alcohol now and plan to have dinners out only. Still an enjoyable time in the Village.
Two lowlights of our trip:
The first was during a conversation at check-in on June 30 where there were two ladies at the desk. They had already known I was going to get married and seemed genuinely excited for me. I mentioned we had been together a long time and it was actually our 10th anniversary as well, to which the older lady replied, "It's about time he made an honest woman out of you." This was completely uncalled for and made me very uncomfortable.
The second was during breakfast on our first morning, we were followed to our table by the hostess who asked us our room number in a condescending tone. The other guests were not asked in this manner and it made me feel like she assumed we came in off the street and were stealing food. After breakfast, I sent my husband back downstairs to get a packet of cream cheese. She again questioned where he was coming from, seemingly not recognizing him from 30 minutes before and said it was for guests only. I understand you have to make sure we are guests, but she saw us come from upstairs and the lodge is locked from the outside. None of the guests that arrived after us were treated this way.
All in all those were only two small incidents that absolutely did not ruin a great stay at Club Intrawest, and I am very happy with how my elopement turned out!