Kaslo, a gorgeous little village sporting lots of charming Victorian architecture, courtesy of the town's late-1890's mining heritage, sits on a chunk of spectacular alpine real estate, complete with fabulous beaches along the shore of fjord-like Kootenay Lake and the snow-capped Purcells scraping the sky across the water. Anyone visiting who wants to soak up some genuine Kootenay culture while tucking into a plateful of yummy food definitely needs to beat a path straight to the Bluebelle.
Its decor is warmly funky (complete with a wood stove, perfect for those chilly evenings out after some backcountry skiing), the food's fresh, there are lots of Nelson Brewing Company organic beers and ales to choose from, and as others have noted, their desserts are stellar -- and they serve Oso Negro coffee -- 'nuff said.
The Belle often features live entertainment, especially Fridays & Saturdays, showcasing local and touring musicians in a fun, intimate atmosphere.
Bottom line: if you're from Somewhere Else -- especially a big city or suburbia -- a visit to the Blue Belle Bistro may well be one of the high points of your stay in Kaslo. It's uncannily like the (fictional) restaurant in the hit 90's TV series, Northern Exposure -- check it out, I doubt you'll be disappointed.
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