Day 1: Saturday, Feb. 14th
It takes 5 hours from Seattle to Rockwater Secret Resort. We made decent time and the drive was beautiful, a little smattering of grey clouds/fog but the sun broke out (about 1:00pm), and we were in Canada. The drive through isn’t the most glamorous (very cement city) but you arrive at the Horseshoe Bay ferry and we made it early enough to only have to sit about 10 minutes. The ferry ride from Horseshoe to Langdon is fairly quick as well, but Monette and I managed to still chat with this adorable older woman, with pink streaks in her grey/white hair, that was fun.
Once we got off the ferry, it was another (thankful for Navigation Nancy) turn here, turn there moments until we came to Gibsons. This portion of the drive was also wonderful and the sun gave us some enjoyable peeks of coastline along the winding road (glad the I did bring the White Stallion, she too enjoyed the drive along the winding roads… hee hee). We stopped in Gibsons for a quick bite (Subway) and then to the grocery store to pick up our ‘Valentines dinner’ (we opted not to eat in the restaurant with the couples that evening). We grabbed some cheese, crackers and fruit, nothing glamorous but Subway made us full.
From Gibsons, the final portion of our drive was just a little over an hour. More quick turns and jaunts, up and down the hills, until we finally arrived at the Resort just about 4:00pm. The resort was already pretty busy. We were greeted by Melanie, this beautiful blonde with an infectious, sincere smile! She made us look forward to already being here…
Our room was #46, in the main hotel portion of the resort. There are also small log cabins on the grounds (at the lower side and to the right of the main hotel) and the hotel portion is fairly small. But it has both an upper and lower section with a small dining area and several decks off the back. And to the left side, along the cliff/rocks are the tents. (More about these later). We went upstairs to our room, on the far left corner of the building. It had two queen size beds and a small desk with a couple of chairs and a very small deck (which we realized you share with your neighbor. If you do come and get this room, hopefully your friends with the neighbor, it does seem odd to share especially when they can see into your slider door. But luckily our neighbors didn’t come out (this evening).
We dropped off our bags and decided to take a walk around the facility since it’s not a big one. Had to see the tents first, they were my initial interest in the resort. You walk through this stone hedge style arch, past a tiny fountain and then onto the wood stilt bridge that traipse across the rock edges and up to the tents. Each have either their own bridge pathway, with a couple having a shared one and then onto their own decks. Melanie told us that #54 & #55 were available on Sunday evening, but were still vacant so we took a peek inside one. They seemed tiny, but very well decorated and absolutely cute.
Then back toward the hotel and around the corner to see the cabins. These are also very tiny, and somewhat close to one another but along the gully of the coast line. Still cute and a few had some amazing views as well. We walked out to the pier and took some great photos of the mountains and the clouds that were slowly rolling in. There aren’t really any trails, if you walk back up toward the main street, there are actually residential homes and some small paths.
As more cars started to come in, we had decided to go back to the lobby and ask Melanie about changing our room to one of the tents after all. Then after much debate and chats, we headed back to our room and enjoy the view from the deck and watch sunset. Took some more good photos. Then we put on a pajamas, each jumping into the feather beds and actually turned on the tiny TV, sharing some more laughs as well. Cheese & cracker time along with some hot chocolate: Galentines Day dinner. ha ha
Our silly 50 Shades of Grey reference…
Monette read several of her magazines while I poked around on my laptop slowly trying to keep the limited Wi-Fi connection going. I started to get tired, so I turned off and picked up a magazine as well only to have my very groggy eyes lull me further into the feather pillows. Nighty-night…. zzzzzz