An award winning weekend ~ at Harrison Hot Springs!

Remember this little photograph I posted about not long ago?

As previously mentioned, it won one of 2 grand prizes in a local photo contest.

The win?Β 

2 nights stay in a high end resort, with ALL the fixings. (link HERE)

Are you ready for the longest post EVER? Great! Because I can’t leave out a thing. πŸ™‚


The Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa

The Harrison Hot Springs Resort is a lakefront resort, nestled against a gorgeous mountain backdrop, located in British Columbia Canada.

A little history… my son and I have camped in Harrison Hot Springs for MANY years. And for MANY years, my son has whined, “Can’t we stay in THAT hotel sometime instead of camping?!?”

So when we won this incredible weekend getaway, honestly… it was made for us. In every way. So just last weekend we spotted that the weather was suppose to be decent, so we booked our stay and head out.

The hotel

The lovely outside exterior of the hotel tells you you’ve arrived somewhere special. But once you walk through the front doors, it’s jaw dropping time.

The hotel is grand. These lit pillars ran down both sides of one hallway.Β  Everywhere you turned, there were high end features to gasp at and appreciate. A copper grand piano, a fireside sitting area with sofas, afternoon tea in the lobby, a coffee shop, and the two finest restaurants in the valley. That we ate at at all weekend as part of the package. Oh yes, we got royally spoiled!

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Β The hotel houses 5 (FIVE) infamous hot mineral pools which were amazing.Β  This is a shot of one of the outdoor ones during the day. But at night? They come to life in the most amazing of ways. All the trees surrounding the pools are lit with mini lights. There are waterfalls over rocky surfaces everywhere you look. And the mist rising above the water… incredible. The illusion was much like aΒ  night excursion at a Disney Land feature. So we saved ALL our swimming for the evenings. πŸ™‚

Something I would like to say about the hotel… while it is indeed high end, they had rooms available for every budget. They even had special ground level cottages if you brought your pet along!

Lucky for us, our friend Sandra looked after our dog, so we could enjoy what you see next.

The lake front room

We got treated with the best. The 5th floor (out of 6) lake view room was truly heaven sent! The view wall of the room was pretty much all glass, so I left the patio doors open all night so it felt like we were sleeping outside.

Β I woke up the next day to the sound of seagulls. πŸ™‚ Brewed a little in room coffee before our all you can eat buffet breakfast at the Lakeside Cafe, and we were set for the day!


And oh my goodness… the room was so pretty! Check out the slate tiles and fresh whites. The main bath really had a high end spa feel. And I love those shower curtain holders with the ball bearings on top. They sounded really cool. πŸ™‚ Even the shower head was extremely generous with water, which felt like a rainfall. LOVE.

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Even the unmade bed looked glorious in all the lovely silky jewel tones. The deep wood tone of the furniture gave the space a very luxurious feel.

This was a VERY fun spot to check out a few links on SNS while my son tried out the TV. πŸ™‚

Let’s go shopping!Β 

My son didn’t have appropriate wear for the lavish dinner we were to enjoy that evening, so I had coaxed him to the local thrift store at home before heading out. But guess what… we forgot his new clothes at home. Nice goin’.

BUT… I did remember my finds. Imagine. πŸ™‚

I call this white jacket my scrappy shirt. πŸ™‚ It’s all cotton and sooo cozy on the inside and I was delighted to have something new and warm to wear while we wandered the sights.

Coming soon to a monitor near you… I want to make this!

This chandy was located in Sticks and Stones, a gift shop located inside the hotel. I immediately loved the store and the coziness of the entire space. And that chandy!!! Oh my word. *sob* That is so me. And I knew you’d appreciate it!

I mean, check out these ceilings in the store! (not to mention the rockwork) I have to believe it was reclaimed lumber. The patina was amazing.

So… being that we forgot my son’s clothes, I had a great excuse to head to the local thrift in this town. Darn it anyway. πŸ™‚

I had forgotten my little black purse for our fancy dinner, so I grabbed this little cutie for $6. Along with new black shoes and black jeans for my boy.

Oh dear… and then we came across this shop on the way back to the hotel. Can you hear the SCREEEEECH?!? (sorry son, go play with… the rocks outside while I dash through quick like before your boredom even has a chance to start… can you relate?!? )Β 

Look look look what I found! GOOD JUNK!! 2 vintage white shutters! 2/$15. What a great scoop! The patina was naturally cracked and shows as offwhite and white mixed so they’re quite uniquely beautiful as is.

(I’ve already shown you one displayed in my kitchen HERE… the other will be revealed on SNS’s shutter day in 2 weeks)

And then NEXT we head to The Back Porch, which is a lovely pottery/antiques/garlic/coffee bean roasting store on home acreage land. I’ve done a post on this place previously HERE. (lots of character building shed inspiration in that link)

Hey Jayme, of Tales from the Coop Keeper, this one’s for you! πŸ™‚

Something very unique about The Back Porch is their petting/feeding zoo out back.

Smarty Pants here taunted (not fed! not fed!) the chickens with his popcorn because we didn’t bring the right change to get some machine fed chicken scratch that’ s avail on site.

And about that popcorn… when you drive into Harrison, you go through a little town called Aggasiz. (pronounced Aiga see) The Super Value makes and sells freshly popped popcorn on site. Sometimes you get lucky and it’s even warm. πŸ™‚ So, it’s a MUST to pick up a bag or 3 on our way in.

“MEEEE TOOOO!” Hilarious.

And then… nirvana hit.

I ’bout died when I read this sign. I haven’t been able to find these ANY WHERE out here! And made a complete idiot of myself. I raced to him stuttering, “Where are the rest?!?!?!?”

There were only 3 in stock. The wonderful owner remembered me from last year, and had spotted my blog post of his place (they aren’t online) so he immediately wanted me to save the $3 and just take them. Gaaaahhh….

The Back PorchΒ  roastsΒ  their own specialty coffee beans in all kinds of flavors and strengths, so as you can imagine, the place smelled like coffee heaven!And there’s always fresh brew on tap so you can sip and… stutter.

Dinner at The Copper Room


Well my goodness… what a great day this turned out to be! But it was time to head back to the hotel, for it was nearing our dinner time at The Copper Room.

The Copper Room is a high end restaurant on site with meals starting in the $35 range. This was by far a massive treat for us and I was so grateful I could expose my boy to something other than the standard fare we normally indulge in.

And CHECK. US. OUT. πŸ™‚ (I’m wearing my beloved mom’s white sweater) Fine dining meant we had to fit in. My scrappy shirt had to take a backseat.

Now don’t we look all happy, rested and refreshed, geared up for a lovely leisurely dinner? Wait till you see the after picture. πŸ™‚

I had a wonderful salmon with the most amazing sauce ever. My son got served the most tender steak on the planet earth. And, not really being a veggie lover, I LOVED theirs. I believe the magic comes from them being sauteed. Duly noted! The dessert was an incredible frozen chocolate mousse. It was like an ultra creamy ice cream covered in a white and chocolate drizzle and a single chocolate dipped strawberry. Crazy amazing.Β 

The atmosphere was just lovely too. I expected to be in a quiet room where you could hear a pin drop. Didn’t happen. Friendly chatter was everywhere. I immediately relaxed, no longer worried I’d tip the table over by accident or something equally horrific. We ate until we could no more.

Story time? I had walked ALL the way to the restaurant when I remembered I forgot my glasses. I couldn’t read the menu… So I walked back to the room, pretending my shoes didn’t hurt.Β  By the time I got back again to the restaurant, I needed to sit. BAD.Β 

Equally funny? My son’s shoes were just as bad. He didn’t try them on at the thrift prior. I mean, what could go wrong if I bought’em big? We literally limped back to our rooms.


The After Picture

Lil Dude had to remove theΒ  shades to wipe away the tears. (kidding but not by much) So much for the coolness of it all.

The Hot Pools

So then it was simply time to go for a nice hot soak to sooth those sore 20 tootsies of ours.

Oh. My. Goodness.

Β Take your pick. There were only 5 to choose from. They’re all naturally hot mineral pools set at various temperatures. So so lovely!

Did you notice that middle picture? We saved our swimming times for dusk so we could enjoy the mistylit outdoor magic. πŸ™‚

The hotel also offers you these wonderful white robes because of the pools. It was quite a sight to see so many white robes sauntering about in the lobby. It doesn’t get much more casual and relaxed than that!

The town and lake

Harrison Hot Springs is indeed one of the most beautiful lake front resorts ever.

A walk through the quaint little town felt so familiar and at home. I labelled this side of Harrison ‘the camping side.” πŸ™‚ For this is where we frequented most often when camping.Β 

I mean, look at the colourful detail to this one restaurant alone. Adorable!

We did spend abit of time on the beach just wandering and enjoying the view, but for the most part, my son declared our weekend to be a complete hotel experience. And I couldn’t have agreed with him more this round. It isn’t often we get to hang in such lovely surroundings. πŸ™‚

The Digital Camera Win

Part of the winning prize package was this wonderful digital camera! Hot red too!! It was delivered to our room on the last day. It felt like Christmas morning to be handed a box and my son gasping at everything that came out of it.Β  What a lovely generous gift for what was to transpire next!

The Boat Cruise

Yes indeed, mateys, let’s head out on an Eco TourΒ  boat trip for a picture safari around the lake! Come on in!

Our tour boat guy was the coolest. His career is on the lake and you could tell by his stories that this indeed was his passion. I love listening to those that are in the thick of it. πŸ™‚

The scrappy shirt makes it’s way into the cozy cabin of this ride. I’ve been on summertime boating excursions with friends before, but none quite like this. My hair stayed on my head, and we were warm! Very very nice! The two lovely ladies along for the ride were also winners of another contest and had much of the same treatment as we did, so it was a blast to exchange notes.

One VERY big deal out on Harrison waters is the sturgeon fishing. It’s a catch and release sport, so we got to watch first hand what it was all about.

A successful day indeed! For the guys and for us lucky camera toting tourists!

Folks come from all over the world to Harrison for this sporting adventure, so if you’re a sturgeon maniac, have I found the place for you!

We saw tons of eagles, loons, jumping salmon, but no bears. And loads and loads of beautiful nature.

I didn’t touch the tones on this picture. Straight out of the camera. Isn’t that water amazing? (this pic was not from the new camera)

Β And then the trip was over. And it was time to go home. Sigh… ONE MORE NIGHT would have been so awesome. I just wanted to return to those lovely hot pools again, the quiet lake front room complete with coffee, the spa like shower… everything. Our stay was FAN SPANKIN TASTIC.

To the readers of my blog,

Thank-you so very much for sharing this little adventure with me! I knew you felt a part of this by the response I received when I won. You overwhelmed me! I hope my report back did you proud. πŸ™‚

I’m telling you, the timing was impeccable with this little getaway. I was big time overstressed and needed to run away for a short while. This was an amazing opportunity for the two of us to reconnect and enjoy each other again without all the normal background noise of life. Whadda way to unwind. πŸ™‚

And, the message I’d like to share from all this is:

I’m just aΒ  girl with a dream, like anyone else. The one thing I did here that made a difference was put myself out there to ‘see what would happen.’ And look what did.

This goes to prove, you need to take those somewhat fearful small steps yourself, to get to your own destination. For if the seeds aren’t planted, nothing can grow.

I hereby encourage you to think about the smallest things that move your earth,Β  quit saying you can’t, and to try instead.Β  Believe in your passion, and believe in yourself. And just do it.

Care to share what dreams you’re currently striving for?Β 

When’s the last time you had a little hotel getaway?

Dear Ian, and the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa,


My son and I had the most incredible weekend, thanks to your generosity! You couldn’t have chosen two bigger fans for this Harrison experience!


Thank-you to the committee for choosing my photo! I’m still blown away. And thanks so very much for each and every hotel feature that was generously offered to us!Β 

We will be talking about our lovely weekend for a VERY long time to come, and hope to visit on our own accord sometime very soon! This is a weekend we will NEVER forget.

I only have one complaint. It could have been longer. πŸ™‚


Sincerely yours,

P.S. Would you like your hotel reviewed like this too? Not a problem! Please send accommodation confirmation to signmakergirl@hotmail.com. We’ll bring the camera and our eager selves and be right over!

Hey, it doesn’t hurt to try, right? Dream BIG. πŸ™‚

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  1. Oh….this looks like a wonderful place. I wish I was close enough to try it out for a weekend. I loved seeing and hearing all the details. Its been quite awhile since I got away to a big hotel for a weekend. I do love that experience and this post reminded me how much I’ve been missing. I’m so happy that you and your son got to experience this. Very special.

  2. I’m so glad you and your son had such a great time! Harrison Hot Springs is a special place for me since that is where my husband proposed over 20 years ago, where we stayed for our wedding night and returned for our 1 year anniversary. It’s such a gorgeous spot as you have shown us with your stunning pictures. Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

  3. Now your weekend just looked absolutely amazing! The pools, the dining, the bedroom. Everyone looked perfect.
    And the picture of you and your boy in pain was a crack up πŸ™‚

  4. Congratulations on the win! You did an excellent job of writing up all the details – if I had a vacation destination I would be offering you a free week!

    And you are so right about ‘believe in your passion, believe in yourself. Just do it.’ Wonderful!

  5. How wonderful! Oh my gosh, what a beautiful, beautiful place. So glad for you and Lil Dude had a great time. LOVED the tour and am still giggling about the shoe story – lol my feet were actually aching for you! Looks like a glorious place to visit!

  6. Oh my! I devoured that post! I felt like I went on the little vacay with you! HoW awesome, I’m so glad you had fun you totally deserve it! Your little man is a doll!

  7. Congratulations on your win & the much deserved vacation prize!!
    My parents talked about their trips to Harrison Hot Springs when they lived in Vancouver. Now I see what all of the fuss was about!!
    Lovely write up – thanks for sharing the trip : )

  8. What a wonderful perfect blessing for you two! Loved the pictures and reading the details…would love to visit that place, and they should give you a once annual trip for such a great write-up! Just think of all the bookings they will get just from all of you devoted readers! Hope they read this and get the hint! thanks for sharing your lovely trip with us!

  9. How great for you and your son to experience a holiday like that…what a spectacular place.

    I am so happy your dream came true for you and your son… I am sure it won’t be forgotten.

    Thanks for sharing your little piece of paradise with us all. Love your post.

    Happy Thanksgiving Donna and son.

    Hugs, Deb

  10. OK, how gorgeous….G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S did you look in that picture b4 dinner???

    sorry a little off topic…

    I need to live where mountains are hugging the landscape.

    I’m so happy that you and your son ENJOYED yourselves…so deserving. Of course we all deserve a little luxury now and then, huh? (and how cute, him in his cool dude sunglasses!!!)

    And yes, stepping out is what makes for forward movement…even if only to say, “I did it”! And just trust that good will come!!!

    Thank you. Once again.

    xoxo
    ~K

  11. Harrison is a favorite go to place for us but just for a day trip as we have never stayed overnight.
    No trip there is ever complete without a visit to the Back Porch. I have several antique pieces from them and the garlic is amazing. I buy a lot and I always run out before the next year.

  12. What a beautiful place. I’m so glad you and your son had an amazing time. No one deserves it more than you. Thanks for all the beautiful pictures too.

  13. Oh Donna what an AMAZING time you must have had! I am so happy for you that you and your son got to enjoy this experience together!! What a gorgeous part of the world. You deserved every last second of it! Thank you so much for sharing with us, your pictures and descriptions were like we were all there!

  14. There are those AMAZING pictures I was talking about, Donna!! What a gorgeous Hotel and setting… stunning! It looks like you and your son had a really fabulous weekend together. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing it with us… I felt like I was right there with you! πŸ™‚

    Have a great week!
    Hugs ~ Jo

    P.S. Great picture of you and your son!! I hate high heels, too… LOL!! πŸ˜‰

  15. Wow, what a beautiful place and I am so glad you had a well deserved ‘break’ from your humdrum life….lol! That young man is outstanding…putting up with his mom’s side trips, when he could have been in the pools! Glad you both had a wonderful weekend.

  16. We have so many places like that here in Colorado. I’m so glad you and your son got to experience this together. You looked stunning in your classy outfits, sorry about the sore feet!

  17. AMAZING! What a beautiful serene place to stay. I love the pictures of you and your son the best. πŸ™‚ We didn’t really have a “hotel” getaway but we did visit San Diego recently. It was our first trip to Cali and my sweet daughters first time visiting the ocean! Congrats on your win. That picture is beautiful!!

    before trip: http://alililly.blogspot.com/2010/09/out-of-office-reply.html

    the trip: http://alililly.blogspot.com/2010/09/our-san-diego-adventure.html

  18. Oh my goodness…. amazing! How much fun for you. Knowing how my kids roll their eyes when I stop at a garage sale.. I understand your son having to put up with the screeetch! funny! good for you glad you had such a wonderful prize!

  19. Donna, I am so thrilled you all won this and had such an amazing time. You so deserve it! My husband,son, and I, about 3 years ago had to go to a funeral a couple of states away for a friend of mine from elementary school. It was a sad, dreary trip. We were supposed to stay with her family but the driving took longer than expected. We pulled into one hotel after another with no luck with vacancies. Then, pulled into this lovely hotel – out of our price range. They were so nice! Seeing it was 1 in the morning, they knew they’d never get another room rented and here we stood. They sold us the “regency” suite for 70.00 for the night! It was the nicest room we’d ever stayed in and the accomodations were deluxe! It made an otherwise, sad and depressing trip more memorable in a positive way! – Karen

  20. Hi Donna! I found you through Jen at Piney Flats. What a wonderfully fun, exciting, humorous, delightful blog you have! You are just a riot, girl! And your photos? To die for. Seriously beautiful. No wonder you won! BC looks so incredibly awesome – now I want to visit there! I’m happily following you now and look forward to getting to know you better! πŸ™‚

    xoxo laurie

  21. I had to show everyone who came to our house today the pictures from your blog of this beautiful place. I’m so happy you and your son got to experience the fun of the few days you were there.

  22. Isn’t it always such a treat to get to go somewhere lovely! Congrats on your wonderful photo and the great prize. You deserve it and I am so glad that you and your sone had such a terrific time!

  23. Donna – What a terrific getaway! I am all smiles for you and your son. The photos are amazing. The resort looks incredible and the nature even better. Can’t believe you found such a cute shop along the way too. So glad I stopped by to share in the joy of your trip. Take care.

    Vicki at RustyRoosterVintage

  24. so beautiful, what a special weekend. my son is 18 and it would be very hard to spend the weekend alone with him anywhere, enjoy the time while he is younger and will hang out with you!!

  25. Oh man…just looking at those pictures made me feel relaxed. What a gorgeous place, both the hotel and the vicinity. I’m so glad you and your son got to have such an awesome weekend. You deserve it.

  26. That place looks so wonderful! Wow! And it looks and sounded like you had a great time! So happy that your son finally got to stay in that big hotel he always wanted too. lol Congrats on the big win again!

  27. They should make you the Ambassador of Harrison. I think I will add this to my list of places to go. Lake Louise just got scratched off. I have been to all the fancy places in Colorado and they don’t hold a candle to that hotel. I especially liked the Copper Room and the really nice pool/hot tub. Your before and after photos were too cute! You should have a scrappy sweater Saturday. Ann

  28. Donna,
    That was fun tagging along with you on that awesome trip. Gorgeous setting. I can only imagine how much you deserved that break with your boy. Now I will be waiting to see the twig chandy appear soon in your home!

  29. You certainly did an amazing job of reporting your weekend getaway. My DH and I spent our honeymoon there 34 years ago, some things have changed a little. That shop was not there then, I think it is time for a re-visit.

  30. Looks like a wonderful and well deserved trip! I am trying to get caught up with the blogreading and it aint easy πŸ™‚
    That 3000 followers event looked like a lot of fun. Sorry I missed it, I will be here next month for the 4000 followers shindig though.

  31. Congratulations on your photo win and fun little getaway!! Loved the weekend review in pics and story. Now I see that the Black Forest is @ Harrison HS. I was thinking of the one in the interior – been by that one a zillion times. Looks lovely and WARM there. Hope your toes have recovered!
    PS Loved that poultry photo!! Should be in that chicken magazine (yes, I found a whole magazine dedicated to raising fowl!)

  32. I am thrilled that you had a great time–love to see you and your son giggling in the mirror photo. While you’re making the twig chandelier, I need to figure out how to make the lights at the top of those columns…

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