And that was head for the hills before our rain started. When it rains in BC, it doesn’t mess around. We can be buried for WEEKS with constant drizzle and gloom. I wasn’t ready to hibernate quite yet!
So I scanned online, and looked for somewhere to go nearby. On the list was water, and nature. And that’s when I emailed my fav place to see if they had room.
They were all booked up. NO!! So I emailed anyway, requesting to be put on the waiting list. I mean… what can it hurt?
An email came the next morning, informing me of a cancellation. See? SEEEE?????? So… the BIG cabin was all mine if I wanted it!
I have written about this place before HERE. It’s called the Eco Retreat, located in Hope, British Columbia, Canada.
(This place is no longer avail to rent)
This isn’t a sponsored post, btw. I paid to stay, and asked permission if I could share my weekend with you. Because that’s just what I do! 🙂
This is THEE place for me. It’s like glamping, or, indoor camping, situated beside the river, right near the Othello tunnels, with the most gorgeous bike trails possible.
Oh nature, I love you so!
When my sweet place became available, I rushed out and picked up another Canon point and shoot camera for travel, (since the last one was lost during my Hawaiian adventure) and set off! I’ll show it to you soon.
Looooook! My cabin has it’s own washroom too.
And it was perfection! Rustic, charming, with a little heater, and even a couple of cushy robes for the hot tub use.
Check out that window to the right… it’s boxed in like a mini desk, flooded with natural light. So cool.
I stayed for two nights. It’s a must. I don’t like rushing all the way somewhere only to have to leave the next morning. No way! This place had too much too offer to do that.
And guess what… it was due to rain the next day, so the evening I arrived, I head out on the bike through the Othello tunnels and bike trail. But I ended up doing that all 3 days, so I’ll show you that part in a moment.
But here’s a little tour of the property first. The outdoor shower is the coolest, but since it was raining, I let that little adventure go this round.
But I did enjoy the wood heated hot tub overlooking the forest. Decadent!
You get your very own forest and river here.
My first stop was an antiques store on 6th Avenue. This place isn’t online, so if you ever venture out this way, just drive down 6th Avenue. You can’t miss it.
And here’s proof that it was raining cats and dogs and even more antiques. Meet Atomic Cat Antiques and Vintage. Boy was this place ever cool!
See what I mean? I mean, where do you even start? Wonderfully organized, and they really had the coolest stuff.
But I forgot to take a picture of what I came home with! I’ll do something cool with it soon, then show you.
After shopping, it was still raining, so I just drove around. When the rain stopped for a few moments, I dashed out in complete awe, taking pictures of anything possible. The beauty in this region is outstanding.
This is Kawkawa Lake. This shot showcases the elevation in which I stayed. It really was in the mountains!
Hope is a pretty small town, with most streets about this busy. 🙂 Don’t you just love how close those mountains hug the town?
Then I dropped in at the local library, read a couple of magazines, grabbed a book to read, picked up some snacks, and prepared for a lovely quiet evening in the cabin with the sound of rain pelting down on the roof.
But first, dinner. And if you are ever in Hope, you must must MUST visit 293 Wallace Street. World class food. The salmon chowder soup was out of this world.
As luck would have it, it stopped raining once I head back. So I hopped on the bike one more time, and head for the Othello tunnels, which was right next door.
Seriously. The bike ride was so close, I couldn’t even get my heart rate up.
I’ve shown you a video a ways back while camping in Hope and visiting the tunnels HERE. That was a fun one to watch again!
I thought to bring my bike LED light which rocked. Others bring flashlights, or use their phone flashlights.
And some tunnels are this effortless.
But look over those rails, and you are treated to some of the most majestic sights and sounds possible.
This is the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, where First Blood was filmed.
After the tunnels, is the Kettle Valley Railway trail, which is about a 30 minute bike ride, leading back into town. It’s all gradually downhill where you don’t even need to use your brakes.
Once dusk hit, it was time to return to the cabin and jump into that decadent hot tub, then have a nice quiet read.
It was so lovely. So. Very. Lovely.
Have you ever been in a place you’ve loved so much, you just can’t bare to leave it, for fear you will forget what it felt like? That. THAT. This cabin stay, bike trail and antiquing did it for me in every way possible. Even in the rain.
There’s been a lot of changes in my life lately, and this little weekend by myself was needed, and so appreciated. I am trying to be good to myself, and step away from home a little more, hang out with new people, change my scenery, and fuel my heart and soul with good, beautiful and new things.
And I will admit, I certainly hit the nail on the head this round!
And if you like these kinds of mini getaway posts, say the word… it may entice me to travel locally a little more!
You can read more of my TRAVEL POSTS HERE