Feb 272012

If Italian fare is on your mind while on holiday at Red Mountain then this is the place for you!  After a huge day of powder sking with Big Red Cats, our photographers Kenny Blum and Matt Small were hungry!  We could hardly wait to bring them to Gabriella’s!

On this particular evening we had the “Trip around Italy,” five course meal enjoying flavors from the savory fava bean soup and incredible seafood linguine to the decadent tiramisu all while warming up by the fireplace.

Thank you Gabriella and Roxy and everyone at Gabriellas, it was a night we will never forget!!

Gourmet Dining at Gabriella's at Red Mountain Resort

10 reasons to choose Big Red Cats for your cat skiing adventure:

  1. Safety – qualified guides, and exceeding industry operating standards, as one of only a few operations to have a full time snow safety team, as well as two or three guides in the cat
  2. Huge and varied terrain – how many cat skiing/boarding operations ski/ride 360 degrees off of 8 peaks?
  3. Separate trips for experts, advanced, and intermediate skiers and riders – this means that you generally ski with people going at the same speed: experts get the super steeps, pillows and cliffs they enjoy, while intermediates can cruise along in bowls and spaced trees, without performance anxiety
  4. Small-group option for 3:1 guest to guide ratio
  5. Big Red Cats is one of the largest cat ski operations in the world, with the terrain, safety program, and maintenance to back that up.  Where else do they regularly run three cats, sometimes four, plus a 5th backup?
  6. Super fast cats – PB300’s are the best in the business.  More skiing, no waiting around, and they go all the way to the top!
  7. Unmatched accommodation choice – choose from super quality five star condos to cheap hostels, or our social lodge options with other cat skiers.
  8. Access – easy to get to from Spokane (two hours). Fly into Castlegar (30 minutes) or Kelowna (3.5 hours) – just minutes from Red Mountain to the snowcats on Big Red Cats’ shuttle bus, or self-drive.
  9. Flexibility – book one day, six days, or alternate with resort skiing.  Because you’re staying right at a world-class ski resort, you can mix your cat skiing with resort days, have some group members cat ski while others are at the resort
  10. Great value – Big Red Cats has the best price and quality mix, and they DO provide rain checks and resort options, so you’re guaranteed to ski or ride.


Call Big Red Cats and book your skiing adventure today!!

Gourmet Dining at Gabriella's at Red Mountain Resort

Special thanks to Matt Small for the action ski shots :)

Stay tuned . . . more posts to come!!

Feb 212012

Gypsy at Red - Restaurant, Rossland BC

This is gourmet dining at its finest.  If you ever come to Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, British Columbia — dining at  Gypsy at Red is a must.  The service is impeccable and the food?  Amazing presentation and absolutely delicious!

From the romaine heart salad with crisp bacon, shaved parmesan, slivered almonds and buttermilk wasabi dressing to the grilled sirloin steak with a rich red wine, pomegranate, shallot sauce. Topped with crisp double smoked bacon. Served with garlic mash potatoes and fresh vegetables our epicurean adventure was only beginning!

Gypsy at Red - Restaurant, Rossland, BC

Gypsy at Red - Restaurant, Rossland, BC

The service at Gypsy’s was so impeccable and everyone was so nice.  Thank you Gypsy’s for an amazing gourmet dining experience!  We will be back!

B and I are still dreaming of the chocolate cake . . . wow.

Gypsy at Red - Restaurant, Rossland BC

Nov 172011

Sunrise on Orcas Island – Doe Bay Resort

Sunrise at Doe Bay Resort, Orcas Island

Taking in the early chilly morning . . .

Beautiful Doe Bay

Yoga with Luca and a breathtaking view . . . .

Doe Bay Yoga with Luca

Pathways to serenity . . .

When you are hungry, the Doe Bay Cafe will surely please.  An organic, “seed-to-table,” menu is absolutely incredible.

Chef Jon Chapelle working his magic . . .

Doe Bay Cafe

There is also breakfast at the Doe Bay Cafe . . .

Doe Bay Cafe Breakfast

To relax your body and mind — the Doe Bay soaking tubs and sauna . . .

Doe Bay Soaking Tubs

Doe Bay Camp Sites

Doe Bay offers cozy, comfortable cabins with sweeping views . . .

Cozy Cabins at Doe Bay

The garden is amazing and provides the Doe Bay Cafe with a plethora of fresh, organic ingredients.

Doe Bay Garden

For us, it was all done Airstream style . . .

Jul 042011

The beauty of Airstreaming is that you can practically go anywhere your heart desires and still have your creature comforts of home wherever your destination may be. There are so many places in our beautiful America to explore and discover.  One way we like to Airstream is to find a nice campground and walk or ride our bicycles to our destination(s). We get our exercise and we have more time together which is always so nice.

One of our favorite destinations to visit is called Suncadia. Suncadia is located 90 minutes east of downtown Seattle so it is a great weekend getaway for fellow Seattleites. Suncadia does not have RV accommodations; however, there are quite a few spots around where you can easily camp and walk (or bike) your way into this beautiful golfing, fishing, hiking, biking, swimming, etc. community.

I have never had the opportunity to dine at the Swiftwater Cellars which is located within Suncadia.  Hubby sensed that I was in one of my “don’t feel like cooking moods,” and asked if I’d like to have dinner here.  “But of course!”   We had an incredibly delicious butter leaf wedge salad with blue cheese dressing, a savory gorgonzola tart alongside grilled ciabatta bread which was drizzled with an amazing sweet, thick balsamic vinegar and two crispy and rich dungeness crab cakes.  For dessert, B had a simple but so delicious vanilla ice cream with berries.

Our day was spent swimming, bicycling and dining at gorgeous Swiftwater Cellars with a pleasant and peaceful walk back home in the warm summer air to our camp where our Airstream awaited our return.

What a beautiful day.

Swiftwater Cellars at Beautiful Suncadia Resort