During our family Banff vacation, Chad and I found ourselves with a rare evening alone. As my parents headed off to their company function, me and the hubs prepared for a night of fun out on the town.
Making My (Our) Way Downtown
As if paying homage to Vanessa Carlton, Chad and I made our way downtown with a pleasant walk. Our castle hotel was only less than a mile away from the main thoroughfare, so we strolled hand-in-hand, enjoying the views of the surrounding mountains, the gorgeous river, and the bridge that my structural engineer husband couldn’t help but admire.
In our true #Weekender fashion, Chad and I decided to make our first stop at the Banff Avenue Brewing Company. We definitely got our money’s worth.
Because we were full from our delicious lunch at a local Indian restaurant, Chad and I opted to just stick with beer. We decided to each go with the sampler—a flight of six beers of our choosing. Each sample was six ounces, though.
So, 36 ounces of beer. No big deal.
In the end, that was the right choice: we sat and sipped and talked for a few hours, enjoying both the company and the beer. We split an appetizer, too. What else? Poutine. A Canadian special and a very obvious delight.
Save Room for Dessert
After our brewery stop, Chad and I wandered down Main Street in search of ice cream. We found a nice candy store with a cooler in the back, and enjoyed our options. Channeling my inner 5 year old, I went with the cotton candy flavor. Chad chose coconut.
It was delicious.
Drinks at the Rundle
Our night came to a close with drinks at the Castle’s Rundle Lounge. I went with a vodka cocktail while Chad sipped on a scotch. With the lights dimmed and a live musician strumming his guitar, the Rundle was a pleasant place to wind down after a fun evening.
For us, the night was a successful evening getting to know Banff a little better, while also enjoying each other’s company. Cheers to Chad, my personal dose of sunshine.