What a wonderful extended weekend we had in Banff! Sometimes getting out of the city for a few days is just what you need to feel refreshed and inspired. We had friends visiting from the US who also have a young daughter (6 months and so so adorable) so Zach and I booked a couple of extra days off work and decided Banff was the place to go! We used to travel quite often, but with school and work and life being so busy lately we haven’t had as much time to do so. It was nice to reconnect and have a little adventure with Emmylou and good friends.
We drove up on Friday and got checked into the hotel right away. By this time we were all starving and in need of coffee so we grabbed the shuttle into town (we were staying at the Rimrock Resort which is beautiful but a bit out of walking distance of the actual town – especially with little ones). We spent the afternoon wandering around, ducking in and out of shops, and indulging in a few treats. Emmylou is nearly impossible to corral these days, being too old for a stroller yet too young to listen to reason, direction or even bribes. Much of the afternoon was spent chasing her around, trying to get her to hold our hand, or carrying her. We also got to show our friends the garden where we were married almost three years ago and reminisce about that special time and our lives since.
Emmylou was exhausted when we got back to the hotel around 6 because she had missed her nap, so we put her down and wondered if we would be able to make it for dinner or not. She ended up waking up after 30 minutes and we decided to try to make dinner and see what happened. I am so happy we did because she was actually very well behaved – an older couple even remarked on how quiet she was being as they were leaving. Let me tell you, this kind of comment is so welcome when you have a toddler and are constantly worried that she is going to misbehave. Haha.
The next day we took the gondola up Sulphur Mountain (heights aren’t my favourite thing but I was very brave…) and took in the spectacular mountain views. Even though we live so close to Banff it was nice to pretend to be tourists and have that experience.
Sunday morning we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in the hotel restaurant (one of our favourite things to do when we travel). It was a really wonderful time and it has me looking forward to going to Invermere, BC over the Canada Day long weekend and maybe planning a couple more short family trips this summer. We are even thinking about returning to Banff, just Zach and I, for a concert in July.
I wanted to dress easily and comfortably for this trip, yet still look stylish and put together. For the drive up I opted for some white denim, a navy tee, a navy scarf, a navy tote (I’m kind of navy obsessed if you can’t tell..), and Birkenstocks. On Saturday I sported this casual stripped dress from H&M, the comfiest tan wedges from Clarks, a navy scarf, and again my navy tote from Matt and Natt, which fits everything, including toddler snacks, extra diapers, water bottles and whatever else I may need, and matches just about everything I own.