We initiated our ‘Prestige Property of the Month’ contest as a monthly way to showcase our beloved properties while giving one lucky winner the chance to experience it with a friend.
If you have been hiding through summer and are not aware of this contest, make sure to read our blog post to get up to speed on what it is all about.
For the month of September, our featured property is the newly renovated Prestige Cranbrook Rocky Mountain Resort.
Conveniently located just off the main highway in Cranbrook, the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort offers guests a comfortable stay with many amenities nearby. The hotel features 112 rooms with a mix of standard rooms, kitchenettes, and Designer Suites including the unique option of spending a night in a designer train car. The property also has onsite restaurants; Fire and Oak and Don Cherry’s Sports Grill, as well as a hair salon, spa, indoor swimming pool and athletic centre. Guests are also encouraged to borrow the complimentary bikes, sporting equipment, board games and beach toys for added enjoyment.
To get you even more excited about visiting this awesome region of BC, here’s a summary of the top 10 things to do during your stay in Cranbrook.
1) Take a stroll through the Town of Cranbrook
Cranbrook is by no means a small town but when walking through the heart of downtown you can’t help but enjoy the quaint and welcoming atmosphere. Local boutique stores, cafes and shop fronts reveal some of the incredible history behind this destination town, and they make for an enjoyable time wandering through.
2) Spend some time exploring the Cranbrook History Centre
Only a short walk from the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort, the Cranbrook History Centre has a plethora of activities to partake in. Whether it is taking a guided historical railcar tour, diving into the historic museum displays, watching their large model railway travel 64 feet through a Kootenay mountain pass, or simply admiring the stunning Royal Alexandra Hall, the Cranbrook History Centre has something for everyone! Note: the guided tour train is something you do not want to miss out on (even if trains are not your thing).
For more information, click here.
3) Bike the North Star Rails to Trails to the town of Kimberley
Stretching over 28 kilometers and connecting the cities of Cranbrook and Kimberley, the North Star Rails to Trails is a great way to experience an iconic BC outdoor experience while seeing one of the greatest backdrops along the way – the Rocky Mountains!
The trailhead starts only a short drive from the hotel. A significant portion of the ride is uphill into the town of Kimberley where you will want to stop to refresh before enjoying the downhill ride back into Cranbrook. Just before reaching Kimberley, another recommended stop is the Marysville Falls Trail which is a short hike down to a beautiful waterfall.
If you didn’t bring your own bikes, you can hire them in town or borrow the complimentary bikes we have onsite at the resort!
There is also a great service if you wish to cycle one way and ride the bus the other way. Book the Community Bus one day before you travel by call 250 427 7400. Note that is available on Tuesday to Friday only and is $3 each way.
The trail isn’t maintained during winter but may still provide a beautiful Fat Biking experience or even cross-country skiing.
To view a detailed trail map, click here.
4) Play a round of golf at Wildstone Golf Course.
The course is set on the rolling highlands above Cranbrook which provides some of the most stunning views of the Rocky Mountains from the start of your round and until the end.
At over 7100 yards, it is a difficult par 72 layout which challenges every golfer. But don’t worry, the only memories you will taking home is the pristine condition of the course and the breathtaking views over each hole.
Please note that the course is seasonal so call ahead to enquire on times if traveling in the off season.
5) Visit The Cottage Restaurant for a homely breakfast experience
Another great spot for dining out is at The Cottage Restaurant. They have amazing comfort food, served in large portions by lovely staff. When you see the restaurant from the outside, it will make you feel like you’re going to your grandma’s house and the food certainly tastes as homey. Their sandwiches are a great order choice but unless you’re feeling daring or extra hungry, order the half portion. Remember though, we warned you!
6) Take an evening out at the Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap
The Fire Hall Kitchen and Tap is a local favourite and by all means warranted. From the onset of dining within an old heritage fire hall, to the delicious menu items crafted to make your mouth water, to the soothing pour of local BC craft beer, there is a reason this place is always packed.
Take a look at the menu items here.
7) Visit the Kimberley Alpine Resort
The Kimberley Alpine Resort is located in Kimberly, a 40 minute drive from the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort and make for a wonderful winter experience. The mountain boasts over 68 ski runs, 1800 acres of land, and a top elevation of 6500 feet. The Resort offers a number of other activities apart from skiing including Snowshoe Tours, Fat Bike Tours, and Chocolate Fondue Tours. If you are not into the winter sports, the resort or town of Kimberley will provide for many shopping, dining and people watching opportunities.
8) Explore the quaint town of Kimberley
While in Kimberley, make sure to allow some time to wander the pedestrian-only streets which are lined with shops, boutiques, giant chess pieces, and restaurants. The town has a European influence and look which make for some great photos and a pleasant change in atmosphere. You could easily mistake the town for one in Switzerland!
One of the big attractions to this town is that they hold the world’s largest cuckoo clock. Simply stick a coin in and then witness the emergence of Happy Hans, a yodelling, mustachioed man clad in short leather shorts holding a beer stein.
Pair this activity in with option 3 or 7 to get more from your day!
9) Ice skating at Baker Park
If you visit our hotel in the winter, there is a lovely local park which ices over and is well maintained by the community. It provides for some great free ice-skating and a cute spot to simply enjoy the outdoors with a loved one. Just remember to bring your own skates!
10) Visit the Fire and Oak restaurant
Last but at no means least is the newly opened Fire and Oak restaurant. Already a crowd pleaser and local favourite, this restaurant is making waves in the town of Cranbrook with some of the most delicious classic and modern food!
Take a read of this article written about the restaurant (https://www.e-know.ca/regions/cranbrook/fire-and-oak-brings-heat-to-the-local-culinary-scene/?fbclid=IwAR129Iol8f7MdrewPTnYL2x2BhryRaV-TDCpC7xibNbKprh8-gkY8cobNpI) The best part is that you won’t have to leave the hotel to experience this incredible dining spot!
We hope these top 10 things have got you interested in visiting the community of Cranbrook and exploring just another slice of British Columbia!
Make sure to enter our contest for this month to be in the running to win this amazing giveaway!
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The greatest aspect about the competition is that we are running it across both our Instagram and Facebook platforms, so for an even greater chance of winning, visit both social media sites and REPEAT steps 1-4. The winner will be announced on the last day of each month.
Competition fine print: Transportation to and from the hotel is not included in the prize package. The prize is not transferable and must be used within 12 months from the draw date. The winner must still be following Prestige Hotels and Resorts at the time of the draw to be eligible, otherwise a redraw will be performed until a winner is found.
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