Recently, Honda invited me to go on a roadtrip with some other local bloggers in the new CRV. We gathered at their headquarters in Richmond early on a Saturday morning. Once divided into teams (I was paired with Gwen from LeftCoastMama.net), we set about loading up our CRV with some typical things you’d take on a weekend getaway… and we crammed it pretty full:
Unfortunately, it was raining as we departed Richmond and made our way through downtown and onto the Sea to Sky highway.
We made a quick stop at Shannon Falls…a place I haven’t actually stopped at in years. There was a large amount of people there that didn’t seem to mind the light rain.
After a brief stop in Squamish for lunch at the Cup Cafe/Bistro, we then switched drivers for the last part of our trip to Whistler.
Upon arriving in Whistler at the Fairmont, the group split up and either hit the Spa or the Peak to Peak. Fortunately, the weather had cleared up and it got nice and warm for the afternoon.
The group then reassembled and headed to Rainbow Park in the Whistler Valley for the Araxi Long Table dinner series:
Seeing that enormous row of tables in the meadow was pretty stunning. We were all a little concerned about the weather but the folks at Araxi had a Plan B (popup tents for the tables) that fortunately went unused.
We were then treated to a four course meal that was simply amazing… easily one of my top ten favorite meal experiences ever.
After an amazing dinner, we headed back to the hotel. A nice soak in the hot tub capped off a great (albeit long) day.
Sunday morning came too quickly and we loaded up the vehicle again and headed back down from Whistler.
One of the many things I enjoyed about the CRV was all the new technology that it has. Like the new voice command system that makes it very easy to say something like “Radio, 100.5″ and then the stereo switches to The Peak without taking your eyes off the road. You can also use your voice to control your phone, the navigation system and other parts of the car.
I also really liked the custom wallpaper option on the upper clock screen too. Such a little thing goes a long way to me, especially as cars get more sophisticated displays inside, it makes sense that you can personalize it with a few different photos.
We enjoyed a brief getaway but we were able to cram in plenty of activities, leaving the city behind and making a quick escape (in style, with the CRV).