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Canadian Rockies Adventure - Day Four
Tuesday, June 27, 2000
After a nice relaxing couple hours by the pool, we returned to our room, showered, and changed. We went back to the main lodge and asked the concierge for a suggestion for dinner. Keith has heard good things about Alberta beef, so we were interested in a steak house. The concierge recommended Villa Caruso. We caught the 5 p.m. Shuttle to town ($3.50 each) and walked around for a little bit. We had a 6 p.m. reservation, but went to the restaurant early and sat down at the bar for a drink. The restaurant was located on the second level and overlooked the main street in town (also on the edge of town, where the railroad station was located). The decor of the restaurant was reminiscent of the Adirondacks, combined with a lodge one would expect to find in Montana ("big sky" country). In addition, there were many mission-style lights and decorations throughout. The restaurant was upscale but casual (we quickly learned nearly all public restaurants in the Canadian Rockies were casual, with the exception of some of the most upscale restaurants in the Canadian Pacific hotels which required jackets...and which we avoided). It was another beautiful day, and the snow-topped peaks were stunning to look at, so we requested a table out on one of the terraces (the side not facing the still very-hot sun).
Keith ordered carpaccio as an appetizer, Caesar salad, and the 8-ounce Alberta beef tenderloin. The steak was very good and sweet. His only disappointment was that the entree was served almost immediately after the salad. Because the table was small, he had to give up his salad after only a few bites. Lori ordered the phyllo with feta, peppers, and tomato as an appetizer, and the Shrimp Saganaki (red Ouzo sauce). The owner was Greek. We ordered another bottle of British Columbia wine (Gewurtztraminer) with dinner. The server did the right thing and subtracted the cost for the salad from the bill.
Keith was hankering for some grappa after dinner. They didnít have any, but suggested the Whistler Inn several blocks away. We found the Whistler Inn and sat down at the bar. Keith ordered grappa and the bartender, who was quite friendly, didnít even realize that had any (we told him Villa Caruso told us they did). He found the grappa and served some to a happy Keith. Lori had some Sambuca as well and we sat there for a bit and chatted with the very sports-minded bartender. We cannot stress how friendly the people who work in the hospitality/service industry in the Canadian Rockies truly are. We needed a cab to go back to JPL. The bartender called, and told us the cab would be there in 30 seconds. (It was a very small town). We all laughed when we saw the cab right out front backing up to the front of the Inn.
Sunset was at 10:20 p.m., but it stayed light much later than that. We returned to JPL, went back down to Tent City, and
talked to Laurie, the very friendly bartender. She told us the closest town to Jasper is 45 minutes away (but they have a
Wal-Mart!). We walked back to our room and fell soundly asleep.
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