Rockies Retreat: Planning a Couples Staycation During COVID

Who else is SO overdue for a date night?! Times are challenging, and many of us are feeling the COVID fatigue. That’s why now more than ever it’s important to find quality time with your special someone. Good thing Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff and Emerald Lake Lodge near Field BC are the perfect places for a wintery night away, offering delightful activities, a range of accommodation options and immersion in breathtaking natural beauty!

Simply Christy Lynn

Whether you’re planning a lengthy getaway, or a short weekend visit, a trip to the Canadian Rockies is great for couples looking for adventure, or just a place to retreat and get some well-deserved quiet time. To help you start planning the perfect escape, here are a few ways to get the most out of your romantic getaway in the mountains.

Erik McRitchie

In the Banff area, couples can enjoy several activities at their own pace. There are numerous socially distanced friendly hikes in the area to try no matter what the time of year, including the Tunnel Mountain trail that is only minutes away from Buffalo Mountain Lodge.

Christopher Amat

Other options include getting some turns in on one of the local ski hills, taking in the gorgeous 360 degree mountain views on the Banff Gondola, as well as exploring the local shops in the town of Banff!

Paul Zizka

In and around Emerald Lake Lodge there is an abundance of activities to get up to on your romantic getaway. Take a short drive to Golden to get in some powdery turns at Kicking Horse Resort, or drive into Lake Louise to enjoy more skiing, ice skating, dog sledding and more!

Paul Zizka

Looking for another romantic option? Try something new when you rent Snowshoes or Cross-Country Skis from Emerald Lake Lodge! Imagine, gliding around with your partner surrounded by the magical snow-covered peaks of Yoho National Park. Check out a few of our favourite trails and more here. Inquire upon check-in to rent!

Skier Bob

After your day of adventuring in Banff or Emerald Lake, spend your evenings cuddling up next to your own cozy in-room fireplace at the lodges.

Brittnee Blair

Did you know you can also enjoy in-room dining at both Buffalo Mountain Lodge and Emerald Lake Lodge? Enjoy delicious Rocky Mountain Cuisine right in the comfort of your own room!

Lost Coordinate

There is also the option to enjoy safe and socially-distanced dining in the Mount Burgess Dining Room and Kicking Horse Lounge at Emerald Lake Lodge so you can toast to another year of adventures!

Erik McRitchie

We are also looking forward to welcoming you back to the dining room at Buffalo Mountain Lodge once restrictions are lifted! Until then, check out our delicious take out and delivery menu here, which includes our quick, easy and so so yummy Heat & Eat Meals! You can also pick up the perfect alcohol pairing from Buffalo Mountain Café beginning at 9 a.m. daily!

Looking for the perfect Valentine’s plans? Even though we can’t dine in restaurants, you can enjoy our delectable three course menu in your guest room or at home in Banff on February 13th and 14th. Should restrictions lift by the time this holiday roles around, we will be happy to serve you in-person.

Brittnee Blair

Even though most of our usual traditions need a little adjusting this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a sweet getaway with that special someone to rejuvenate, relax and explore in the Rockies! *Can you replace the macarons and rum tasting pic with the one of Brittnee and her husband eating at the table in the Buffalo Suites? This rum tasting isn’t on the menu all the time.

Erik McRitchie


Check out accommodation options in Banff!

Check out accommodation options at Emerald Lake!

Reserve your table at the Mount Burgess Dining Room!

Order from our Takeout & Delivery menu at Buffalo Mountain Lodge!

Explore our favourite winter activities in the Rockies!

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