Stephanie & Henry Yuen
A 90-minute drive south from Vancouver, off Exit#200 from Highway 5 is the colossal Tulalip Casino & Resort, an enterprise of the Tulalip Tribes where we leisured a weekend getaway. For someone who normally spent no more than 15 minutes at the slot machines, we found ourselves enjoying every minute of it. We knew we’re in for 3 days of quality time once we laid our eyes on the immaculate, warm and spacious hotel room
A ‘zen’ moment at T Spa
T Spa is an elegant, earth inspired 14,000 square-foot, full-service spa featuring men’s and women’s lounges equipped with rainwater showers, saunas and steam rooms – these description do not do this gorgeous spa enough justice. We both agreed T Spa is one of the most sensuous, nature-embracing indoor spaces. A spa treatment here is the way to the most relaxing zen moment your body and soul will thank you for
There are four restaurants in Tulalip, we tried them all, our favourite finds:
a) Eagles Buffet: Look for Prime Rib Roast in the carving station and choose you own meat and fixings at the Mongolian grill station.
b) Tulalip Bay: Excellent food and wine pairing. This award winning restaurant (2008, 2009 DiRoNa Award, the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2007 and the 2008 Washington Wine Award of Distinction) is led by James Beard House invitee chef Dean Shinagawa. Their wine program is taken care of by Tommy Thopmson, a member of the International Sommelier Guild who has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence twice, the Washington Wine Commission’s Award of Distinction, and most recently, the Washington Wine Commission’s Grand Award.
c) Black Fish Wild Salmon Grill and Bar: Take a look at the seafood display at the entrance. Sit close to the tailor-made kitchen with an open style salmon pit right in the middle of the dining room. Highly recommended: Ironwood sticks of salmon skewers are cooked in open fire, Salmon chowder, Macaroni & Cheese with crab meat and yes, desserts!
d) Cedars Café: Fluffy and aromatic pancakes!
***Please note: All portions are generous, do pace yourselves.
A Museum of Tribal Arts
We are no art aficionadas, but who could deny craftsmanship of cultural beauty? Tulalip not only has a huge collection of heritage and modern carvings and paintings, but has integrated the tribal art structures as part of the charm and design of the property: Lamp shades, carpets, glass etchings, tapestry and even beddings. The resort is simply a museum of unique tribal arts! Every frame, every carving, every structure tells a legacy, so don’t just walk pass by, do stop and listen to the tribal stories these fine art pieces are telling. www.tulalipresort.com