It’s almost February, which means it’s almost March, which means it’s almost April, which means it’s almost SUMMER!

Let us embrace these last few 100 days of cold weather at the Drake, where winter is celebrated with over-the-top comfort. The second floor has become an ode to ‘Aprés Ski’, with indulgent treats that make me think more along the lines of ‘Aprés Mortal-Realm’. Heavenly beverages such as White Chocolate Godiva S’more and Boozy Hot-OhMyGod-AT-LEAST-Triple-Chocolate can be enjoyed by all waistlines in this wonderful season of layers and sleeves.

The newly winterized patio takes the Tiki Bar to the Sugar Shack, where an inviting open fire and homemade marshmallows give the finishing touches to the cedar forest that pushes the city miles away. If you prefer, stay indoors with the Vintage skis and sleds and grab a blanket to cozy up with.

The Drake keeps it real, bringing an open minded vibe to the politically charged prestige of Ski-Village lifestyle. Sailor Jerry and eggnog anyone?

~Vanessa Brazeau