TATLA LAKE, BC – Aug. 27, 2018– The Chilko Experience, a private family estate situated in a recreationally rich wilderness region of British Columbia, is one of 25 new stars to be included in the 2018 Chad Clark Certified 25™.
The 2018 Chad Clark Certified 25™ is a collection of the most unique, authentic and singular travel experiences to be had throughout the world, See: www.chadclarkcertified.com/.
The vetting and resulting annual collections are said to be to the travel industry what the Michelin Guide is to the restaurant industry. One of its goals is to keep purveyors on their toes when it comes to creating and delivering extraordinary experiences that represent the cutting edge in vacation travel.
Phil Huston, The Chilko Experience founder and owner with his wife Anne Huston, received the accolades on Aug. 12, 2018, during the travel industry’s Virtuoso week at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.
Dubbing The Chilko Experience “a Canadian Log Castle,” the award recognizes its outstanding architecture and proximity to “glacial-fed pristine waters, rushing rivers, world-class adventure.”
"Being selected to be part of Chad's 25 top experiences for 2018 is more than an honor; it’s significant. Because we are a relatively new boutique offering, we’re under the radar for many in the travel industry. Our focus is offering guests an experiential adventure in the pristine British Columbia wilderness that they will forever cherish,” said Phil Huston.
Only 12 guests a week (up to 22 if they’re extended friends and family) have the privilege of lodging in the six custom log and timber frame homes on the estate. These one and two-bedroom, artisan-crafted dwellings delight visitors whom their hosts welcome like family to their exclusive property. Each unique home shares common features: oversized windows for maximum natural light, stone floors, hand-beveled denim (blue toned pine) ceilings, steel roofs, all tastefully furnished with antiques. Anne Huston, a long-time antique dealer, has adorned these classic homes with many of her collectibles. See: https://thechilkoexperience.com/log-homes/
Staff on premise serving the estate for the season number up to 10. These include veteran guides who make sure that on a daily basis each guest fulfills a dream activity. A professional chef and masseuse are also in residence.
Throughout the early June through mid-October season activities include, among others, fly fishing, canoeing, river rafting, horseback riding and four-wheeling in the never-ending (five million acres) forests of pine, splashed by the world-famous Chilko River and Chilko Lake.
Guests often enjoy an 18-year-old single malt or a local brew beer served in a 20-ounce frozen mug – raising a toast to the snow-capped mountains that surround. Several times weekly bonfires and s’mores challenge the storytellers among the group. When taking reservations guests are asked about food preferences and dietary restrictions. There’s no running to the corner grocery here. It’s three hours away. The estate supports local farmers and ranchers in the region and maintains an organic garden.
The Chilko Experience serves only BC-sourced wines, many from BC’s Okanagan Valley vintners. Taking center stage in the world of wines, Okanagan is the new star to watch. Many of its over 300 wineries have won international awards.
The geographic features of the wilderness surrounding The Chilko Experience are dominated by Chilko Lake and its out flowing Chilko River. The lake is the largest alpine lake in BC and the river is known for its world-class white water rafting and fly fishing. The lake is in the southern Coast Mountains (Coast Range) that stretch north into Yukon territory and southerly, morphing into the Cascade Range from British Columbia into Washington and Oregon. Bears, wolves and bald eagles are abundant here, especially from mid-September through October when runs of some two million salmon attract as many as 100 grizzly bear and thousands of eagles.
Ratesper person for this boutique and all-inclusive hospitality are based on the number of nights. Children ages 6 and under lodge free. Ages 7 to12 visit at the half-adult rate. Singles are accommodated in the Main House with no additional single supplement charge. A per person three-night stay is $2,950 and a six-night stay $5,950. See: https://thechilkoexperience.com/rates/
Most guests access the Chilko valley via private charter flights originating in Vancouver, BC. The flight time is one hour. Guests can also fly commercially to Williams Lake and then drive three hours to the estate. From Vancouver it’s a 10-hour drive.
About The Chilko Experience
The estate is a charter member of The Austin Collection and a member of the Mantis Collection, Villas of Distinction and the Chilko Operators Association. The staff practice sustainability, including recycling, at every level. A 48-panel, 12 K solar system generates 98 percent of the estate’s energy needs. On premise are a greenhouse and a 140-foot freshwater well. The abundant water supplies are all based on glacier and snow melt, so pure that residents can drink right from the lakes and streams.
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