Ainsworth Hotsprings - an easy getaway in the the Kootenays

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Ainsworth Hotsprings - an easy getaway in the the Kootenays

Ainsworth HotspringsMy wife and I decided to go up the road from Nelson BC for a little r 'n' r and spend the night at Ainsworth Hot Springs. It's a short 30 minute drive from our home, so a painless trip. We arrived in their newly renovated lobby which incidentally features some spectacular stonework. Next we settled into our room facing the Purcell mountains rising above Kootenay Lake. All of the rooms have been tastefully modernized with ours featuring two double beds, comfortable seating and a modern new washroom. After relaxing into our hotel it was time to head off too the perfectly located 'Springs' dining room. Having dinner in the Springs Dining Room is the complete dining experience. The surrounding picture windows give one a panoramic view of the lake, surrounding mountains and to the south the pools below. The three waiters provided terrific service and later we were informed that two had worked here for almost twenty years and the third had been employed for ten years. Impressive to say the least, and our expectations were exceeded again with the food...mmmmm. For appetizers we shared scallops, asparagus, boconcini with basil and prosciutto, it was wonderful! The main was a tender strip loin and Francesco prawns, wow it was great. Great dinner, a wonderful bottle of wine followed by superb desserts!  The next morning we relaxed in the hotsprings, moving between the legendary caves and the warm pool. We then packed up, and headed to the top floor for a delicious breakfast in the panoramic dining room with the lovely owners Norm and Joyce. The getaway to Ainsworth Hotsprings was a soothing, relaxing antidote to a busy week. Blogger: Ross McNamara

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