From the outside, Summit Lodge doesn’t distinguish itself from most of the “alpine lodge”–style hotels in Whistler. But step inside, and right away you realize that fun and quirky are the guiding principles here: Maybe it’s the complimentary candy stand in the corner, or the dog-shaped chalkboard with the names of the hotel’s current canine guests. (Pets stay for free at Summit Lodge, and the staff will help arrange dog-walking and dog-adventure services while you’re hitting the slopes on skis or mountain bikes.) Suites and studios are colorful and bright; each one features a fully equipped kitchenette, fireplaces, a complimentary iPad, a large tub, and small decks that look over the pool and over the village. In addition to a heated pool, there’s an outdoor hot tub and fire pit and an indoor sauna. Guests can request one of the 10 free bicycles to explore the town, or rent a scooter to cover more ground. The lodge houses two independently owned restaurants: Elements Urban Tapas Parlour features a changing menu of locally sourced ingredients (meats from Pemberton, cheeses from Vancouver island, British Columbia wines), while Sachi Sushi is one of the town’s most popular seafood stops.