When planning your Rocky Mountain destination wedding and sending out your invitations, it’s always great to include some perfect accommodation suggestions for your guests.
So if you’re looking for the perfect accommodation for wedding guests in the Rocky Mountains? Look no further than G’s Mountain Getaways. With an array of short term rentals, hotel style condos and AirBnbs throughout Canmore and the surrounding areas.
We caught up with Gio, the brain behind G’s Mountain Getaways, for a quick chat about his accommodation offerings.
Tell us a little about the business!
I launched GMG in June 2019. Previously, I spent two years operating as a General Manager for another property management company in town. While there, I was responsible for 28 short term rental properties.
I felt that I wanted to start my own brand; to offer condos with personality and that “wow factor” that guests are looking for while ensuring we are eco friendly to protect the beautiful landscape we are surrounded by and also to support other awesome businesses in town by providing our guests with some of their awesome artisanal creations.
Tell us a little about your own professional background and your role in weddings, wedding accommodation, or your interaction with guests!
Prior to moving to Canmore, I worked for several large companies in my hometown of Montreal including; Akzo Nobel, Ranger Design, DB Schenker, Meyers Transport and Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
Working for these established corporations helped me cultivate great customer service skills, strong finance skills, professional leadership skills, the ability to multitask and work under pressure, along with solid collaboration skills with team members. All of which are important assets in the property management industry.
And when it comes to weddings… Well, half my family are from Italy, so I’ve been to a whole lot of weddings!
So I may be biased but Italians sure know how to throw a wedding. First off, Italian weddings are huge. Firstly, basically every person you’ve ever met throughout your life is invited! Secondly, it’s pretty much an all-day celebration with; a beautiful church ceremony, great pictures, a really nice hall, good music, great people, dancing, lots of wine and enough food to feed an army.
What services/packages do you offer?
I currently manage three short term rental properties in Canmore, with hopes of expanding in the coming years.
In addition to renting out the properties for wedding accommodations, I also try to surprise guests with special packages to help enhance the celebration. I believe there’s nothing better than walking into a suite and seeing there’s a little surprise waiting for you.
Are there any differences between summer and winter options for your accommodation?
All three suites are available year round. But rates do vary by season.
What are the typical Banff + Canmore activities couples and their guests can do in close proximity to the accommodation?
Lot’s of hiking, biking, trail exploration, skiing, golfing, rafting, etc. All the fun the great outdoors have to offer.
How would you describe your philosophy when it comes to working with guests to organize their wedding accommodation with you?
My guests’ satisfaction is always my top concern. So I always try to go to great lengths to ensure my guests have a memorable stay in both the suite and in the Rockies.
I understand a wedding represents some of the most precious moments of a person’s life and I don’t take that lightly. With that in mind, I am easily accessible throughout the entire stay process (from enquiring, to booking, to their stay and even post stay). So I am happy to assist/customize their accommodation in any way that I can.
How would you describe the aesthetic of your accommodation?
Each of the three properties has their own personality. Also, I don’t want all the properties I manage to look the same. I like each one to have a little something that makes it unique.
That being said, all properties I manage are completely upgraded. That means stylish/comfortable bedding, a fully stocked kitchen, eco friendly products used throughout, full size HE washer/dryer units and locally sourced niceties for the guests to enjoy.
We try to provide everything a guest needs for their stay. We even provide a park pass and a can of bear spray for all their outdoor adventures!
What are the most frequently asked questions you hear?
How close are the units to the Cornerstone Theater? (a very popular destination for weddings).
Two of the properties are actually located on the same street, so they are steps away. The third would be a 10min drive.
How far from downtown Canmore?
Two of my accommodation options are 15min walk into town. Another property is an 8min drive.
How far from Banff & Lake Louise?
15-20min to Banff / 45-50min to Lake Louise
Best places to dine/find activities?
I’m always available to offer suggestions or help plan an itinerary.
What is the most important advice you would give to guests when it comes to planning their stay in the area?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and find the ideal host for your stay. An ideal host should be there for you in any way that they can.
Do you offer any wedding-specific packages, services, or group discounts?
Group discounts, booking units;
1 unit: 10% discount
2 units: 12%
3 units: 15%
What positive feedback do you hear most frequently from guests after their stay?
I am very humbled to have a very high rating across all three of my properties. I partner with a great cleaning company in town which has brought us many great comments that our units are sparkling clean. As I mentioned, I am also very accessible and guests can usually expect to get an answer from me in a matter of minutes.
“Really wonderful condo with beautiful views of the mountains. Stylishly but comfortably appointed with furniture and decor, with an awesome fully stocked kitchen. Gio was a great responsive host and we would definitely be back!” -Carolyn
If you need Canmore accommodation for your wedding guests, you can find all of Gio’s information here.