Doing it for the Gram

Capturing that perfect photo during your vacation is key. Trust me. I know from experience. How are your friends and family supposed to be jealous of all the fun you’re having if you don’t have photos to prove it. Being the Social Media Guru of Blue – I have spent many a days saying, “hold it higher! Ok – now take one from over there. Can you get another photo from this angle?” I turn my coworkers into “Instagram Husbands” on the daily #SorryNotSorry.

Now because I spend so much time out on the mountain giving all you followers serious FOMO* I have decided to craft a list of the most Instagrammable places at Blue. 

FOMO – /ˈfōmō/
noun INFORMAL

anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.

Blue Sign

This one may seem obvious but it’s key for all groups. There are fun cut outs in the letters to pose in, and nothing says “Living Our Best Life” better than a staged photo at a location sign that probably took 5-10 takes to get right. ** No judgement, this one took us four tries

@rachelbillo

Caption idea: I don’t know what’s tighter, our jeans or our friendship.

Mill Pond with colourful Muskoka Chairs

I am going to break these down geographically for convenience factor.  Sitting with your back to the camera in one of the Mill Pond’s brightly coloured Muskoka chairs screams relaxation. While we preach an active lifestyle – there is something calming about water. (Extra points if you are up in the morning and get the reflection of the Westin Trillium House on the pond)

Caption ideas: Today I plan to be as useless as the “g” in lasagna.

Bulrushes

The Boardwalk is located on the Westin Trillium House side of the Mill Pond. It’s filled with bulrushes, benches and gives you a real feel for nature. You can get some pretty artsy shots here that take you out of the resort vibe. If you’re lucky you can spot some frogs, or even a turtle. How neat is that?! 

Caption idea: I’m outdoorsy, as in I like to sit on patios

Main Street, Blue Mountain Village

Can you even take a true #VillageVibe photo without your Starbies in hand? Didn’t think so. Main Street in the Village is pure magic. It always has great lighting and can give serious quaint village vibes. Standing at the beginning, middle and end of the lane will give you three completely different takes on the Village.

Caption Ideas: Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s caffeine.

Gondola Cart

This one is completely unique to Blue Mountain. This is where you get the best views of Georgian Bay. I have yet to see a phone capture the Bay for what it really is, but I do appreciate all the pictures we’re tagged in as it reminds me how lucky I am to work in such a beautiful place. Now you have a few options here, you can do the traditional arm stretched out selfie with the Bay in the background, or you can just get a beautiful panoramic shot of the landscape, or you can stand at the top of the mountain and have the gondola carts in as your background. Either way you won’t be disappointed when you look back on your photos.

Caption idea: I prefer Cardi B over Cardi O to be honest. 

Coca Cola Chairs

At the top of the mountain we have not one, not two, but three giant Muskoka chairs compliments of Coca Cola. They are outstanding for photo ops for a number of reasons. People love taking photos of comically oversized items, and they’re also located at some of the best lookout points to ensure you get Georgian Bay in your backdrop.

@rachelbillo

Caption Idea: I came, I saw and forgot what I was doing..

Cascade Waterfall

The wise ladies of TLC once preached, “Don’t go chasing waterfalls.” Well, I am here to say, although a banging tune – IGNORE THIS! Waterfalls are where you can serve up some serious photo envy. Honestly, you can get some Fern Gully feels, or even Jurassic Park vibes from the Cascade Waterfall – buyer beware there is Poison Ivy so “do it for the gram” with caution.

Caption ideas: Nama-SLAY

Village Way Bridge

This one takes a bit of dedication to get to. You either have to hike halfway up Village Way Hiking Trail (flowy skirts, floppy hats, and espadrilles not recommended), or you can take the Gondola to the top of the mountain (serving looks of course), walk North along Route 66 to Village Way, and then walk down a whole lot of limestone rocks and winding paths until you hit the bridge. This is more of a Fitness-esque post, but once again the lighting from the sun through the trees is so great it makes everyone look like a champion.

Caption ideas: That awkward moment when you’re wearing Nikes and you can’t do it. 

Memory Lane Benches

Talking a walk down Memory Lane Hiking Trail is something that must be done during your stay at Blue. There’s a beautiful garden with flower sculptures that serve as a memory to lost love ones. While we don’t encourage photos in the Memorial Garden, there is a bench at the bottom of the garden that overlooks the entire mountain and serves up some serious power pose vibes. 

Caption Ideas: What’s a queen without her king? Historically speaking, more powerful

The Grind – Spring Time Bloom

The Orchard is named appropriately as it’s home to a slew of apple trees. In the spring time, the base of the Grind is in full bloom. You have about three weeks where the apple blossoms are bright pink, aromatic and the absolute PERFECT place for a photo session.

Caption idea: Humble with a hint of Kanye.

The Village Square

There is always something happening in the Village Square. The hustle and bustle plays as a great backdrop for serving some “everyday realness”. Aim for a candid moment taking in the sights and sounds of those around you, but by candid we mean posed and use portrait mode to make sure you stay as the focus of the shot.

@devoid_x

Caption idea:  I’m in love with places I’ve never been to, and people I’ve never met

The Fall

Seriously ANYWHERE on resort in the fall. The Village Square has haybales, pumpkins, corn stalks, gourds, mums. We literarily “can’t even” with how cute Blue Mountain is in the fall. More to come on that in the coming weeks.

Caption ideas: Sometimes I wonder what happened to all the people who asked me for directions…

Honorable Mentions:

Any location at the resort with a dog – Caption idea: It was me! I let the dogs out!

Any selfie – Caption Idea: Just in case you forgot what I looked like.

Any fitness photo – Caption idea: I wonder how many miles I have scrolled with my thumb.

Any photo at the beach – Caption idea: She used to call me on my shell phone.

Not all those who wander are lost

There are a ton of other great spots to use for your #blessed moments. Blue Mountain is truly where you can show others how you Live your best life!

Published by Melissa Kurtin

Resident Gryffindor of the Marketing Team, combines her passion for the outdoors with her love of rule following to help you get the most of your Blue Mountain experience

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