February 22, 2017 Jocelyne Nicolas

Beat the winter blues with the ultimate Winnipeg ‘staycation’

It’s February, it’s chilly, and the winter blues have more than set in. We love Winnipeg all year round, but there’s something about the end of February that makes us crave a vacation from the daily grind. We thought about following the masses to Mexico, but instead realized that while a beach is gorgeous, there’s nothing cozier than the snow (it’s so pretty!). That’s why we decided to plan a good ‘ol fashioned staycation weekend right here in the ‘Peg.

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Nothing says vacation (or stay-cation) like an amazing dinner complete with wonderful atmosphere
and a great wine list. To kick things off right we’re heading to Bailey’s on Lombard after work. Not much has changed in this place for the last decade or so, but that’s not a bad thing. Everything on the menu is to-die-for, and the wine and cocktail list will leave you thoroughly impressed. Plus the quick walk from SkyCity is gorgeous in the winter and almost as enjoyable as the dinner it’s self!

Saturday

Brunch is the perfect way to start a day off, and Smith at the Inn at the Forks is our hands-down fave spot. Their menu is absolutely yummy, and their giant coffee mugs make waking up a breeze. Try the Red Flannel Hash or the Smith Eggs. Your taste buds will do a happy dance.

Post brunch we’ll spend the day wandering through The Forks. They have craft beer at The Common, as much history and learning as we can soak up at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, amazing food options, and fantastic shopping. Plus the outdoor skating trails, rinks, and river trail are one of the best parts about a Winnipeg winter.

Saturday night kicks off at Peasant Cookery (one of our faves). Not only do they have fab food but the wine list and cheese selection is nothing sort of epic. Plus, they’re close to the brand new location of the world famous Palamino Club, where we plan on dancing until they kick us out.

Sunday

Sundays are for relaxation (and post “Pal” we need it). A day to decompress before the hustle and bustle of Monday sets in. We’re heading to the Fort Gary Hotel and zipping up to Ten Spa on the tenth floor. If you’ve never experienced their Hamam (a modern interpretation of a Turkish bath), you’re missing out. It’s a world-class way to say good-bye to stress and warm up in a cold Winnipeg winter. You’ll leave feeling amazing, without a care in the world.

The spa offers amazing treats prepared by the talented chefs at the Fort Garry Hotel. We’re lounging around post treatment for a Crème Brule, and a few glasses of wine (because that’s what you do on vacation). The service is fabulous, and the comfy waiting rooms are the perfect to relax.

Ten Spa also has change rooms that will blow your mind, with rainfall showerheads, a steam room, blow dryers and everything you’ll need for a post relaxation glam session. Take advantage and pop down to the Palm Lounge in the hotel for a final drink, some dinner, or just to have a cup of tea and listen to the amazing live music they often have. You’ll almost forget that Monday is right around the corner.

Living in the suburbs, it’s easy to forget that Winnipeg has become a world-class tourist destination. If you’re interested in living in the heart of the city just steps from everything the city has to offer, consider a move to SkyCity. The stay-cation will feel never ending!

For more information and to book your tour of our incredible presentation centre and model suite, call 204-222-2489 or email info@skycitywinnipeg.ca.