If you are anything like us, a change of scenery is in order this holiday season.
While we’re not quite treading yet into full Bill Murray in Groundhog Day territory, we are getting to the point that these working-from-home-days are starting to feel like we’re living in a perpetual loop – one that entails making the same breakfast, wearing the same sweats, and staring at the same walls.
For starters, you could do as FLARE suggests in their new article on The Best Hotels in Canada for Your Next Staycation and check out The Fort Garry Hotel, Mere Hotel or Inn at the Forks.
Coincidentally, we also think that these are mighty fine choices too, being properties which we have new videos on that we in the last few months.
In this segment here, our intrepid “Here for It” guides Sarah and Cody join Fort Garry Director of Sales and Marketing Jordon Lanthier as he discusses how this dog-friendly hotel has exceptional new cleaning practices and some of the coolest public spaces and most enchanting rooms in the city. Plus, this being Winnipeg’s castle, the hotel itself is simply enchanting–particularly come winter when it makes us feel like it is a setting out of St. Petersburg as depicted in the pages of Travel + Leisure.
Right now, we have partnered with The Fort Garry to offer the Castle Escape package, which gets you a two-night stay replete with two signature cocktails, breakfast for two, complimentary parking and a 2 p.m. checkout starting at just $231.
Both the Mere and Inn at the Forks are part of the locally owned Sparrow Hotels group–which also includes the newly revamped Norwood Hotel–and are known for their chic designs and great locations, both located along the city’s rivers.
Here, Inn at the Forks GM Joel Waterman discusses all their new COVID-19 protocols, while at a glance we have to say that the Inn and the Norwood really bring it when it comes to combining a great nights’ stay with culinary excellence. Inn at the Forks houses SMITH, one of the city’s best farm-to-table restaurants whose cocktail program is always rave-worthy. At The Norwood, you’ll find both Pauline and The Wood Tavern, two stylish settings that are ready to provide you with great in-room dining.
Norwood is currently offering a staycation package that includes parking and breakfast for two for just $119, while Inn at the Forks’ package also includes drinks and parking at just $209. The rooms along at Inn at the Forks are worth that just for the views, which either look out onto the WINNIPEG sign and Canadian Museum for Human Rights or the Assiniboine River, Norwood is situated in charming St. Boniface and the Mere is situated right in the Exchange District alongside the Red River, close to great spots to pick up a bottle and some takeout from like Nonsuch Brewery, Patent 5 Distillery, and The Mitchell Block.
Culinary enthusiasts will also relish what’s in store with a staycation at the très chic Alt Hotel Winnipeg. It’s In-Room Gastronomy Package will see you savouring a three-course meal from The Merchant Kitchen’s global menu while taking in the sweeping views of downtown with free parking and flexible checkout times (with the option of breakfast in bed and a bottle of wine too!). Plus, we guarantee that this property’s beds and bedding have yours at home, beat.
Two downtown gems you’ll also find deals on are Delta Hotels by Marriott Winnipeg, the city’s largest four-star, and The Fairmont Winnipeg, whose regal setting and legendary service always make it a go-to. Delta is currently offering up to 20 per cent off rooms, while Fairmont’s Baby, It’s Cold Outside Package gets you signature cocktails, room service breakfast, and complimentary parking for just $179! Both spots also feature gorgeous rooms with great views of downtown (Delta’s often include balconies) while you are surrounded by no shortage of great options for takeouttoo.
And this is just at a glance. We have deals up too for the newly remodeled Holiday Inn Winnipeg South, Holiday Inn Airport West, The Grand Winnipeg by Lakeview, and the Victoria Inn. Plus, if you don’t see a deal that fits your exact needs, be sure to call the hotel and see what other offers they may have in store – most properties are quite flexible at the moment.
So what are you waiting for? Put a tranquil staycation at the top of your holiday list and treat yourself to a few days away from your homestead this holiday season.