Though the weather may fluctuate (click here for the forecast), this upcoming weekend is the perfect excuse to leave it all behind for one extra day and splurge on something out of the ordinary. We've compiled a list of our top three local and almost-local mini vacays, with something for every budget.
Whatever your speed is, we hope you have a wonderful long weekend!
The Easter Long Weekend is right around the corner and we couldn't be more excited to kick back and enjoy a free Monday! It's true - we DO get a long weekend every. single. month. (Oh Canada!) but something always feels a tad more exciting about the first official one of SPRING.
The Staycation Splurge - The Renaissance Hotel @ The Edmonton International Airport
Staycation at the Airport
As YEGGERS we don't often get the opportunity to stay at our local airport hotel. It's not the first stop you'd think of for an afterwork drink or date night as it's on the outskirts of town - but the Renaissance Hotel at the EIA has so much going on!
From an amazing cocktail list and dinner menu to grade A fitness facilities, a beautiful library and unique rooms - not to mention weekly events - the Renaissance is a choice pick for the perfect long weekend staycation.
The Renaissance hotel offers a stellar Staycation Package. When you book a room at the standard rate, this add-on gives you:
- a complimentary room upgrade
- welcome amenities
- two welcome cocktails at the HALO bar
- a sharing platter at the HALO bistro
- in-room dessert
- continental breakfast for two at the HALO bistro
It's an incredible deal and all under one roof!
The Country Cabin Getaway In Your Own Backyard (almost!)
Maggie's Hill Heritage Loghouse
Combining history with modern amenities, this beautifully restored loghouse occupies 156 acres on Hastings Lake. Offering tranquillity in a natural setting, this heritage site is a short 45 minute drive to Edmonton. This beautiful piece of history sleeps around 7 comfortably - tons of room to bring your best friends and tuck away for a long weekend in the woods!
The hosts explain this old-timey dream as follows:
In addition to the loghouse, the property also features many historical items including an old bunkhouse, a Swiss-style logbarn, antique farm machinery and an old boat once used for a tourist camp on Cooking Lake in the 1930's. Kilometres of trails throughout the property introduce you to the native flora and fauna in this area. As a wildlife preserve, the property has been maintained in its natural state. Situated on the shores of Hastings Lake, there is access for canoe and kayak enthusiasts. Spend the day paddling on the lake and exploring the many islands of Hastings Lake that are protected as Bird Sanctuaries. Our property also boasts a 70 acre Ducks Unlimited Conservation Area. If you are looking for a peaceful location in which to enjoy nature, this is the place for you."
"Stay in one of the oldest homes in Strathcona County. This is your chance to experience an early pioneer home without sacrificing modern amenities. While maintaining the original character of the loghouse, newer additions have included a full kitchen, heated floors, bathroom and laundry facilities. While the loghouse provides lots of space in which guests can relax and enjoy their stay, the layout for the bedrooms is unique. There is a loft bedroom with a queen bed that has a full staircase leading up to this bedroom. The sleeping nook has a single bed with privacy curtains and is located on the main floor and close to the bathroom. In the living room, a sofabed pulls out into a double bed. In addition to the above sleeping arrangements, a small cabin adjoining the loghouse called the Lazy S has a queen bed with its own private porch. There are no bathroom facilities in the Lazy S; however, it is a short walk to the facilities in the loghouse.
The Homebody Holiday
The real staycation is at home!
Sometimes there's simply nothing better than staying home! Physically being within the walls of your house provides so many opportunities to ground, catch up, and treat yourself to the luxuries of your living room! Might we suggest grabbing your favourite take-out, making a movie nest and just forgetting the world for a few?
There's something for everyone at home!
- Make an epic movie nest!
- Repot your plants!
- Take a bath, read a book, OR BOTH!
- If you're really feeling ambitious... CLEAN YOUR CLOSET OUT! (personal fave)
Wherever this long weekend takes you we hope it's infused with fun! Let us know your favourite mini vacays so we can share them with our community - after all, these glorious 3-day weekends DO pop up EVERY MONTH!