Call the craft-lovers in your life and go on an art, wine and hot tub road trip. Here’s how to get the old gang together for the weekend to shop for handmade gifts, catch up on the news and sleep in late at the Best Western Plus Inn and Suites in Red Deer.
Meet in the middle
First of all, if your group of friends is split in Edmonton and Calgary – Red Deer makes a convenient meeting place exactly half way. And the Best Western Plus is right off the highway, so before you know it you’ll be checked into your sweet suites – hint, the king suite has an in-room jacuzzi – and ready to hit the town for dinner.
Rueon Thai is trending now with locals saying things like “memorably delicious” and “very tasty, very fresh” – plus it’s only five minutes from the hotel down 67 Ave. Or drive ten minutes downtown to Momo Sushi for the huge seafood pancake and “the best Takoyaki”. Now that you’re downtown, stop in at the Redstone Wine Bar for a glass (or bottle) of their featured wine.
Soak and sleep
My friends, you have three options for a pre-bed soak: bubble up in your private tub, gather in the king suite’s jacuzzi or meet new friends in the shared hot tub at the pool. Then lay your sweet head down for a long slumber on a pillow top mattress that feels like a cloud.
Coffee, breakfast, coffee
Your big day begins with a full complimentary breakfast – sausage, ham, eggs, fresh fruit and pastries, make-your-own pancakes with berries, two kinds of yogurt plus mix-ins, and wholesome stick-to-your-ribs oatmeal with all the fixings. The hotel also provides gluten-free options and bottomless coffee. Fill your cup up again, you’re going to need your strength.
This time of year, many Central Alberta Farmer’s Markets set up especially for the holidays. Lacombe’s Christmas Market is every Friday morning from Nov 18 to Dec 16 (just 20 minutes north). Parkland Nurseries & Garden Centre has a Christmas craft market every Saturday (10am to 4pm) until December 17. The Village of Alix’s Annual Christmas Market is also another great option – taking place December 3. Combine a little market shopping with leisurely browsing unique boutiques in Downtown Red Deer and you’ve got a lovely day with friends!
Wine, handmade art and pampering – sounds like we hit it all. Next year, same time?