Picture this: You need a vacation. You need a weekend out. It’s been an exhausting time lately, hasn’t it? Or perhaps not – but when was the last time you had a proper outing with your best friends? You need to change that, pronto. Get the group conversations started, make sure the getaway vehicle is prepped for takeoff. Here’s the theme: you’re gonna relax and unwind with the guys and what better place than Red Deer? If you’re ready and up for a weekend with the boys, here’s a list of suggestions destined to turn your weekend into something resembling greatness.
First order of business: get your accommodations sorted. One great suggestion? The Quality Inn North Hill. Free full hot breakfast and its central location close to a number of attractions such as Heritage Ranch and Westerner Park, make Quality Inn North Hill a truly great place for a Getaway HQ. Then what?
Red Boar Smokery
BBQ done right. With a menu featuring amazing delectable goods like beef brisket, pulled chicken sandwiches and massive racks of ribs, you’ll likely find enough for a feast. It helps their “100 Acre Wood” meal really is family-sized, with everything on the menu in one platter…twice. Bro-out and chow down!
Can you survive a hunt? Deep within Heritage Ranch, you’ll have to evade capture in 207 acres of bush. Ranch Tracker has you dropped in the remote wilderness, armed with a map and a compass. You’ve got four flags to capture in an hour timeframe – all the while outrunning the real life Ranch Tracker. It’s harrowing and exciting and you get a steak dinner at the end of the challenge – what’s cooler than that?
Hit the Trails
Red Deer boasts some of the best park spaces and trails in central Alberta, with over 100 km of trails available for your riding/hiking/biking pleasure. The trail map is a huge one, representing plenty of parks and ponds in the region. If the weather permits, hydrate and hit the trails!
Troubled Monk Brewery
Beer is great with friends and Troubled Monk Brewery serves as a powerful reminder of that fact. This gem of a brewery goes great with company – not only does it boast a friendly atmosphere, but brewery tours are available for the curious and they offer a great variety of limited beers and growlers. It’s a great way to unwind.
The Donut Mill
A visit to this beloved institution is always a good option when in town. Our advice? Go for a box of the Chocolate Orange.
Go Check Out a Rebels Game
Red Deer is a great sports hub and if you haven’t prepared to pace yourself through several exciting rounds of golf at River Bend or visited the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, then you need to make up for that by going to a Red Deer Rebels game at the stunning ENMAX Centrium. Take in the lively atmosphere with the guys – the Rebels draw some of the most passionate fans in the WHL and it’s easy to see why.
Then it’s back to the Quality Inn North Hill – indoor heated pool, hot tub, unique Lokal Kitchen and two watering holes on site (Wild Bill’s Sports Bar and the Lion’s Den Pub) await you!
There you have it – a guys weekend getaway to Red Deer is easy with the help of Quality Inn North Hill.
Photo thanks to Troubled Monk Brewery on Facebook.