6 Ways to Staycation in Calgary

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Best Staycation Ideas in Calgary

6 Ways to Staycation in Calgary

Plan a staycation in Calgary with six ways to getaway in your own city.

You don’t need to go far from home to experience the perfect getaway. Sometimes a staycation close to home is the perfect way to rest, relax, and find some new adventures in your own backyard. Plan your very own Calgary getaway with six unique staycation ideas, sure to help you escape the daily grind.

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Flower & Wolf dining room at Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire.

Flower & Wolf dining room at Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire.

Urban Oasis Staycation

Pampering yourself on a staycation is a great way to change your routine and come home feeling revitalized. Book a special hotel experience for your very own urban oasis in the city at The Westin, or Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire in the neighbourhood of Eau Claire with views of the Bow River. Check-in, settle in, and put your feet up for the weekend.

Treat yourself to some rest and relaxation with an in-room spa treatments at The Westin, including massage, pedicures, manicures, and facials. Ready to treat yourself to a nice dinner you didn’t have to make at home? Flower & Wolf at the Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire has a sophisticated but casual bar atmosphere with globally inspired dishes and a classic cocktail list. Try the Chicken Dinner for 2, with southern fried chicken, triple cooked chips, and house chop salad, with a cucumber gimlet on the side.

Give yourself a break from your phone and explore the great outdoors at Prince’s Island Park. With easy access from Eau Claire, enjoying a picnic in the park, game of frisbee, or a good book, might be just what you need. Take a deep breath and enjoy the staycation in Calgary.

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Calgary Central Library

Calgary Central Library

Trendy Neighbourhood Staycation

Wondering where to staycation in Calgary? The revitalized East Village has become a popular neighbourhood for locals to explore with a mix of historic charm and fresh new businesses. With all these new places to explore, it’s the perfect neighbourhood for a staycation in your own city. Trendy accommodations like Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown, Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Downtown, and Alt Hotel Calgary East Village are ready to welcome you for a weekend getaway.

At the heart of East Village is the Simmons Building, home to morning coffee at Phil & Sebastian, fresh baked pastries at Sidewalk Citizen, and the award-winning cuisine of Top Chef Canada finalist Connie Desousa at Charbar. It’s a food paradise right at your doorstep, all in one building, with some serious historic charm.

Architecture has come to define the skyline of East Village with internationally recognized buildings adding to the neighbourhood at every step. The Central Library has redefined what a library can be and was even named one of the New York Times 52 Places to Go in 2019. Best of all, you can always drop off your library books later. You can easily spend the day at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, telling the story of music in Canada with a massive collection and rotating exhibits. All this modern architecture has popped up next door to historic Fort Calgary, a National Historic Site with stories to tell.

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Downhill Karting in Calgary

Downhill Karting in Calgary (Photo credit: Dave Holland).

Sports and Games Staycation

Looking for a Calgary staycation with kids to add some adventure to your calendar? It’s a good way to mix it up and an easy way to plan a Calgary staycation for family close to home. Make WinSport your new home away from home and check-in to Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Suites Calgary West or Sandman Hotel & Suites Calgary West.

Think of WinSport as your one-stop sports and games destination. Home to the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, you can do everything from ski, snowboard, and tube in the winter to mountain bike and mini golf in the summer. Gear rental is available on location or at nearby Sports Rent. Make sure Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is part of your trip if you’ve never been before.

Downhill Karting is a gravity fueled adventure everyone in the family will love, with 1,800 metres of track and over 50 twists and turns. Make sure you get a multi-ride family pack. One ride isn’t enough, and you’ll be glad your staycation hotel is so close. Add a budget-friendly day at Bowness Park to your staycation plans, a popular picnic spot and Bow River floating launch in the summer, and ice skating destination in the winter.

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Shopping on 17th Avenue

Shopping on 17th Avenue (Photo credit: Roth & Ramberg/Travel Alberta).

Date Night Staycation

Make your staycation an extended date night in Calgary in the Beltline neighbourhood. Lush accommodations, boutique hotels, dining, and fun activities, are all within walking distance. Check-in to Fairfield Inn and Suites, Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown/Beltline District, or Hotel Arts, to get away from your regular routine. That’s a good start to your romantic getaway in Calgary.

Some of the best food and drink in the city is just a short walk away. Make a reservation for the veggie focused Ten Foot Henry, food and games at Home & Away, or the in-house Yellow Door Bistro at Hotel Arts. Take a walk down Stephen Avenue, home to great restaurants like Saltlik, Teatro Ristorante, and The Guild, while 17th Ave offers up everything from Pigeonhole and The Living Room to Lulu Bar and V Burger. Foodies will be in love with all these options.

No staycation is complete without some activities you don’t usually get to try. It’s easy to spend a day at Glenbow between all that good food or enjoy a shopping spree at the historic Hudson’s Bay Calgary Downtown. What about planning a personal selfie photo session at Snap Foto Club? That way, you’ll never forget this staycation in Calgary.

Check out all the best things to do in the Beltline neighbourhood.

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Family Adventure Staycation

North East Calgary is packed with family-friendly adventures right in your city. It’s the perfect Calgary staycation with kids. With no rush to the airport or jet lag to worry about, you can focus on getting to the fun stuff. Great accommodations are available close to all the adventure with Hyatt Place Calgary Airport or Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Airport. Start the family Calgary staycation vibes as soon as you check-in.

Try out fun experiences in Calgary, like BATL Axe Throwing, the indoor trampoline park at Flying Squirrel, or plan on some arcade games and dinner at The Rec Room. Feeling really adventurous? Go airborne with iFLY Calgary, an indoor skydiving experience you will be sending postcards home about. It’s the action packed staycation your family has been waiting for.

Take the fun outside with nearby Nose Hill Park, 11 square kilometres of hiking trails, off leash areas, and views of the Rocky Mountains and Bow River Valley. Or check out the redeveloped Prairie Winds Park, with everything from playgrounds, wading pools, spray parks, and cricket pitches in the summer to outdoor skating rinks and toboggan hills in the winter.

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Annex Ale Project

Annex Ale Project in The Barley Belt (Photo credit: Chris Amat/Travel Alberta).

Craft Beer Staycation

Craft beer fan? Plan your Calgary staycation around the almighty pint. The Manchester neighbourhood is home to some of the best craft breweries, cideries, and distilleries in the city. Book a budget-friendly room at the Days Inn by Wyndham Calgary South, or Best Western Plus Calgary Centre Inn for easy access to your very own craft beer tour.

The Barley Belt is seven kilometres of craft beer tap rooms in South East Calgary. That’s a good place to start this staycation. You can tour by foot or bike when the weather is right. Check out great local breweries like Annex Ale Project, Banded Peak, Born Colorado, Cabin Brewing, The Establishment, Legend 7, O.T. Brewing, and Village Brewery.

Hungry? Looking for more local craft makers? Grab some BBQ at Paddy’s Barbecue & Brewery or add some spirits to your trip with Confluence Distilling, makers of gin, vodka, and collaborative cocktail mixes. Finish it off with a small batch scoop of Village Ice Cream at their Britannia Plaza location.

Plan your craft brewery stops with the Calgary Beer Map.

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