If you are lucky enough to have summer hours at your workplace and sneak out early on Friday, then you have absolutely zero excuses not to take a long weekend.
Grab your besties and take a road trip to the buzzing city of Calgary, grab a hotel and disconnect from the real world by making the most of downtown Calgary (and the little perks a gorgeous hotel has to offer!).
Downtown Calgary has you sorted for a little mini-break on the luxurious side of life. And even if you've already been, here are some must-dos to check off your bucket list:
Sip cocktails by the gorgeous poolside
Summer breaks are made for relaxing by a hotel pool all day, catching some rays and catching up with the local celeb gossip from your fave gossip mag.
When you head to Calgary, finding a hotel with the essentials to help you unwind is your top priority. If you’re into a little poolside therapy, experience the ultimate poolside unwind with Hotel Arts (and add in a poolside cocktail or two), and your stress will melt away.
And if a day spa and a massage is your ultimate unwind, the Hyatt Regency has an amazing day spa called the Stillwater Spa which is a must-visit.
Either way, whatever your flavour, there are tons of awesome hotel deals and packages to start your weekend off right!
Dance until dawn with your friends
Now, we’re not saying Edmonton doesn’t have some pretty amazing bars. But let’s face it - sometimes you just need a to enjoy a fresh new scene. Calgary has you sorted, whatever genre you’re into, whether you’re heading to Cowboys for country, Hifi for EDM fans or Commonwealth for the hip hop. Hit up the clubs along 10th, 11th or 12th Avenue, and dance till the sun comes up
If you’ve grabbed a sweet hotel downtown, then you're within perfect walking distance, too; or you could even grab a super quick cab back to your hotel. Leaving plenty of time to grab a kebab on the way home... and sneak in a little ten-hour nap.
Visit Calgary's must-drink-at bars
Whether you’re into craft beer, cocktails or whiskeys, Calgary has the perfect place where you can have a laugh with your mini-break besties.
For cold beer fans, the Last Best Brewery has your back. Their drink menu includes in-house brewed beers from locally-grown ingredients, as well as featured guest beers, meaning you can spend the evening experiencing some of the finest pints around.
If cocktails are more your style, then swing by Ricardos Hideaway. Its specialty is rum cocktails with a fun Caribbean-themed menu, making relaxing on the balcony feel like a true beachside resort bar. (And if you do head along, grab this $10 cocktail deal. Yesss!)
Those preferring to stick close to home should know that many of the hotels have amazing bars right there on site. ONE18 Empire located at the Calgary Marriott has over 100 whiskeys, ryes, bourbons and scotches for the lover of a well-aged drink.
Savour a shopping spree downtown
If shopping is in your soul, then you have to head to Stephen Ave and hit up the shopping centers there. Spend your days finding unique little treasures to add to your wardrobe or home.
If you head to The CORE, and check out the phenomenal glass roof which is basically the ceiling from the Hogwarts Great Hall.
If street side shopping is more your thing, your destination is 17th Ave. There are sweet little shops there like Gravity Pope which will result in some serious shoe-envy from strangers. Must have.
Drink in the impressive views
Checking out the Calgary Tower while you’re in town is a must-do (it is, after all, Western Canada's tallest observation point, and you can get a sweet deal that will take you to the top). But not everyone is a fan of heights that are that high, so luckily Calgary has loads of sexy rooftop bars downtown so you can enjoy the skyline of this gorgeous city as you prepare for your night out.
Check out Rooftop Bar @ Simmons or The National on 8th (AKA, Western Canada's largest rooftop patio which also happens to feature fun games, like ping pong and bean bag toss!) for some serious views, delish food and great atmosphere. Oh, and fun fact: the Simmons Building is an old converted mattress warehouse, so history buffs, this one's for you!
Check out Calgary's art, theatre and music hub
One of the best things about big cities is being able to see some of the best theatres, museums and exhibitions.
If you’re a theatre buff, head to Arts Commons, right on Stephen Avenue and check out what shows are on, whether it’s orchestra, theatre or a gallery opening.
For music fans, Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre is a must-visit with its immersive interactive exhibitions. See the mobile studio where legit music royalty like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and the Stones recorded their albums. If it’s music to your ears, grab 20% off entry here.
Live it up downtown
You might be surprised at the kind of deals hotels provide if you aren't in the know (and now you're in the know!). We've already mentioned some of their sweet pools, spas, bars and more. But they also have deals on things like happy hour at the National, free shopping gift cards to downtown shops and more!
One of the little tips for car lovers is if you stay at Le Germain in Calgary, you can travel in style either by borrowing a Lexus for a day or getting the hotel chauffeur to drive you - for free as part of your hotel package. Um, yes, please!
Whether you want to relax by a pool, sip cocktails, go shopping, clubbing or experience a sexy motor purr, it’s officially time to book in a mini-break.