With summer already upon us, many Calgarians are planning out their activities to make the most of longer, warmer days. If getting away to a new destination isn’t in your budget this summer, there are plenty of ways to staycation in Calgary. Keep reading to discover our top picks!
Where to Stay
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott: This brand new hotel was recently completed and features luxurious rooms that will give you vacation vibes. Offering sweeping downtown views and easy access to plenty of downtown amenities, this is one option for your Calgary staycation.
AirBnB: If finding a luxe pad with the amenities of a home is more your speed, there are plenty of offerings in Mission and the Beltline on AirBnB. Find your perfect condo for living the downtown life, or a quaint historical home along 4th Street to call home base while you explore Calgary.
Hotel Arts: Dreaming of a tropical vacation but have more of a camping budget? Don’t worry – you can get your tropical on at Hotel Arts, complete with swimming pool and luxurious accommodations. Steps away from Mission, Hotel Arts also features a fabulous restaurant – Yellow Door Bistro – which offers up one of Calgary foodies’ favourite brunch menus.
Deciding where to stay in town will help you decide how to pack your bags! Swimsuit – yes or no? Night club outfit – yes or no? Once you’ve got your bed made, next up figure out where to enjoy a few meals.
Where to Dine
Shokunin: This Japanese restaurant has been steadily climbing the ranks of the prestigious Canada’s 100 Best Restaurant list. Currently sitting at 21, Executive Chef Darren McLean brings his obsession for this exacting cuisine to Calgary’s 4th Street. Enjoy expertly butchered sashimi or duck liver izakaya, or perhaps the grilled napa cabbage is more your speed. No matter what you choose to order, you’re sure to be impressed!
Anejo: If chasing shots of expertly crafted tequila with table-side guacamole is more your speed, Anejo is the perfect spot to get your evening going! Located in the historic Rose Building, Anejo features a bar-length wall of (almost) floor to ceiling tequila choices. Pair your favourite (or a thoughtful recommendation from their bartenders) with a platter of authentic tacos or a Molcajete de Mariscos platter teeming with crab legs, salmon, grilled cactus and more. ¡Órale!
Le Petit Boeuf: If your Calgary staycation is a romantic one, don your fanciest outfit and try the new Le Petit Boeuf in Mission. Executive Chef Dominique Moussu brings diverse flavours rooted in France to your plate in Calgary. Enjoy a glass of Beaujolais wine with the famous rich dish, Beef Bourguignon made here with beef short ribs.
After a delicious dinner (or lunch), there are plenty of exciting places to explore while on your Calgary staycation! Become a tourist in your town and check out the places you normally wouldn’t.
What to Do
Rose and Crown: Keep the good times going with a trip to the Rose and Crown Pub! This cute spot features an amazing patio for people watching, and soaking in the sun alongside your good vibes. Enjoy a selection of whiskey and scotch while taking in the live music!
Lindsay Park: Tucked away beside Mission is Lindsay Park, nestled into the Elbow River. Enjoy a post-dinner romantic walk or bring some outdoor activities for the kiddos to enjoy the sunshine and river walk.
Historic Walk: If you’re into the past, a historic walking tour of Mission might be just the ticket to a good time. We’ve got a few highlights for you to explore in our Historic Fourth Street blog article.
Central Memorial Park and Library: Perfect for a family getaway, Central Memorial Park features fountains and floral beds to enjoy a moment of peace and quiet in the midst of the city. Also on the grounds is the Central Memorial Library. This is the oldest library in Western Canada, construction began in 1909 and finished in 1912. Enjoy beautiful architecture and delightful books at this location!