A lot of the time when we hear the word “resort,” a sunny beach, ocean waves, and a margarita in hand are the first images that come to mind — a spot that essentially transports you from reality to a world far different from your regular everyday grind.
Sound familiar? Sometimes it’s important for you and your family to take a breather and enjoy a few days in a spot where life is made easy, the views are great, and your only job is to get a little rest and relaxation.
Luckily for us here in Calgary, we don’t have to go far to have a magical home-away-from-home experience.
As you may know, Homes and Lifestyles is a show written, filmed and created by Calgarians, about Calgarians, for Calgarians! We like Calgary – have you heard?
All jokes aside, we have some mad love for this big little city of ours. It’s full of dreamers, doers and ambitious humans who hustle hard and together make up the vibrant pulse that Calgary is known and loved for. Being a part of this incredible community is what makes our big (little) town somewhere that you can not only dream, but also become a part of something bigger than yourself. Our metropolis has been handed a few very large le
It’s officially time to welcome the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth back for yet another year of wild festivities that pay tribute to the western hospitality that runs through the veins of our city.
For 10 days straight the city comes alive with rich food, thrill-seeking rides, memorable parties, home-grown talent, exciting entertainment, and so much more! It’s a celebration of our history and a look towards the future.
It’s no surprise that people who grew up here probably have the whole “Stampede routine” memorized. However, sometimes you need a bit of a refresher!
With spring well on its way (fingers crossed), we have been channelling our inner hostess vibes over here at Homes & Lifestyles. Backyard BBQ’s, potlucks and best of all, cocktail parties, we love to entertain and be entertained. It’s these exciting gatherings that allow us to create amazing memories with our friends and family, while connecting over good food and even better drinks!
The ultimate host or hostess is hard to live up to with the high standards set by the queen hostess, Martha Stewart. However, even if you’re spread isn’t a Pinterest worthy moment, the fun is all in the process.
It’s been over 30 years since the original Kananaskis Lodge was built within the Kananaskis valley amongst the surreal Rocky Mountains. Emerging from a complete facelift and redesign, this boutique hotel has been officially renamed the “Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge” and is now officially a part of Marriot’s exclusive Autograph Collection of Hotels. Not only is this the first hotel in Alberta to be a part of the Autograph Collection, but it’s the 5th one in Canada.
With summer right around the corner and long weekends every month, we are officially deeming it road trip season!
However, sometimes it’s hard to make the time for an entire weekend extravaganza. Luckily, Calgary is positioned perfectly between the badlands, prairies, foothills, and the Rockies which leaves a ton of options for a quick day trip that is no more than a mere two-hour drive away.
Experience the charm of a rural small town, learn the history of our province, marvel at the views from a mountaintop, shop for gems at a vintage shop, or head out for some lakeside activities.
They say that an era’s top trends will always come full circle, but a classic cocktail has yet to go out of style!
If anything, the demand for the sophisticated, 1920s inspired cocktail bar has only increased, as seen in the influx of bougie, culture-infused culinary offerings popping up all around the city… People want a drink that measures up!
Plus, there is truly nothing better than looking forward to a delicious hand-crafted cocktail after a long, hard day, and certainly after a long week!
The coffee shop grind seems to be a growing trend amongst young professionals and even long time nine to fivers looking to switch things up.
Cafes are beginning to see more and more affluent people taking on the world remotely from their laptops. Luckily, Calgary is keeping up with this booming trend, as there seems to be a new coffee shop opening up every other month. Let’s be honest, there is no such thing of having too many caffeinated spots to choose from!
Let’s be perfectly honest, the market for trendy, Instagramable coffee shops will never be too saturated!
With so many amazing local roasters popping up, Calgary’s coffee game is undoubtably going strong.
There really is no better way to start off the morning than with a steamy brew in hand and a delicious baked-good in the other. Posting up at a local coffee shop is the best way to get the creative juices flowing, motivate your workflow, all while supporting the hard work and passion of the entrepreneurs that made that magical caffeinated spot possible.
This year’s focus is all about taking the time to slow down and treat yourself to a little Rest and Relaxation.
This may be different for all of us, but for some it means finding a way to spark creativity through a new craft, event, project, or really anything that involves spending a chunk of time offline. With this being said, we all know how self-guided crafts can turn out – half complete, full of frustration, and a major Pinterest fail.
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Whether you’ve been with your beau for years, are married, or are simply dating, it’s always fun to check out new spots around Calgary to spice things up and refuel your love for each other and this beautiful city.
With its historic charm, outdoor adventures, and delicious cuisine, Calgary is full of hidden, romantic gems that will be sure to get those sparks flying. From culinary delights to stunning views that highlight the beauty of our photogenic city, you’re always right around the corner from a special moment.
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion *ahem, Valentine’s Day,* an anniversary, or are simply looking for new ways to spice things up and spend quality time with your significant other, there’s no reason you should have to break the bank!
Let’s be honest, fancy dinners add up and they can get a little old! However, sitting at home in sweatpants watching Netflix also has a quick expiry date. So then, what is there to do in the midst of winter here in Calgary?
2017 was great, but let’s pledge to make 2018 even better!
It’s the perfect time to spend a few moments reflecting on the previous year, while making a list of goals, to-do lists, and resolutions to start the upcoming year feeling strong, motivated, and inspired.
However, let’s be honest – the year can be determined by how you spend those first few moments as you countdown, cheers, and plummet into 2018.
It’s no secret that kids who lack proper nutrition don’t perform to the best of their ability in a classroom or learning environment. Having low blood-sugar and vitamin levels or insufficient access to nutrient-rich foods affects students’ moods and their ability to sit down and absorb the information presented to them. By ensuring that school-aged kids have easy access to healthy, well-balanced breakfast and mid-morning snacks, we’re setting up the next generation on many levels: physically, emotional and academically.
The Perfect Planner for the Ultimate Girls’ Getaway Weekend in Calgary | Sponsored by Tourism Calgary
Being in Canada, you really have the world at your fingertips, but it can be a challenge to find a spot that is easily accessible and explorable within one weekend.
Luckily, Calgary is a big and exciting city, but its core lends itself perfectly to walking, biking, and exploring in a fun-filled couple of days. It’s home to a variety of historical neighborhoods, the Rocky Mountains and prairies, and is a melting pot of cultures, making it an exceptional destination for a weekend adventure.
Here’s a planner to help you choose the best spots in downtown Calgary for a trip with the ladies!