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Old 03-03-2009, 04:00 PM   #1
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Looking for a nice little weekend getaway near Edmonton...not looking to drive 4 hours or anything nutty. Just a little overnighter for me and gf this weekend (March 7)

Any good ideas?
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Old 03-03-2009, 04:05 PM   #2
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Calmar!
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Old 03-03-2009, 04:09 PM   #3
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How about a weekend getaway IN Edmonton. Say a B & B, one of the boutique hotels or one of best hotels in the city (affordable because you will not have to pay for gas!). Most places have weekend rates.

Union Bank Inn
Matrix
The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald
The Fantasyland Hotel at WEM
Westin Edmonton (Go for a delux/suite)
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Old 03-03-2009, 04:17 PM   #4
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There is a nice hotel at Ft. Edmonton.
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Old 03-03-2009, 04:20 PM   #5
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Yes, forgot about them.
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Old 03-03-2009, 04:21 PM   #6
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http://www.villagecreekcountryinn.com/ at Pigeon Lake
http://www.bbcanada.com/barnloftinnbb south of Vegreville
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Old 03-03-2009, 04:23 PM   #7
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Or Sylvan Lake maybe? It's not too far.

Or Athabasca?
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Old 03-03-2009, 04:24 PM   #8
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Drumheller - go visit the Tyrell Museum
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Old 03-03-2009, 04:25 PM   #9
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There is a nice B & B out by Long Lake (Legal).
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Old 03-03-2009, 04:29 PM   #10
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Yes, try perhaps a getaway in your own city. I think you'd enjoy it. Maybe some nice views, an eclectic hotel, in an interesting area with some nice restaurants to go to nearby.

Try...
-Matrix
-Metterra
-Union Bank
-Fairmont
-or some B&B

Or you could drive to Jasper? Maybe? I've heard Sylvan Lake (some families/couples/friends have gone there and overall liked it) is good.
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Old 03-03-2009, 04:49 PM   #11
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SE of the city a family is building a bed and breakfast where you can sleep in a caboose, eat in a dining car. I'm not sure when they are planning to open.

Link: http://www.footloosecaboose.com
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:11 PM   #12
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^yes forgot about the footloose caboose. What an amazing breakfast they serve. Good cooking. Real butter! No fluffy low fat crap there. All flavours all good. And you can sleep in the railcar the night before. Really nice place.
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:41 PM   #13
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River Cree Resort and Casino.

Stay and the luxurious Marriot Hotel. And Sage the dining room is one of Edmonton's best kept secrets.
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:59 PM   #14
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^yes forgot about the footloose caboose. What an amazing breakfast they serve. Good cooking. Real butter! No fluffy low fat crap there. All flavours all good. And you can sleep in the railcar the night before. Really nice place.
That sounds really cool... I might have to check it out someday.
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Old 04-03-2009, 09:34 AM   #15
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while 3-4hrs i still think Jasper should be on your list... you could head up after work, be there for a late dinner at the JPL or Pyramid lake... spend the day in jasper and come back that night.
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Old 04-03-2009, 11:27 AM   #16
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I know it's sacriledge to suggest this, but for a nice weekend with the GF try Calgary. It's only 3 hours away and there is lots to do there. They have great dining and their cultural scene is quickly catching up to Edmonton.
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Old 04-03-2009, 05:56 PM   #17
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There are all kinds of little getaways (too many to list)... you might find some ideas under Daytrips, Entertainment, Romance etc. See below.

Vacation Packages >>

Personally, I would enjoy a weekend getaway via the Snowtrain to Jasper. Lots of time to chat - no need to drive, and you can enjoy Jasper too! Stay in or head out on the town, it up to you!

Take the Snowtrain to Jasper >>

Have fun and let us know where you decide to go.
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Old 04-03-2009, 06:38 PM   #18
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How about a weekend getaway IN Edmonton. Say a B & B, one of the boutique hotels or one of best hotels in the city (affordable because you will not have to pay for gas!). Most places have weekend rates.

Union Bank Inn
Matrix
The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald
The Fantasyland Hotel at WEM
Westin Edmonton (Go for a delux/suite)
I think that's an awesome idea Debra. Actually I have done this at the Fairmont MacDonald and also the Delta Centre Suite and had a different outlook feeling like a "tourist". There are usually some deals to be found at short notice and I believe the Sunday brunch at the MacDonald is wonderful.
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How about a weekend getaway IN Edmonton. Say a B & B, one of the boutique hotels or one of best hotels in the city (affordable because you will not have to pay for gas!). Most places have weekend rates.

Union Bank Inn
Matrix
The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald
The Fantasyland Hotel at WEM
Westin Edmonton (Go for a delux/suite)
I think that's an awesome idea Debra. Actually I have done this at the Fairmont MacDonald and also the Delta Centre Suite and had a different outlook feeling like a "tourist". There are usually some deals to be found at short notice and I believe the Sunday brunch at the MacDonald is wonderful.
I have acted as a tourist in all those places as well (and a few others like Sutton Place).

The brunch at the Mac is wonderful and is probably one of of the better in town.

Best brunch I have found is in Calgary however. The Delta Bow Valley is where we always stay and their made-to-order crepes and omelets are fantastic.
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I know it's sacriledge to suggest this, but for a nice weekend with the GF try Calgary. It's only 3 hours away and there is lots to do there. They have great dining and their cultural scene is quickly catching up to Edmonton.
There's lots of Edmontonians who will visit Calgary for a weekend getaway and vice-versa, so not sacrilegious at all.
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Old 04-03-2009, 09:48 PM   #21
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Some great suggestions but I have to say that one of the best aspects of the "getaway" for me is the actual change of scenery and I doubt I'd get the same relaxation effect if I stayed in town. Would be too tempted to take care of my errands, meet friends, etc.

Physically getting out of town is a huge help for me to take a break from real life.
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:46 PM   #22
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Whatever happened to Lake Eden? Its current state is somewhat reminiscent of a Friday the 13th movie. Did it ever used to be a popular getaway? The lodge, I remember had a restaurant - not sure if it had rooms or not - but I'm sure there were cabins for rent at one point..

Went there a few years ago to poke around, and it was creepy..
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Last year in March we took the Snow Train to Jasper for the weekend - it was lovely. The train would take about the same amount of time as driving except freight has a higher priority than people so you get shunted off periodically and have to wait for freight trains to pass, so it takes longer. Very pleasant trip, though, and the hotels sent vans to pick up passengers at the train station.
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:05 PM   #24
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Whatever happened to Lake Eden? Its current state is somewhat reminiscent of a Friday the 13th movie. Did it ever used to be a popular getaway? The lodge, I remember had a restaurant - not sure if it had rooms or not - but I'm sure there were cabins for rent at one point..

Went there a few years ago to poke around, and it was creepy..
Yes, Lake Eden was definitely a popular place for swimming and fishing in the summertime, and skiing in the winter.

It was closed down in the 90's, but was recently purchased in 2004, by a fellow named Jack Purdy. He is trying to turn the area into a luxury residences. From what I can tell, the county gave current cabin owners (who were illegally parked on the land) until April 30th, 2009.
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Whatever happened to Lake Eden? Its current state is somewhat reminiscent of a Friday the 13th movie. Did it ever used to be a popular getaway? The lodge, I remember had a restaurant - not sure if it had rooms or not - but I'm sure there were cabins for rent at one point..

Went there a few years ago to poke around, and it was creepy..
Yes, Lake Eden was definitely a popular place for swimming and fishing in the summertime, and skiing in the winter.

It was closed down in the 90's, but was recently purchased in 2004, by a fellow named Jack Purdy. He is trying to turn the area into a luxury residences. From what I can tell, the county gave current cabin owners (who were illegally parked on the land) until April 30th, 2009.
^ 3words....google Jack Purdy
Conclusion..A) Avoid investing with Purdy & B) anything to do with Lake Eden will never happen (scam)
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Whatever happened to Lake Eden? Its current state is somewhat reminiscent of a Friday the 13th movie. Did it ever used to be a popular getaway? The lodge, I remember had a restaurant - not sure if it had rooms or not - but I'm sure there were cabins for rent at one point..

Went there a few years ago to poke around, and it was creepy..
I cover this on my Lake Eden history website:
http://www.lakeeden.ca/2011/12/31/wh...-to-lake-eden/
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