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Staycation in Old Strathcona

Friday October 18 , 2013


Stay + Vacation = Staycation. 
An oxymoron, yes. But it makes for a great weekend break.

When Metterra gave us the opportunity to stay overnight in the middle of Whyte Avenue, of course we couldn't turn it down. It was a lot more than a one-night stay in a boutique hotel. It gave us the chance to think about a weekend in Edmonton in a different way.  

If you were visiting Edmonton and staying in the heart of Old Strathcona, what would you do? The brainstorming was so fun. Here are the recommendations we make: 

  • On Saturday, start off with breakfast from Old Strathcona Farmers' Market, and pick up some snacks for later on in the day.
  • Wander through the one-of-a-kind shops along Whyte Avenue (obviously).
  • Lunch at Dadeo. Mmm... sweet potato fries...
  • Head over to Vivid Print to pick out a uniquely Edmonton souvenir like a Jason Blower print or provincial archive photo.  
  • Before dinner, take advantage of Metterra's complimentary wine and cheese (every day except Sunday from 5:30-6:30pm)


Knowing that we were staying in the hotel and not having a car around really made us feel like we were on vacation. A big thanks to Metterra and Old Strathcona for hosting us!