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A quaint bed & breakfast stay

Last week we did a road trip from Calgary, Alberta to British Columbia! On our way back to Calgary (from Vancouver), we stopped over at this lovely B&B on the Shuswap Lake for the night in Sorrento.

A lady named Grace and her husband who were both in their sixties ran the B&B. It was obvious that running a B&B was something the hosts were very passionate about. From the moment we arrived, they went out of their way to make us feel welcome and comfortable in their home.

They told us the history of the large house and that they had been running it as a bed & breakfast for the last three years. It had 7 en-suite bedrooms for guests. The grounds were filled with plants and colourful flowers. The communal areas included an upstairs patio/balcony, an atrium, a lounge, a large games room etc.

We arrived at the quaint B&B around 1pm and Grace promptly showed us to our room. She explained how each room had a different theme, our room was called the ‘Sailor Room’!

The ‘Sailor Room’

We told Grace we wanted to visit some of the wineries nearby and asked where we could go for a casual supper. She suggested a few wineries and a simple lakefront eatery serving mostly Canadian seafood.

We did a wine tasting at two different family-run wineries and enjoyed the stunning views of the vineyards with a backdrop of mountains.

Enjoying wine at one of the wineries we visited!

Later, we had a delicious meal at the suggested restaurant. I went for tempura king prawns as an appetiser and fresh battered fish as a main.

The following morning was spent indulging in blueberry pancakes, crispy bacon and hot coffee on the upstairs patio whilst admiring the views of the Shuswap Lake.

Banff in the summer

So yesterday I took a day trip to Banff National Park. Just an hour and a half’s drive from Calgary. We picked the perfect day for it – glorious sunshine and blue skies!

For those of you who don’t know too much about Banff, it’s located in Alberta’s rocky mountains (also known as the ‘Canadian Rockies’) and is the oldest national park in Canada. The rocky mountain peaks surround the picture-perfect mountain town of Banff, which is filled with quaint boutiques, gift shops and eateries.

We arrived in Banff around 11am and decided to take the gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain. At the top, we got to enjoy 360° views of the national park. Truly stunning! There was comfy seating and we packed a small picnic to enjoy whilst admiring the views, a good way to avoid paying touristy prices in the restaurant there!

We then spent some time wandering around the tourist shops in the town of Banff, stopping halfway for a beer at a lovely rooftop bar!

Rooftop bar!

After that, we grabbed an early supper at a ‘cheap and cheerful’ diner and then headed over to a cute bakery/candy store for bear claws! What a fabulous day!

White bear claw!

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The perfect way to spend a Sunday morning…

My answer? Food! There’s nothing better than going out for a bite to eat on a relaxing Sunday. Today, marks two weeks living in Calgary, Alberta and I’ve wasted no time trying out some of the favourite eateries here.

Nellie’s Cosmic Café – a neighbourhood favourite. So last Sunday I visited Nellie’s. A colourful, vintage diner. After being seated at a window booth, I was straight away greeted with a hot cup of coffee and a newspaper. Especially welcoming on a cold, winters day! I ordered the fresh blueberry pancakes. 

Nellie’s Cosmic Café

When my brunch arrived, I couldn’t help but think, ‘such typical American/Canadian portions!’ as I stared at the huge stack of fluffy pancakes. I generously poured maple syrup all over them and tucked in. I certainly wasn’t disappointed, they were delicious. Surprisingly, I almost finished them! I enjoyed looking at the colourful vintage posters around the diner too.

The vintage posters in Nellie’s
My fresh blueberry pancakes at Nellie’s

This Sunday I went to Galaxie Diner for brunch. It was quite different to Nellie’s. It had that ‘grubby’ diner look that you see in some movies and was very loud. But I liked it, it was so unpretentious. It’s apparently a real neighbourhood favourite and has been here for years. It had a great, retro vibe…with bright red leather booths and a vintage-looking long counter for the ‘solo diners’. I ordered the ‘Huevos Rancheros’. Amazing! 

Huevos Rancheros at Galaxie Diner

Nellie’s had a bit more of a quiet, peaceful feel – I sat there for a good few hours reading. Galaxie on the other hand, felt hectic and loud. Not the kind of place to read a book but delicious food and friendly service. Both great diners that I’ll be revisiting but for different reasons! 

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