Designer’s Travel Guide: Winnipeg

Wendy’s Winnipeg Travel Guide

PLACES TO STAY

Mere Boutique Pure & Simple - 333 Waterfront Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Mere Boutique Pure & Simple – 333 Waterfront Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Mere overlooks the historic Red River. Located in the Waterfront district which features many new condo buildings and walking paths, Mere’s “perfection is refined and beautiful. Simplicity, nothing less, nothing more.” Mere is elegant and inspiring with an artistic contemporary design and refreshing architecture.

Fort Garry Hotel - 222 Broadway Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Fort Garry Hotel – 222 Broadway Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Fort Garry Hotel is a landmark luxury hotel. They call it the  “Castle Away from Home”. This iconic hotel is a 100-year-old historic property in the heart of downtown Winnipeg. Throughout its history, it has been the accommodation of choice for celebrities right through to the average Winnipegger. This hotel is directly linked to the historic glamour railway travel in Canada. Built in 1913 by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, it is constructed in the Chateau style, a distinctly Canadian form of architecture, which can be seen in many Canadian Railway hotels. Dining in the hotel is known for its’ pure elegance and culinary experience. The award winning Sunday Brunch is a must for all those visiting Winnipeg. The Palm Lounge features live, local music nightly. The Ten Spa is a world class spa which features Canada’s only co-ed Turkish Bath. It is a luxurious therapeutic retreat.

PLACES TO EAT

Some of my very favorites:

Bistro 7 ¼ - 725 Osborne Street
Bistro 7 ¼ – 725 Osborne Street

Bistro 7 ¼ is known for its luxurious comfort food, vibrant personality and warm hospitality. Ask to be seated at the Chef’s table to get up close and personal with the action. Reservations in advance are a must.

Deseo Bistro – 696 Osborne Street
Deseo Bistro – 696 Osborne Street

Latin American, French and Tapas. Gorgeous ambiance, fabulous food and knowledgeable staff set this bistro apart from others.

Café Carlo – 243 Lilac Street in the Corydon/Osborne Village area
Café Carlo – 243 Lilac Street in the Corydon/Osborne Village area

A romantic and cozy ambiance. The fish tacos and seafood specials are my favourites.

PLACES TO SHOP

Winnipeg has many wonderful boutique décor stores. A few of my favourites include:

  • These 4 Walls, 167 Stafford Street
  • Kesay, 693 Taylor Avenue
  • My favorite, owned by a personal friend, Mike Goreski;  Scandinavian.modern –  The best of mid century modern furniture and design

SIGHTSEEING

Assiniboine Park – Leo Mol Sculpture Garden
Assiniboine Park – Leo Mol Sculpture Garden

Enjoy a quiet place to stroll along shady paths surrounded by greenery and amazing sculptured works by artist Dr. Leo Mol. The muted sounds of nature along with the gentle splashing of the fountains creates an environment that calms the mind and soul.

The Forks
The Forks

The Forks – the quintessential Winnipeg experience. The railway yards of the past have given way to a fusion of shopping, dining, walking and art in a way that truly creates a meeting place at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.

Summer Farmers Market in St. Norbert.
Summer Farmers Market in St. Norbert

This market is a great adventure for all ages. There is nothing you cannot find at this Farmers Market. Check the local paper to find specific dates and times the market is open.

Written by Wendy Tomm

Wendy Tomm

Personally trained by Jackson West, Property Stylist, Reveal Estate and trainor for Certified Canadian Staging Professionals™, my passion is creating and capturing a modern style of living. Clean lines with everything in its place are the attributes that I believe speak volumes about a home and resonate with me as a staging professional.

I’ve transformed pedestrian common place, unremarkable, basic functional spaces into ones that are simple yet tastefully elegant. My approach is straightforward and focuses on making the best possible use of the space available. By incorporating the proper use of color, lighting and artwork as well as the proper placement of furniture and accessories a show home look can be attained.

A successful business career at the national corporate level has provided me with a solid foundation and proven critical skill set including project management, attention to detail, the ability to prioritize, time management, goal setting, team effectiveness and service orientation.

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