• Erin Boukall

AirBnB Getaways Around Alberta

Many people have reached out to me after I've posted pictures of our food-themed adventures to local AirBnB’s, so I figured I would compile a list of my favourite Albertan getaways. Given the current travel restrictions, visiting a nearby AirBnB is a great way to appease the itch to explore and support local. I will also mention that is appears some AirBnB's hosts seem to have blocked out booking availability for summer 2021. I assume it is because they are not accepting visitors during the pandemic. I have only listed places we have actually stayed at, and will update this list as we explore other accommodations. Please note these details and links were accurate at the time this was written and are subject to change! Check out some of our (not-so-secret) adventure destinations, complete with some nearby foodie recommendations too:

Tiny House in the Trees

Link: “Woodsy Cabin Getaway-Four Season Paradise” Distance from Calgary: Approx. 1 hour 40 minutes

Nearest Town: Briggs, AB Guests: Up to 7 Minimum Stay: 1 night Price: $219 per night (+$50 cleaning fee & $38 service fee) Pets: No

About: This beautifully built tiny home can house up to 7 guests, as there are many built in bunk beds and a queen bed in the loft. It has electricity, no running water, and a brand-new bathhouse (which wasn’t there when we visited). The kitchenette includes a mini fridge and a one burner induction cooktop. There is an outdoor fire-pit, an indoor wood burning stove for making things extra cozy, and they even have wifi! There are trails leading from the tiny house down to the river. The host also allows you to use their hot tub. One thing to note is that this listing does not allow alcohol, so this isn't the place for a wine & cheese night. Also, this places is often very booked well in advance, so if you want to check it out you need to plan ahead! Nearby food adventures: Hidden Valley Garden The Jungle Farm Sylvan Star Cheese Ltd.

Alberta Pike Cheese

Brown Eggs & Lamb Billyco Junction Gardens

"Cattle Cabin"

Link: “Secluded 4-Clover Ranch ‘Cabinette’"

Distance from Calgary: Approx. 2 hours Nearest Town: Rocky Mountain House, AB Guests: 3 (but 2 most comfortably) Minimum Stay: 1 night Price: $80 per night (+$15 cleaning fee & $12.43 service fee) Pets: Please ask

About: We affectionately named this place the “Cattle Cabin” because it is on a working cattle ranch. We had quite the adventure here one summer, as the host took us out on quads to lead the cattle to a new pasture. I felt like we were in the middle of a stampede! We have visited here more than once. This is a fairly rustic/off-the-grid experience, but the price can’t be beat. There is no electricity (there is a solar powered plug but I’ve never used it) or running water. It has an outhouse and even has an outdoor heated shower. There is an outdoor fire pit and wood burning stove inside. It has a queen bed with a single bunk in the overhead loft. We’ve really enjoyed cooking over the campfire and listening to the coyotes at night.

Cozy Log Cabin Link: “Private Romantic Retreat in our Cozy Rustic Cabin”

Distance from Calgary: Approx. 1 hour 10 minutes Nearest Town: Cremona, AB Guests: 2 Minimum Stay: 2 nights Price: $150 per night (+$42 service fee) Pets: No

About: This new listing is really nicely decorated and is very clean. The small cabin includes a kitchenette with a fridge. There is electricity but no running water, and it has a (very cute) outhouse. The cabin is heated by a wood fired stove and there is plenty of firewood. It was so nice to curl up on the comfy couch and do crafts by the stove. At the end of your stay they require you to strip the bedding and take your garbage with you. Stay tuned because the same owners have another quirky "Tin Bin" property on the way, currently under construction and featuring a "Cowboy Hot Tub"... Nearby Food Adventures: Fallen Timber Meadery HGB Bison Ranch Pasu Farm

1800’s Heritage Loghouse Link: “Maggie’s Hill Heritage Loghouse” Distance from Calgary: Nearest Town: Sherwood Park Guests: 7 (3 bedrooms, 3 beds, 1 bath) Minimum Stay: 2 nights (during the winter) & 6 nights (in the summer) Price: $140 per night (+$40 service fee) Pets: With pre-approval About: This is a very unique property, and is just a 45 minute drive east of Edmonton. It is located on a sprawling 156-acre property. We stayed here in the winter so were mostly focused on cozying up, but I would love to explore this property more without the snow. There were many winding trails leading away from the cabin and a pond nearby. One of the most charming features of this AirBnB is the fact that a portion of the house dates back to the late 1800’s, and this was then expanded upon. The wood burning stove and black and white photographs adorning the walls transport you back in time, while the modern expansion (including a gourmet kitchen) ensures you have all the amenities you need at your disposal. Nearby Food Adventures: Anything in Edmonton! My favourites include: Duchess Bake Shop Yelo’d Ice Cream Strathcona Farmers’ Market RNG RD Corso 32 Happy Acres U-Pick

Northern Tree House Link: “Hidden Treehouse Chalet”

Distance from Calgary: Approx. 5 hours 30 minutes (pack some snacks!) Nearest Town: Kehewin, AB Guests: Up to 6 Minimum Stay: 2 nights Price: $165 (+$60 cleaning fee & $55 service fee) Pets: No About: Be warned that it is a fairly long drive from Calgary but makes a fun road trip. The site also features campsites and you can book the entire property for an additional fee. I really enjoyed wandering the property and picking wild raspberries. We also awoke to a start one morning, to the sound of cows. A neighbour’s nearby fence had fallen down and the cows decided to visit us at the treehouse. It was super fun to sleep 4 meters up in the trees! The property features a kitchenette, potable water, indoor toilet, deck, and a rock sauna.

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