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Recommendations?

I am bringing my husband (who has been to Wpg. a few times) and a friend (who has never been )to town next week. We are going to my cousin's wedding on the 14th, and of course will be visiting w/ family and friends, but I am wondering what are the "must do/ must see" things I should be doing?

Here are some of my thoughts so far:

- a day trip to one of these: Grand Beach , Winnipeg Beach, Gimli or Lockport

-(possibly) a Bombers game (might be hard as we get in on the 13th-later afternoon and the game is that day) or maybe a GoldEyes game

- Legislative Buildings/Osbourne Village

- the Forks and/or Musuem of Man & Nature (maybe......but both me and hubby have been to these places before so I'm thinking probably not)

With respect to dining/eating out:

- supper at Ray & Jerry's

- a burger at Blondie's, VJs or Dari-Whip (I am still undecided on which one yet)

- Brekkie at J & H (we will be staying at my Dad's place in St. James so this is always a favorite place for breakfast)

- supper at Maxime's

- (maybe) a stop at the Sals House for some red velvet cake or flapper pie- I am thinking the Esplanade location

Me and hubby are there for 10 days, and our other friend is there for 6 days, and since we will be visiting family and friends as well as attending a wedding I don't want to over-plan, but I also want to show them a good time while we are out there. So, do any of you TA's have any other suggestions, or other ideas that that I should consider?

Thanks in advance for you feedback on this, I appreciate it. :)

Edited: 2:14 pm, August 06, 2010
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1. Re: Recommendations?

Also thought I should mention that hubby and his friend both like to golf. So also any reasonably priced courses to recommend would be great, and also if they can get reasonable club rentals as I don't think hubby wants to bring his clubs on this trip (he says its kind of a pain to haul them out there on the plane, especially if they can only manage to go golfing for one day)

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2. Re: Recommendations?

Grand Beach if you want a great relaxing day with just a beautiful beach experience.

Winnipeg Beach - great little strip of shops, boardwalk and nice beach

Gimli - nice little shops, restaurants, and not as nice a beach

Lockport - hotdogs at Skinner's or Half Moon and fishing are the only reason to go there that I know of

Goldeyes games can be fun and aren't very expensive

The Legislative building/Osborne Village would be a nice afternoon's experience if it's not too hot and humid (which we've had a lot of lately)

I always recommend the Forks & Manitoba Museum - shouldn't deprive your friend of The Forks just because you've been there before - tie it in with your trip to the Sals on The Esplanade Riel - you had asked about great hamburgers before and lots of people rave about the Nips at Sals - kill two birds with one stone! Or have the hamburger at VJ's, walk through The Forks and onto Sals for Dessert! Some summer evenings, there is live music at The Forks also.

Definitely go to Rae & Jerry's - Maxime's has some pretty negative reviews in the restaurant section of Tripadvisor in the past year or so - long drive out St. Mary's for what could be an unpleasant experience (haven't been for several years myself so can't say how it is now)

Don't forget Assiniboine Park - go to the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden and Rose Garden (beside each other) - no point going to zoo - the one in Calgary is better. I'm not much help with the golf question, but Tuxedo course isn't far from where you'll be staying in St. James.

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3. Re: Recommendations?

I have not taken one of these walking tours but I have heard positive things.

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The performance area around Old Market Square has been redone as of late and now there is an interactive curtain that is called The Cube. There are some concerts on tap during your visit.

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Personally I would skip the Manitoba Museum (it is no longer known as the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature), but if you like fashion and history you would enjoy the costume museum.

http://www.costumemuseum.com/

In Osborne Village there is a new-ish tapas restaurant called Segovia. I have been four times and it has been terrific each time - great for lingering over a table of small dishes and a bottle (or two) of wine with friends. It's on Stradbrook.

www.segoviatapasbar.com/index2.php#/home/

Also in the Village is Fude, one of my fave restaurants in the city.

http://www.fude.ca/

For pastries or dessert skip Baked Expectations (it's lost its lustre) and try The Frenchway. Or go to The Frenchway for lunch - the turkey sandwich with brie is huge and delicious.

http://frenchway.ca/

Mercato Gelato cafe in the village is terrific - lots of choice.

http://mercatogelatocafe.com/

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Great advice, and recommendations. Thanks to both of you. :D

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Unfortunately the Costume Museum of Canada is temporarily closed. There was an article in the paper several months back and their website also states the same thing. I believe their lease ran out or got too expensive and they are searching for an alternate display area.

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6. Re: Recommendations?

Grand Beach for sure. Winnipeg beach is not much of a beach at all. Better scenery at Grand Beach.

Golf: Heading out the Steinbach way is a good option. 2 great courses out there: Quarry Oaks and Steinbach fly in club. I'd go with Quarry Oaks if it were me. Most WInnipeggers whine about the drive out there (about 1 hour from St James) but it is not bad at all.

Mennonite museum out in Steinbach is also a good trip back in time.

Western Canadian Aviation Museum is also a good place to check some interesting things out.

Lower Fort Garry is also an interesting spot.

Stroll down Corydon Ave one evening and get some gelati.

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Thanks for the golf info, and hour drive is not bad at all. It takes an hour to get anywhere in Calgary so we are used to that anyways....lol. I'll let hubby and his friend know about Stenbach/Quarry Oaks.

Too bad about the Consume Museum being closed, but Lower Fort Garry is a good idea, I never considered that.

Also Corydon for gelatti, I grew up in Fort Rouge so I really like that suggestion.

Thanks again everyone for the great ideas, I can't wait...will be in Wpg. in 3 more days! :D

Edited: 3:04 pm, August 10, 2010
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If you get a taste for some Pizza..and maybe just want to order in....Try PizzaLand...They have a location very close to where you will be staying. Also very close to J&H(which you mentioned)

http://www.pizzaland.ca/main.html

Not sure if you have tried it before, but it is some of the best thin crust Zah in town.

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You might want to think about your beach day. There was an article in this morning's Free Press warning that most of the beaches along the east side of Lake Winnipeg (Grand Beach) have a toxic algae growth and you shouldn't go in the water. The west side (Winnipeg Beach, Gimli) are fine so far.

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I'm always up for a good 'za so maybe we will try PizzaLand. Hubby loves thin crust pizza and we usually have at least one night where we order in and watch a few movies so thanks for the info on that. Also thanks for the beach warnings, we will prob. go to Wpg. Beach or Gimli instead then (not much point in going to Grand Beach if you can't go in the water)

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