Running through the middle of downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Pembina Highway was originally a trail that ran south to Fort Pembina in what was to become the state of North Dakota. Today, designated Highway 42, it wanders past the University of Manitoba, Victoria General Hospital and the Southwood Golf & Country Club. It is also home to the Celebrations Dinner Theatre, where the actors not only present three-act musical comedies; they serve you dinner while still staying in character. Motels are available along the route. (ref 1, three quarter of way down, click on “P”)
St. Norbert Hotel
If you happen to pull into the lot of this combination hotel, bar and beer store and you happen to see a horse and cart taking up a parking stall don’t be alarmed. Local farmers in need of a brew sometimes just drive on over from their fields. The St Norbert Hotel sits on the southern edge of the Pembina Highway where it meets the TransCanada Highway. Beyond this point it is just open ranchland, prairie and sky. The property has a bit of a wild west feel about it. The onsite bar, called The Nob, offers a place to listen to a live band, shout your lungs out for your favorite hockey team, or take part in a Saturday night event known at Erotic Bingo. Rooms are moderately priced, available in smoking and non-smoking and pets are welcome with a damage deposit.
Queen Bee Hotel
Opened in early 2010, the Queen Bee Hotel is located next to the University of Manitobe and less than a mile from Victoria General Hospital. The property is in the Fairfield Park neighborhood and roughly three miles north of the TransCanada Highway. Tee off at the Southwood Golf & Country Club, one mile away, indulge in a meal at Boston Pizza or China Garden and then go back and relax in your air-conditioned suite. Rooms have clean lined contemporary furnishings, are all queen bedded and the nightly rate includes continental breakfast. One room is equipped to accommodate the physically challenged. No pets are allowed.
Low rise and sporting a neon sign complete with lighted arrow pointing you in the right direction, the Capri Motel is reminiscent of properties found along highways in the 1950s and 1960s. Daily, weekly and monthly rates are offered, as well as a choice between basic hotel rooms and suites with kitchenettes. Though it is an older property, modern must haves such as wireless Internet, phone with voicemail, cable TV and air conditioning are available. There are no restaurants on-site but Dominos Pizza, Red Lobster and India Spice house are within a block of the hotel. Or walk across the street to the Celebrations Dinner Theatre for a laugh and a meal. (ref 4,also used location)
Quality Inn & Suites
At the northern end of the Pembina Highway the familiar Quality Inn & Suites brand welcomes guests to spend the night. This environmentally friendly property, practicing on-site recycling and using energy efficient lighting, caters to both casual visitors and the business traveler. Hotel rooms and suites with kitchenettes are offered, as well as specialty suites with in-room hot tubs. Full breakfast is included in the rates, as is wireless high speed Internet access. Pets are welcome at an additional nightly fee. Dine at the onsite Lexy’s Restaurant or have a nightcap at the Winn City Pub. Quality Inn & Suites is close to the Manitoba Children’s Museum, the Canad Inns Stadium and the Assiniboine Park Zoo. (ref 5 also used Amenities)
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