If you live in Winnipeg you experience this past weekends HORRIFIC snow storm. Honestly, it was like the apocalypse. The roads were completely crazy, there were trees down all over the city, so many people were without power. It was insane. Even more insane because it’s the beginning of OCTOBER.
Of course, as luck has it, this was the weekend my boyfriend and I planned a trip to Minneapolis. We were supposed to leave on Thursday, stay in Fargo Thursday night, and drive to Minneapolis on Friday morning.
Thursday the storm started, and my boyfriend decided that he didn’t think it would be safe for us to do the drive. I was honestly really upset.
I know your first thought, Emma it’s just Minneapolis, you can go any other time, what’s the big deal?
I think I was primarily upset because I’ve had an insane month with work, and this was the one small thing I had to look forward to as a light at the end of the tunnel. I was really excited to get away, and to spend quality time with my favourite person, and to need to cancel for a reason completely out of our control, was pretty upsetting.
So, we cancelled our hotels, luckily we were able to get some money back, and my BF went into crisis mode, cause I was a hot mess (dramatic, I’m aware, but honestly I was just emotionally exhausted).
We went on to plan a great staycation. I had taken a half day of work off on Thursday and a full day on Friday, so we had a lot of days to work with.
Thursday night we went to Harth. If you haven’t been, GO. It is quite possibly the best pasta in Winnipeg (in my opinion) and they have DELICIOUS veal tartar (new on the menu) that is insanely good. They also have fantastic cocktails.
Friday we were planning to go to Thermea, but the weather continued to get worse, so we changed our reservation to Saturday. So Friday we went to brunch at Clementine, which was delicious, and then honestly had a quite and chill afternoon and evening.
Saturday we slept in a little, woke up, made brunch and then went straight to Thermea. Thermea in this weather was honestly PERFECT. It had finally stopped snowing and was about 2 degrees so it was chilly without being uncomfortable. It wasn’t overly busy, which was so nice.
We ended up having their bison carpaccio appetizer which was delicious, and a bottle of cava, so after spending some relaxing time there, we left and went home to prepare a charcuterie for a Friendsgiving that night. We wouldn’t have been able to attend if we had gone out of town, so it was really nice to get to go and spend time with people we don’t see too often.
Finally, Sunday we slept in, and made brunch to watch the Vikings game we were supposed to be at. Since we’d had quite a bit to drink and a late night at Friendsgiving, we took it easy during the day. Then we got ready to go to the Jets game. and ended up watching the Winnipeg Jets get their asses handed to them. However, we went to the game with friends and went out with friends after, which overall made it a really good night despite the loss.
This morning I found myself feeling overwhelmingly grateful. We were handed an unfortunate situation with the weather and having to cancel our trip, however when I look back at the weekend we had instead, I loved every minute of it and feel so happy with how everything turned out.
At the end of the day our safety is the main priority, and altering our plans ended up being just as great as going away anyways. It’s weekends like this that remind me of how much Winnipeg has to offer, and I hope to have more mini staycations in the future!
But…maybe I’ll need to plan an overnight trip to Grand Forks to go to Target…