Some Recent B&B Reviews…
An Excellent Host
Jana is an excellent host who was very attentive to our needs. She asked us each evening what we would like to eat for breakfast and made us some great food as she is a very good cook. She even added some local cheese from the monastery and some boudin noir which were both very good. The house is in a very quiet scenic area with rolling hills. We even saw some deer one morning. There is also a nice modern bathroom with a large walk in shower. Jana was very engaging and informative. All in all a great stay and highly recommended.
5 Stars – One-of-a-Kind Experience
The description “bed and breakfast” does not do justice to the indulgent sanctuary you will discover if you cross the threshold of Aspen Woodlands B&B. This respite offers a one-of-a-kind experience. I felt transported into a calm, restorative environment. The owner of the B&B – Reinhard and Christine – are so welcoming, friendly, while also respecting the guest’s need for privacy.
The home faces the tranquil Assiniboine Forest where from time to time, you will encounter deer at dusk. The breakfasts are individualized from a selection of healthy and delicious meals. The home is immaculately clean – hardwood floors throughout. The beds are phenomenally comfortable, and dressed with silk duvets that are so light as to be barely noticeable, and yet warming in the winter and cooling in the summer. I have resided here 3 times so far, and I would never consider staying at a Winnipeg hotel after such an outstanding stay at Aspen Woodlands. If Aspen Woodlands B&B were replicated around the globe, I wouldn’t check into a hotel ever again. I entered this experience sight unseen.
I hope this review helps you feel confident and secure in making Aspen Woodlands B&B your “go to” place when you take your next trip to Winnipeg
We felt right at home!
Jana was a wonderful host and she made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived. We felt right at home because of her warm, easy going, friendly manner. Jana went the extra mile in more ways than one. The night we arrived, she drove us to the nearby village of Somerset and joined us for a special turkey dinner buffet being offered at one of the local restaurants. She shared a bottle of wine with us as we chatted together later, sharing stories. The choice of breakfast were amazing and all delicious and the rooms were lovely. Her home was charming with a character all its own. Her Day Spa would have been nice to treat ourselves to if we had had more time. I would recommend this accommodation to anyone looking for an out of the way rural experience.
We Give the B&B 5 Stars!
Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed and made to feel at home. The choices for breakfast were fantastic, something for everyone, beautifully presented in a pleasant, sunny dining room.
They spend time ensuring that we had maps and directions to meet our touring needs.
We give the B&B 5 stars.
Thank you Reinhard and Christine for sharing your home with us during our visit.
You are on our stay list for Winnipeg
Just a little note to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay with you at your B&B. You are on our stay list for Winnipeg, and we have recommended your B&B to friends. Good luck. Keep up the good work.
The Loveliest of Times
We had such a great time staying at The Last Straw! They had no trouble accommodating my dairy allergy with large amazing nutritious meals. We really enjoyed snowshoeing on the lake and going for walks with Willow. The peaceful atmosphere and pleasant conversation are just what we needed to unwind for a weekend. Will definitely be booking again!
A home away from home (with treats!)
Freshly baked scones, gorgeous rooms, and art on the walls that deserves hang (and in some cases, does) in a museum exhibition. I could not have been happier or more comfortable staying at the 12th Street Studio. The proprietors are friendly and helpful, the location is off the beaten path but close to all the major attractions, and I was genuinely sorry to continue on to Winnipeg where I knew all that awaited me was a Fairmont Hotel (and that’s saying something).
Thank you again to all three of you. I felt very at home with you, and yours was my favourite B and B by miles. If I do return to Manitoba, I hope I can stay there for the whole visit. And, frankly, my experience at your place means another visit is more likely, because I know there is a good place to settle and absorb the best of where I am. Janet M. /UK
The Best Place to Stay in Winnipeg
We were delighted to find something rare — truly handicapped-accessible accommodations with shower seating, adjustable and hand-held showerheads, grab bars and even an elevator to the other floors in the house. The house is wonderfully airy and immaculate. It is accompanied by a large back yard complete with a kitchen garden, the produce of which often finds it way to breakfasts that are to die for.
The house is located directly across the street from Assiniboine Forest and within bicycling distance to the entrance to Assiniboine Park and Zoo. Since we were visiting Winnipeg for the Canada 150 celebrations at the Park this was ideal.
To top it all off Reinhard and Christine are fabulous hosts. In addition to those scrumptious breakfasts they helped us with our luggage, provided a list of nearby restaurants, happily described the points of interest in a town they clearly love, were able to work with US currency and even supplied ginger ale to help alleviate an upset stomach.
As far as we are concerned, Aspen Woodlands is the best place to stay in Winnipeg.
A Unique Experience
I spent a wonderful weekend at Prairie Paradise Retreat B&B & Spa. Jana Wise was the ultimate host preparing most wonderful meals and taking me on hikes and to explore the surroundings. If you would like a get away from the city without going too far and for a unique experience I highly recommend it 🙂
Thank you for your hospitality and company. I enjoyed the stay and conversation.
Truly treated royally at the Castle!
Wow, everything you could want! Amazing detail in this restored castle! And the breakfasts were to die for. Connie was the best host! We’ll be back…
Words are NOT Enough, you need to experience this B and B for yourself!
Wow, I just stayed at this wonderful bed and breakfast retreat, and cannot find enough words to express what a great experience this was. Your hostess/owner, spa manager, gourmet chef, Jana, is an amazing lady, the hardest working gal I have ever met. No task is too small for her, and there is nothing that she hasn’t thought of and offers to her guests. Before you go to bed Jana shows you her breakfast menu, and you can have whatever you stomach desires, and it is extensive, and what a breakfast she serves up. It was amazing, just come with a good appetite as her portions are very big, maybe a jog in the country or around her farm before brekkie might be a good idea!! The beyond clean swimming pool and surrounding deck area is an amazing area to relax and enjoy the quiet of the countryside. She has an amazing orchard and if you are there when the fruit is ready for picking I’m sure Jana would love for you to sample it. An addition to her retreat is a authentic tepee up on a hill overlooking the farm, where you can have a bonfire, sit on a real tree stump, and experience a small sample of the life of First Nation people, Jana has definitely done her research, children would love this experience! So if you are thinking of getting away from the city, or need a great place to stay in rural Manitoba do not hesitate to give Jana a call. Well done, Jana!
Very Peaceful Stay
We were in Swan Lake for one week and found this B & B through the B&B website. We really enjoyed staying here. It is an easy 10-15 minute drive to Swan Lake (or to Somerset or Treherne) so it is “central” in a sense that you can get to all the towns in the area from her place. Jana’s place is literally an oasis in the middle of the farmland. It’s gravel road and you turn into her driveway and there’s a lovely maintained lawn, rustic barn, a teepee, and the house. We didn’t get a chance to use the pool because it wasn’t warm enough yet but we ate a meal on the deck.
Jana used to own and run a restaurant and her breakfasts are incredible. The menu is vast–from Eggs Benedict, omelettes, and farmer style breakfasts to oatmeal and continental. We never left hungry and all of her meals were tasty. It was a treat to wake up and have breakfast and then go off to work. The rooms were nice and she had an incredible shower with three heads (two regular heads and a rain shower). We did not have an opportunity to take advantage of any of her spa services, but her treatments come highly recommended. A client who visited while we were there swore that Jana’s combination of reflexology and massage completely alleviated her sciatica. We would highly recommend this B and B either for work or a holiday retreat.
Rustic Farm Home, Excellent Breakfast! Great Hostess!
Jana is a hard working lady, who goes beyond the normal to make you feel at home and welcome! The accommodations were quaint and very clean! Jana was very helpful in assisting with travel directions and route planning. All this after she fed us a top notch breakfast! Thank you Jana! I hope to return for another visit this summer season! Defenately I will be staying at Prairie Paradise Retreat again! See you soon!
The atmosphere at Moon Gate was amazing! Soo relaxing…
When I say ‘experience’ I would share that my friends and I loved the home away from home that you provide. We loved the history that you shared, we loved the work and restoration, we loved how you decorated everything. We loved the little shop, Your view was amazing. The Reiki and Hot Stone Massage left us breathless, it was that good. The atmosphere and environment was so conducive to relaxation and enjoyment.
Wonderful way to end our summer
Just a note to thank you both for your wonderful hospitality. We feel so incredibly blessed to have crossed paths with you. Your house is beautiful, warm, and very comfortable. Your cooking is extraordinary, delicious, and presentation is out of this world. We will share our story of how we came to meet you both and what a wonderful way it was to end our summer. I hope to see you next year and in the meantime. Safe travels, wishing you a bountiful harvest from your garden, and all the best to your family.
The Last Straw B&B exceeded all of my expectations. Genuine hospitality, cozy accommodations and distinctive gourmet home cooking, served up in a unique straw-bale house on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, all made for a second-to-none experience. The view in this remote setting is spectacular! I highly recommend this B&B to anyone who wants a getaway.
Truly an art gallery!
We had a great stay with Amy at the studio/gallery. An historically accurate “century plus” home, excellent breakfast and handy for our needs in Brandon. Comfortable and homey!
Best B and B EVER
We planned our arrival departure to British Columbia around the Harlequin B and B availability. We have driven west three times and have booked several hundred B and B ‘s world-wide and from one end of Canada to the other. Harlequin is by far the best in class and world class by far. We only wish they had a property in all of the Provinces as we love our country and travelling across from coast to coast. They set the bar by which all should be judged. Her menu appeals to all that have allergies, and pickiness which we stretches to the max. It is truly like staying with near and dear family and the comfort of a luxury hotel.. We would recommend this location to all and would head west again so we could stay with them again.
B and L.L.
Delicious Blueberry Pancakes
I had the opportunity to stay with Christine & Reinhard for a week while on a business trip to Winnipeg at the end of January. Reinhard gave me a tour of the house upon my arrival and showed me how to operate the elevator should I need it (very simple should one have mobility issues), main door access code, and we had a wonderful discussion about the home’s architecture and construction which I was very interested in.
The rooms are quiet, very clean, and comfortable, with comprehensive written instructions on how to operate the various TV functions.
Not being familiar with the city, a map and a list of nearby eateries was a most welcome touch to find in my room.
They welcomed me like family and we had the opportunity to converse on a variety of subjects over many delicious breakfasts.
Christine’s delicious blueberry pancakes (blueberries hand-picked earlier in the year) could not be equaled in the finest restaurant anywhere! A menu with multiple choices was presented to me in the evening for breakfast the next day…you will not be disappointed with any of the selections. They are all delicious. Breakfast was served in the dining room and a blazing fire in the wood stove greeted me each morning as I sat down. As I was the only guest that week, breakfast time was flexible to accommodate my schedule.
Off-street parking from a quiet street was straightforward and a plug-in was available for those non-tropical Winnipeg nights if needed. If you are returning in the evening keep an eye out for the deer that wander the area.
I will certainly stay here again when in Winnipeg. More gracious hosts will not found anywhere, and Aspen Woodlands B&B has my recommendation and endorsement. Thank You for a Great Stay!!
Don Hartrick – Calgary, AB
It’s been a couple of weeks since we were there but have and will have wonderful, warm memories of our stay with Louise. Susan (my sister) were treated like family. Given a wonderful breakfast and Louise went out of her way to drive us to town for our event. great time!!
Will stay there again next time
I just wanted to thank you again for a wonderful stay at your B&B. My sister and I really enjoyed our stay at Aspen Woodlands. Some of our comments are as follows:
Clean, comfortable and lovely accommodations with incredibly delicious breakfasts.
Reinhard and Christine are lovely hosts that go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and at home. We will stay there again next time we are visiting Winnipeg.
July 23, 2017
A lovely weekend at Miles from Home B and B
My mom and I stayed at Miles from Home B & B for a weekend in July. We loved it! We were craving peace, quiet and relaxation and we got it! Miles and Mavis’ home is beautiful: gorgeous yard shaded by lovely old trees right on Lake Manitoba. Our room and bed were really comfortable. We enjoyed reading and napping in their sunroom and eating delicious breakfasts (including homemade pancakes with freshly-picked wild saskatoon berries) in their dining room while looking out at the lake.
Miles and Mavis are friendly, generous, welcoming and accommodating. We felt right at home; like we were being hosted by friends not new acquaintances. We highly recommend this bed and breakfast!
“Whole Experience was Exceptional”
We very much enjoyed staying at the Aspen Woodlands Bed and Breakfast. The whole experience was exceptional. Everything about the beautifully finished bedroom with ensuite was very comfortable, including the bed. We appreciated the warm hospitality and the delicious breakfast. We highly recommend this B & B and will stay again should we be traveling to Winnipeg.
Paul & Lorie
Simply the Best
Wow! The charm, the attention to detail, the beautiful artwork, the delicious breakfast, the comfortable bed, the great location and a most gracious hostess- this place has it all! I was so very lucky to spend two nights here at the end of September. With the beautiful fall colors, gorgeous weather and pampered like royalty here at 12th Street Studio B & B, it made my business trip seem a little less business and a lot more joyful! If you are coming to Brandon, this is a great place to stay while you enjoy this little city with a big heart!
A little known gem in the Interlake!…
Skipper’s Lodge is very convenient location to Gimli & Lake Wpg, but also to Teulon and Stonewall. Bird lovers’ paradise! Tons of privacy, and such superb hosts.
Charming, Thoughtful Hosts with an Excellent B&B
My husband and I much enjoyed two nights’ accommodation and two breakfasts with Christine and Reinhard in their beautiful, newly built, well-planned, immaculate home. We arrived on a Saturday after visiting the nearby Assiniboine Park Zoo. At a side entrance, Reinhard and his youngest granddaughter welcomed us. Reinhard then explained the code entry system to us so we could return whenever we wished that evening. We accessed their self-contained, well-lit, very quiet Gardenview suite on the second floor via an impressive maple staircase but could have used a nearby lift. We then chose selections from their breakfast menu before leaving to see a play downtown.
Christine’s culinary expertise was much in evidence the next two mornings. We heartily recommend the cheese blintzes but really, you can’t go wrong with any of the delightful choices! When we returned relatively late on Sunday evening, our hard-working hosts were still in the kitchen. Our lengthy conversation with them then felt like a conversation with long-term friends so added to the overall pleasure of our visit.
We will certainly return here on our next trip to Winnipeg!
(Translation follows below)
Wir haben bei Euch unseren Kanada-Familienurlaub verbracht und waren sehr erfreut über die schöne und toll ausgestattete Unterkunft.
Ganz besonders war jedoch das Frühstück, das wir jeden Abend neu zusammenstellen konnten.
Auch die freundliche Art und Hilfsbereitschaft, z.B. beim Aussuchen von Ausflügen hat uns sehr gefallen.
Die Zeit ging sehr schnell vorbei, wir wären gerne länger geblieben.
Wir waren angenehm überrascht, daß wir wir uns auch so gut auf Deutsch unterhalten konnten.
Viele liebe Grüße.
We spent our Canadian family vacation with you and were very happy with the nicely appointed accommodations.
Breakfast was special – we could select from menu choices each day prior.
In addition, we were very pleased with the friendly manner and willingness to assist us – for example – in picking outings.
The time elapsed quickly; we would like to have stayed longer.
We pleasantly were surprised at how well we could converse in German.
A beautiful Paradise
I spent August long weekend at Prairie Paradise Retreat and I want to share with the world what a wonderful place it is.
It is absolutely a must see place in Manitoba. What makes it even more fantastic is the host Jana. Jana is just an angel in that Prairies Paradise. She will make you feel like home. Make sure you try the spa options she has to offer, they are much better than anything you can find in the city. I came back to Winnipeg like a new person. Such an energizing, peaceful, and beautiful retreat!
A little piece of Heaven
I have had the pleasure of going to Prairie Paradise twice in the past 1 1/2 years. I spent a night there on my own in March of 2016 and went with a friend for a day in July 2017. Both times Jana Wise was an amazing hostess. She has opened her home up to countless strangers whom I have no doubt leave considering her a friend as I now do… this B&B offers so many different amenities to choose from while visiting Jana….. and the location is absolutely beautiful…. you feel more relaxed than ever the moment you start driving up the driveway just from the beautiful scenery surrounding it!!!! This B&B truly is paradise tucked away in the middle of the prairies. I’ve already booked my next visit…and will continue to go back and visit Jana whenever I feel the need to escape from reality for a little while and enjoy a little bit of heaven right here in our own backyard!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
We would highly recommend staying at this place. The hosts are warm and welcoming and the scenery is beautiful. You are served hot, flavorful breakfasts that are generous in portion. We found are stay to be overall very enjoyable…
We arrived home safely. Our children said it was the best experience they have had since coming to Canada.
J’ai passé quelques jours à me ressourcer dans ce petit paradis. J’ai adoré le confort du gîte ainsi que la gentillesse des hôtes. Selkirk est une petite ville charmante. J’ai apprécié la propreté et le calme du gîte. Merci Laurel et Rob d’avoir pris le temps de parler avec moi dans ma langue. 🙂
It was an very enjoyable stay. They are very friendly and helpful B & B hosts. The accommodations were spacious, private, clean, quiet. The breakfasts were delicious. I certainly look forward to my next stay.
Great photo opportunities
The Staff House in Seven Sisters, just a few steps from the powerdam, and a short drive to the Whiteshell Park. Walking across the dam and seeing the amazing view on either side was , well, powerfull! Great breakfast, great hosts! Thank you!
Gracious hospitality and excellent accommodations!
My husband and I stayed here to celebrate an anniversary and enjoyed it so much! Reinhard and Christine are such gracious hosts and went the extra mile to provide information and make our stay comfortable and pleasant. The accommodations are exceptional in terms of cleanliness, tasteful decor, views from the large windows and privacy. We also enjoyed the hot tub and delicious, beautifully presented breakfast. We can highly recommend this B&B!
Amazing Hospitality…so very helpful.
We felt at home instantly with the warmth of your welcome. Breakfast was so special. It was lovely to talk about your travels and those of your other guests.
Exactly what we wanted
We had a wonderful stay at The Last Straw in the early autumn. Sharon cooked the most amazing vegan meals, delicious and with lots of variety. The bed was comfortable, the coffee was strong, and the house was beautiful. Sharon and Bill have an amazing instinct for the balance between company and solitude, and were incredibly welcoming and kind. We loved hanging out in the hot tub with our morning coffee and seeing an eagle fly over as we listened to the wind in the trees. The place is so peaceful, and it is obvious that a lot of love and care has gone into the house and grounds. After our two nights at The Last Straw, we felt rested and relaxed. We definitely look forward to visiting again!