Some Recent B&B Reviews…
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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.
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
We arrived home safely. Our children said it was the best experience they have had since coming to Canada.
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!
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.
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!
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…
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.
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.
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!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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!
“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
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!
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.
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).