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 Post subject: Potential trip to Calgary
PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:01 pm 
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Hey guys, I've wanted to go to Calgary and watch a game at the dome for awhile, and the time off work for Carly and I finally presented itself; however, it's for Vday weekend (12-15th feb) and that means going to the fucking Canucks of all teams while there. Haha, always be surrounded by nuck fans no matter what.

Anyway, tickets are looking to be 2-3x cost or 50% above if lower bowl ($300 seat too much for me), so I'm looking to save in other areas if possible (and deciding whether this is where we go for the weekend).

Looking at Airbnb for a place, but don't want a dump - anyone had good experiences?

Anyone with sweet hotel discounts for like $150/night for something decent? I'm not sure of the hotel landscape in Calgary. Feb can't be too busy, but vday weekend is one they'll jack up for sure.

Any restaurants/bars/attractions we should definitely see while there?

I want to check out flames central at least once, and probably take her up the calgary tower.

Besides that I really know nothing. I've been back twice since we moved to Vancouver in 1989. I was 8 then.

Also, anyone with flight searching tips? It seems after taxes and everything it's $320-350 a seat round trip or $120 seat if i use 2600 air miles total. Makes air miles worth about 16-17c/apiece which is slightly better than average or so I hear.

Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.

As far as location wise, we'd probably like to be somewhere central, as we are flying and probably won't rent a car unless you say it's a necessity. I don't drive and Carly gets really angry driving in foreign cities when stressed about directions and shit. Seattle in the summer was a bit of a shit show with all their construction going on, haha. GPS went haywire.

Also, if any of you are actually in Calgary at this time, would love to meet up for a drink/bite.


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 Post subject: Re: Potential trip to Calgary
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 9:56 am 
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Well,

- Never heard of Airbnb until now.

- As for hotels, you're not necessarily restricted to the downtown core if you don't mind public transit. The NW-SW LRT line runs downtown, by the Saddledome, through motel village (decent rates), and near my house (for awesomeness). You'll get a better price outside of the downtown core, probably.

- Look at using Air Miles for the hotel as well. Perhaps an Entertainment book coupon? I'd also consider looking at Expedia for a hotel/flight deal, might find a decent price.

- Depending on the food you like, there's a lot of good places to eat here and I've probably eaten at many. Loungeburger is pretty good and across the street from the Saddledome. Let me know what you like and I can probably let you know where to go that's within striking distance of the train.

- Shanks is a neat sports bar that might be worth a look during your trip.

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 Post subject: Re: Potential trip to Calgary
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:56 am 
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Motel village would prob have pretty decent rates. Maybe check hotwire/priceline?

I've used airbnb for our trip to Denver and it was fabulous, but obviously I've never stayed anywhere here. Quick search of listings: I used to live really near to this place, and the location is great, looks like the price is decent, too.

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/1738043?che ... s=2&s=3zJ7

We would walk to the Dome for games ~25 minutes so it would suck in cold weather, but it's doable. Train is about a 10 min walk from there or it would be a $10 cab. Close to downtown, lots of great places to eat.

Fav places to eat downtown:
Double Zero Pizza
Downtown Food - pricier side but the food is incredible
State & Main (pub type atmosphere)
Close to the Dome - yes, loungeburger but you'd for sure need a reservation. Also Zen 8 sushi in the Cowboys casino if you're into that sort of thing.

As far as tickets go that's total balls, but not unexpected for a Nucks game. You can always buy scalped tix the day of - they're always there. The closer to game time the lower the price, too. Sometimes ticket master does release more tickets closer to the game. Usually the day before around 1pm I think, but that's a last minute thing, too.

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 Post subject: Re: Potential trip to Calgary
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I stay in motel village when I go to Calgary. LRT station is across the street and it goes to both Stews place and the Dome. It's also a short walk to Big T's (Stew, that is the name right?), that place is fucking amazing if you love meat.

I also checked my friends/family rates for that weekend for the Hilton properties and there are no friends/family rates available, likely since it's Vday weekend. I know we have them blacked out at my hotel as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Potential trip to Calgary
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Yeah that was Big T's BBWQ Smokehouse.

I really want to go back there. I drool at the thought of the deliciousness, and the meat sweats that followed.

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 Post subject: Re: Potential trip to Calgary
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Anyone meeting up with Pete?

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 Post subject: Re: Potential trip to Calgary
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I may be all alone that weekend so I'd be up for a mini-meet with food & drink

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 Post subject: Re: Potential trip to Calgary
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Stewie Griffin wrote:
Yeah that was Big T's BBWQ Smokehouse.

I really want to go back there. I drool at the thought of the deliciousness, and the meat sweats that followed.
I plan on going up again in March or April just to get away for a few days. We will have to go again.

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 Post subject: Re: Potential trip to Calgary
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Awesome, thanks for the insight guys.

Stew, I'd love to meet up for a beer and wings or something. I'm still looking at options for accommodation and stuff. When it's all setup I'll let ya know.

As far as tickets , if any of you know good people selling let me know. I'd prefer to be a baller and sit lower bowl for this one since I'm flying out. What's the face value on those? Curious how much i'm getting ripped off. Can't seem to find a listing online of actual face value cost (which is more than season ticket sellers pay to begin with)

Currently looking at this guy's sec 111 seats at $250 a head.

http://www.kijiji.ca/v-tickets/calgary/ ... 1019931346

Are they normally $110 seats or closer to $180?

I'd prefer sitting on the side where the Flaming C is right side up, haha but I realize that's just a ridiculous OCD thing and I'm being stupid.

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 Post subject: Re: Potential trip to Calgary
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Just booked our flights through airmiles. Feb 12 noon departure and return Feb 15 at 6pm.

Hotel is still undecided, but have a friend with starwood that I can get his rate and sheraton looks to be the place. It's around $130/night which isn't bad when I want something above travel lodge, but don't need 4-5 stars either.
Sheraton is like 3.5 stars right?

Should be a fun long weekend for us. Ends up being an anniversary (no, not married but dated 8 years as of Jan 23), carly bday (feb 9) and vday celebration.

1170 miles and $120 fees per round trip ticket. Not bad, actually. Also reserved a table at flames central for the thursday night to watch them vs the kings upon arrival.

Any tips for local establishments? Where should I buy my Gaudreau or Monahan jersey if I decide to buy one whilst there?

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 Post subject: Re: Potential trip to Calgary
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Seating prices: lower bowl red is around $150/pop, lower bowl purple (club seats) closer to $250/pop. (door prices) http://flames.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=92859

With the Flaming C right side up you're looking at club seats lol. I prefer to be behind the benches and hear the players/coaches yelling shit (Flaming C wrong side up though)

If you're at the game, a FanAttic at the Saddledome should be able to hook you up with all kinds of Flames stuff, including jersey with name&number.

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 Post subject: Re: Potential trip to Calgary
PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 2:14 pm 
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The Eau Claire Sheraton? The one downtown? That one is more than 3.5 stars. I think visiting teams stay there when they come to Calgary.

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 Post subject: Re: Potential trip to Calgary
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That's the one. Just booked it. Good thing is I get the starfriend rate, and have no cancellation penalty.

Works out to $135 a night taxes in for a "deluxe suite" w king.

Can still find something cheaper on airbnb/other hotels and cancel this if we want.

Are there car2gos from the airport? Is public transportation easy from there to this hotel? Online seems to suggest it's okay, just wondering from personal experiences.

We just signed up for car2go, how easy is it to park them when youre done? Spots always available, or a real pain and you end up wasting 20 more min trying to find somewhere to get rid of it?

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 Post subject: Re: Potential trip to Calgary
PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:04 am 
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There is car2go from the airport. We took it when we went to NOLA. Super easy.

http://calgary.car2go.com/how-it-works/ Scroll down on the left is all the airport info. Free car2go parking on streets downtown. I've never had any issue finding a spot to park one.

I'd avoid transit because Calgary Transit is one of the seven circles of hell in my opinion, but there is a bus that will take you from the airport to downtown. (Bus 300) Or to a train station (Bus 100) https://www.calgarytransit.com/schedule ... ice-routes

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 Post subject: Re: Potential trip to Calgary
PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 12:58 am 
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Thanks a lot, Puck. Your assistance shall prove invaluable.

Seven circles of hell, eh? That bad. Yeesh.

I figured cabbing would get pricey and bussing/transitting isn't ideal on a vacation, but tolerable in small doses (we did it a lot in san fran during our summer trip and it was fine). Car2go seemed like a good happy medium.

Merci. The closer it gets the happier I get.

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