Lethbridge has a little bit of everything: quiet, winding paths through the coulees where you can forget the city, or bustling cafes, boutique shopping, and a pair of art galleries. It’s an up-and-coming city.
In the heart of the Uplands neighbourhood of Lethbridge, the Upland Villa offers the perfect getaway, whether you want to stay inside and enjoy everything the house has to offer, from the Juliet balcony to the theatre, or take the time to wander about the city, enjoying everything that makes Lethbridge so very unique.
The further afield you go, the more the Lethbridge-area has to offer. Southern Alberta is home to some of Canada’s most gorgeous parks, like Waterton National Park and Writing on Stone Provincial Park. Just two hours from Calgary, Lethbridge offers quick access to everything, from sweeping vistas to city skylines.
As much a draw as the the town and the surrounding area is, visitors will be tempted to spend their vacations indoors if they are not careful.
Though much care has been lavished on the the house, making sure each room offers it’s own special something, the ‘Sapphire Theatre’ invariably gets most of the attention. Offering the character of an old cinema house, (minus the gummy floors that usually come with that old-school experience) this theater has three rows of seating with 7.1 Surround Sound and a 120” big screen displaying Blu-ray quality video. You can also watch the silver screen on the big screen with Apple TV, Shaw satellite and gaming via an XBox. Of course, no theatre would be complete without popcorn supplied, in the Upland Villa, by a small concession just outside the door of the theatre, including a bar fridge, microwave and sink.
Not much can compete with a theatre this grand, but we’ve done our best to make sure the rest of the house is equally inviting.
The villa sleeps ten comfortably, twelve if you’re really close or have small ones with you. That’s four (two upstairs, one downstairs and a loft with two double beds) bedrooms, with five beds. The Master bedroom is a Greek-inspired open design with a 6 piece tiled ensuite. It includes vaulted ceilings, a bidet, jetted tub, his and her sinks, skylights, ceiling fans, two closets, a fireplace, hardwood floors and Juliet balcony overlooking the backyard.
The other upstairs bedroom has a queen bed and a bathroom with full-size tub, toilet and sink vanity. The basement has a room with a single bed and a 57” hi DEF television and wardrobe. There is a bathroom featuring full-size tub, toilet and sink vanity across the hall from the bedroom.
The charm doesn't stop at the walls of the house either. The backyard is an oasis, featuring an array of perennials and fruit trees, including Pear, Cherry, Plum and Apple trees. Berries include strawberry, raspberry, gooseberry and Saskatoon berry bushes, as well as Cortland grapes next to a small pond in the backyard. The soft sounds of splashing water and the lapping scents of flowers and fruits makes for a relaxing getaway even in the midst of vacation chaos.
Further enticing you to a staycation (except for brief trips to the grocery store, a mere stone-throw away), is a chef’s dream of a kitchen. With a double convection oven and a gas stove, gourmands will love to dream up dishes and prepare them in this spacious kitchen. And with a garbarator and dishwasher, clean up is easy enough for satisfied diners. A large, solid wood dining set that seats eight, with room for more at the kitchen island, promises plenty of room and opportunity for entertaining even if your whole family is coming over for christmas dinner. A 44’ LCD TV even allows you to enjoy a bit of Gordon Ramsay while cooking, making it a truly hard to leave room.
Home security, wifi, main floor laundry and central A/C round out the house, keeping your vacation comfortable and fun.
Located in the Uplands neighbourhood in North Lethbridge, the Upland Villa is close to necessities, while maintaining a quiet atmosphere.
Uplands boasts a trail network of greenways, and meandering roads that slow traffic, which encourages long, relaxing walks and bike rides.. And with a small pond, playground and shopping close by, there’s plenty of reason to make use of the trail. In five minutes a jaunt will carry you to Chinook Lake, Sobey's market, and the nearest gas station. The adjacent stripmall includes barbershop, liquor store, Original Joe's Pub and Eatery. Five more minutes, and a quick check on google maps, will get you to a super Walmart and strip malls with more amenities – including a boutique, clothing stores, Dollar Store, drugstore, Tim Hortons, Subway, Booster Juice, and McDonald's.
Five minutes in a car opens you up to the nearby parks – Pavan park or Peenaquin Park, both great places to view wildlife, enjoy a picnic lunch, or explore the wilderness trails along the scenic old man river. Bring a camera and enjoy photo ops you don’t get everyday, unless you’re staying at the Villa. Fifteen minutes south is the serene Henderson Lake, with the Nikka Yuko Japanese gardens, golf course, outdoor pool, walking paths and picnic areas.
With its dedication to the Arts Lethbridge has been named the cultural capital of Canada. It has the feel of a small town with all the amenities and services of a large city. With its sunny climate and its proximity to the mountains and US border it truly is the Jewel of Alberta.
Mild winters and gorgeous weather in the shoulder seasons means the golfing season in Lethbridge extends beyond most Canadian cities. There are five golf courses in Lethbridge (one for everyday of the week – coincidence? I think not): Bridge Valley Golf Club, Evergreen Golf Centre, Henderson Lake Golf course, Lethbridge Country Club (private), and Paradise Canyon Golf & Country Club
Around Southern Alberta
Just minutes from highway 3, Uplands Villa offers easy access to all that southern Alberta has to offer.
Just an hour and half west, Waterton Lake national Park is close enough for day trips to paddle around the lake, hike bear’s hump, or go for ice cream at the Big Scoop Ice Cream Parlour. The park is riddled with trails that will keep in the most avid hiker satisfied, and enough to see in town that you don’t have to be an avid hiker to enjoy it.
The Crowsnest Pass offers a string of small, interesting towns, along with Frank Slide, one of the most devastating rock slides the world has ever seen. Plus, Cinnamon Bear awaits the hungry with some of the best cinnamon buns, this side of the milky way.
An hour and a quarter south gets you to Writing-on-Stone provincial park, full of hoodoos and architectural scenery you won’t see anywhere else. Once again, bring your camera for some amazing photo ops.