5 deals over the holidays to plan the perfect staycation

Dec 15 2020, 9:51 am

Before the pandemic hit, many of us may have reserved the idea of indulging in a blissful staycation for special occasions like birthdays or anniversaries.

But with travel advisories currently in place due to the ongoing pandemic, we’ve been given a reason to stay local and explore what lies beyond our doorsteps. The holiday season looks and feels different this year; there’s no denying that.

However, it’s possible to make the most of your time off over the holidays by planning a well-deserved staycation around these can’t-miss deals (we all deserve one after getting through 2020).

Wake up (or sleep in) in tranquillity

If you’re dreaming of future getaways like we are, you’ll want to have something to look forward to. Gift yourself or a loved one a relaxing weekend “away” with Sandman Hotels. Plus, when you book now, you can get 50% off weekend stays at any of their over 50 hotels across Canada until December 2021.

To ensure the health and safety of guests, the hotel group has developed its Sandman PureClean program in partnership with global experts in hygiene, ECOLAB. Since there’s flexible cancellation on your reservation until 24 hours before check-in, you can book future local adventures with peace of mind.

Get elevated takeout and watch a movie

Settling into staycation mode means at least a couple of nights off from cooking. It also means you can lounge around without having to think about doing laundry or anything else. To make the most of this time, order takeout online from Moxie’s and bring it back to your room for a marathon of your favourite movies.

Known for its quality ingredients (including Canadian beef and sustainably caught seafood) prepared by expert chefs, Moxie’s is the perfect place to grab appies and mains to-go. The restaurant group offers 10% off takeout orders for pickup, ½ bottles of wine everyday and with takeout, and healthcare workers get 25% off orders every Wednesday through December.

Order turkey dinner to-go

Christmas dinner is something we look forward to all year. It’s a feast like no other that can be unapologetically enjoyed in multiple servings, from roasted turkey topped with sweet cranberry sauce and served with stuffing mixed with fresh herbs to veggies galore. We’re already feeling hungry just thinking about it.

This year, Denny’s Canada is making the season easier with its Holiday Turkey Dinner Deal, available from December 22 to January 4. Choose between a Traditional Turkey Dinner for four ($59.99) or the same option plus a whole pumpkin or pecan pie ($74.99) and heat it all up before serving. Order online at dennys.ca or over the phone from December 22 to 28 and get free delivery from most locations. Throw in a $25 gift card while you’re at it and get a $5 bonus card free!

Reserve snacks (and cocktails)

Holiday parties and festive events have been postponed this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find your own little ways to spark joy safely over the holiday season. Shark Club sports bar and grill is famed for its snackable eats and cocktails, and you can easily enjoy the best on the menu by ordering for pickup during your staycation.

Right now, get 20% off pickup orders (excluding meal bundles and alcohol) when you place your order via sharkclub.com. This spot is also running a Holiday Gift Card offer until December 31. When you purchase a physical gift card in-store (or online for pickup) for $100, you’ll get a $20 bonus card. If you buy a $200 gift card, you’ll get a $50 bonus card. It might even make sense to order one for yourself and another for a friend on your list.

Treat yourself to a steak dinner

Prior to the pandemic, many of us dined out on the regular, stopping by local spots after work for happy hour or arranging dinners for catch-ups with friends. But with restrictions in place, it’s not possible to round up your loved ones for the kind of dining experience you can only get at a restaurant (aka, prime Canadian steak cooked to perfection).

The solution? Treat yourself to a smoked New York striploin at Chop Steakhouse & Bar for takeout on the last day of your staycation. You could even arrange a virtual dinner with your friends and family by ordering them gift cards for Chop — the ultimate at-home Canadian steakhouse experience.

The businesses featured in this article are all part of Canada’s fastest-growing hospitality group, locally-owned and operated Northland Properties.

This holiday season, Northland Properties invites you to safely enjoy genuine Canadian hospitality with brands that provide convenience, reliability, and consistency.

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