R&R at the Dragon’s Nest B&B, Regina

I wasn’t sure if I liked Regina. Cailin and I pulled into the city riddled with scaffolding due to a bewildering economic boom, and I was an absolute wreck from lack of sleep. My body was screaming. We were headed to the Bushwakker Brewpub for some eats and a pint of something local, only to discover the whole city was mostly shut down. It was 5 p.m. on a Sunday evening.

After a quick meal at Chili’s, we decided it was futile to explore a city on such low energy, and headed back to our bed and breakfast aptly named the Dragon’s Nest.

You’re likely sick of hearing how tired I was throughout my Cross-Canada trip, but Regina was definitely the last straw. I was cranky and irrational and snappy. I wanted to kick things and knock over garbage cans. Then we were welcomed with open arms by the owners, Denise and Rick Urbanski, and I thought, “Ok, at least the people are awesome.” This was later confirmed by eccentric Cathy, a landlady staying at the B&B as a guest, and someone we got to know rather well in our short visit. Every time we mentioned a place we had visited, she followed up with, “Oh, I used to live there!” When I told her my website was “Candice Does the World,” she told me to use a condom.

The Dragon’s Nest is a pretty quirky place. Built in the early 1900s, the rooms are adorned in their own special themes: Love, Serenity, Wisdom, and Wealth. We were given Serenity, a cozy little spot to throw down our luggage and rinse off the day’s drive in the biggest shower I have ever seen. The Urbanskis are big fans of Chinese folklore, and the dragon stands for the belief that if you “snuggled up against the belly of a dragon, your protection is assured.”

Being constantly reminded of the "serenity now!" Seinfeld episode.

We had full use of the common area on the upper-level, and since no one else seemed to be around, we flicked on the TV and lounged around catching up with emails and work. Peace. And. Quiet. Snacks and coffee were laid out for us, and narry a soul disturbed our slumber.

The highlight, however, was definitely the epic breakfast spread we were greeted with early the next morning before we set out for Moose Jaw. Rick is the cook, and despite not having any formal training, we couldn’t find any fault with his creations. Homemade granola, fresh fruit, yogurt, tea, coffee and then the entree—something Rick calls “Saskatchewan Toast.” It’s his own creation, a fresh croissant dipped in special egg batter and served up like French toast with maple syrup, and naturally we asked for seconds. His other specialities include Wascana Wraps and the Dragon’s Nest, a breakfast pizza. Pizza for breakfast…sounds ludicrous, but it works.

Then in the early morning sunshine, Rick and Denise and our new friends waved good-bye from the front deck as we pulled away from luxury in our little Mazda Protege.

Now if someone else can master the art of the Saskatchewan Toast, please share.

  • http://trustmaggie.wordpress.com/ maggie

    That place looks lovely! And sounds heavenly :) This post has made me want to curl up in a big comfy bed and recuperate… mmm….

  • http://www.dragonsnest.ca Rick

    Hi Candace. So nice of you to make such awesome comments about us and our place. It was nice to have you and Cailin stay with us. If you ever passing…drop in.

  • Susan

    Hey! I’m so excited ’cause I stayed at the Dragon’s Nest a few years ago (and gave you a glowing Trip Advisor review) and mentioned the place to Candace…wahoo! This is the power of the web……

  • Susan

    You stayed in the same room I did! I loved the great big tree outside the window; made me feel like I was in a treehouse, sorta. And same thing when I stayed – no one was using the other room on the top floor so I had the whole lounge to myself. Started watching Mary Tyler Moore, 1st season and laughed myself silly (of course, I remember watching it when it was first broadcast, so I can be forgiven for some nostalgia).

    I really liked Regina…the Legislation Buildings are really beautiful, halls of the most gorgeous marble, all kinds of great old oak tables (including one upon with the Confederation documents were signed) and a portrait gallery of many of the chiefs of the Saskachewan native tribes. I also loved the lovely old houses in the nearby neighbourhoods and Wascana Lake.

    Well, I’m REALLY glad you two enjoyed it!

  • http://teachergirlblogs.com/ Teacher Girl

    This place sounds like the perfect quirky little spot to get away! Glad you got some much needed rest while you were there, even if only for a day.

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com Candice

    Dude, treat yourself to a B&B escape! So lovely.

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com Candice

    Would love to visit again, Rick! We sure miss that Saskatchewan Toast! Thanks for everything.

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com Candice

    Agreed, I’m so happy I got to stay here! Thanks for the rec! And I really do hope to come back to the prairies and explore them a bit more. I feel like we didn’t do them justice. Kinda brushed them aside and thought, “Meh, the Rockies are better.” Regretting it now.

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com Candice

    I think everyone needs a good B&B escape every now and then…even if it’s in your city!

  • http://refrigeratormagnate.wordpress.com/ SpilledInkGuy

    I think I could master the art of CONSUMING Saskatchewan Toast…
    :)

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com Candice

    I’ve already checked that one off my list!

  • http://www.recommendeddailydose.com Kate

    Pretty sure I need to live there!

  • Ron

    Stayed this past weekend and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Hot tub outside I’m not sure if anyone mentioned it but was certainly exactly what I needed after a day on my feet being a tourist.
    Place is comfy and just like being at home but cleaner.

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/ Candice Walsh

    Dammit, I wasn’t aware of the hot tub! Maybe it’s new…

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/ Candice Walsh

    Dammit, I wasn’t aware of the hot tub! Maybe it’s new…

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/ Candice Walsh

    Dammit, I wasn’t aware of the hot tub! Maybe it’s new…

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/ Candice Walsh

    Dammit, I wasn’t aware of the hot tub! Maybe it’s new…

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/ Candice Walsh

    Dammit, I wasn’t aware of the hot tub! Maybe it’s new…

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/ Candice Walsh

    Dammit, I wasn’t aware of the hot tub! Maybe it’s new…

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/ Candice Walsh

    Dammit, I wasn’t aware of the hot tub! Maybe it’s new…