• Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
By- Taylor Lachance
Every important monument or landmark is unique and treasured in its own way. Our canal is the largest outdoor skating rink in the world and we can proudly say we started the Beavertail craze.
Ottawa hotels are also up there on the landmark list, especially the Lord Elgin. And what makes this hotel so exclusive? Its two vital trademark pieces: the busts.
The busts of Lord and Lady Elgin (Governor General of British North America from 1847 ÔÇô 1854) were shipped to the hotel from Lord Elgin in Scotland in 1941 on a warship as a gift. McKenzie King wrote in his letter to Lord Elgin in April 1941:
ÔÇ£I need not tell you that personally I experienced a feeling of real delight when I received your letter. The more I have thought of its generous proposal, and the singular appropriateness of such a gift, the greater has been my feeling of pleasure.ÔÇØ
The Lord Elgin busts sat in this hotel, as intended, from the time of the hotelÔÇÖs opening in July 1941, until they were lent to the NCC in 2003 and remain there to this day. They were borrowed by the NCC for an exhibit, with the promise of returning them to the hotel, but were never returned. Instead, the NCC had replicas made that now stand in our lobby.
Everyone, including Lord Elgin himself, feel the busts should be returned to the hotel ÔÇô their intended home. NCC maintains that Rideau Hall is a safer and more secure location where they will be viewed by many. Realistically, the traffic through the hotel far exceeds that through Rideau Hall. Our guests have loved hearing this story through the years. It is part of our identity ÔÇô our history.
What are your thoughts on this issue? Bring back the busts, or have them stay at Rideau Hall?
• Friday, March 25th, 2011
By – Taylor Lachance
The weekend is fast approaching, and youÔÇÖve got dinner plans with friends. They decide youÔÇÖre picking the restaurant, but it has to be somewhere new. You think, where could I take them where they would ooooh and ahhh all night? Somewhere that would wow them.
Make your way into downtown Ottawa, and pop in to the newly renovated Grill 41, located in the Lord Elgin Hotel. Giving off a warm, elegant vibe, and featuring a wide variety of menu options, Grill 41 is a hit.
Grill 41 also features a private dining room, ideal for small group gatherings, meetings and banquets.
But itÔÇÖs not just the atmosphere and menu choices that make Grill 41 OttawaÔÇÖs new it place to be, itÔÇÖs the friendly staff, beautifully presented plates, and exquisite food. The staff is polite, efficient and make you feel very welcome. The food prepared by new chef Brian Vallipuram, looks almost too divine to eat when placed in front of you.
Take a peek for yourself though with these pictures of the restaurant and menu items. Picture yourself, with a loved one or friend on Friday after work, glass of wine in hand, relaxing after a long dayÔÇÖs work. With each plate served, your taste buds will be teased and a week of stress will slip away. Sounds good, doesnÔÇÖt it?
• Friday, March 25th, 2011
By- Taylor Lachance
Rainy days, stuck inside playing board games with friends. Purchasing a new pair of rubber boots and matching rain coat. Sun shining, birds chirping and flowers blooming. These basic elements are what spring time is made of.
With warmer days lying ahead, itÔÇÖs safe to say our blustery Canadian winter is waving goodbye for another year. Today, March 21, marks the first day of spring. Time to put away your winter gear, and check out what Ottawa has in store this spring season.
The Home and Garden show makes its way to the capital this week, from Thursday to Sunday. Bring a friend or family member down to Lansdowne and marvel at the model homes, hot tubs and gardens galore. Get decorative ideas to renovate or landscape your own pad. At twelve dollars a ticket, you canÔÇÖt go wrong.
For all you social media addicts out there, Twestival Ottawa is right up your alley. This Twitter Festival has gone local this year, and the chosen charity is the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health. Hosted by the Westin Hotel, one ticket gets you admission into the festival, snacks, a chance to chat with Twitter friends, and helping out a great cause. Tickets start at thirty dollars, but are selling fast!
The Algonquin College public relations program is hosting its annual fundraiser. This year, they paired with the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, and have a number of events in store. Tomorrow night, they are hosting an alumni meet and greet at the Aulde Dubliner, followed by a silent auction and battle of the DJs at Pier 21 on Wednesday. A video game night and stand up comedy at Absolute are also happening this month. Check out www.squashthestigma.com for further details.
The nationÔÇÖs capital has a serious case of spring fever- are you ready to join?