• Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
Each year since itÆs opening, the Lord Elgin has hosted thousands of soldiers û those on active duty and veterans, as they come to Ottawa on military business, or to join with otherÆs to remember those who have lost their lives fighting for their country.
This year, we felt it was timely to do something special for our military and their families. The recent war on terror in Afghanistan has certainly created a heightened awareness of the difficulties our soldiers and their families face before, during and after their deployment. Personally, I have four sons, ranging in age from 17 to 22 and so I think of these families as they send their loved ones overseas and how difficult it must be.
And so, to honor the many Canadian soldiers past and present, this Remembrance Day we are offering a block of complimentary rooms (value of $199) to active military personnel and their families through the Military Families Fund, as well as offering extra rooms at a special discount for additional military families who would like to visit Ottawa during this yearÆs Remembrance Day services. Guests will also be asked to make a donation to help support the Military Families Fund during this period.
We actually have two web-cams on top of our hotel – one overlooking beautiful Confederation Park and the other with a clear view of the War Memorial, which is just two blocks north of the hotel. You can see both from our web-site home page where there is a link. So if you cannot make it to Ottawa for the ceremonies, you are welcome to take it in through our web-cam.
• Friday, August 10th, 2007
I have just returned from the long awaited summer vacation – two weeks at the lake, just north of Ottawa in Quebec. Once a year, we go there to enjoy long swims, great reads, long walks, fabulous food and good laughs with friends and family, and of course, lots of tall cool ones by the lake. Basically, it is a time to rejuvenate and recharge.
And then I read an article in the Ottawa Business Journal this week about how Canadians are overworked and take very little vacation. When we do take it, we often stay ‘plugged’ in either by e-mail or cell. Not the vacations we took years ago. Stress-leave is becoming an epidemic.
Amazingly, our hotel is full of travellers from Europe, in particular from the UK. In the summer, we often have more guests from the UK and Europe, then we have from Canada and USA. With the ever diminishing ‘vacation time’, along with the passport issues, this trend will only continue.
Having just come away from my period of rejuvenation, I know two weeks is the mimimum to recharge – two weeks, twice a year, would be even better. And hey, our hotels would be so much busier!! A definite win-win solution!
• Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
This hotel is fortunate to be right on the starting line of the ING National Capital Marathon, which has turned into a huge event here in Ottawa. Even better, ING stays with us through this exciting weekend, so we are really caught up in all the excitement and I love it.
I have been running all my adult life, starting when I was 16 or so and still at 50, I try to get out a few times each week. A couple of years ago, my husband decided he was going to train for the 1/2 marathon. Hey, I have always been the runner in our family… what’s this?? Now he was giving me tips on running.
Well, this year has been my third participating. I started to train with Fred (my husband) and suddenly I was up to 10 km first year, so thought – why not? I ran the 10 K and he ran the 1/2 Marathon. Last year, I got up to 18 km training with him, so I thought why not do the 1/2. He ran the entire marathon and I did the 1/2 with my son Harry. This year, Fred and I trained together for the 1/2 – with no stopping. We enjoyed our long weekend runs and I was all ready for the big race. Then last Tuesday, I wrenched my knee on the stairs at home… I was so disappointed. My knee was swollen and I was hobbling the next day. I had already registered and everything – what a drag! Well, by Friday, I thought… hmmm, this is feeling better – why not just try to see how far I can go. I’d just drop out when the pain got too bad. Well, I just kept going and it wasn’t until the last 2 km that I was having some trouble. Well, can’t give up with only 2 K to go, so pushed through..and finished! What a great feeling!
I am hooked! I love the challenge, and the incredible sense of accomplishment each weekend when we do our long runs. I love the excitement of the day – all the people getting pumped up for the run – the horn blasts and off we go. I love the cheering all along the route – thank you to all of you who come out and cheer and support the runners. And finally, getting to that finish line.. what a feeling!
So for all of you who may be thinking of joining the challenge, hop on. It’s not as hard as it looks.