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Author: admin
• Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Neighbourhood: Hintonburg/Wellington West
Location: Wellington St. West from the Somerset St. Bridge to Island Park Drive.

To some, it is known as Wellington West. To others, it is known as Hintonburg. Whatever you choose to call it, Wellington St. West from the Somerset bridge to Island Park Drive is a neighbourhood that has a little something for everyone; the foodie, the shopaholic, or even the artist.

Before you conquer Hintonburg/Wellington West, there are a few things you should know:

– Be sure to bring sunglasses and comfy walking shoes, as you’re going to be outside most of the day walking up and down the street!
– Come on an empty stomach because there are so many amazing restaurants to try out! There is something to satisfy every craving.
– An open mind: to new art, jewelry and clothing. Each store and gallery brings a certain unique factor that no one else has.. You might be surprised at what you can find in each.

I started my tour right in the middle of the neighbourhood, Holland and Wellington St. The sun was shining and for a Tuesday afternoon, it was quite busy! Lots of people out running errands, shopping for something special or, like me, just wandering around taking in all this neighbourhood has to offer.

I began walking down the street and peeking in a few shops when noticed my stomach starting to growl. I ended up choosing Caffe Mio for a quick lunch, a favourite spot among locals with a great menu and even better wait staff. What I love about this place is the fact that it’s a triple threat – cozy atmosphere, knowledgeable staff and good food. It does not get any better than that. Although there are many amazing restaurants in this neighbourhood, Caffe Mio is an awesome choice.

What is so awesome about this neighbourhood is how welcoming it makes you feel. Each store you enter, you are greeted with a smile and a “hey, how’s your day going?”. I had some great conversations with people as they were working and to me, that can make the experience of shopping so much better.

There were so many amazing jewelry shops as you walked along Wellington St. West. I had to stop myself from wanting to buy every single thing I saw. So decided to wander toward where more of the restaurants are.

Although there are some great patios to check out in Hintonburg/Wellington West, the spots with the big, open windows at the front are the ones that I enjoy. It gives you that outdoorsy feel without actually having to sit out in the hot sun.

When I first decided to give this neighbourhood a tour, I had an ulterior motive. I had heard from friends about this gourmet donut place called SuzyQ for quite some time now. People just could not stop talking about how amazing these things were and how I absolutely had to try it. So now I had a reason! When I arrived at SuzyQ, I was surprised that I was the only one in there. But I soon realized why. They had just ran out of donuts and were about to bake some more so the wait was 10 minutes. I decided to stay and I’m so glad I did. These donuts we’re so warm and fresh. The flavours were amazing and for just $10, I got six of them!

My time spent in Hintonburg/Wellington West was an afternoon well spent, and I highly recommend checking it out, whether you have an hour or a whole day.

Restaurants worth trying:
– Wellington Gastro Pub
– Absinthe
– The Hintonburger
– Supply and Demand
– SuzyQ
– Caffe Mio
– Elmdale Oyster House and Tavern

The neighbourhood has so much to offer, for more information visit their website here or check them out on twitter @wellington_west

Author: admin
• Thursday, May 29th, 2014

My name is Tess MacLellan and I am a social media intern at the historic Lord Elgin Hotel located in downtown Ottawa. As a public relations student at Algonquin College, I am passionate about great food, family and friends, and working hard. Each week, I will be featuring a different neighbourhood and restaurant in Ottawa to showcase all the amazing and diverse treasures this city has to offer. Discover new and exciting possibilities through The Lord Elgin Hotel’s blog!

Neighbourhood: The ByWard Market
Location: Sussex Dr. & Rideau St. to Dalhousie St. & Cathcart St.

It may seem hard to believe, but every weekend the ByWard Market has 50,000 people walking it’s sidewalks during summer. For some, the Market is a place to go for some nightlife fun and amusement. For others, it is a place to purchase fresh, local fruits and vegetables. I have spent the day touring around to find out what the ByWard Market is really about.

For starters, It is beneficial to know a little history about the Market. It was established in 1826 by Lieutenant-Colonel John By, the same man who designed the Rideau Canal. The ByWard Market includes George Street North, Dalhousie Street from George to Cathcart, and Sussex Drive East to Cumberland Street West. Originally, the Lieutenant-Colonel designed George Street North and York Street to be extra wide to accommodate the horse drawn carriages that came through to make deliveries to the Market.

It was a beautiful day on Tuesday, the sun was shining and there was a light breeze in the air. Perfect for touring around outside. On first arrival, I could hear the strums of a guitar echoing. I could feel all the culture this place had to offer almost immediately.

The Market has so much to offer from fresh fruits and vegetables to lush flowers, jewelry, and clothing. The colours are so vibrant and pretty you cannot help yourself but be totally mesmerized by what is around you. Everyone working in the Market was extremely friendly and helpful making shopping and visiting downtown Ottawa a joyful experience.

I made my way to the ByWard Market Square, the central part of the Market where most of the action is. This building houses many different vendors, such as women’s and children’s clothing to food and cafés. My favourite place to visit was Moulin de Provence, an attractive spot amongst tourists since this was where U.S. President Barack Obama visited during his time in Ottawa in 2009.

As I continued on my journey I was able to find lots of great shops for clothing and accessories. Frou Frou, the Sassy Bead Co., and Tickled Pink are just some of my favourites to browse through. The kiosks along the streets also have some great finds at even better prices. Whether you are looking for something small or large, there is something for everyone.

After walking around for a few hours, you are probably going to be looking for a nice place to sit, eat, and relax. I know I was. The ByWard Market has an endless supply of restaurants and patios to choose from. There is something there for everyone whether you visit the Market during the day and venture for entertainment at night, there are lots of different options.

Recommended Restaurants:
– Play Food & Wine
– Blue Cactus
– Heart & Crown
– The Grand
– Stella Osteria
– Cornerstone Bar & Grill
– The Cupcake Lounge
– Luxe Bistro
– Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar

For more information on all the ByWard Market has to offer, be sure to check out or the ByWard Market Facebook page at

Author: admin
• Thursday, February 02nd, 2012

Its time to take a break from this cold weather, call up a baby-sitter for the kids and have a little celebration with your loved one. Celebrating is a great way to relieve stress and get your mind off of work, school, kids, ect. This year for Valentines Day take a night off and do something wild. Get away for the night, and enjoy being catered to.

Hotels are booming around Valentines Day because everyone wants to get away and have someone cater to them. The Lord Elgin has amazing romance packages that will knock your socks off. This year there is a special steamy romance package available from the 5th- 19th. We will provide everything for a romantic and intimate evening. You even get red roses on arrival in your room! Dont miss out on this one. Check out this amazing package on our website.

It’s easy to make a great night on the town if you decide to go for a romantic skate on the Rideau Canal and then get a Beavertail, after come back to the hotel and relax. There are also many restaurants that will have great deals for Valentines that are affordable for everyone. Even if you dont feel like spending money you can always walk around town together, go skating, or even stay in and watch some cute movies with some popcorn. As long as youre with the one you want to be with, it will be a perfect Valentines Day no mater what.

Our package for Valentine’s Day –

We want to know how you will spend your Valentines Day. Tweet at us @lordelginhotel or write on our Facebook page to let us know.

Author: Christine
• Thursday, January 27th, 2011

We pride ourselves on the elegant nature of the hotel, but for one day we are going to throw elegance out the window and have some sexy, flirty fun! Valentines Day offers the perfect opportunity to do this…and still get away with it.

We know that things can get a little….uh, boring after a while (luckily for us women, Valentines Day doesnt fall on Football Sunday this year). Weve tried the traditional way of doing things and found them to be quit successful but by making it a bit more exciting we hope to really amp up the romance for some lucky couples.

I speak from experience when I say, even though you may be stuck in town for V-Day, its still great to get away for the night, and enjoy having your every need catered to. Our Be My Valentine package is an added bonus! Who can say no to chocolate covered strawberries, exotic bath and message oils, and breakfast in bed? I know I cant.

(Baby-sitter not included)

Author: admin
• Monday, February 26th, 2007

Diamond RingMarch is not always the brightest month in Ottawa. The canal is closed, the skiing is just about done and the tulips are not yet up. So we decided to add a little sparkle in your stay in March by offering ALL of our guests something that anyone would love either to wear or to give away a diamond ring. It is so easy. Each time you enter your room when you check in; you will find an envelope on your pillow. In it will either be a coupon for Taing Jewellers or if you are really lucky, you will find the ticket for the ring of the week. The rings are really beautiful. They can be worn on their own, or beside another ring. Or, if you had something else in mind, Taing Jewellers will certainly be able to exchange this ring for that special piece you had in mind!

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