You know that scene on The Bachelor Canada, when Brad whisks his date off on a private flight to France where they enjoy a romantic weekend in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on what appears to be the most magical date ever?
You can experience the same feeling for a fraction of the cost if you are willing to substitute the private jet for a short drive and the Eiffel Tower for an equally beautiful view of the Rideau Canal and Parliament Hill.
Spend your romantic weekend at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier (1 Rideau Street) with its limestone edifice and architecture that is a nod to French chateaus of yesteryear. The hotel has housed royalty as well as Presidents and is a historical landmark as it was used for conferences during the war. The nearby Gatineau Hills offer perfect date activities including hiking and biking in the summer and a plethora of cross-country ski trails every winter. The Canadian War Museum is a 15-minute walk from the venue and if your date isn’t a history buff, the world’s longest skating rink is also practically across the street.
The halls of the hotel are decorated with 30 Christmas trees during the season and with every stay booked between November 29 and January 4, a $10 donation is made to Trees of Hope for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. The Trees of Hope package also includes shopping vouchers for the Rideau Centre.
The perfect dinner venue is also steps away. Wilfred’s offers views of the aforementioned Rideau Canal and Parliament Hill. The chef’s menu offers pheasant and duck choices for $59 per person with wine pairings. In addition, in honour of the 100th anniversary, the restaurant offers a Centennial Special menu every Friday and Saturday. It features menu items from the past and present to highlight the Centennial anniversary of Ottawa’s castle. You can also enjoy holiday-themed buffet meals appropriately titled “T’was The Night Before Christmas” on Christmas Eve and the Winter Wonderland Brunch on Christmas Day.
Package rates start at $189/night plus tax.
To book a room, check out Fairmont.com. For dinner reservations at Wilfred’s, just call 613-562-7041