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Royal Honeymoon Tour: Ottawa

  |   By Roseanne Dela Rosa

The royal couple could not have planned a more perfect time to visit our home and native land's capital. Arriving a day before Canada turns 144 years old, the royals have plenty to be excited about. And why not? Aside from being a city that's steeped in rich cultural history (enter Parliament Hill), Ottawa proves that they have more to offer. For one, it's a gorgeous place filled with gorgeous sights including the Rideau Canal and National Gallery of Canada to name a few. And two, there's an array of culinary talent that needs to be tried. So, after a day of sightseeing, where do honeymooners go to wine and dine? Byward Market would be a top option–a locale brimming with shops, outdoor cafes and plenty of upscale dining. Check out Ottawa Tourism for a full list of delicious restaurants and pretty boutique stores to check out. WHERE TO STAY: For a good night's sleep, splurge at ARC The.Hotel–Ottawa's first luxury boutique hotel. Tucked in the heart of downtown, this modern and sleek stay is the perfect place to unwind after a day of touring. Dining in? No problem, enjoy ARC Lounge, which has an extensive menu offering everything from fish and chips to duck confit. And, if you really want to pamper yourselves, we suggest trying the Newu Body Bar, a brilliant spa collaboration between the hotel and Newu (which is just steps away from ARC), just let your concierge know and leave the planning to them.

This article was originally published on Jun 20, 2011

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