|The Castle on a Stormy Day|
The vacation combined the best of both worlds: five nights in Ottawa with dinners out, art, shopping and stellar service at Fairmont Chateau Laurier followed by eight nights at the beautiful Bartlett Lodge in Ontario's Algonquin Park.
The Chateau Laurier was a huge surprise to both of us. It is now officially our favourite hotel in the world. The service was outstanding and the food marvellous, we had a dinner in every hotel restaurant and all were perfect. Room service breakfast was equally luxurious and delicious. There is the most gorgeous swimming pool surrounded by marble and giant copper heating lamps, just tucked in the basement near the health club. I swam laps there every morning ( you can see "my" swimming pool right here).
We gave our car over to the valet at arrival and didn't see it for the next five nights. The hotel is just next to the gorgeous Canadian Parliament buildings and ideally located for walking the prettiest parts of our capital city.
Yousuf Karsh lived at the hotel for sixteen years and in fact had his studio there for part of that time. A collection of his photographs are scattered throughout the hotel, like this one of Einstein, casually displayed above a writing desk just outside the cocktail bar (which makes the best Kir Royale anywhere, take my word for it).
The hotel is filled with many beautiful antiques and stunning details not to be found in the modern world. We really felt as though we had stepped back in time and found ourselves quite interested in the history of the hotel, you can read a bit about that right here.
|Every doorknob is monogrammed in the hotel.|
This was our bathroom knob!
Fully rested we embarked on the next chapter of our trip....
|My Tory Burch frocks served me well at the Castle and in the Park.|
I wore one each day with a Brora cardigan and some ballet flats: super easy.
|Our swim dock.|
Many a glass of wine graced the arm of this chair.
|The light was magical at all times of the day.|
|One of many hiking paths.|
|Happy on the trail.|
Notice my hideous MBT shoes!
Roots linen sweater and camp socks.
|The view from our screened-in porch.|
|One of the seating areas at the lodge.|
|There are lovely gardens, including a large one for the kitchen.|
There is a hiking trail at the lodge with a tour of some of the special trees.
|A very tall tree indeed.|
|Chippie, or maybe a friend of his.|