Best Wine Bars in Ottawa

Best Wine Bars Blog

Sometimes you just want to go to a place that can satisfy your passion for wine. Yes, there are places that serve great food and offer interesting entertainment, but if it’s wine that tops your wish list, then a wine bar is the place to visit. Whether you are craving a rare vintage or you just want a well-aged Merlot, there are plenty of bars in Ottawa that put extra focus toward wine lovers. Stay in one of the downtown hotels and you can choose a few bars to check out over a weekend trip.

Best Wine Bars in Downtown Ottawa

Ottawa has a unique food scene that brings culinary talent from around the world. With that talent come highly skilled sommeliers that select delicious wines for the perfect pairing.

If you are staying at the Cartier Place Suite Hotel downtown Ottawa, you are in luck. There are numerous wine bars within walking distance – and they are some of the highest-rated eateries and bars in the country.

While just about every wine bar in Ottawa has something to offer, these are the top bars within walking distance of the Cartier Place Suite Hotel:

  1. Play Food & WineHere you enjoy fine dining in an informal setting. The food is extraordinary and their wine list is not only amazing, but surprisingly affordable. The menu changes daily based on seasonal availability, so you never know what you will find when you dine here.
  2. Vineyards Wine Bar BistroEnjoy some of the finest wines and bistro-style menu items at Vineyards. They have special performance nights, including jazz night, which make it a fun place to unwind.
  3. Aroma Small Plates and WineIf you like small plate dining experiences expertly paired with great wines, Aroma is the perfect restaurant to try. They feature a Mediterranean menu and wines from Italy, Greece, France and more.
  4. Café MezzalunaLocated inside Cartier Place Suites Hotels, you will find the delightful Café Mezzaluna. This romantic dining room has a wine list that features selections from Italy, Australia, New Zealand, France and more, all paired with an exceptional menu.
  5. Must Kitchen & Wine BarEnjoy small plates, amazing wines and inviting décor. The food is much more refined here, and includes menu items like seared foie gras.
  6. 10 Fourteen BarIf you are looking for a warm and friendly wine bar to hang out with friends, this is just the place. With tasty bar bites and a choice of charcuterie selections, plus a pinball machine, collection of board games and foot-tapping classics, you won’t want to leave.
  7. Beckta Dining & Wine Beckta not only has a great wine list and a romantic atmosphere, but if you are celebrating something special, you can bring in your own bottle of wine to mark the occasion too.
  8. Fresco Bistro Italiano This Ottawa institution does not only offer fresh local food but a large and creative list of cocktails, beer, wine and spirits. Specialized in hosting large groups for lunch, dinner with an ideal setting, this is the place to contact for a group reservation.
  9. Johnny Farina This family owned restaurant is known for its great Italian food and its warm atmosphere. You will also find a large variety of menu items and alcoholic beverages to choose from. Customers can either enjoy a nice lounge area where you can enjoy drinks with friends or the great Italian vibe and exceptional food in their main restaurant where they specialize in pizzas cooked in a wood burning oven.
  10. Mystiko Greek Kitchen If you want to experience traditional Greek food in Ottawa this is the place to go! This family owned restaurant offers high quality cuisine inspired by the owner’s childhood growing up in Greece.

While there are many hotels downtown to choose from, Cartier Place Suite Hotels offers a comfortable stay, pet-friendly accommodations, and is located in the heart of Ottawa. Walk from our hotel to one of these amazing wine bars and enjoy a night on the town while you stay in one of the highest rated suite hotels in Canada.

Book your stay online now or contact our hotel’s information desk at 1-800-236-8399.


Ottawa Bluesfest – Don’t miss it

Blues Festival

Ottawa Bluesfest —Don’t Miss It! 

Ottawa’s Bluesfest is just around the corner, and as always, it is all about the show. This year there is an impressive lineup of talent, including big names you will not see in the area again for a few years.

You can attend the Bluesfest in July at the Lebreton Flats. While you are here, stay in a suite hotel downtown so you are in the middle of it all. You won’t have to worry about parking or getting around to all the area hotspots.

Cartier Place Suite Hotel is located within walking distance of the festival for your convenience. Enjoy the festival during the day, then come back and party on Elgin Street at night.

The Incredible Lineup and Other Details About the Event

The largest outdoor music festival in Canada, Bluesfest starts July 8th and gates will open at 5:00 pm on the weekdays and 2:00 pm on weekends. You will want to purchase your tickets online in advance and since the festival is downtown, you can easily walk there from the hotels downtown.

Each day features a new lineup of artists. Just a few of the artists you can expect to see include:

  • Opening Day, July 8th – The Full Flex Express Tour featuring Jack U, Zeds Dead, A$AP Ferg, Tycho, Hundred Waters and Anna Lunoe.
  • July 9th – BlakDenim, Hoodie Allen, Kira Isabella, Bobby Bazini, Thrifty Kids, and more.
  • July 10th – Kanye West, Brea Lawrenson, and Chance the Rapper
  • July 11th – Alvvays, Blues & Company, Family of the Year, and Iggy Azalea
  • July 16th – Paul Oakenfold, Mother Mother, and Dallas Smith
  • July 17th – Dropkick Murphys
  • July 18th – Deep Purple, Milky Chance
  • July 19th – Weird Al Yankovic

You can see a full list of the artists performing at the Bluesfest on their official website.

Find the Perfect Downtown Hotel in Ottawa Now

With a humble beginning in 1994, Bluesfest is today the most exciting summer event in Ottawa. Billboard Magazine includes it among the top-ten music festivals in the world. The festival is full of surprises every year with an assortment of stages and artists from various genres. There’s more than music to the show! Fans will enjoy multicultural foods and beverages, VIP upgrade areas, merchandise and posters for sale, autograph signings, raffles, silent auctions, promotions and contests, as well as greening initiatives.

The Canadian War Museum is also in the middle of the festival site. Hotels in the area will book fast. If you want to stay somewhere within walking distance to the festival and get all of the luxurious amenities you need to stay comfortable, come to Cartier Place Suite Hotels. As a pet-friendly hotel, you can bring along your pets too and enjoy an extended stay in downtown Ottawa for Bluesfest.

Book your stay online now or contact our hotel’s information desk at 1-800-236-8399.

Fun Ideas for Victoria Day in Ottawa

Victoria DayFun Ideas for Victoria Day in Ottawa 

Since it was first declared a holiday in 1845, Victoria Day (unofficially recognized as Firecracker Day early on) quickly grew into one of Canada’s biggest celebrations, featuring entertainment such as fireworks, amusement rides, and musical performances.

Now, 170 years later, Canadians are proving that their enthusiasm for this special day is still very much alive and well. As a matter of fact, Victoria Day is now somewhat of a rite of passage into spring, and the kick-off to great weather and activities such as opening up the cottage, first camping trips, road trips, and BBQs – a truly exclusive celebration of all that it means to be Canadian.

Well, another Victoria Day is finally here again so, if you’ll be in Ottawa over the long weekend, make sure you celebrate it to its fullest. While the meaning of Victoria Day is different for everyone—from family time to celebrating history to being proud of our country; it is definitely something for everyone to experience and enjoy. Be sure to book one of the downtown Ottawa hotels early, and be as close as possible to all of the activities and festivities.

The Top Activities for the Victoria Day Long Weekend

Ottawa has some of the best activities year-round, but during the long weekend for Victoria Day, there are some unique events that do not happen the rest of the year. Hotels downtown are within walking distance to all of the fun, so make sure to check out some of these fun long weekend activities:

  1. First and foremost, make sure you don’t miss out on THE festival of the day – the “Victoria Day Festival”. Taking place at Queen Juliana Park, on Victoria Day Monday, this year’s lineup has something for the entire family. Enjoy a wide range of midway rides with your loved ones, make a few new furry friends at the petting zoo, or simply relax while enjoying refreshments from a large selection of food and beverage concession stands. The fun doesn’t end at sundown though – when the clock strikes 10PM, you’ll have the opportunity to marvel at a wonderful and traditional fireworks display to close out the day.
  2. Go to the Tulip Festival – What better way to celebrate the season than walking around through the Tulip Festival. The festival wraps up over the long weekend and this once-a-year event features more than a million tulips. The fireworks display can be seen over Dow’s Lake on Sunday night and there will be numerous artists showcasing their best products at the Big Urban Living Boutique.
  3. Visit an Ottawa Farmers’ Market – Taste fresh food and fare, delightful baked goods and some of the freshest produce, all at the Ottawa Farmer’s Market and the Metcalfe Farmers’ Market.
  4. Overlap with International Museum Day – If you are taking advantage of the long weekend then do not forget that Victoria Day is also International Museum Day. Some museums in the area may offer a reduced admission rate or free admission too.

There are plenty of hotels to choose from in downtown Ottawa, but at Cartier Place Suite Hotels, you get a comfortable stay within walking distance of it all. As one of the few pet-friendly accommodations in Ottawa, we want to provide you with a convenient stay while you enjoy a holiday that celebrates everything there is to love about Canada.

Book your stay online now or contact our hotel’s information desk at 1-800-236-8399.

Stay Downtown For the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend Events

ottawa marathonTamarack Ottawa Race hosts their multi-day running events each year. As one of Canada’s most popular organized outdoor events, there will be runners and spectators from around the world headed downtown to catch one of the races and associated festivities.

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is the official kickoff race for Run Ottawa, and it is Canada’s largest and fastest marathon race to date. This year the race will happen on May 28-29, 2016, so you still have time to find hotels downtown. To be able to relax and unwind after a long day outdoors, suite hotels make an excellent choice.

Details About the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend estimates over 7,000 participants and a world-class range of athletes attending the race. This race isn’t just about running and winning the marathon; it is about the track and scenery that runners get to enjoy too.

Anyone can enter into the marathon, including walkers. Because there are so many people participating, it is set off in waves at two-minute increments based on which race level you have entered. This way, even beginner runners can join.

Things to do in Ottawa While Attending the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

Whether you are racing or just enjoying the event, Ottawa has plenty of tourist attractions you can enjoy during your stay in the city. Just a few things you can do to fill your days include:

  • Going to the Canadian War Museum – This is not just your average museum. As an internationally renowned location, it is best known for telling the personal stories of those in the military. There are photographs, artifacts and even interactive presentations to explore.
  • Visit the Parliament Hill and Buildings – If you have never seen them, these Gothic Revival-style buildings are breathtaking and located on a 170-foot bluff that overlooks the Ottawa River.
  • Rideau Canal – This is one of Ottawa’s oldest landmarks. In the summer, it is filled with boats and becomes one of the hottest tourist spots in the city.

While you are here, look for the best downtown hotels. Cartier Place Suite Hotel offers spectacular views and equally fantastic rooms in the heart of the city. Our suites are luxurious and perfect for the visiting runner or even the spectator who wants to be downtown and close to everything.

Please contact our hotel’s information desk at 613-236-5000 or 1-800-236-8399.

Top 10 Things to Do in Ottawa

OttawaCanada’s capital city is as exciting as it is beautiful. With its rich history, exciting culinary scene, and vibrant cityscape, you won’t have a hard time finding something to do in Ottawa.

But because there is so much to do, you might have a hard time narrowing down the options. After all, how do you choose which world-class museums to visit and which parks to explore? To help you plan your trip to Ottawa, we’ve listed what we think are the top 10 things to do in the city.

  1. Explore Parliament Hill
    Parliament Hill is Ottawa’s most-visited attraction, and for good reason. Its neo-Gothic architecture will catch your eye, while free tours will hold your attention for hours. Parliament Hill the home of Canada’s federal government. It also plays host to concerts and cultural events throughout the year, including Canada Day on July.
  2. Take a Stroll or a Bike Ride along the Rideau Canal
    The Rideau Canal is the perfect place for both nature and history lovers. Winding in and around Ottawa, this 202-kilometre (126-mile) canal is a must-visit for all Ottawa visitors. Bike rentals are available throughout downtown Ottawa at the many convenient Bixi Bike Rental locations. The canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The canal connects to the Ottawa River via an intricate stepped lock system that has been in operation since 1832.
  3. Get Your Shopping Fill at ByWard Market
    Loved by locals and visitors alike, the ByWard Market area is a colourful and historic experience. As one of Canada’s largest and oldest public markets, you can find unique boutiques and fresh produce as you stroll through numerous vendors.
    Bonus Attraction: United States President Barack Obama loved stopping in at Moulin de Provence Bakery. To get your hands on cakes, desserts, and breads loved by the Obamas, stop by the bakery located inside the main market building.
  4. Get a Thrilling History Lesson at the Canadian War Museum
    History buffs love the Canadian War Museum for its symbolic architecture and its inspiring approach to history. The museum uses touching personal stories, photographs, and artwork to recount Canada’s military history.
  5. Delve into Canada’s Past at the Canadian Museum of History.
    If you don’t get your fill of history at the War Museum, head over to the Canadian Museum of History. The museum is great for adults and children alike, with numerous interactive displays to use. You’ll also find Canadian artifacts dating back to 18th century settlements and to the prehistoric era.
  6. Marvel at the National Gallery of Canada’s Art Collection
    Home to the world’s largest collection of Canadian art, the National Gallery will dazzle any art aficionado. The gallery’s stunning glass and granite structure is enough to pique anybody’s interest. And its photography, sculpture, and painting exhibits will stimulate your imagination. For upcoming events and exhibitions, check out this link:
  7. Tour the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica
    When you’re done at the National Gallery, head across the street to Ottawa’s oldest and largest church. Here you’ll find hundreds of religious statues and stunning stained glasses windows.
  8. Relax and Play in Gatineau Park
    Gatineau Park is the darling of Canada. Located only 15 minutes from Downtown Ottawa, Gatineau Park stretches hundreds of kilometres and is home to more than 50 species of trees, birds, and mammals. You’ll find pleasant, well-kept walking paths, as well as stunning lookout points throughout the park. Whether you want to spend a day outside or just need a quick breather, Gatineau Park is the place for you.
  9. Celebrate Friendship at the Canadian Tulip Festival
    For three weekends each May, Ottawa becomes a little more colourful during the Canadian Tulip Festival. The festival has a rich history dating back to 1945, when the city played host to the Dutch princess Juliana and her daughters. Since then, the festival has stood as a symbol for friendship and culture. Wander through gardens lined with more than 3 million tulips. Visit embassies around the city to learn about other countries’ customs and cultures.
  10. Enjoy Ottawa’s Canadian Museum of Nature
    Last on this list, but certainly not least in importance, is Ottawa’s Canadian Museum of Nature. Located just 5 minutes away from Cartier Place Suite Hotel & Residences, the Canadian Museum of Nature houses permanent animal, fossil, mineral, plant and algae exhibits, that are sure to provide education and entertainment for the whole family. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to blend fun with learning while you’re here.

While you are here, look for the best downtown hotels. Cartier Place Suite Hotel offers a spectacular location off Elgin Street and equally fantastic rooms in the heart of the city. Our suites are luxurious and perfect for the visiting runner or even the spectator who wants to be downtown and close to everything.

Book your stay online or contact our hotel’s information desk at 1-800-236-8399.