This week, Jake and I spent a few days in our nation’s capital – Ottawa. Neither of us had been to Ottawa in over a decade (not very patriotic of us) so we wanted to go back as adults and see what the city had to offer. We ended up falling head over heels in love with it and had the best getaway we could have asked for!
We road tripped there from our home just outside of Toronto, complete with the best playlist. We danced to 80s pop and Disney hits from our childhoods. After a four hour drive and gallons of coffee, we began our stay at the Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Gatineau – just across the river from the Ottawa city center.
The hotel was gorgeous and chalet-style with an amazing view of the on-site golf course. It was quiet and private, and they even gave us amazing oatmeal chocolate chip cookies upon check-in. Our room was absolutely massive and so gorgeous, complete with french doors and a beautiful living room area.
After checking in, we headed into Ottawa for dinner on the canal. We ate delicious wood-fire pizza at the Canal Ritz with an amazing view of the water. After dinner, we walked along the canal and took in the fresh air (plus saw LOTS of dogs).
Since it was a long drive in, we headed back to the hotel and went to bed early to prepare for the next day of adventure!
The next morning, we started the day with the most wonderful hot buffet breakfast at the hotel. We filled ourselves with scrambled eggs, french toast, beans, pastries and bacon (for Jake). We checked out and headed over to get some coffee from Little Victories Coffee Roasters. This spot was recommended by a few friends and man did it live up to the hype! The coffee was absolutely divine and the space was gorgeous.
After the amazing hotel experience, we went back to our money-saving roots and checked in to an Airbnb in Westboro Village. It was a great space and an amazing location. We walked around Westboro and enjoyed all the boutique shops and friendly faces.
We then headed over to the National Gallery of Canada. Every piece of art was beautiful but Jake and I most enjoyed the contemporary art as well as the ancient European portrayals of Biblical figures.
Once we got our fix of gorgeous art, we went for dinner at El Camino – a cute Mexican restaurant downtown Ottawa. Oh. My. Gosh. You guys. This spot was absolutely fantastic. I had the best fish tacos I’ve ever eaten. If you’re ever in the area, this is a can’t-miss stop! We then had dessert at Pure Gelato (my first gelato experience!) and walked around downtown.
After a restful stay at our Airbnb, we spent our last day in Ottawa walking around the Byward Market and taking in the sights at Parliament Hill. It was so cool to see the buildings where major political decisions are made.
With tired feet and full hearts, we ended our time in Ottawa with a quick stop to Kettleman’s Bagels to get a snack for the road. Jake had their pumpernickel bagel with roasted red pepper and goat cheese spread, and I had the herb and cheese bagel with regular cream cream cheese. Both were to-die-for! It was also amazing watching them prepare the bagels from scratch right in front of us.
It was the most fantastic trip away and I would return to Ottawa in a heartbeat!