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All flight and lodging information valid as of press time Thursday.
Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Ottawa? Here's what you need to know for the weekend of July 16-18:
US Airways provides connecting service from Dulles to Ottawa from about $700. Air Canada provides nonstop service from Dulles from $780.
WHERE TO STAY
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
1 Rideau St.
History seeps from every crevice of this massive 1912 limestone landmark. Rates from about $179.
100 Elgin St.
Neat-as-a-pin rooms and wallet-friendly rates from about $113.
WHERE TO EAT
634 Somerset St. W.
Chef Caroline Ishii's vegan dishes are as refined and satisfying as they are clean and healthful. Entrees from about $15.
110 Murray St.
Ask for the Ottawa, an appetizer based on daily deliveries. Entrees from about $23.
Thyme and Again
1255 Wellington St. W.
Mostly takeout. Menus change often, but recent offerings included salmon fillet with maple-whiskey cream sauce (about $10) and seafood brochettes (about $13).
WHERE TO SHOP
264 Dalhousie St.
775 Bank St.
242 1/2 Dalhousie St.
Mon Cadeau/Ma Cuisine
261 Dalhousie St.
WHAT TO DO
One of Canada's oldest and largest public markets.
The seat of Canada's government is a don't-miss. Guided tours are free; start times vary depending on official activity that day.