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Sunday, July 11, 2010; F06

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:

GETTING THERE

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.

613-241-1414

http://www.fairmont.com/laurier

History seeps from every crevice of this massive 1912 limestone landmark. Rates from about $179.

Lord Elgin

100 Elgin St.

866-627-2609

http://lordelginhotel.ca

Neat-as-a-pin rooms and wallet-friendly rates from about $113.

WHERE TO EAT

ZenKitchen

634 Somerset St. W.

613-233-6404

http://zenkitchen.ca

Chef Caroline Ishii's vegan dishes are as refined and satisfying as they are clean and healthful. Entrees from about $15.

Murray Street

110 Murray St.

613-562-7244

http://murraystreet.ca

Ask for the Ottawa, an appetizer based on daily deliveries. Entrees from about $23.

Thyme and Again

1255 Wellington St. W.

613-722-0093

http://thymeandagain.ca

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

The Layup

264 Dalhousie St.

613-237-9689

http://thelayup613.blogspot.com

Slaysh

775 Bank St.

613-667-5830

http://slaysh.com

Workshop

242 1/2 Dalhousie St.

613-789-5534

http://workshopboutique.ca

Mon Cadeau/Ma Cuisine

261 Dalhousie St.

613-241-4438

WHAT TO DO

Byward Market

http://byward-market.com

One of Canada's oldest and largest public markets.

Parliament Hill

http://parl.gc.ca

The seat of Canada's government is a don't-miss. Guided tours are free; start times vary depending on official activity that day.

INFORMATION

http://OttawaTourism.ca

-- M.K.

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