Fall into the Season's Foliage with the Ascend Hotel Collection of
TORONTO, Oct. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Now that fall coats and hats have been
pulled out of summer hibernation and been dusted off, thoughts often
turn to your next vacation. The month of October is one of the best
times to experience the rejuvenating and awe-inspiring phenomenon that
Canada is known for: the postcard-worthy colourful foliage that
signifies the changing of the seasons.
To help you plan your fall vacation without delay, Choice Hotels Canada
has compiled a list of the top spots to take in the natural beauty
while enjoying a stay at an Ascend Hotel Collection property. The
portfolio of one-of-a-kind, boutique hotels are committed to attentive
service, luxurious comfort and delivering local flair "to let the destination reach you."
The newest Ascend Hotel Collection property to open is The National Hotel and Suites Ottawa, which is situated close to Ottawa's Gatineau Park that features some
of the best views for foliage enthusiasts and newcomers alike. The
first Ascend Hotel Collection property in Ottawa, this hotel offers an
upscale boutique atmosphere, high-touch service and local flair. The
downtown hotel offers views of the Gatineau mountains and majestic
Parliament buildings and is only steps away from the National Gallery
of Canada and Rideau Canal.
Ring in Ontario's Fall Foliage
Bring your hiking shoes to Ottawa's Gatineau Park and explore the
countless trails of forest. There are hundreds of kilometres of trails
to explore and hundreds of species of birds and mammals to spot.
Lookouts throughout the park offer spectacular views, including
Champlain Lookout overlooking the Canadian Shield and St. Lawrence
If you would rather look at the leaves while lounging in the nation's
capital then head to downtown Dundonald Park. The park offers shady
trees and sitting areas.
After sightseeing, The National Hotel and Suites Ottawa is perfect for travellers looking to continue delighting their senses.
Finish your day at the hotel's award-winning Mix Salon & Spa with a
relaxing and revitalizing massage. For an entirely different sensory
experience, visit the Capital Dining Room, which is the only
four-Diamond rated fine dining restaurant in downtown Ottawa and
features culinary delights from around the world.
If you're looking for a more remote vacation out of the big city then
head to Huntsville, which is only minutes away from Algonquin
Provincial Park. Finish a day of exploring the park and the explosion
of fall colours at the Hidden Valley Resort where you'll experience true relaxation with luxurious suites that
feature cozy fireplaces and jetted tubs.
Detour to New Brunswick
With more than 80 per cent of New Brunswick forested, there are amazing
opportunities to take in the fall colours. The Fundy Coastal Drive that
stretches between Moncton and Saint John is home to vivacious reds and
deep pumpkin oranges.
You don't have to travel far off the fall foliage path for a relaxing
night's stay at the Château Moncton or Château Saint John. Both properties offer a luxurious stay with beautiful views that are
steps from all of the cultural activities both cities offer.
Off the Beaten Path in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley is a great spot for breathtaking views of
fall foliage. Along the Evangeline Trail, visitors can witness the
vibrant reds, yellows and oranges of fall leaves at Bear River and at
the Look-Off near the village of Canning.
Only a short day trip from the Annapolis Valley is the Inn on the Lake located in Fall River. This boutique hotel is situated on four acres of
park land with a private white sand beach on picturesque Lake Thomas.
Quebec's Symphony of Colours
Known for its sugar maple trees, provincial yellow birch and American
beech, Quebec is a top destination for foliage enthusiasts and
beginners. The Laurentian Mountains display a gorgeous symphony of
Only a short afternoon drive from here is St-Christophe Hotel & Spa located in Granby, Quebec. The boutique hotel features classic European
architecture and the ultimate in relaxation with access to an indoor
heated pool and whirlpool, massages and therapeutic baths in an idyllic
lake side setting.
If you're more of a big city explorer, then a rejuvenating stay at the Hotel Royal William in Quebec City is for you. The luxurious hotel is only 20 minutes from
the parc national de la Jacques-Cartier with its panoramic hiking
trails and in the heart of the shopping and culture that Quebec City
has to offer.
The Ascend Hotel Collection brand is franchised by Choice Hotels Canada, the country's largest
lodging franchisor and participates in Choice Privileges, the Choice
Hotels rewards program where guests can earn points toward free nights,
airline rewards, gift certificates and more while staying at any
Comfort, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, MainStay Suites, Suburban
Extended Stay and Ascend Hotel Collection hotel worldwide.
For reservations, call the Choice Hotels toll-free reservation line at
800.4CHOICE or visit choicehotels.ca.
About Ascend Hotel Collection:
The Ascend Hotel Collection membership program made its debut in late
2008 and now has hotels open and under development throughout the
United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Scandinavia and the Caribbean. The
network appeals to the growing number of travelers who like to live
like the locals when traveling to new places. Member properties include
The GEM Hotels with three boutique hotels in New York City; Zona Hotel
and Suites Scottsdale in Ariz; Nordic Light Hotel, Stockholm; Grand
Hotel Costa Rica, San Jose; and Hotel Royal William in the chic New St.
Rock district of downtown Quebec City. For more information on this
program, visit www.ascendcollection.com.
About Choice Hotels Canada:
From Victoria, B.C., to St. John's, N.L., more than five million guests
each year stay with Choice Hotels Canada® (CHC). CHC is the nation's largest hotel franchisor, with 325 privately
run properties currently open and under development, under seven
brands: Comfort™, Comfort Suites®, Quality®, Sleep Inn®, Clarion®, Econo Lodge® and Rodeway Inn®. In addition, via its Ascend Hotel Collection™ membership program,
Canadians have upscale lodging options at historic, boutique and unique
hotels. Plus, extended stay options with MainStay Suites® and Suburban
Extended Stay® brands. CHC properties are 100 per cent franchise owned
and operated by individual hoteliers, entrepreneurs and lodging/hotel
management companies. CHC offers comprehensive support services to its franchisees including
sales, marketing, purchasing, reservations and other supportive
services. CHC offers high-value lodging options ranging from limited to
full service, in the economy to mid-scale markets. CHC is part of
Choice Hotels International® which franchises 6,200 hotels in more than 30 countries and territories
worldwide. CHC is represented in every major and most secondary markets
across all provinces, conveniently located near major airports and
highways, shopping centres, entertainment districts and tourist
attractions. For reservations call 800.4CHOICE (800.424.6423) /
800.BO.RÊVES (800.267.3837) or visit ChoiceHotels.ca.
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