A Weekend in Paris...Ontario
at the historic Arlington Hotel
106 Grand River St N, Paris, ON N3L 2M5, Canada
Tucked on the banks of the Grand River in southwestern Ontario, Paris offers an escape from the ordinary. The Arlington Hotel was established in 1851 in the chateau style of architecture that evokes the grandeur of European capitals of the time.
|Arlington Hotel by Misty De Meo (http://ourbrant.wikia.com/wiki/User:Mistydemeo)|
Paris, Ontario is a pretty town west Hamilton and near Brantford. It began its life as a milltown in 1929 and was officially established in 1856. Nowadays it forms part of the surrounding Brant County.
|Bridge over Grand River by Perry Quan from Oakville, Canada|
The town actually gets its name from the gypsum deposits that are mined and make plaster of paris - not for the French capital.
Paris sits on the green banks of the Grand River with a downtown that has kept a lot of its ornate Victorian charm along with the addition of many newer residential areas. The Arlington Hotel is part of that iconic streetscape, a landmark that sits directly across from the River.
|Paris public library (1902) by Misty De Meo|
There are 23 rooms, each with unique design and decorating details. The Arlington gets rave reviews on Tripadvisor and Expedia. While the hotel is historic, the rooms are fully outfitted with the usual amenities, including free WiFi and upscale furnishings.
Paris, Ontario may not boast a nightlife scene to rival its French counterpart, but all the ingredients are present for a relaxing escape from the everyday, including a spa and other amenities.
Executive Chef Matt Kershaw features imaginative menus and there is an emphasis on craft cocktails with flair, using local wine and spirits.
There are three options that include elegant fine dining at Woolf & Wilde, featuring a farm to table menu and a lovely vine-covered terrace. The casual yet stylish vibe of the Library Bar offers an innovative bar menu and delicious small plates for nibbling. The 1851 Public House features a speakeasy theme. It's located in the cellar and features wood framing and exposed rock formations.
|1851 Public House|
What's Close By
• Treks in the Wild - an outdoor adventure service for canoe and kayak rentals and more a few minutes' walk away
• The Paris Grand Golf & Country Club - about 2.5 km away
A wedding in Paris