Opened in summer, 2011, 52-room Carmen’s C Hotel is Hamilton’s first European-style boutique hotel. An intimate ballroom hosts 125.
attractions + distractions
A 2,700-acre oasis close to downtown, the Royal Botanical Gardens boasts the world’s largest lilac collection; two acres of roses; a 30 km. trail system; and four nature sanctuaries.
The Art Gallery of Hamilton houses a permanent collection of over 9,500 works. Strong in European historical, Canadian historical, and contemporary art.
Hamilton’s Victorian era comes to life at Dundurn National Historic Site, a restored castle overlooking Lake Ontario. Costumed guides lead tours through more than 40 rooms over three floors.
a la carte
About 15 minutes west of downtown, in Dundas, Ont., Quatrefoil offers creative twists on French cuisine. Two private rooms seat 12 and 18. Main restaurant, seating 60, available for buyout.
Billed as ‘artisan bakery by day, pizzeria by night,’ Earth to Table Bread Bar’s menu ranges from creative appetizers to burgers and pizza.
Ideal for groups, Ancaster Mill overlooks a waterfall-fed creek and serves upscale cuisine anchored by seasonal ingredients, many provided by surrounding farms and artisans. Six rooms available for meetings and events.