Groupon: Victorian Hotel Built in 1893 Paired with Museum
Since its construction in 1893, The Walper Hotel has counted many larger-than-life figures as clientele: Eleanor Roosevelt enjoyed breakfast in the landscaped courtyard, and Louis Armstrong once played his trumpet off the King Street balcony. Part of the hotel's A-list appeal could be traced to its passion for the arts—a curated collection of contemporary Canadian paintings and photographs are displayed throughout the guest rooms and common areas. It also features glamorous touches such as a crystal ballroom illuminated by 12 chandeliers.
Landmark rooms feature high ceilings and period furniture mixed with contemporary updates such as original artwork and flat-screen TVs. Large windows let in abundant natural light. Come morning, guests have their pick of a seasonally rotating menu of breakfast foods.
To keep the whole family entertained, head across the street to TheMuseum, an educational facility full of interactive exhibits. Kids can peer through a 125-gallon fish tank or lay down blueprints for their dream treehouse in Construction Alley, while adults can check out Surface Tension or the upcoming Science of Sexuality.
Kitchener, Ontario: European Heritage on Display Throughout Museums and City Parks
Situated on the Grand River in southwest Ontario, Kitchener is the cultural hub of the Waterloo Region. In 1800, German Mennonites journeyed from Pennsylvania to settle in this farming region, known as Berlin between 1854 and 1916. Five miles from the hotel, Doon Heritage Village simulates life in the region in 1914, and just around the corner, the Joseph Schneider Haus preserves artifacts from the Germanic settlement.
Kitchener boasts 220 city parks, many of which feature tobogganing hills and ice skating rinks in the winter. The crown jewel is Victoria Park, which was built in 1896 by the famed firm of Frederick Law Olmsted (best known for designing Central Park in New York City). It centers on a massive clock tower salvaged from the old city hall as well as a cast bronze statue of Queen Victoria.
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