Almonte

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Experience the magic of

Almonte

. In this postcard-pretty heritage town, you can relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the arts, music and culture at their best. Just 20 minutes west of Ottawa, the popular getaway destination has a dynamic, creative ambience that's evident in the paintings of historical figures on buildings, rotating art exhibits in public places such as the library, municipal offices and bakery, and regular concerts at the Old Town Hall, which are sometimes recorded by CBC Radio. You'll be inspired by

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's vibrant community of artists - from potters and painters to puppet makers and fashion designers. Residents and visitors look forward to the numerous festivals and events, from high-profile cultural affairs to Books & Beer, which features area authors speaking at the local pub. The setting is sublime. Much of the town's 19th-century architecture has been lovingly restored and preserved and

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Riverwalk is a stunning attraction that draws photographers and nature lovers. Meandering along the banks of the Mississippi River, the walk starts behind the Old Town Hall and continues to the other end of Mill Street, ending in a breathtaking view of the waterfalls at the Old Victoria Woolen Mill. Guests savour the peace and tranquility of this oasis in the countryside and they're drawn to the warm welcome and friendliness that has become

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's hallmark. Delectable eating and excellent shopping also beckon visitors. A wide variety of owner-operated stores and businesses - including an impressive selection of antique and vintage shops - offer unique items and old-fashioned, friendly service. If a shop doesn't have quite what you are looking for, the shopkeeper will happily direct you to another store.  Exceptional service keeps both local and out-of-town customers coming back. So does the food.    From haute cuisine in a posh setting to a cosy tea room, from pubs to local meeting spots that serve freshly-roasted fair trade coffee and delicious handmade baking,

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restaurateurs offer a variety of food to tantalize any palate. The cultural offerings are equally captivating. Acclaimed music and arts occasions showcase some of the richest talents in Canada. And at the end of the day, you can retreat to one of the superlative B&Bs, which are situated in beautiful 19th-century houses. For details, check www.

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inConcert.ca and www.Downtown

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.ca.

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