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Romance for all in Montréal

Beautiful views, European charm, award-winning dining, entertainment that never sleeps… Montréal has got all the markers of a winning romantic weekend for any type of couple. This Valentine’s Day, whether you like things sporty, luxurious or classic (because long-stem roses never go out of style), here are five getaway ideas from us to you – with love. A classic kind of love Wining and dining is a sure way to pretty much anyone’s heart. With hotel specials like the Valentine’s Day package at the beautiful Le Germain in Old Montréal, you’re already half way there. After picking up some chocolates at Maison Christian Faure and some flowers at the stand in Square Victoria, grab a horse-drawn carriage tour of Old Montréal across the street from Notre-Dame Basilica, where Céline Dion got married (it’ll set the mood). Next, book a tête-à-tête to sample the special V Day offerings at 400 Coups (a five-course meal featuring crab ravioli and foie gras mousse), Le Quindici (short ribs braised in wine, anyone?) or the warm, European flavoured Branzino. If you can’t choose, how about one on Friday, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday? Then stroll up from Old Montréal to downtown for… / Read More →

Treat yourself: A wellness weekend in Montréal

The best reason for a getaway is the opportunity to recharge. Although Montréal is renowned as Canada’s “sin city” — guilty as charged! — we are also a wonderful place for a healthy dose of rejuvenation. While other destinations race along at breakneck speeds, Montréal has set its own patented pace. It’s part of the city’s joie de vivre, the enjoyment of living. With this in mind, here are some wellness options to help travellers enjoy the healthier and restorative sides of Montréal. Treat yo self! Hotels The Hotel InterContinental is currently offering a Digital Detox package. Upon arrival, guests are invited to hand over their telephones, tablets, computers and other electronic devices in a safe located at the reception. The package includes a myriad of restful and invigorating opportunities: access to the water circuit at Bota Bota Spa (see below), a three-course meal at the hotel restaurant (Provençal Osco), in room breakfast and more. Located in the heart of charming Old Montréal, sumptuous Le Saint Sulpice Hotel offers an “Absolute Wellness” package. Guests get a luxurious Superior suite, continental breakfast, a voucher for the Spa Scandinave (which includes two entries and two Swedish massages) and a late checkout. The… / Read More →

Glitzy girls’ weekend in Montréal

For the best kind of girls’ getaway, you need a simple yet essential list of ingredients: 1) No men; 2) Lots of pampering; 3) Great spots to gab (and laugh like idiots); 4) Amazing food and drinks; and 5) Chocolate. Lots of chocolate. You’re in luck: Montréal has got it all, against the backdrop of an incredibly culture-rich city you’ll fall in love with for all kinds of other reasons too. SATURDAY Brunching There’s nothing better to get the weekend rolling than brunch, and Montréal knows brunch. Choose from a sophisticated menu (tipples included) at Le Comptoir on St-Laurent or a heartier eggs-n-bacon style selection at Fabergé (try the breakfast poutine!) in Mile End – and did we mention the gazillion options downtown? If you’re in Old Montreal, let the gabbing begin at Le Cartet, a beautiful space on McGill Avenue that serves punchy coffee, delicious mimosas and a dish that involves crêpes topped with fruit coulis and nut-and-maple French with apple butter and blueberries, plus a bowl of homemade granola. Whaaa? Yes. Learning Oh, chocolate, how we love thee. One of the funnest things to do in Montréal is learn stuff – you really know a trip will stay… / Read More →

Merry Montréal: your hub for magical holiday activities

From December 3 to January 1, Old Montréal and the Old Port will be shining brightly for the holidays! Foodies, adventurers, visitors and night owls are invited to partake in the magical events that make up the third edition of Merry Montréal. Stroll through the neighbourhood’s illuminated streets and discover the area’s historical charm, a delightful Christmas market and a wide array of free activities for families, friends and lovers. New: Christmas Market What’s more delightful than an outdoor Christmas market during the holidays? This year, some 20 exhibitors will be offering their yuletide creations, ranging from gourmet treats and sparkling jewelry, to modern décor items, amusing toys, natural fir trees and many more unique finds carefully crafted by local producers and craftspersons – just in time for Christmas shopping. And don’t miss your chance to meet Santa on December 5, 12 and 19, between 1 and 5 p.m., and tell him how good you’ve been this year! The Christmas Market will be open on Thursdays and Fridays starting at 4 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays starting at noon, until December 20 at Place Jacques-Cartier. Sparkling Nights Merry Montréal is proud to announce that Cœur de Pirate will be headlining… / Read More →

10 (more) wonderful ways to explore Montréal

A second (or third or fourth) visit to Montréal is a time for really getting to know the city and its people – but where to start digging deeper? We’ve compiled a top-ten list that’s all about going beyond the main attractions – check our 10 Montréal “musts” for first-time visitors first so you don’t miss any of those! See a Show at Place des Arts Live music, theatre, dance and more is all under the roof of Place des Arts, the city’s biggest theatre complex, right downtown in the Quartier des spectacles. Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Orchestre Métropolitain play classical favourites and new music in the new Maison Symphonique, Opéra de Montréal stages lush opera productions, Danse Danse brings international dance stars to the Montreal stage, and rock stars and Broadway shows make appearances at PdA throughout the year. Shop the Plateau Find speciality stores and Canadian and Quebecois designers’ boutiques as well as bookstores, furniture and more on the streets of the Plateau neighbourhood, especially on Saint-Denis Street and Saint-Laurent Boulevard north of Sherbrooke, Mont-Royal Avenue in the several blocks east and west of the Mont-Royal Metro station, and along Laurier Avenue west of Saint-Laurent. and if… / Read More →

Fun activities for Easter Weekend

Easter Weekend in Montréal is a veritable fountain of fun and surprises. To usher in this sweet spring holiday, we’ve collected a basketful of great ideas to choose from. Herein, things to see and do for the young and old, traditional and trendy, and whether you want to do it relaxed and serene or bust out with a party. Have fun with the whole family (wee ones, especially) Take the kids to see the furry and feathered animals at the Ecomuseum Zoo and go on its cool egg hunt. The fun includes a traditional Easter Egg Fishing activity and the chance to meet the Easter Bunny, who will be handing out chocolates for everyone. April 4 and 5. The Dufresne-Nincheri Museum, for its part, invites little guys to take part in its annual Easter egg hunt in its garden. The package also includes a chance to win prizes, plus a guided tour of this little jewel of a museum. April 4 and 5. Sugar shack it with the best of ‘em Nothing says spring is here quite like sugar shacking. Getting your maple fix can be done in two ways: You can tap into the deliciousness at an array of… / Read More →

Plan The Perfect Valentine’s Day In Montréal (INFOGRAPHIC)

Ready to warm up winter? Plan the perfect Valentine’s Day in Montréal with a loved one, or even someone you just met! (Life’s too short right?) If you’re single and ready to mingle, have no fear, we’re here to help you find alternative plans. Has all this Fifty Shades of Grey mania gotten you all hot and bothered? Montréal is a city that loves to play, so we’ve got you covered there too. Take the plunge and follow this flowchart to a perfect night sure to tickle even the most prudish of fancies.   Warm up winter with our special limited-time romantic weekend getaway offers. Check them out. A few icons by flaticon.com

Raise Your Hands! It’s Spring

The snow is melting, the birds are chirping… and by golly, we’re finally getting ready to wear open-toed shoes. Get in the mood for the upcoming pedicure season with an indulgent manicure. (Groomed fingers = instant poise.) Montreal has got a plethora of top shelf nail bars, so the choice was difficult… but here are our favourites. SHELlAC ATTACK Rouge Bar has three locations around the city, and it’s always a singularly convivial place to get your extremities groomed. Their signature trait are the big TVs that animate their spaces with a constant stream of rom-coms featuring Jennifer Lopez, Mila Kunis and Julia Roberts. Catch up on the latest chick flicks while getting a long-lasting shellac mani for a very reasonable $45. MANI-PEDI? STEADY Rock the boat at BOTA BOTA, where all treatments come with a magnificent view of the St. Lawrence and the Old Port. They offer a handy express treatment that will have you looking neat and polished within your lunch break, but we recommend the Spa treatments: the $115 mani-pedi combo takes two hours and involves a peeling as well as a massage. Perk: the salon uses vegan products by Spa Ritual. A CUT(ICLE) ABOVE Reach the pinnacle… / Read More →

Live for Love on Valentine’s Day in romantic Montreal

Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, Montreal sets its sights on a long weekend of love. Walk down snow-covered cobblestone streets, turn a plush hotel room into a romantic getaway, spur the senses with dining and chocolate, and find something swoon-worthy to do around every turn…

Pamper the winter away in Montreal’s best spas

As the temperatures dip, the idea of a hot sauna followed by an expert massage has even more irresistible allure. And how about being your friends’ favourite Santa ever? Giving the gift of lasting relaxation and pampering is no sweat this holiday season thanks to some red-hot deals in Montreal spas. They’ll warm your cockles – and your soul…