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10 WAYS TO GREEN YOUR MONTREAL GETAWAY

Travelers are becoming increasingly aware of their environmental impact. We’ve got ten ideas for you to make your Montréal trip greener. From an award winning hotel to an organic spa to a couple of delicious dining options, these suggestions will help you travel in style and on budget, while limiting your ecological impact.

LHOTEL : POP ART LIVING!

Old Montreal’s former Hôtel XIXe Siècle got a very exciting face-lift last April. Not only did its new owner, Georges Marciano (yes yes, Marciano of Guess!Jeans fame), replaced the furniture and linens to upgrade the room’s comfort, but he made the bold decision to make the elegant «Second Empire » building the permanent host of his personal Pop Art art collection.

MARRIOTT: LUXURY AT THE AIRPORT

Travellers arriving, or leaving, from Montreal’s international Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport can enjoy a sophisticated stay at the new Marriott Montréal Airport.  You don’t even have to go outside to get there.  It is right above the U.S. Departures.  Superbly designed  – I love the Wallpaper*/ international style! -  the hotel is bathed in light.

MONTREAL GRAND PRIX 101

Great news guys! As you may already know, 2010 marks the return of the official Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal – and with it, three days of incredible nightlife and outdoor activities taking place from June 10 to June 13. The annual stopover in Canada is the most prestigious automotive event in North America and now is your chance to witness the incredible atmosphere that takes over Montreal during F1 weekend. When Grand Prix rolls to town, thousands of F1 fans and thrill-seekers take over the streets, making Montreal one of the most popular F1 cities in the world. I’ve already offered you some precious hotel recommendations last week, now here is some general Montreal Grand Prix knowledge that you’ll need during your Montreal trip.

FIVE MONTREAL HOTELS FOR GRAND PRIX WEEKEND

Koko is one of Montreal’s hottest drinking, eating and socializing spaces. Last week, the restaurant-bar (which is part of Opus Hotel) threw a fantastic party to celebrate the opening of their popular patio. As jet-setters, photographers and fashionistas flocked in, I was instantly reminded that Grand Prix Weekend was just around the corner. Here are some hotel recommendations to help you plan a memorable Grand Prix Weekend in Montreal!

PAUL MULDOON TALKS POETRY, TRAVEL AND MONTREAL

In a world of Paris-Hilton-twitter-literacy, Paul Muldoon is a true poetic gem. I sat down with this Pulitzer Prize winning poet to chat about how he writes a poem, the link between poetry & travel and his favorite hotel in Montréal.

GETTING BUSY ON MONTRÉAL’S BLEURY STREET

With better known Montréal destinations like St-Laurent and St-Denis, rue de Bleury ( locals drop the rue de, when they talk of the street), might seem like an odd place to start a series of street profiles. But for those in the know, Bleury is a perfect little stretch of Montréal nightlife…

ABSINTHE: ADDING POETRY TO YOUR MONTRÉAL GETAWAY

“Absinthe has a wonderful color, green. A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world. What difference is there between a glass of absinthe and a sunset?” ~Oscar Wilde Tuesday April 13, 5pm. Leaving work and heading to Sarah B, the celebrated bar of Hotel InterContinental, for some green fairy romance.

HIP SHOES FOR A HIP HOTEL

Porters of OPUS Hotel now flaunt hot pink and black John Fluevog shoes, living up to the hotel’s stylish reputation.

Laurie Raphael and Le Germain boutique hotel

Foodies on the lookout for a magnificent boutique hotel during the holiday season should head straight to the hotel Le Germain and their restaurant Laurie Raphael, conveniently located in right downtown in Montreal.