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FORGET AMERICAN THANKSGIVING, ESCAPE TO MONTREAL FOR THE WEEKEND

Dear American friends, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. For many of you, this time of year represents festive meals and the opportunity to reflect on the blessings in one’s life. Yet for other folks, Thanksgiving is a tired and stress-inducing holiday where you’re forced to wear that god-awful chartreuse sweater that your half-blind aunt knit you while salivating over Don Johnson during a Miami Vice marathon. And let’s be honest, the embarrassment of smelling like Fixodent drool each holiday begins to erode one’s self-respect.

5 BEAUTIFUL AUTUMN WALKS IN MONTREAL

Montrealers love autumn. As the days get a bit shorter and the air becomes crisp, there is a certain romanticism that infiltrates the city. Folks bring out their beautiful fall fashion items, the leaves provide a pleasant palette to the eyes and the markets burst with the harvest. It is rather delightful. We encourage you to capture the spirit of the fall season. Here are 5 walks to get you outside to witness the beauty of autumn in Montreal.

10 DELICIOUS FRENCH RESTAURANTS IN MONTREAL

  Montreal has emerged as an ultimate foodie destination (check out these foodie tours) in North America, and that romantic French flair has much to do with a certain epicurean notoriety. We’ve nabbed a reputation as the “Paris” of North America and, travelers come to Montreal with certain expectations of cultural and culinary offerings dancing in their heads. There are a couple hundred French Bistros in Montreal; they vary in price, location, design, and of course, approach to food. Here are ten of our French restaurant choices for 2010. Bon appétit!

10 WAYS TO EAT YOUR WAY AROUND THE WORLD

An important part of traveling is the sampling of local cuisine. Not only does it gives us the opportunity to literally taste a country, but also to participate in the traditions and customs that are inseparably paired with eating. But, perhaps ironically, some of the most memorable culinary experiences that I’ve had were in dining establishments that contrasted local cuisine, such as a Moroccan meal in Paris, Indian food in Christchurch (NZ) or an Argentinean BBQ in Costa Rica. Part of the charm is in the juxtaposition. Montreal is a North American foodie heaven. And a major factor in this epicurean positioning is the multitude of ethnicities that have chosen to establish new lives and enterprises in the city. Local gourmands rejoice on the abundance of diversity. Here are 10 ways to savor the international offerings…

10 SCENIC JOGGING ROUTES IN MONTREAL

If you’re preparing to run a marathon or any other running race, you know that a weekend getaway does not mean a vacation from your training program. Montreal has hundreds of hectares allocated to urban park space, enabling locals and visitors to jog safely. With the help of runningmap.com, I’ve created 10 different jogging itineraries. From the easy to the arduous, these routes will keep your training on schedule, while touring through some of the best Montreal scenery.

MEET A MONTREALER: JEAN-AYMERI DE MAGISTRIS

Meet Jean-Aymeri. He’s a man-about-town; his Facebook and Twitter accounts vibrating with the tales of a man on the move. In fact, he’s so connected and “on the scene” that I hope he doesn’t steal my job. I’m watching you De Magistris! Anyway, between his projects in art, design and fashion, this man’s got his fingers in multiple pies! But, you’re wondering, how can you get Jean-Aymeri’s fingers in your pie? Read and find out.

THIS (LONG) WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (SEPT 3 to 6)

Everyone loves a long weekend! And if you are going to be joining us in Montreal this weekend, you are in for some sunny days and plenty of activities to keep you in trouble… err… occupied. Here are some of our recommendations!

10 GREAT PLACES TO READ IN MONTREAL

The concept of traveling with a good book has always been a romantic notion for many of us. A few years ago I actually joined a Facebook group called “All I Really Want to Do Is Read Good Books in Interesting Places” simply because the concept of the group successfully summed up the leisurely lifestyle that I dream of living. “Reading” and “Vacation” go together like… well… parties and poutine. Montreal, in all its romantic glory, has a ton of interesting places to read good books. I’ve named ten of my favorite locations, and paired them with an author whose literary landscapes might compliment the Montreal spaces mentioned. Happy reading!

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (AUGUST 27 TO 29)

“Weekend getaways are like a quick shower for the soul.” This is the sentiment that a friend once expressed to me. And I couldn’t agree more. If your soul is needing a cleaning, then perhaps this weekend could be your perfect opportunity to rejuvenate in Montreal. See a movie. Listen to some music. Slow dance. Check out our nine recommendations on what you can do this weekend in Montreal.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (AUGUST 20 TO 22)

This weekend’s forecast calls for a relaxed 25˚C (that 77˚F to our American friends). It’s going to be sunny and mild — the perfect kind of weather for roaming the cobblestone streets, tucking into bistros for glasses of beer and watching the world go by. However, if you’re a “do’er”, we’ve got nine fantastic things “to do” this weekend in Montreal!