VALENTINES DAY IN MONTREAL: A 3-STEP GUIDE

Posted on February 8th, 2013 by .

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you haven’t already planned your special day with your significant other, you’ll thank me that I caught you before it’s too late. Here’s a quick checklist that will keep your ladylove smiling and starry-eyed on Valentine’s Day

1) THE WARM-UP

• Flowers: Even if you live together, have them sent to her so that she receives them in public. It’s that five minutes of jealously from on-lookers that will rack you up points for years. Pourquoi Pas does elegant minimalist bouquets. They offer normal, deluxe and super deluxe options for their bouquets. Three words for you: Go. All. Out.

• Lingerie: If you know her well, i.e. you actually know the size of her skivvies, add some lacy undergarments from Lyla (uptown) or Collange at Ogilvy’s (downtown). It’s the gift that keeps giving.

2) THE DINNER

Romance must be high: candles, table for two, a fireplace is a huge bonus. Some choice restos that offer special menus for your tête-à-tête are:

XO at Hotel St-James: Pimped out in Parisian style décor, enjoy the five-course tasting meal with a comp cocktail. Splurge on the wine-pairing menu and ask for a nook in one of the circular alcoves.

Auberge St-Gabriel: Let your love bask in cosy Old World ambience of stone walls, wooden beams and fireplace. The design is, however, a contemporary interpretation by Bruno Braun, local style-meister. Star chef Eric Gonzales will not disappoint.

Toque!: This posh spot says, “I love you” on a silver platter.

3) THE DESSERT (wink wink): Even if you live in Montreal, splurge on chic hotel. A couple spots to consider for your cocoon getaway are Place d’Armes and Ritz Carlton. Or why not the “Only You” package at swish Hotel St-Paul?  The amorous package gives you a room, Veuve Clicquot, a Serrano ham and candied-fruit plate, and yes, rose petals and candles. Call them 10 minutes before you arrive and they’ll light the wicks for you! Fast forward to the next day (this is a public site), you’ll get a deluxe continental breakfast (in bed, if you like) and then a late 3 p.m. checkout – just in case anything happens after those croissants.

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