Traveling to far off places, such as Europe or Asia, may not be possible for some of us, but there are other options that are closer than you may think. Few people realize that our next door neighbor- Canada- is full of wonderfully romantic places to visit. Among them is Montreal which is in the province of Quebec. This is a French-speaking city, which kind of makes up for not being able to go somewhere like Paris.
Where should you stay?
If you want to be tucked away in style, there are few better places than the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Montreal. This sophisticated hotel is full of all the classic charm you need to make your stay memorable.. The biggest perk is that you are practically sitting on a number of shops and boutiques, where you can drag your beloved along to buy you something nice. A junior suite with a king size bed will run you about $275.00 CAD a night and a deluxe room with a king size bed will go for $197.67 per night. This is not so astronomical when you consider that you are staying in high class digs.
Where should you eat?
One of the best restaurants in the area is right at the Ritz Carlton Montreal. It is Cafe de Paris and it offers French cuisine to die for and international fare, as well.. It is known for how great the service is and its romantic ambience.
If you’re like me, you’d probably prefer to not be chained to your hotel all the time and will want to venture out to other eating establishments. There are many fine restaurants in Montreal to choose from, such as Les Halles on Crescent Street- that serves highly-praised French cuisine- and the cozy Troika, also on Crescent Street, which serves Russian food. Troika has musicians to accompany your dining, always romantic. Of course, there are other great places to eat in Montreal and asking locals where to go is something you may want to do.
What places should you see?
Take an excursion to Vieux- Montreal or “Old Montreal” to look for souvenirs and see Montreal as it once was in the old days. Many of the buildings are as they were in times past and there is an “old world” feel from more simpler times. You can hold hands with your sweetheart as you walk down the cobblestone streets and get a feel for the authentic culture that was. You can find some of Montreal’s most notable sights in Old Montreal, like their port, museums and the like.
Underground City is, as its name suggests, underground and it is composed of a huge number of shops and stores, as well as places to eat and movie theaters. This is the place most tourists like to go when the Quebec temps are frigid. It does require a lot of walking, however, so make sure you’re capable physically of covering a lot of territory. .
If you want to get a taste of the Montreal nightlife, there are several places to go, including clubs like Newtown and Club Seven, which you’ll need to call in reservations for. If you don’t find loud, pulsating music and gyrating bodies very conducive to your romantic mood, sit down at some of Montreal’s best jazz spots, like the Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill or Modavie for a start. There are more places to see at night in Montreal than could possibly be listed here. Again, ask the locals for their recommendations.
You’ll Feel Like You’re Almost in Europe!
Having traveled to Montreal myself on an occasion, I can tell you that you will experience the feeling of being in Europe, even though you really aren’t there, because this city has such a rich French tradition.
If you can get to Montreal this Valentine’s Day or any other time, for that matter, go for it.