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Montreal: Enjoy a French Flavored Winter City Break
Vacations aren’t just for soaking up the sun and feeling the sand between your toes. Getting away from it all on a short winter city break can be just as relaxing and enjoyable – especially with a destination as captivating as Montreal. Situated in the largest Canadian province of Quebec, Montreal offers visitors a unique vibe that is distinctly European blended with just a smidge of North American. This allows for a getaway brimming with culture yet reassuringly familiar, all within easy access of most U.S cities.
Montreal’s main attraction is its old quarter, or Vieux Montreal. One of Canada’s most picturesque spots, Old Montréal is home to museums, churches, upscale boutiques and a huge variety of eateries, all situated within its cobblestone streets. All signs and road names are in French, but locals will happily speak English or listen with a smile as visitors try out a little Francais of their own.
Days can be spent exploring Old Montreal, but not to be missed is the magnificent Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montréal and the Vieux Port, with its London Eye style observatory wheel. Another famous Montreal attraction is Mont Royal – the city’s namesake and a gigantic hill right in the middle of the city. It will provide a fairly challenging hike but reward those that make the climb with jaw dropping views in every direction.
For some retail therapy, head to Montréal's centre-ville (downtown) and find all the big name brands along with a plethora of fashionable boutiques. For a taste of local style check out the bohemian districts of Mile End, Little Burgandy, Rue St. Denis and the Quartier Latin, each with its own quirky personality and culinary delights. An underground city lies below street level comprising of shopping malls, businesses and restaurants all connected by pedestrian tunnels and the city's metro system. Perfect for winter visitors from sunnier climates!
International and eclectic, this city has a culinary scene to match its atmosphere. Foodies rejoice - it may be Canadian, but Montreal offers a sublimely European dining culture. Discover intimate French restaurants tucked away from the crowds, sleek, modern eateries, lazy sidewalk cafes and just about everything in between. Accommodations are just as varied as the cuisine. From contemporary, luxury hotels to historic properties in the heart of Vieux Montreal, staying in Montreal is affordable and convenient.
Although delightful during the summer months, a winter getaway to the North can be just as invigorating and often has the advantage of less expensive air fare and more attractive hotel rates. Call us at (800) 277 3770 and let us plan your Montreal city break today. Bon Voyage!