Weekend Getaway Guide to Montréal
Recently, I’ve been thinking, and I think we can all agree that weekends, are too short. There’s a reason for that. We don’t do… anything, and before we know it, we’re in our offices again posting “I HATE MONDAYS” on Facebook.
I have a solution:
Go on a trip! Pack your overnight bag or, if you’re like me and like to overpack – I call it being prepared – pack your suitcase, put on a clean shirt and head out to a place you’ve never been! Me? I’m off to Montreal.
I’ve never been before (shocking I know) and it’s high time I experience one of the preeminent cities in Canada.
But, this time I’ve cut a few corners, to save some serious cash, I guess you can call it a budget friendly getaway. So, hop in the car, Montreal is only 5 hours away for me… which actually works out being faster then flying. Seriously, if you consider the 45min trip to airport, the whole 1-3 hours of waiting, the flight time, luggage.. blah blah blah. Alternatively, you can always take the train ($60, or less return).
So WHILE I wait I’m planning my trip. A visit to Vieux-Montréal (old Montreal) is light on the wallet (free) and legitimately has the feel of a European city within Canada’s borders.
Getting lost in the 19 miles of underground tunnels and corridors in the famed “underground City” is a MUST. And with over 200 restaurants hidden within, I’m sure to find a quick bite to eat (and recover my stamina) then head out to take in some of the 1500, or so shops that live beneath one of Canada’s oldest cities.
*Fun fact, Montreal was founded on May 17th
It wouldn’t be Montreal without wine; so I plan on stopping by Terrasse Place D’Armes in Old Montreal (Montreal has some of the best terraces in Canada, like these) . The hundred-year-old building and rooftop address provides intense views of the city with a historical feel. And don’t worry… if wine’s not your thing, try the cool raspberry mojito -it comes highly recommended.
After a 5 hour trip there, a party and a half, then a 5 hour trip home… I think I’ll get back to work feeling like a weekend warrior. This budget friendly adventure will undoubtedly see me through the rest of the week…until my next adventure. Oh, P.S., the whole thing could run you as little as $150- $250, depending on your taste and starting point.
Of course… I didn’t work my shopping expenses into that estimate. If you’re in the mood you can’t go wrong with these sweet streets in Montreal. They are:
- Avenue Laurier: 8 blocks of luxury boutiques. Careful, you can make your credit card sweat here (more info here).
- Avenue du Mont-Royal: Small, funky, with a slightly Bohemian feel (more info here).
- Boulevard St-Laurent: Great restaurants, unique shops, it’s the multicultural heart of the city (more info here).
- St. Catherine Street: You can’t forget about about the great patios and crazy nightlife of this FAB.U.LOUS street! (more info here)
Speaking of shopping, for my arrival in Montréal I’m wearing:
Denim Jacket: AMI PARIS -Alexandre Mattiussi
T-Shirt: AMI PARIS -Alexandre Mattiussi
Shorts: Oliver Spencer
Sunglasses: Louis Vuitton
Bon Voyage 😉
Update: Some Montreal Trip Pics:
Photo’s by Matthew St. James