How to Have a Romantic European Getaway in Montreal

How to Have a Romantic European Getaway in Montreal

What keeps you from having a dream romantic weekend getaway in Europe? Is it the cost of plane tickets, or maybe the long flights there and back keeping you from going? Well no matter what is keeping you from going to Europe, there is still hope if you live in New England. We’ll show you how you can have a romantic European getaway in Montreal!

I’ll be honest, I’d never really considered Montreal for a romantic getaway. I assumed it was too far away, but to my surprise, the drive was just over 4 hours away from our home in New Hampshire. The drive is scenic and relaxing. It just feels like you are getting away when you see the sprawling landscapes heading up north.

Crossing the bridge to the island city of Montreal, there is a definite excitement to be felt. The skyline, the signs in French, you are definitely feeling you are getting away. We go deeper into the city until we reach our hotel, the Hyatt Regency Montreal. We toured a newly renovated room that had a sleek modern style that went well with an amazing view of the city.  The hotel’s room renovations will be completed in June partially and 2018 totally.

 

How to Have a Romantic European Getaway in Montreal

How to Have a Romantic European Getaway in Montreal

Montreal is a wonderful contrast of both very modern and quaint old world styles. The Hyatt is located in the heart of the art district. Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal (Museum of modern art) was located just across the street, with fantastic outdoor displays. At night, we bundled up and strolled outdoor exhibits and viewed artistic videos being projected on surrounding skyscrapers. This provided loads of entertainment as we walked to one of the many amazing restaurants in the area. I don’t think it is possible to get a bad meal in Montreal, and there are restaurants for whatever you are craving.

As wonderful as Montreal’s art district and contemporary high rises are the real romance is found in Old Montreal. From the Hyatt, Old Montreal is just minutes away but you’ll swear you have traveled to Europe. Coming up from the Metro, sky scrapers have been replaced by quaint shops, cobble stone roads, and fantastically romantic restaurants. We dined at Bocata. A perfectly wonderful restaurant capturing a romantic old world feel, with soft lighting, and amazing food. We shared an appetizer and lobster carbonara (out of this world). Add a nice bottle of wine and you have all the earmarks of a romantic dining experience. Be sure to save room for dessert. A few blocks over there is a bakery not to be missed, Maison Christian Faure. It may be in Canada, but you’ll swear you are in France.

How to Have a Romantic European Getaway in Montreal

If you have a taste for chocolate, skip the bakery and head over to Cacao 70. It is a chocolate restaurant like no other. The desserts, drinks, coffees…literally everything is a decadent delight. They boast some of the most creative and delicious uses of chocolate incorporated into everything they make. If you or your love interest loves chocolate as much as Cathy, you can thank me now for the suggestion of going here!

How to Have a Romantic European Getaway in Montreal

Ok, so now you have had your atmosphere, your dinner, your decadence. Now the rest of the night is up to you. Dance off some of those calories at a club near the Hyatt, explore one the over 100+ festivals that are going on year round, shop the unique shops and galleries, or simply cuddle up and enjoy some time in a foreign city. It is really easy to have your weekend filled with as much or as little as you want to do, with everything so close around you.

We had such a great time in Montreal. Everything was perfect and really made us feel like we were having a romantic European getaway. The next time you want to a romantic getaway that is maybe not as far away, be sure to think of Montreal, and thank RugirFort (RoarLoud) for suggesting it 🙂

Couldn’t resist sharing more photos:

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Thank you to Hyatt Regency Montreal  for our complimentary stay.   Also, thank you to Montreal Tourism  for a tour of the city that highlighted the best of the city.  As always all opinions are honest and our own.

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  1. I spent a few days in Montreal this last September, and the same exactly a year before. It’s such a great city, with so much to offer travellers. There’s great food, lots to see and do, art, history, museums and so much more. Loved reading your post and the photos really took me back too!

    1. We need to go back to visit the museums and eat more poutine!:)

  2. That’s so great that you live so close to Montreal. I visited the city for work a few years ago and absolutely loved it. My co-worker in Montreal actually took me Cacao 70. What can I say, it was an evening of decadence 🙂 And I was put at Hyatt Regency by my work. Ha!!

    1. Sounds like a great work trip! Seems like you hit some of the same great spots we were at- did you see the street art too?

  3. Anne says: Reply

    We were in Montreal in February and I loved the old town. It was really stunning! There was some sort of festival going on while we were there too.

    1. It is a great city, we were told by our guide they have over 100 festivals- there is always something to see.

  4. Megan Jerrard says: Reply

    So glad you had a great weekend! I’ve always found that the experience of travel is usually always about experiencing something new, so I don’t think we always have to jump on a flight halfway across the world to pursue that feeling. Especially when there are destinations which offer a little taste of Europe so close of a drive!

    Montreal sounds lovely, we haven’t yet been but would love to!

    1. There is so much to see close to home, I’m grateful for that! When you make it to New England or Montreal (I know you will one day) do let me know- I’d love to go on a hike here in New England or share poutine in Montreal:)

  5. We keep on toying with the idea of taking a jaunt to Montreal without our kids and think it’s a must. It’s such a cool city and everybody seems to love it! And food…

    1. So much great art and museums that you would love. The food is incredibly delicious!

  6. You had a lovely time in Montreal. It is indeed surprising that many a time you can have a lovely and romantic time, virtually in your backyard, instead of traveling halfway around the globe in search of an exotic location.

    1. I do love going half way around the world too but for a quick getaway Montreal is great for us.

  7. Montreal is one of my favorite cities. I love everything there, especially the food. How lucky that it’s just a four hour drive for you.

    1. New England is great to being close to many wonderful cities!

  8. elisa says: Reply

    by the pictures i would say that Montreal has a kind of European touch, so perfect for those who are looking for a “European experience” without going to Europe I would say

    1. I agree completely!:)

  9. Wow! This place does indeed look romantic. I have to say that chocolate restaurant looked truly amazing! Mmm…

    1. Montreal is a great romantic getaway, I’m ready to visit again already! That chocolate restaurant is dangerously delicious:)

  10. Kerri says: Reply

    I just adored Montreal for that very reason. Europe is a very special place in my heart and I was delighted when I got to Montreal. The old city is just magical. We also stayed in a seriously weird but very romantic hotel. The chocolate place sounds just divine !!

    1. For a chocoholic like me it was heaven:) I’m curious about the seriously weird place- message me please!

  11. Montreal has been on my list for so long! I’ve only heard good things and your post definitely makes me want to go this year… especially if I’m missing Europe! At least it’s a little closer 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    1. You should absolutely go, it is incredible!

  12. I have never been to Montreal, but I’d certainly like to go and stay here. It’s beautiful.

    1. It really has so much to offer, it is a great city!

  13. Cacao 70 definitely sounds like my kind of place and with those sinfully delicious choco delicacies it sure needs to be visited. Montreal sure is perfect for a romantic escapade. 🙂

    1. I want to go back, those treats were incredible!

  14. Ami says: Reply

    Quite a delightful place. The Old World Charm makes it even more alluring. And Cacao 70 seems like a perfect place for a cosy meal. Glad you shared your experience.

    1. Thanks Ami, Montreal is a lovely getaway.

  15. Oh I miss Montreal. It is truly another great Canadian city. From here in Toronto it is about a 6 hour drive. Last time I was there it was before my travel blog so I definitely need to go back!!! Awesome post!!!

    1. Thanks! It is definitely a destination to go back to often- a 6 hour drive is ok for a weekend!

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