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.
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 Coming up from the Metro, sky scrapers have been replaced by quaint shops, cobble stone roads, and fantastically romantic restaurants.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.
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!
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 🙂
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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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