It is a big amazing world out there. With the advent of the internet and social media, there is a flood of exotic images and far away places being pushed to us constantly. For a lot of the places we like visiting, this means roughing it. Backpacks, tents, hiking shoes, etc… are common items on our adventure travel check lists. We are no strangers to doing without a lot of basic creature comforts. This by no means is the only way we travel. Cathy and I are always open for any kind of travel, even ones that don’t involve beds that roll up and fit in your backpack. Our latest travel was just such an occasion. This is what happens when an adventure traveler experiences luxury.
Cathy and I both love the outdoors. In fact, the only thing that rivals Cathy’s love of outdoors is her love of street art. This love of street art was the focus of our most recent trip to Montreal. We were attending Montreal’s Mural Festival, that celebrated artists from all over the world. Montreal is a fantastic city but not exactly a place you need to “rough it” in any way. For practical reasons, we decided that we’d stay in a hotel that was close to the heart of the festivities, but because it was our anniversary we decided that something special was in order. We ventured into the world of luxury by staying at the Omni Mont-Royal.
The first realization an adventure traveler experiences when venturing into the world of luxury is that we over packed. The concept of not having to make sure we have everything we could possibly need in whatever emergency in the wilderness is tough to let go. The panic of “oh my God, we forgot extra batteries for the headlamps” really isn’t a concern when you are in the heart of a city like Montreal.
The Omni sits in the heart of the Golden Square Mile of Montreal. Anything and everything we could possible need or want was walking distance from the hotel. Luxury aside, being able to not worry about stuff like that was the best.
Taking “Walking Distance” Too Far
We were told that the street art we came to see was “walking distance” away. Being no strangers to trekking, we thought no problem. Well what we didn’t take into account was how much walking we’d end up doing over the entire day. The Montreal Mural Festival extends a considerable distance with pieces of art all over the city.
Try as we might, there just was no way to see it all. In between all the walking, there was lots of standing, shopping, setting up for photos, and general activity.
Boy did we underestimate the day. By the time we returned to the hotel, it was very late at night and we had walked close to 10 miles. Another bonus pleasure was being able to collapse on a comfy bed, instead of crawling into a tent.
Views From the Tub
Getting a spectacular view is just one of the reasons hikers strive to reach the summit. Being rewarded for the effort with a view like no other is really special. The view we got from our hotel room was amazing. The skyline of the city at night was fantastic. The Omni was able to add to this experience in a big way. Imagine having this one of a kind view, while soaking in a tub larger than most people’s bathroom. While there was a little guilt that we didn’t trek for hours to reach this summit, indulging in the luxury was something very much appreciated.
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Experiencing the “Golden Mile”
As mentioned earlier, our hotel was along this area of Montreal called the Golden Square Mile. Walking out of the hotel it wasn’t hard to figure out why. The best of the best is all around you. Walking up the street past the flags of all nations, art is everywhere. Sculptures of every kind, material, and artistic influence beautify and enrich this extravagant area. The shops, dining, and general fun is everywhere. You’ll never be suffering from lack of things to do, just time to do them all.
Ditching the Labels
Being an adventure traveler, you quickly learn to adapt to your surroundings. Although luxury wouldn’t be something necessarily difficult to become accustomed to experiencing, it does seem to challenge the labels being applied. Can an adventure traveler survive in luxury, or vice versa?…of course they can. In fact why even label it? If this little adventure taught us anything, it is that your experiences are some of the best things you can get in life. Forget what you want to call it, eco travel, luxury travel, adventure travel. It is a life experience and it is the best.
We received a media rate for our stay at Omni Mont- Royal . As always all opinions are honest and our own.
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