Happy Valentine’s Day! This Travel Tip Tuesday is all about romance and love. My sweet husband whisked me away for a romantic weekend in snowy Montreal, Canada! Here are our recommendations for the top 10 romantic sites and activities in romantic Montreal!
10. Breakfast at a Cafe
Nothing kicks off a romantic weekend like a beautiful and tasty breakfast! We ate at the Restaurant Bonaparte, and since we’re morning people, we got the whole restaurant to ourselves! We picked our own table by the window so we could watch the snow gently fall. Crepes, anyone?
9. Romantic Stroll through the Botanical Gardens
Montreal gets to be a special kind of cold around Valentine’s Day, so take a break from the cold and enjoy the colorful experience! Maybe steal a kiss on one of the many bridges throughout indoor the gardens.
8. Take a Carriage Ride
This is SO not Steve’s idea of fun or romance, but it is mine! I’ve wanted to take a romantic carriage ride in the snow for years, and I got my wish this Valentine’s weekend! Sure it was a little smelly, sure it was frigid, but we had a awning over us, blankets across our laps, and each other to keep ourselves warm!
7. Visit the “Most Popular Place to Get Married” in Montreal
Inside Notre Dame Basilica, tucked away in the back, is a beautiful, golden chapel. Our tour guide told us it is the most popular place to get married in all of Montreal. It’s smaller and more intimate than the Basilica itself, yet still romantic.
6. Hike Mont Royal
Bundle up and get ready for a romantic hike in the woods! Even as cold as it was and as early as we started (around 8:00), there were several other hikers, runners, and even skiers tackling Montreal’s namesake mountain! The pristine snowflakes fell softly on the whole hike. There is a huge chalet at the top of the mountain with hot drink machines, bathrooms, and Adirondack chairs inside so you can enjoy the view of Montreal from the large windows! But don’t be too scared to step outside. It’s called Lovers’ Lookout!
5. Share a Fondue Meal
Creamy cheese, fresh breads and vegetables, and two skewers. Nothing says romantic like sharing a warm meal with your Love while snow blankets the streets just outside your window!
4. Stay at an Adorable Boutique Hotel
We can personally recommend a stay at the Auberge Bonaparte! The staff are all incredibly kind and helpful (all the way down to extra toothbrushes and toothpaste when you forget yours!), the rooms are decorated with beautiful historical details, and the location in the heart of Old Montreal cannot be beat.
3. Watch the Snow Fall
Whether you’re sipping a coffee, splitting a pastry, or watching the planes come in during a snow storm (an unexpected romantic moment for us!), seeing the snow fall outside is a sure-fire way to get your loved one in a snuggly mood!
2. Take in a Museum or Two
Stroll the cobbled streets of Old Montreal and duck into a museum for warmth and ambience! Take yourselves back in time at the Chateau de Ramezay or one of Montreal’s other 30+ museums. Many old buildings and artifacts need to live in a dimly lit, climate controlled place, and that will give you a chance to hold hands skin to skin–sans gloves!
1. Walk Down the Aisle where Celine Dion Married Rene Angelil
How much more romantic does it get? The aisle down the center of Notre Dame Basilica is truly breath-taking. Hold hands with your Love and reminisce about your own walk, or if you’re brave enough, think about your future walk down an aisle!
What do you think? Do you dream of a romantic weekend getaway to chillier climes?