Hey Lovely! So at the beginning of September (before NYFW) I went to Montreal for a few days with the hubby in celebration of his birthday. I tried REALLY hard to disconnect from work, but with NYFW happening literally the day after I returned from Canada, it was really hard to do so. Lesson learned: don’t vacation on the days leading up to NYFW! But regardless of endless emails and messages, I still had a fabulous time with Mike. We packed SO much stuff into just 3 short days and I’m excited to share our experience and photos with our friends and family. I also partnered with the Omni Hotel for this trip and cannot say enough good things about our stay. So onto the itinerary!
Visit Botanical Gardens at dusk for light sculptures
Walk Rue St. Catherine
Hike Mont Royal
Bike to Old Montreal
PLACES TO EAT & DRINK
Mont Royal Omni Hotel
The lobby has 24/7 spa water #YES and the hotel is located right near Mont Royal, shopping and food. The lobby was stunning and we enjoyed cocktails at Alice Bar one night that we didn’t go out. We also were treated to complimentary breakfast each morning at Petit Opus Cafe, which is part of the hotel. The spa downstairs was beautiful and the staff was so friendly. I was treated to a manicure and honestly needed it so badly before leaving for NY the next day. My nail technician was Hungarian and was fluent in 3 languages. We chatted about the area and I learned a lot of history about Montreal from her.
Hike Mont Royal
There is literally a mountain called Mont Royal in the middle of Montreal. You can hike to the top in less than 10 minutes and catch a gorgeous view of the entire city. There are other walking paths you can take to different parts of the mountain and one that we walked took us to a man made lake filled with ducks and boats.
Eat, eat, eat… and drink!
Food was a huge theme during the trip. There were SO many places that we wanted to go, including The Keg, which was recommended by my friend Michele, but we ran out of time! I included our favorites in the list above and pictured below is Pikolo Coffee, Jardin Nelson, Maison Christian Faure and a craft cocktail from Le Lab (which was a really cute 1920’s themed speakeasy).
At Le Lab, Mike got a really manly, smoky drink that they LITERALLY lit on fire while mixing and then served with beef jerky hanging from a clothes line LOL.
Bring Some Flats, Girl!
Montreal people are very active – everyone is walking or biking around. You will need flats for this trip for all of the walking. We easily walked 15,000 – 20,000 steps a day! We also rented bikes and rode down to Old Montreal from the hotel, which made me feel very Parisian chic. There are even special bike lanes so you don’t have to worry about the cars! I wore my M.Gemi driver shoes everywhere that we went. I specifically bought them for my Montreal and New York trips and my feet made it out alive #winning.
Spas are all the rage in Montreal and one that you MUST try is a Scandinavian style spa, which they don’t have in the US. We went to Scandinave Spa, which was life changing. Here is what you do while there:
- 15 minutes in a wet/steam sauna
- 30 seconds in a cold shower
- 15 minutes in a hot tub pool
- 30 seconds in a cold pool
- 15 minutes in a nap room.
You repeat this 3-4 times and before you know it, 3 hours have passed. The hot temperatures open your pores, let all the toxins out while the cold temperatures close the pores. You will also drink lots of water and tea between each stage which also helps flush out the toxins. SO GOOD.
Have you ever been to Montreal before? What things did you do while you were there? We only have a few days, so we tried to do as much as possible! Thank you SO much to the Omni Hotel for making our stay SO lovely. I cannot wait to visit your other hotel locations! xo Annie