Consistently ranked one of the world’s most romantic cities, Montreal offers a beautiful Euro-feeling city escape here at home that has it all—history, oldworld charm, culture, amazing shopping, incredible restaurants and one of the country’s most luxurious hotel stays.
The hit-list of what to do when in town includes wandering the cobbles of Vieux Montreal and checking out the centerpiece of town, Notre-Dame Basilica, the ornate Baroque-style church dating back to 1657. For one of the best art experiences in Canada, visit the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (MMFA), home to 42,000 works in its permanent collection, spread over four pavilions on Sherbrooke Street. Its European and Canadian collections are particularly impressive, as is the outdoor sculpture garden.
Located two blocks from the MMFA is the sweetest sleep in the city: the RitzCarlton Montreal. Built in 1912, the hotel has a storied history of hosting the world’s political and celebrity elite—most famously Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who married in the hotel’s Royal Suite in 1964. The rooms at the Ritz are spacious, comfortable and incredibly plush, and the service is impeccable—no guest request is too small or too big. For a newlywed treat, book a suite complete with living area and fireplace. Other Ritz musts: tea in the opulent Palm Court; dining at Maison Boulud and visiting Spa St. James, a sanctuary of pampering. Relax fireside in the lounge pre- and post-treatment and enjoy cheers with a glass of bubbles.— A.M.