May 20, 2015

Oh Canada: Our Day Trip to Montreal

People might think we are a little nuts that we returned from Iceland only to turn around and head to Canada, but I think the best way to beat vacation is over sadness is to take a little weekend getaway. Plus, this girl has little time left before I turn 30 and there were some things that still needed to be checked off the list. Bring Justin to Canada was one thing that I was super excited about.

We rented a cabin in Keeseville, NY near Lake Champlain as our homebase for the weekend. The cabin was perfect and we spent Friday night reading, eating, drinking and sitting in the hot tub (we might have been pretending that it was a geothermal pool in Iceland but at least there were stars.)




The dogs were loving the grass, the chipmunks and the fresh air. On Saturday, we woke up and headed to the border. I might have been a little over-served Friday evening, but I was determined to have a good day.

Montreal is a great city and I definitely want to go back and stay for a weekend. We had beautiful weather so we just strolled around the city. We made it up to Mont Royal and took in the views.



After our stair climbing, we had worked up an appetite so we found a cafe with outdoor seating in Old Montreal and enjoyed Sangria, Crepes and Omelettes. We walked some more and found a pub to watch the last period of the Ranger game. 


We left town shortly after and got stuck in traffic for over an hour due to a bridge being closed... that's the bummer of being a city on an island. We got back to the cabin and lounged while watching What About Bob?  I love that movie.

Sunday morning, we took the kayaks out on the lake, enjoyed coffee with a view and then slowly packed up to head home.




We took the long way home - no highways, just 2 lane roads. The sun was out and we drove with our windows down and the music blaring. So many drive-ins, ice cream shops, farm stands and beautiful scenery.


As crazy as it was to turn around and leave home again, it was such a good weekend with the pups away from the city. We made it to Canada and loved Montreal. We felt recharged again and ready to kick ass at work this week. 

Have you been to Canada? Where's your favorite weekend getaway?

6 comments:

  1. I don't think it's weird at all to turn around and go somewhere else immediately, but you probably knew that. I'm glad the dogs were along for the ride this time!

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  2. Such a perfect getaway, looks like awesome weather too- and you know I love the pup pics :) We always do something fun right after a vacation- not necessarily a getaway, but go out to a new restaurant, a 'fancy' movie theatre or something just to keep that 'vacay' feeling going a little while longer!

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  3. I know I've said it before, but I love how adventurous you guys are!!! Looks like you guys had another perfect weekend :)

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  4. I couldn't agree more that the best way to combat post-vacation sadness is with another vacation. That lake looks absolutely gorgeous. I've never been to Montreal, but it's absolutely on my list. I really, really love Toronto and my parents have me convinced that I'd love Montreal because it feels like mini-Paris!

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  5. Love Montreal. Great city! Have not been there in years. Had some terrific croissants there in an outdoor cafe.

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  6. The only time I went to Montreal was for the Jazz Festival years ago, and I've wanted to go back ever since. I LOVE your idea of staying in a cabin in NY and then daytripping over the border. But wait- no poutine??

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