North America doesn’t usually cross my mind while thinking of a romantic getaway, but after this past weekend in Montreal, it seems that romance is closer to home than I previously imagined. There’s something very special about this Canadian city, something that makes it unique, and that’s exactly why it stands out.
Montreal is romantic for a multitude of reasons, but this winter weekend, I found five reasons that make it my choice for the most romantic city in North America.
To many, it’s the language of love, and in Montreal, it surrounds you. The language rolls ever so beautifully off the tongues of those who greet you with bonjour, and it decorates the storefronts, shops, and menus. There’s no escaping it here, and it’s what makes you feel as though you’ve been transported miles and miles from home.
Whatever love/hate relationship you may have with this winter precipitation, there’s no denying that it sets the stage for romance. Add in a city with a European feel, and the air is suddenly full of love.
Perfect for strolling down hand in hand with a loved one, Montreal’s Old Town has romance written all over it. It feels completely far from home and is quite comparable to city blocks in Europe. With cafés lining the streets and galleries to browse through, it’s easy to see the romance here, especially when the snow is gently falling.
A cozy crêperie, such as Crêperie Chez Suzette in Old Montreal, is the perfect spot to warm up and get cozy with someone you love. After strolling those snow-lined cobblestone streets, nothing is more delightful then feasting on a thin pancake, whether it be sweet or savory.
Sleeping in an ice hotel may not be everyone’s idea of romance, but there’s something about Snow Village that’s très romantique. To start, it’s set up in a park that’s secluded from the rest of the city. While here, you can cuddle up with your loved one at the ice bar, walk hand in hand around the village, dine at the ice restaurant while sitting on fur-lined ice seats, and even get married at the ice chapel. There’s clearly no shortage of love here, but you can take it to the next level by making your visit an overnight one. Nothing in the world is quite as romantic as spending the night in an igloo with the one you love.
Montreal is my first pick for most romantic city in all of North America. If you haven’t been, I dare you to visit, with or without a loved one, and not fall in love. I am pretty sure that you too will find this city is one that is very easy to fall for.