If you haven’t considered Montreal’s winter getaway potential, our frosty Francophone neighbor to the north offers irresistible cuisine, lively nightlife and Gallic flair. If you’re still not enticed, Amtrak is sweetening the deal with a $90 round-trip weekend fare from Penn Station to Montreal. You’ll need to book before April 25 for Thursday-Monday travel now thru April 28, 2016.
Amtrak’s timing couldn’t be better. This snow-capped city’s profile as a winter destination is further enhanced from February 18 through March 5, 2016 when the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival lights up the town. The festival promises a spectacular program including an international performing arts series, exceptional food and wine events and brilliant light presentations.
The festival’s spotlight on arts and culture dazzles visitors with an unrivalled array of music, circus arts, chanson, theatre and dance.
Explore Montreal’s delectable culinary scene as you participate in a sensory seminar on maple syrup or meet with artisanal cheese-makers and sample regional dairy products at the Festival of Quebec Cheeses.
As night falls, the kaleidoscope of entertaining activities continues with spectacular light installations and all-night dance parties showcasing a festive ambience that perfectly captures this city’s renowned joie de vivre.
Many festival activities are free, family-friendly and easy to reach via complimentary shuttle.
Get Here: Amtrak’s Adirondack whisks you through the Hudson Valley before hugging the shoreline of Lake Champlain, providing passengers with some of the most dramatic scenery in the Northeast. The journey to Montreal takes nine hours. Kids 2-12 receive an additional 50% discount, so pack plenty of tiny mittens and bring the family.
To learn more about Montreal’s dynamic food scene, read oM’s story. To get acquainted with this city’s cycling possibilities, read oM’s bike-friendly story. For additional information, go to www.montrealenlumiere.com and www.tourisme-montreal.org.
Photo credit: Frédérique Ménard-Aubin
Allison is a native New Yorker, who has lived in Rome, Tuscany, Melbourne, Toronto and Los Angeles. She frequently contributes travel pieces to Family Travel Forum, using her own children as guinea pigs as they travel the globe. She is fluent in Italian and Spanish and laughably adequate in French. Her background as an Early Childhood Educator gives her an added understanding of what it takes to travel with kids in tow. She firmly believes that the most important part of education takes place outside of the classroom, on the road, around the world. She never misses a chance to sample local delicacies, as her love for travel goes hand-in-hand with her love for food and wine. Follow Allison at @gourmetrav.