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2nd honeymoon

Wife & i celebrating 46th wedding anniversary in June. we want to take a romantic "2nd Honeymoon" to Montreal and Quebec. Any suggestions for quaint & romantic restaurants, hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, sights, etc. to make our trip a memorable one?

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1. Re: 2nd honeymoon

You really should provide us with an idea of your daily budget for hotels and an idea of what you like to do... Museums, do you have a car, etc.

Also, what dates in June are you planning to come.. Québec National Day is on June 24 but celebrated on the 23rd and 24th ... so it might make it more crowded (and way less romantic!) in some places... like Old Montréal and Old Québec... etc.

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Congrats! Also the length of time you will be in Quebec as well as you mode of transportation? Are you flying in?? Driving??

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Hope that you are not planning to come to Montréal between June 6 to June 10. This is the F! Grand Prix and all the jet set comes to Montréal and hôtels double, even triple their prices. On the other hand nothing special in Québec City where it will be pre high season rates until around the 20th.

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Not sure how this works and if my rely reaches all 3 of you who were kind enough to reply but here goes: As far as our budget, $150 a night (all my dollar amounts are in U.S. currency as I have not yet checked the exchange rates) for a room, $100 a night for a dinner but we don't plan to spend that every night. Our interests are different and not exactly "cosmopolitan" But yes, Museums, Churches, Art Galleries are of interest. My wife loves to gamble so the casino in Montreal is a must stop. Is there one in Quebec?

Based on your replies regarding the Grand Prix and Quebec National Day it seems like the period June 12 to 22nd would be a good window for us to visit. If we should decide to do this in July or August are there any other dates we should be aware of that would either be favorable (such as the Taste of Montreal/Quebec if the cities have such a thing) or too crowded for a romantic visit? We will be driving from Syracuse which is about a 260 mile trip I think. we plan to stop first in Montreal, spend 2 to 3 nights there then travel to Quebec (which is about 160 miles) also for 2 or 3 nights.

The reason I mention the miles is that my wife really is not a good rider and 250 to 300 miles is about her daily limit. Therefore, if we drove straight back to Syracuse from Quebec it would probably be too much for her. So I wonder, would you know of a nice place to spend the night between Quebec and Montreal, maybe someplace not more than 300 miles from Syracuse?

I know i am asking for a lot here but I am so happy to get all of your input and interest.

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As for the latter, you could head to Burlington, VT from Quebec City (215 miles) and then Burlington to Syracuse (230 miles). various routes you can take from Burlington to Syracuse... including crossing Lake Champlain by boat and cutting through the mountains, or south and then across.

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Well, in between Québec and Montréal you could drive through the Eastern Townships which are full of cute little towns and many even cuter B&Bs in old farmhouses, for example -- I say check out bonjourquebec.com/qc-en/… and look at the accommodations to choose where you actually end up. Oh, there are cuter towns than others, so if you want to choose by town, see www.beauxvillages.qc.ca/website_english.htm for a list of the nicest villages around Québec.

In terms of a hotel: $150 a night is less romantic, more budget here... especially if you're including the almost 19% taxes in the price. You might want to try something like hotwire or priceline or other bidding sites -- with a bit of research on www.betterbidding.com can help you figure out what hotel you'll be getting and help you adjust your criteria to get what you want.

In terms of crowds: well, Montréal is big enough so although Old Montréal and the tourist attractions like the Biodôme get very touristy, the rest of the city remains relaxed and enjoyable and there are lots of places to be romantic :) Old Québec is even prettier and more romantic than Montréal, although it's also more touristy.

If you do a search for romantic here, you'll find some suggestions for restaurants -- I particularly like the back patio of Magellan-Pélérin, the little patio of Accords, and if you equate romantic with not crowded, the restaurant of the ITHQ has miles of space between the tables although the décor is a little cold, but it looks out at Square Saint-Louis which is perfect for wandering about before or after -- one of the prettiest sections of Montréal. (There also happen to be some very nice B&Bs around there, too...)

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Can't thank you enough for the info; if it's ok will let you know about our trip when we get back.

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Well from and to Syracuse you can pick a few spots for an overnight while driving back. Burlington and the Eastern Townships have been mentioned so you can actually visit a bit in the Townships and then go to Burlington one day and on the second take the ferry directly from Burlington to Port Kent and then be on the highways all the way back to Syracuse and it will be within your mileage limit.

Another possibility would be to drive all the way from Québec City to Gananoque, spend the night there, take the cruise in the Thousands Islands on the next morning and then back to Syracuse through the international custom bridge This one is more dicey though as it is around your limit and you will have to drive through the traffic around Montréal while you will avoid it by going to Burlington.

As mentioned your lodging budget is a bit small on these shores but you could try to go the B&B way. Just two suggestions, one for each city, that you can check. In Montréal Gingerbread Manor and in Québec City Maison J-A Moisan. Both romantics although Moisan is the winner on that side and remember that at both you will be getting an included gourmet breakfast every morning and that parking will be less expensive than in hôtel parkings. Gingerbread Manor wins on the service side though as the owners will be able to give you all the informations and suggestions you might need, going so far as doing restaurant reservations for you. So even if you are not so sure about what to visit a little chat with those chaps will give you all the answers.

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thank you so much for the generous information. We can stretch our daily budget, but the B&B's to me are the most romantic ways to go.

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Then you will be satisfied with both, just make sure to book early since both are popular and have a very limited amount of rooms.

Also you can call at Gingerbread Manor instead of just booking on line and Éphraïm will already provide you with a ton of suggestions! Note that if I know that guy a little bit but I have no links to this specific property.