There's maybe nothing quite as fine as summer lovin', and since the season of love is officially here, let's talk about sex...err I mean romance. Montreal is without a doubt a dazzling city when it comes to romancing that special someone, but sometimes a little getaway from all the hustle and bustle is just what the doctor ordered. Not to mention, the change of scenery can do wonders for the libido...err I mean soul.
That's why we've found 5 perfect getaway ideas designed to impress that special someone. Discover them all with the BMW i series this summer.
Photo cred - La Route des vins
1. The Brome-Missisquoi Wine Route
Nothing says impressive and romantic better than a good bottle of wine shared in each other's company. So how about several of Quebec's finest straight from the source in the beautiful Brome countryside!
Discover any one of 21 Quebec wineries along the 140km Brome-Missisquoi Wine Route in the scenic Eastern Townships, located just 40 minutes east of Montreal. Have fun crushing the grapes, taking part in the harvest, or picnicking in the fields, all while learning about our province's winery tradition. Chateau Bromont offers an exceptional package that includes accommodation, transportation, wine tasting, guide services and meals.
While you're at it, might as well visit the Chocolate Museum in Bromont’s old village, you know...for informative purposes only, I'm sure.
2. International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
This annual festival offers nine days of magical balloon sky magic that is sure to wow the socks right off your special someone. Located just 20 mins from the city, crowds from all over come to marvel at some 125 hot-air balloons as they fill the skies of Montérégie with a variety of colours in all shapes and sizes.
Throughout the day, partake in a plethora of activities, carnival rides, sky-diving stunts, and live shows including musical performances by Meghan Trainor, Our Lady Peace, Moist, Misteur Valaire, and Radio Radio to name a few. The 32nd edition of the International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu will be held from August 8 to 16, 2015.
Photo cred - Manoir Saint-Sauveur
Located just 45 mins from Montreal in the magnificent Laurentian Mountains, Saint-Sauveur definitely has a little something for everyone. With an endless list of outdoor activities to choose from, as well as a whole host of shopping, art galleries and excellent restaurant options, you really can't go wrong spending the weekend here.
Make sure to check out the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur happening July 30 to August 8, which showcases the best in performing arts from both local and international talents, as well as various free outdoor shows. Stay at the luxurious Manoir Hotel with a romantic getaway package that includes accommodation, a gastronomic dinner for 2 at l'Ambiance, a couple's massage, a bottle of sparkling wine in your room, and access to the spas, pools, sauna, steam bath, relaxation area and gym. Very nice.
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4. Camping at Yamaska National Park
If you're lucky, your S/O doesn't need fancy hotels and expensive dinners to impress her, and instead wants nothing more than some quality time with you spent in the great outdoors. Located in the Eastern Townships, Yamaska National Park offers gorgeous landscapes to explore, a vast body of water to enjoy, and a full range of accommodation options from true tent-camping to private, fully-equipped cabins right by the beach. You have to admit, cuddling up by the fire while gazing up at the stars with a few beers in hand is pretty damn romantic.
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One of Quebec's premier ski destinations also makes a fabulous getaway option in the summer. The European-style village at the foot of the Mont Tremblant Resort boasts a fantastic array of gourmet restaurants, charming bistros, exclusive boutiques, nightclubs and a Casino.
The world-class resort obviously offers a great selection of accommodation such as the luxurious Fairmount Hotel, but why not really flex your romantic muscle, why not rent a private waterfront treehouse. Immerse yourself in nature and fresh air, stroll down to the lake for a refreshing dip, or enjoy a sunny picnic together before retreating to your cozy treetop love nest.
And if you're feeling extra baller, treat yourselves to a helicopter ride for a breath-taking tour of the region which also includes an intimate 6-course dinner with transport to and from. Now that's fancy.