Quebec offers its residents many advantages, but it's not exactly cheap. That's why so many people in Quebec venture outside the province to do their seasonal shopping.
New Hampshire is an especially popular shopping destination. The New England state has no sales tax and, thus, attracts crowds of weekend shoppers from the neighbouring, tax-heavy states of Massachusetts and Maine. Quebeckers, too, make their way south to the "Granite State" to load up on cheap goods.
Listed below are 6 outlet malls in the sales-tax free state that are totally worth a day trip for Montrealers. All of these involve a voyage through the White Mountains National Forest and past several quaint colonial villages. The malls and outlets present the perfect opportunity to plan a New England excursion.
The Pheasant Lane Mall includes popular American department stores, but its greatest attraction might be its food selection: Red Robin and Auntie Anne's Pretzels are definitely the most popular. There's also a Dunkin' Donuts for us DD-less people in Quebec.
Settlers' Green is another outdoor mall at the foot of the White Mountains, just under four hours from Montreal. It hosts regular festivals and special events so might be worth a trip on a long weekend.
L.L.Bean is a famous New England-based retailer that sells everything from high-quality outdoor gear, to leisure clothing, to cute little trinkets. The tax-free outlets in New Hampshire are especially popular.
While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.