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Montreal: How to get there, where to stay, what to do and more

By J.Y.,

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GETTING THERE

In upcoming weeks, fares from Washington area airports are much cheaper to Burlington, Vt., than to Montreal, with connecting flights on Delta from Washington Dulles starting at $390 round trip the weekend of March 30. From Burlington, Montreal is a scenic two-hour drive.

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel Anne Ma Soeur Anne

4119 Rue Saint-Denis

877-281-3187

www.annemasoeuranne.com

Right in the heart of the lively Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood. Request a room facing the rear terrace rather than the street, or prepare for the noise. Rates from $91.

Hotel Nelligan

106 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest

877-788-2040

www.hotelnelligan.com

Beautifully stylish hotel in the Old Port neighborhood, featuring a weekend sugar-shack buffet on the heated terrace through April 22. Rates from $199.

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK

Cabane au Sucre Au Pied de Cochon

11382 Rang de la Fresniere, Mirabel

450-258-1732

www.cabaneasucreaupieddecochon.com

Chef Martin Picard’s over-the-top shack, about 45 minutes west of the city, is sold out for the season, but mark your calendar for midnight Dec. 1, when the place starts taking reservations for 2013. Then act quickly. Set menu, $57.

La Cabane

Scena, Pavilion Jacques-Cartier, Old Montreal

514-288-0914

www.lacabane.ca

Creative sugar-shack cuisine in a pop-up restaurant on the pier at the end of Place Jacques-Cartier, through April 15. One seating (7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, noon Sundays), $59.

Le Comptoir Charcuteries et Vins

4807 Boulevard St-Laurent

514-844-8467

www.comptoircharcuteriesetvins.ca

Refined dishes that offer a welcome break from the sugar shack excess. Plates to share from $9.

L’Assommoir

211 Notre-Dame Ouest

514-272-0777

www.assommoir.com

More than 300 cocktails, including a surprisingly balanced “maple’tini,” $10.

WHAT TO DO

Canadian Maple Delights

84 Rue Saint-Paul Est

514-765-3456

www.mapledelights.com

Hundreds of maple products, plus a cafe with baked goods and sorbets made with maple, from $1.50. Downstairs, a free museum explains the history and process of sugaring.

Montreal Botanical Garden

4101 Rue Sherbrooke Est

514-872-1400

www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin

In the Tree House section, weekend sugaring activities include maple taffy on snow (tire d’erable) for $2.

INFORMATION

www.tourisme-montreal.org

J.Y.

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