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
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.
106 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest
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
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.
Scena, Pavilion Jacques-Cartier, Old Montreal
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
Refined dishes that offer a welcome break from the sugar shack excess. Plates to share from $9.
211 Notre-Dame Ouest
More than 300 cocktails, including a surprisingly balanced “maple’tini,” $10.
WHAT TO DO
Canadian Maple Delights
84 Rue Saint-Paul Est
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
In the Tree House section, weekend sugaring activities include maple taffy on snow (tire d’erable) for $2.