Long Weekend: Montreal/Canada
September 11, 2007
Vive Le Golf
Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is 20 minutes from downtown. By car, New York is six hours, Boston five. The golf season runs April-October, but it can be quite chilly in those nonsummer months.
Historic Old Montreal, with 17th-century buildings, is home to the hip Hotel Nelligan ($190, hotelnelligan.com) and its rooftop bar. The luxurious Le Saint-Sulpice ($260, lesaintsulpice.com) is behind the Notre-Dame Basilica.
Eighty percent of residents are French speakers -- though many can converse in English. Want to return the favor? Here are a couple of French-Canadian phrases you can use on the course: "Too tay fay voe-LAY" ("You were robbed") and "Ma frappay uhn OWE-trah" ("Gonna hit another").
Montreal's Latin Quarter, just east of downtown, is your best bet for casual cafes and al fresco dining. Champs, a two-story, downtown landmark, has legal sports betting.