In late February we packed up the kids and went on a road trip to Montreal, Canada. It only took us 3 hours and 15 minutes of travel time from Albany, but we made one stop in Plattsburgh for lunch so we added one hour for that.
A good friend of mine recommended the Square Phillips Hotel & Suites for its spacious rooms and friendly service. She was right on the mark! We loved the junior suite with its high ceilings, full kitchen, two HD television, room dividers, and two bathrooms! It was all for $149 Canadian Dollars ($108 US Dollars), and we paid $26 Canadian dollars for daily parking at the hotel. After checking out the small indoor rooftop pool, we headed out to find dinner. We didn’t have to walk far as the concierge suggested Il Focolaio next door to the hotel which has award winning pizza.
I devoured my asparagus and black olive pizza. My husband enjoyed his Salsiccia pizza with peppers, and the kids loved their pizza avec pepperoni. Il Focolaio offers 53 different kinds of pizzas, including a pizza with escargots. Though the small dining room didn’t appear kid friendly at first glance, the staff were very accommodating and friendly.
Our first full day there it snowed most of the day and the streets were slushy, so we walked around the downtown area, aimlessly in search of good Montreal grub. We ended up at Chez Jerry, a gourmet fast food restaurant for lunch. This was one of our most memorable meals of our three day Canadian adventure. We ordered the Jerry Burger, Mac N Cheese gratine, a hummus wrap, and a vegetable soup, with fries. The presentation was very chic/trendy. I loved the skillets, and the fake LeMonde wrapping. The comfy chairs made us feel like we were at an upscale restaurant. This is not the place to go if you are looking for light food. It is stick to your bones kind of gourmet fast food, and while the mac and cheese was delicious, it was a bit too heavy for us to finish. Didn’t help that we over ordered!
We walked over to Notre Dame Cathedral, and walked back to the Square Phillipes Hotel in downtown Montreal to hunker down for the night.
During our stay, we checked out the Biodome at the Olympic Parc, which was crowded, but fun. Oddly enough, the kids had a better time discovering the St.Joseph’s Oratory of Mont Royal and climbing up the 99 steps. Right after our visit to St.Joseph, we ended up at Duc de Lorraine bakery and cafe. I felt like I was back in Paris. The cafe au lait is served in bowls here! And, when we ordered hot chocolate for the kids, they asked us “milk or dark chocolate”? Wow! We have to thank Siri for helping us find this spot.
We had a great vacation despite the slushy weather, and I can only imagine how much easier it will be if we decide to return in the spring or summer.