Straight up, the second I left Montreal - I was ready to plan my next trip there. Oh possibly move there, given the election here vs. Trudeau-topia in Canada. I can't say enough good, actually wonderful, things about this city. It has charm for days, beautiful sites for weeks, and good eats for years! Go. Listen to me, my beautiful readers - GO! I'll break it down:
1. The entire city is so charming, that it transferred to the citizens and inhabitants. Everyone I encountered was exceedingly helpful, kind, and patient.
2. I speak French, but you don't have to! It's a truly bilingual (and I'm sure beyond) city. For people like my mom and my aunt, it was just fun for them to practice their French greetings and pleasantries. For, and my also fluent cousin, it was really great to dust off my French and get to converse with people in my second again.
3. The men are gorgeous and, as noted above, speak French. Or English in a silky/smokey French accent - swooooon!
4. The food is amazing! More on that in a few.
5. Poutine (it gets it's own line)
6. It's a walking city with a uncomplicated and clean metro. So basically, the antithesis of L.A.
7. It's an old city that has perfectly meshed the classic and modern so that they exist in a harmonious union.
8. You can go to the church where Celine Dion got married - v. important.
I should have known my littlest cousin is a genius since I spent the days before my trip at her graduation from Harvard. We're all W Hotel fans in my family, she may actually be a super fan, so I trusted her to book us at the W Montreal and I was so not disappointed. The view was dreamy, the decor was modern, and the bathtub was big enough to swim in if one so desired. I'm 5'9" - do you know how hard it is to find a bathtub my legs can fit in comfortably? If you're following me on Snapchat (boho_socialite) you saw my (G-rated) tub adventures aka filling it with perhaps too many bubbles and drinking champagne out of a coffee mug.
The best part, however, was the location! At the crossroads of old and new Montreal, everything was either in walking distance like Notre-Dame Basilica, Rue Saint-Paul, and the flower-lined banks of the St. Lawrence River or a short metro ride out to sites like the Biodome, Botanical Gardens, or Parc Olympique. It sits on Rue McGill with amazing restaurants like Boris Bistro and Holder dotting the street, and right across from Square Victoria - a beautiful park with fountains and benches where people gathered during the afternoon for lunch and coffee breaks.
10/10 would stay again (and also just move into the hotel, generally).
I'm going to tell you honestly - if you didn't catch my poutine on Snapchat, then you missed the pictures. I didn't have time to take a beautiful shot, because I had to eat it immediately! Just get it when you go, trust me.
What I did have time to shoot was my gorgeous deconstructed Nicoise Salad from Boris Bistro and our array of Duck Confit, Lobster Ravioli, and Mussels from Holder - both on Rue McGill. The food at both places is stellar, and the ambience differs so much that you can have two totally unique experiences even though they're only a few blocks apart. Boris Bistro has a GORGEOUS outside seating area that basically allows you to dine inside of a lush garden. Speaking of lush...get the Rose. Holder, in contrast, is a buzzing brasserie with an enveloping energy that sweeps you in while dining on some of the best food you've ever had, tbh.
I am not going to lie - as a blogger, it's really exciting to come across beautiful backgrounds and Montreal is full of them! I could have shot here for days and days, but made the most of my short holiday weekend there.
Day 1: I was HEAVILY channeling myself in 1995. Short sleeve flower dress with lace cami, crochet backpack, round sunnies, and gold gladiator flats, Coolest girl in your 3rd grade class, coolest girl now. I really love this dress from GoJane - I've been wearing it nonstop. It's so comfy and so flattering, which is not an easy mix to find. The floral print is really beautiful and delicately done, plus I love the high-low hem. It's doesn't usually work for my body, but this one fit so well and I appreciated the movement it gave me while walking, while having a long draping in the back. I'm not going to lie again - the shoes killed after the first day BUT we walked something like 2 miles seeing all of the places we wanted to hit. That was on me. If you aren't walking all over Canada, then go for them! They're the most gorgeous gold and who doesn't love a lace-up?
Day 2: To continue with the fluttery trend I had going from the day before, I wore this blush baby from Kanan&Willow. I loved the color, it's one that will work on any skin tone. It was also very comfortable, and even with the ruffle - I didn't have to fuss with it all day. It gave a long and elegant look from what is, at it's core, a super comfy maxi dress. I dressed it up at night with a change of shoes, but that's all it needed! A really great transition piece.
I've already worn my from The Sak OUT! I love that thing. I was initially a little nervous about traveling with it on, but I actually felt much more safe having the snap top and straps around my shoulders. No one could it into it without yanking me back, so it actually turned out to be the perfect travel bag. I didn't have to worry about it, not that I had time to worry with everything I was trying to do in Montreal. The crochet is heavy - which means the bag is durable, and the colors of the bag are bright and so much fun! It's a real bohemian accessory, full of color and with a handmade quality that lets you know its going to last and last.
One more thing - my beyond fierce silver/turquoise cuff and ring set from The Svelte Shop! Talk about beauty meeting badass - this set is so on the nose for vintage-inspired boho style, crafted impeccably, and stunning to wear! I can't wait to order my next piece from them.
I've been meaning to blow the dust off of my travel section because 1. I just got my new passport (52 pages because I'm extra) and 2. I'm headed out of the country in 3 weeks for the first time since I left Paris! If anyone has any tips on how to have the most fabulous, stylish, and food-centric time in Montreal, please spill all in the comments! I'll, of course, be keeping you guys posted on Instagram with how many servings of poutine I can have in 4 days.
I've been testing out some outfits while I'm still in L.A. - attempting to find the perfect balance between style and function. A crossbody bag, like my Ukiah Bag ,is a must-have because you want to keep it close without having to think too much about it. Also, it has tassels so it's automatically adorable. Apparently it's going to be cold in Montreal, but I'm rolling with this cold shoulder baby from F21 regardless. It's breezy, it's light, it's boho, and it's blue - pretty much checking off all of my style requirements. From the magical land of the Coachella Valley, I found the perfect gladiator sandals that are SO COMFY! Who knew? Except for millions of people throughout ancient and modern history who wore this style because it satisfies both categories. Anyway, I'll be exploring all of the corners of Old Montreal in these lace-up flats in the prettiest shade of pewter.
P.S. Can you believe I found a little taste of Santorini while driving around L.A.? The second I get back from Montreal, I'll be planning my next trip to Greece. I have Crete on the brain big time! Where are you dying to go next?
I have a major thing for hotels. Like, hi I'm Eloise and I'm trying to live in a "room on the tippy-top floor" of a hotel. As in, my family and some of my best friends live in New Orleans and I still get a hotel room every time I visit. Part of it is my inherent attraction to luxury. Part of it is the anonymity the comes from being in a different city, in a room all your own, where you can do (almost) anything you want from a slumber party with girlfriends to having only a bottle of champagne and macarons from Sucre for dinner. Literally, please once in your life have macarons fromSucre for dinner in a hotel room done in shades of gold. It's life-changing.
So how perfect was it that the room I hauled my Disco Nap pillow from L.A. to happened to be done in a distinct disco gold? I honestly believed it was divinely conjured. The Lafayette Hotel overlooks the historic Lafayette Square and finds its home right on iconic St. Charles Avenue. It also happens to be my favorite hotel in the city. In a place that has oodles of culture, creole cuisine, and charm, this hotel is positively oozing with it. The loveliest boutique hotel (which I have stayed in numerous times now) always impresses with rooms and suites that are full of their own character. Every time you open the door, you're greeted with a variation on a theme.
Even for hand-picked hospitality staff, and even for the south, the people you'll encounter at The Lafayette Hotel could not be more sweet, accommodating, and ready with recommendations to make your stay in New Orleans authentic. (hint: do go on a ghost tour, do eat beignets at Cafe du Monde, DO NOT go on Bourbon St.).
Here's a travel tip: use the HotelTonight app to for last minute bookings at a DEEPLY discounted rate. I swear by it. I'm not going to tell you how much off this room was...but it saved me enough that I had those macarons and that champagne for dinner. Use my code: MHIGHTOWER12 to get $25 off your stay!
Have you been to New Orleans? Tell me your favorite spots and things to do! If you're going soon, tell me about your stay at The Lafayette Hotel!
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