Hotel at a Glance: Le Terra Nostra
Le Terra Nostra isn’t your typical quaint bed-and-breakfast. Its contemporary, culturally inspired decor mimics the diversity of the surrounding city. The historical house—built in 1927—features four unique guest rooms bearing themes borrowed from the far corners of the earth. The Antarctica room, for example, features a clean, nearly all-white decor; if you’re feeling cold, no worry—there’s a modern fireplace and heated bathroom floors. The Asia room, meanwhile, has contemporary, dark-wood furniture and Thai-inspired decorations amid deep-red walls.
- Curl up with a book or magazine in the stylish living room or den; the den’s clean, worldly decor includes a packed, floor-to-ceiling modular bookshelf and a tea station where you can fix green, black, and herbal teas.
- Complimentary breakfast is served in the dining room. The bed-and-breakfast’s cooks will accommodate those with allergies and dietary restrictions—dairy-free and gluten-free options are available.
- Pamper yourself with an in-room Swedish or reflexology massage; 60- and 90-minute massages are available (additional fees apply).
- Grab dinner at the many nearby restaurants, including Tire Bouchon, Su, and Crescendo.
- Explore Montreal: Take a walk down the riverwalk paths bordering the river, or head downtown to see Old Montreal, Mount Royal Park, and the Notre Dame Basilica (about 4 miles away).
- Awards: This bed-and-breakfast was awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2008, it was named one of the 10 best bed-and-breakfasts in Canada by BedandBreakfast.com.
Montreal, Quebec: Canada’s French-Speaking Cultural Capital
Canada’s second-largest city is set on the Island of Montreal, located about an hour’s drive from the border with Vermont. The majority of the nearly 2 million inhabitants here speak French as a first language.
Cobbled streets, historic architecture, and horse-drawn carriages make up Old Montreal. A good first stop for visitors is the Bonsecours Market, a domed plaza where local merchants have been selling wares for more than 100 years. As you browse the area, check out the iconic and elaborately decorated Notre-Dame Basilica, one of the city’s most famous churches. Built in the Gothic Revival style, it houses a fascinating crypt filled with archaeological treasures.
Montreal is renowned for its music and arts scene. One of the best places to see a show is the Place des Arts, a huge complex of theaters and concert halls that occupies a whole square downtown. Opera, ballet, symphony, and jazz shows fill the Place des Arts’ calendar, but there’s the occasional rock band or stand-up comedy as well.