Montreal or Bust!

Well, dearest fellow travelers, we decided to ignore your advice completely. Rather than go to DC or Cape Cod or Kentucky or any of the delightful places you suggested, my sisters and I decided to make this road trip an international adventure. We really do appreciate the thoughtfulness of your suggestions, and I certainly hope to be able to check them out in the not too distant future, but we decided to go a different route (pun!).

We thought, Emily lives in New York so let’s have Lisa and Heather fly there and save one person flight expenses, and she can contribute what those would’ve been to the rental car. Ta da! Money saving.

And the destination is… Montréal!

Here’s what we’re looking at:


Day 0
Lisa and Heather fly in to New York, NY, crash with Em and Lizzie

Day 1

New York, NY to Lake George, NY — 4 hours
leave in the morning, get in for lunch, spend the afternoon and evening doing light hiking, taking pictures, making a good dinner

Day 2
Lake George, NY to Montréal, QC — 3 hours
take a leisurely morning, drive a bit around looking at trees some more and singing musicals, arrive in Montreal in time for dinner/setting up wherever we’re sleeping

Day 3

Biodome! Frenchy things! Poutine! Casino! Queer times!

Day 4
Variations on above

Day 5
Montreal, QC to New York, NY — 6.5 hours
L&H fly home on evening flights


Adirondacks / Lake George
Auto Touring
Scenic Byways Map
Example of Accommodations with efficiency kitchen (good for making dinner and save money!)

The Village
Casino de Montréal (keno, slots, table games, etc.)
Other Things to Do
Biodome (indoor zoo that reconstructs specific ecosystems, includes penguins, supposed to be really cool)
Le Drugstore (mostly lesbian club, 3-6 floors of bars/dancing/etc.)


Car Rental
$280 ($40/day + taxes/fees) + insurance + extra driver fees, about $330 total, except that Emily has agreed to pay the average of the flight costs for me and Heather, since she’d be buying a plane ticket if we went anywhere else. Em will pay about $200 for the car rental price, which leaves the remainder at $50 each.

approximately 700 miles total, average rental car is 30 mpg, 12 gallon tank, 350 miles per tank, need 3 full tanks (have to return it full), $50 per tank, $150 total gas, $50 each.

Food & Drink
I’m hoping we can do light breakfasts, sandwiches for lunch, then maybe go out for dinner kind of thing, to cut down on costs. So a mix of grocery stores and restaurants. Probably $150 each.

Day 2 accommodations will probably be a place like this motel for $60/night ($20 each).

We decided that three nights in Montréal is enough time to really get comfortable, and sleep well, and feel good about where we’re staying. We’re looking at Vacation Rentals and Air BnB for more home-like places to stay in Montréal. Those look more like $70/night for 3 nights, or $70 each. Probably $100 each total.


Gambling=$30? 40?

Probably safe to budget $100 each for this, since miscellaneous costs will come up.

$450 per person for the week, + L&H round-trip tickets

So whaddya think? Have you been to any of this places? Any recommendations on what to do/what not to do, etc.?

9 thoughts on “Montreal or Bust!

  1. I can recommend the Biodome, which started out as an Olympic venue…well before you all were “twinkles” in your father’s eyes. Also, the subterranean walkways that make oh, so much sense for getting around such a cold place in Winter 😉 Is Emily or one of the rest of you fluent in French? Could come in handy 😉

    • Thanks, Carol! Those walkways might come in handy in the late-September weather, especially if it rains.

      We’re counting on Emily’s French, and Heather and I are hoping that the little we remember from school serves us well!

  2. Montreal is fantastic during the summer! I’m sure you’ll have a lovely time. I highly recommend the Musee du Beaux Artes. There are also loads of festivals this time of year, which you may want to hit.

    • I hope it also good in the fall! I see I didn’t put in the post that we’re going in the last week of September, but that’s the plan. Thanks for the museum recommendation. I will definitely check it out.

  3. I know I already told you these things but just in case you forgot… my favorite aspects of Montreal:

    – Walking around Old Montreal in the evening and watching the street performers
    – Mount Royal Park (the top of this “mountain” offers the best view of the city)
    – Jardin Botanique de Montreal (one of the largest/nicest gardens in the world and conveniently located by the biodome)
    – Notre-Damn Basilica (absolutely beautiful)

    I’m so excited you guys are going there!! I hope you have a fabulous time.

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