How to get there
One can certainly fly from Boston to Montreal, but the nicest way is to drive. Montreal is about 300 miles north of Boston, about a 5 1/2-hour drive. Take Interstate 93 north to Concord, N.H., and pick up Interstate 89 into Vermont. Drive straight through the green mountains and into Canada, where I-89 becomes Provincial Secondary Route 133. Continue on Route 133, which becomes Autoroute 35 north, and take exit 18 onto Autoroute 10 into Montreal.
What to do
Just for Laughs
The outdoor comedy festival runs July 14-24. Ticket prices vary widely. See a schedule and buy tickets on the website.
Where to stay
L'auberge de la Place Royale
115 rue de la Commune Ouest
A sweet bed-and-breakfast in Old Montreal right on the St. Lawrence River. Standard rooms are $175 per night. Suites are $225 US.
A four-star hotel in the heart of the city. Rooms from $167.
Where to eat
La Cabane Grecque
102 Prince Arthur St.
Sit outside and watch vibrant Montreal go by. Greek food and 2-for-1 specials most nights. Entrees $12-$18.
Hotel Place d'Armes
711 Cote Place d'Armes, Old Montreal
One of the city's hot new restaurants featuring Quebec-style cooking. Entrees $13-$29.
230 rue Saint Paul, Old Montreal
In a charming old neighborhood, Ghandi is an impeccable spot to enjoy the aromas and excellent food of India. Entrees $11-$20.