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If you go: Montreal

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

888-244-3155

www.hahaha.com

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

514-287-0522

www.aubergeplaceroyale.com

E-mail: info@aubergeplaceroyale.com

A sweet bed-and-breakfast in Old Montreal right on the St. Lawrence River. Standard rooms are $175 per night. Suites are $225 US.

Hyatt Regency

1255, Jeanne-Mance

514-982-1234

www.montreal.hyatt.com

A four-star hotel in the heart of the city. Rooms from $167.

Where to eat

La Cabane Grecque

102 Prince Arthur St.

514-849-0122

Sit outside and watch vibrant Montreal go by. Greek food and 2-for-1 specials most nights. Entrees $12-$18.

Aix

Hotel Place d'Armes

711 Cote Place d'Armes, Old Montreal

514-904-1201

E-mail: info@aixcuisine.com

One of the city's hot new restaurants featuring Quebec-style cooking. Entrees $13-$29.

Restaurant Ghandi

230 rue Saint Paul, Old Montreal

514-845-5866

In a charming old neighborhood, Ghandi is an impeccable spot to enjoy the aromas and excellent food of India. Entrees $11-$20.

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