The Hookup On: My Trip To Montreal!

Over Memorial Day Weekend, I took the 7 hour drive up through the border to Montreal. Last year, I did the same thing but went to Toronto. Both times were for an early birthday celebration and both times didn’t disappoint!

We were sort of in Montreal during the off season, so some places weren’t serving brunch yet and the Olympic Tower was closed. But the city was beautiful and there were still plenty of things to do!

Things we did:

  1. Mount Royal – ummmmmm no one told me this was a legitimate uphill hike so we attempted it the first day and then just drove to the top on the last day because I was not having it lol. The view of the city from the top is totally worth it though.
  2. Olympic Park and the Biodome – the park was kind of empty and creepy, but I had never been to a biodome before and thought it was awesome.
  3. Bonseccours Market – didn’t think this was super impressive, just an indoor market.
  4. Visited the Port – which is in the coolest and most European looking part of the city, the views were beautiful!
  5. Notre Dame Basilica – very beautiful! One of the coolest things about Montreal is that there will be an amazing cathedral and sky scraper next to each other.
  6. Underground city – which is just a mall really.

Places we ate (I would recommend all of them!):

  1. Thursday’s
  2. Deville Diner – omg the food and drinks here are amazing
  3. Allo Mon Coco
  4. 3 Amigos
  5. Tim Horton’s for coffee and a donut because duh!
  6. Le Bistro Magasin General du VIeux-Montreal – yummiest brunch and cronuts!!

Tours we went on:

  1. We went on a very low key bar crawl, but met some awesome people and had a great time: click here for the tour.

Where we stayed:

  1. AirBnB in downtown

Montreal was really cool because you could get every aspect of a city. There’s a Times Square/shopping NYC feel on St. Catherine’s Street, a Central Park kind of feel on Mont Royal, and then you can be transported into Rome where there are cobble stone streets and bistros on every corner!

Seriously, you can see an amazing sky scraper and right next door will be a historic cathedral. It’s amazing!

The primary language is French, but everyone speaks English. And money-wise, using my American credit card was the best bet but we had some American money and Canadian money in our pockets just in case. Montreal was a great little getaway, I would highly recommend going if you are looking for a little bit of history, fun, Europe, Canada, and modern city all rolled into one! 🙂

Headed To Montreal!

Hey guys!

I’m headed to Montreal for the weekend – so excited! Thanks to everyone who gave me some tips of what to see and do.

I will be going live on Instagram during the 7ish hour long drive, probably around 1:00 pm EST. If you don’t follow me you can check me out at @rosieculture.

ALSO! While I’m away, you should check out these blogs that I’m currently loving! 🙂

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Happy weekend!

xoxo

Rosie

Montreal Advice Needed!

Hi guys!

At the end of the month I will be heading to Montreal and seriously can’t wait!! I have a loose itinerary of what we will be doing, but I’d love to get some suggestions from anyone who has ever been there or lives there!

We will be staying in downtown Montreal. I would love suggestions for things to do as well as your favorite bars and restaurants.

Thanks in advance for all of your help!

xoxo

Rosie

The Hookup On: Places I Want To Go!

Here is an updated list of places I want to visit! I will be posting about my trip to Iceland soon. Where are some places you’d like to go?

    1. Toronto
    2. Portland
    3. Seattle
    4. Niagara Falls
    5. Nashville
    6. Mt. Rushmore
    7. Washington DC
    8. Austin
    9. San Francisco
    10. Boston
    11. Boulder
    12. Ireland
    13. Australia
    14. Alaska
    15. Disney World
    16. Aruba
    17. Arkansas
    18. Mexico
    19. Mall of America
    20. Chicago
    21. Montreal (hopefully going this summer!)
    22. Dominican Republic
    23. Italy (But I want to go again!)
    24. Hawaii
    25. Bahamas
    26. Iceland
    27. France
    28. Vancouver
    29. New Orleans
    30. Great Lakes
    31. Egypt
    32. Baltimore
    33. Charlotte
    34. Barcelona
    35. Miami
    36. Atlanta
    37. London
    38. Jamaica (hopefully going in May!)


The Hookup On: Places I Want To Visit

I have this very unorganized list in my planner of places I want to go, so I figured I’d write it all down here. Feel free to leave a comment about your favorite place to visit 🙂

        1. Toronto
        2. Portland
        3. Seattle
        4. Niagara Falls
        5. Nashville (I’m going in September!)
        6. Mt. Rushmore
        7. Washington DC (Hopefully going by the end of summer!)
        8. Austin
        9. San Francisco
        10. Boston
        11. Boulder
        12. Ireland
        13. Australia
        14. Alaska
        15. Disney World
        16. Aruba
        17. Arkansas
        18. Mexico
        19. Mall of America
        20. Chicago
        21. Montreal
        22. Dominican Republic
        23. Italy (But I want to go again!)
        24. Hawaii
        25. Bahamas
        26. Iceland (Going in January!)
        27. France
        28. Vancouver
        29. New Orleans
        30. Great Lakes
        31. Egypt
        32. Baltimore
        33. Charlotte
        34. Barcelona
        35. Miami
        36. Atlanta
        37. London
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My First Airbnb Experience: Toronto

Over Memorial Day weekend, I visited Toronto.

I chose to book a room through Airbnb for a couple of reasons.

  1. I heard it was cheap
  2. I wanted a great travel experience

I kind of thought of Airbnb as the Uber of hotels. It’s easy, cheap, technologically advanced, and geared to my age group. Just like Uber, which I use often and LOVE, so I decided to give it a shot.

It was a great decision. If you ever decide to visit Toronto I would 100% recommend the airbnb I stayed at. The host was SO friendly – he gave us a huge list of things to do and places to eat. We were staying in the basement apartment of his house, which had it’s own entrance, two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a kitchen. It was so well decorated and cozy – it had everything a hotel would have.

We ran into our host twice and each time had a great conversation and really got to know the perspectives of a Canadian. They said that Canadians were rude and in America the stereotype is that Canadians are too friendly! We said New Jerseyans are often considered rude, and they said they thought Americans were very friendly! We also chatted about marijuana (because they have dispensaries all over and in New Jersey it’s still pretty illegal), politics, the upcoming elections, etc.

We spent $330 for three nights and four days. To stay a long weekend in a beautiful weekend in Toronto – and to split it three ways – it was so cheap considering how amazing the trip was!

It took us 8 hours to drive and 8 hours back, of course we hit a little bit of traffic considering the weekend. Between the tourist attractions, food, drinks, gas, airbnb, and ubers we took to get to some far places – we probably spent around $300 each on an amazing weekend vacation. Cheap!!!

In Toronto we visited the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, the Music Garden and the market, as well as Toronto Islands. We brunched every morning (shout out to Old School because their food is AMAZING!) And we went to the bars at night – The Pilot was an awesome rooftop bar! And H Bar had awesome food to chow on while we drank. And the bartender at the Dog’s Bollocks was super funny – plus the drinks were so cheap.

Over all, Toronto is a beautiful city. Much cleaner and friendlier than any other city I’ve been to. The food service is very slow (especially compared to America) but that just means we got to relax and allotted more time for eating!

I would love to live in a city like Toronto – maybe in the next five years I could end up living there 🙂 But if you’re thinking of visiting, definitely make the trip! And I will give you the information of my Airbnb host because he made the experience a thousand times better! Now I’m just wondering when I can go to Toronto again!

Happy Birthday To Me :)

Hi friends!

Today is my 23rd birthday and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who helped me reach my goal earlier this month of getting 400 likes on my Facebook page!! Your support is amazing and it was honestly such a great gift to reach a goal I’ve been working towards 🙂

I celebrated my birthday by visiting Toronto this weekend and I promise to blog about the experience! It doesn’t feel like my actual birthday since I did all my celebrating already – but I am very thankful for an amazing year and I’m super excited for what’s to come!

Thank you all again for being a great community and for constantly supporting me ❤️