My family and I recently returned from a nice vacation to Montreal and Lake Placid. The latter is part of the Adirondacks state park in northern New York, and is beautiful for hiking, skiing, and boating, and was the location for both the 1932 and 1980 Olympics. I highly recommend Montreal, it's such a unique place because of the mix of French and Canadian cultures.
The first day we arrived in Montreal and set out to see the exterior of Notre Dame. We stopped for drinks and appetizers at Gaspar (don't worry - the drinking age is 18) and later made our way over to Schwartz's for dinner. It's a tiny deli that has amazing smoked meat (or corned beef) sandwiches.
The next morning we ate at Fairmount Bagels, the #1 bagel place in Montreal. After wandering around we stumbled upon Cafe Code Black and stopped for fresh squeezed lemonade and banana bread. That night we dressed up to go to Moishes for dinner and had some mouth watering twice-baked potatoes and onion strings.
On the third day we actually went inside Notre Dame, checked out the Canadiens Hall of Fame, and I rocked (not really) a double denim look because it was cold. That night was off to Old Montreal for dinner at Modavie and drinks at The 3 Brewers.
Our final day in the city was spent hiking up Mount Royal to see some beautiful views.
The next few days in Lake Placid we hiked up Cobble Hill, took out paddle boats and kayaks, went rail biking, and stopped at Donelley's for ice cream. We also checked out Smoke Signals for dinner and had some bomb BBQ.
Have you visited either of these places?