Every now and then we need a quick escape to recharge and recompose. Far enough to get a change of scenery, unwind, eat well, sleep and shop. And close enough so that when you start to miss the kids, you can be home in a few hours. I have found this place to be Old Montreal. Especially if you like to cozy up in front of a fire, in a boutique hotel. If you enjoy winter walks, and sitting in quaint cafes listening to soothing music, Old Montreal is filled with charming auberges for everyone. Auberge duVieux Port, is on the water, and is beautiful year round. There is much to explore in the area, and in summer months there is a roof top restaurant overlooking the Saint Lawrence River. There are beautiulf historic buildings, museums and shops to spend your days joyfully. Now, all I need to to do is book a weekend.