Best Summer Trips

These summer destinations offer city escapes for the urban inclined and quieter locales for those who crave countryside.

Courtesy The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal
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City: Montreal

When Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton ran away to get hitched in 1964, they chose the Ritz-Carlton Montreal (from $425; 1228 Sherbrooke St. W.; 514-842-4212). The hotel reopens its doors this month after a three-year closure and complete reconstruction (just in time for its centennial), featuring 130 rooms and 46 residences, a new restaurant by Daniel Boulud (Maison Boulud) and the city’s first freestanding Tiffany & Co. Schedule your trip around the summer music celebrations—Montreal Chamber Music Festival (through June 2) and Montreal Jazz Festival (June 28–July 7)—and look to Théâtre de Verdure in Lafontaine Park for entertainment alfresco. Find excellent shopping in Old Montreal and trendy Le Plateau Mont-Royal, or visit Bota-Bota (358 Rue de la Commune Ouest; 514-284-0333), a floating spa on the St. Lawrence River with 20 treatment rooms and views of the skyline.