Whether you’re celebrating your first anniversary or toasting 25 years together, these four destinations are sure to dazzle your better half.
A Romantic Montreal Celebration
From dynamic arts and dining scenes to cool boutiques and a nearly 400-year history, Quebec’s largest city has as many facets as your love. Begin your anniversary getaway at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth. Our choice? The Royal Ville-Marie Suite is a stunning retreat in the heart of downtown Montreal and accessible via a private panoramic elevator. Once you’ve settled in, head out for a romantic stroll along the cobbled streets and riverside paths of Old Montreal. Then treat your sweetie to a spin on La Grande Roue, a Ferris wheel with gondolas overlooking the St. Lawrence River.
For a relaxing experience that will leave you wanting more, head to Moment Spa for a break from the bustle of downtown. You’ll be immersed in a Zen-like environment and a multitude of treatment options, including a wonderful way to pamper your partner with a Tandem Massage for two.
Montreal is famed for its foodie culture, and the city’s vibrant public markets reflect its cosmopolitan population. Wander by stalls heaped with produce, cheeses and pastries in Jean-Talon Market, a local institution since 1933. Or pick up gourmet chocolate at Atwater Market, another 1930s gem in a striking art deco building.
Creating Vancouver Memories
Glittering skyscrapers, forested mountains and ocean vistas create a memorable backdrop for an anniversary on Canada’s western coast. Start off by hiking the iconic Grouse Grind mountain trail for Instagrammable views of the city and surrounding summits, then whiz back down on the Skyride cable car.
A gorgeous place for a more gentle stroll is VanDusen Botanical Garden, where you can wander hand-in-hand among rhododendrons and roses or weave your way to the middle of an Elizabethan maze.
If either of you have a sweet tooth, you can nibble on sweet treats all day in Vancouver. Stop in at Soft Peaks in Gastown for organic milk soft-serve ice cream served with cereal flakes and fruity syrups. A few blocks away, Purebread whips up to-die-for scones and brownies. Or pop into a branch of Japanese-style bakery Castella Cheesecake and tuck into a gooey cheese tart.
After a day of exploring, enjoy a celebratory meal at Fairmont Waterfront’s stylish restaurant, ARC. Then retire for sweet dreams in an elegant Fairmont Gold room, which includes exclusive extras like evening canapés and access to a private lounge.
Extraordinary NYC Experiences
Booking a trip to New York for your anniversary is a guaranteed winner. You could row on the lake in Central Park, stroll the High Line or spend a day exploring renowned museums. But when it comes to choosing a hotel, you can’t beat the location of The Plaza. Overlooking Central Park, the New York icon is close to everything. And to make it a memorable celebration, book one of the hotel’s special offers like the Winter Romance package.
If you’ve been up the Empire State Building numerous times, flip the script and look across at it instead from SUMMIT One Vanderbilt. Featuring mirror and balloon rooms, this high-level viewing space is as much an immersive art experience as it is an observation deck. For the ultimate thrill, a glass-bottomed elevator carries you even higher on the outside of the tower.
Back on terra firma, there’s no shortage of world-class cultural experiences to mark your special occasion. You can choose a Broadway hit, the symphony, ballet, or dress up for a glam night at The Metropolitan Opera. For a behind-the-scenes look, book a backstage tour to see how the magic is made.
Outdoor Banff Adventures
Hoping for an anniversary with a dose of adventure? Look no further than Banff National Park. Visit in winter and you can don ice cleats for a hike through Johnston Canyon, a craggy gorge with frozen waterfalls. Or snuggle beneath a blanket on a horse-drawn sleigh ride for two in the Bow River Valley, finishing off with s’mores and hot apple cider by a cozy fire.
Once a month in winter, Mount Norquay opens its 1950s teahouse, the Cliffhouse Bistro, for Starlight Dinners. A chairlift ride transports you to this retro eatery, whose mid-century modern decor and panoramic views create a magical setting for an intimate dinner.
Come summer, you might go for a sunset paddle on Vermilion Lakes, keeping an eye out for muskrats and geese. Alternatively, join an experienced guide for an exhilarating hiking and biking tour through Sundance Canyon.
Surrounded by towering peaks, Fairmont Banff Springs is the perfect base for your celebration. When you’ve had your fill of adventure, unwind in the hotel spa or raise a glass in the sophisticated Rundle Bar. With a bevy of offers, you can find the perfect one for a special anniversary experience.
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Ready to plan the perfect celebration? Book with Fairmont for an anniversary to remember.