Montreal’s Budget Bed and Breakfasts

Visitors to Montreal looking for budget-friendly accommodation should check out these bed and breakfasts. These establishments are centrally located and include a substantial breakfast, but often have shared washrooms. Almost all include free, reliable wireless internet.

Boulanger Bassin Bed and Breakfast

Boulanger Bassin Bed and Breakfast is a cyclist – friendly establishment a block north of the Parc Fontaine in the Plateau district. Each unit has its own bath – not common in this convenient and beautiful area of Montreal.

Host Ken is an excellent cook (baker) and a good guide to the city. His restaurant suggestions should be taken seriously.

Chez Roger Bontemps Bed and Breakfast

Chez Roger Bontemps Bed and Breakfast is a three bedroom ancestral home in the heart of Montreal’s Gay Village. Just steps from the bus station, these rooms start at $45.00 for a single in low season. Roger offers long term bed and breakfast accommodations for two – eight people. The continental breakfast is more than adequate and the shared washroom is for the exclusive use of guests.

1441, rue Wolfe

Montreal, Québec
H2L 3J5
514.598.9587

1.888.634.9090

University Bed and Breakfast

University Bed and Breakfast is a five room establishment just west of St. Laurent in the Plateau Mont Royal district. Rooms with shared bath start at 70.00 per night but the best deals is the suite s with private kitchen from $109.00. These suites resemble a small, one bedroom apartment that can accommodate up to four people.

623 Prince Arthur W.
Montreal, QC
H2X 1T9
1.866.842.6396

Bed and Breakfast Chez Nous

For a good night’s sleep in an ultra quiet, cool room reminiscent of a tomb, look no further than Bed and Breakfast Chez Nous. Although the living room is adjacent to the main floor room , the proprietor, Jacqueline listens to her television with headphones so as not to disturb the guests. The Plateau house is impeccable and a great deal starting at just $60.00 for a single. A full breakfast features organic food.

3717 Ste-Famille Street
Montreal, Québec
H2X 2L7
514.845.7711

Le Gite Bed and Breakfast

Le Gite Bed and Breakfast is another Plateau find. The home of two artists is well situated just around the corner from the “bring your own wine” restaurants along Prince Arthur Street. Prices start at $65.00 and long stay discounts are available.

3619, rue De Bullion
Montreal, Québec
H2X 3A2
514.849.4567

Bed and Breakfast Azur

Bed and Breakfast Azur consists of three sunny, colorful guest rooms starting from $75.00 for a single that includes a full, healthy breakfast served on a terrace, weather permitting. Caroline, the proprietor and registered massage therapist offers sessions for her guests.

1892 Gauthier

Montreal, Québec
H2K 1A3
514.529.6364

Cycle Florida’s Pinellas Trail

Where railroad tracks once sat, abandoned and rusting, now runs The Pinellas Trail, a paved, greenway corridor in Pinellas County, Florida . The first six-mile section of the Pinellas Trail opened in 1990, connecting Taylor Park in Largo to Seminole Park in Seminole. The trail became immensely popular, now ranking as the third most heavily used rail-trail in America with 1.2 million users per year. Stretching 47-miles from St. Petersburg north to Tarpon Springs, the trail links some of Pinellas County’s most picturesque parks, scenic coastal areas and residential neighborhoods.

We plan to start cycling the Pinellas Trail in Dunedin, one of the oldest cities on Florida’s west coast. Downtown Dunedin is notable for its absence of large commercial signage, fast food franchise restaurants or big box chain stores. Dunedin is perhaps best known as the home of the Toronto Blue Jays spring training camp.

After picking out our rental bikes from Dunedin Cyclery, we hit the trail. The plan is to bike the 6 miles from Dunedin to Honeymoon Island State Park for some swimming and return to Dunedin for dinner. First stop is Eli’s BBQ for lunch. Nothing fancy, just good old Southern barbecue at its finest: tender smoked pork, sausage, beef, chicken and turkey done right.  A local favorite, this roadside attraction next to the Pinellas Trail at Skinner Blvd. is only open Fridays and Saturdays.

After a delicious, smokey, pulled pork sandwich, we cycle across Dunedin Causeway towards Honeymoon Island. The pioneers called it Hog Island, but when a New York developer built 50 palm – thatched bungalows for honeymooners in 1939, it became Honeymoon Isle. You can swim, fish and snorkel in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Shelling is good here, as the Gulf currents deposit an incredible variety of seashells on the shore. The Honeymoon Island visitor’s center has a knowledgable staff to help navigate their exceptional display of shells.

With wide lanes and no elevation changes, The Pinellas Trail is a breeze to cycle and soon we’re back in Dunedin. Dunedin hosts 25 festivals annually and we check out one – a weekend arts and crafts market on Main Street in Dunedin. For casual waterfront dining in Dunedin, try The Olde Bay Café. Dine al fresco on the deck and watch the sun go down while sipping a Landshark and eating a smoked mullet taco, one of the best fish tacos we’ve had in Florida. Many different beers are available as well as fresh catch of the day specials.

The free Guide to the Pinellas Trail is available at the trail office, area libraries and the Pinellas County Courthouse Information Desk or on the Internet . The pocket-size guide details rest stops, service stations, restaurants, pay phones, bike shops, park areas and much more along the entire length of the Trail.

So hop on your bike, lace up your in-line skates, or put on your jogging shoes and head to the Pinellas Trail.

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