Places To Escape The Heat



Summer is coming and and it’s time to start planning. Below is a list of lakes, mountains, and beaches to help keep you cool in the warmer months.


Denali National Park, Alaska
Denali National Park offers beautiful views of land and water. It’s home to amazing wildlife and offers the perfect escape from the summer heat. Temperatures during July tend to hover in the mid 60s during the day, and dip down into the low 40s at night.
Mexico City, Mexico 
Mexico City is full of interesting neighborhoods and museums, amazing archaeological treasures, and an incredible public square. Best of all, at an altitude of 7,411 feet the climate is moderate all year.
Upper Peninsula, Michigan 
Get outside and enjoy the Great Lakes, refreshing woods, and beautiful landscapes found in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The daytime highs hover around the mid to low 70s, and evening temperatures are in the low 50s.
San Francisco, California 
San Francisco is a great city for walkable neighborhoods, famous attractions, and every type of ethnic food imaginable. July brings daytime temperatures in the high 60s, often with a cool, gentle breeze off the ocean throughout the day.
Nova Scotia, Canada 
Nova Scotia is surrounded by rolling green fields, high sea-cliffs, and wooden architecture that is perfectly picturesque. The residents of Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, barely break a sweat in the summer on account of the fresh salty ocean air.
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Where to Stay for the Montreal International Jazz Festival

Montreal Jazz Festival performers

Montreal Jazz Festival performers Lowdown Brass Band

Where are the best places to stay near the Montreal Jazz Fest that happens each summer? Which hotels get you close to the action?

If you’re headed to the International Festival of Jazz in Montreal, Canada, one of the great advantages is that it’s in a very central, pedestrian-friendly area. You don’t have to bus out to some distant fairgrounds area or spend a fortune on taxi rides. All of the outdoor stage shows are free and they’re clustered around the largest concert hall, where the big-name paid shows are. You can come and go as you please, doing your dining and drinking at local bars and restaurants if you don’t like the selection near the stages. (When I attended in 2018, none of the available beers were Canadian!)

If you stay near the event, you can pop back to your hotel to change, shower, or take a nap between shows. Then you’ll be ready to hit the late concerts, which can run until midnight. Then the fun moves to the clubs. Here’s where to check in nearby.

Hyatt Regency Montreal

You can literally watch a show from the sun deck a

bar at the Hyatt Regency Montreal right by the Jazz Festival

t this Hyatt in the center of the action. You walk out the door and you’re at the entrance to the festival, so you may be sharing the elevator with a legendary jazz musician on the way.

There are nearly 600 rooms though, so you can snag one fairly easily if you book ahead. The set-up is a little strange in that the first few floors are a shopping mall, but this being Quebec, you’ll find plenty of quality meals in the food court. You can also go grocery shopping without leaving the building–and there’s a fridge in the room.

Delta Hotels by Marriott Montreal

One of the 30 brands you can’t keep straight in the Marriott portfolio, this is the best one if you’re looking for a solid chain property with no quirkiness or surprises. With 465 rooms, there’s often availability and a good rate right up to a few weeks before the festival. There’s a spa and 24-hour room service if you party too hard at the festivities.

Courtyard Montreal Downtown

Another “no surprises” Marriott choice, this one is just one block downhill from the festival perimeter, so when you’re done for the night it’s all downhill to your room.

Montreal International Jazz Festival crowd

L’Appartement Hotel

Near the Delta but with lower rates and free breakfast, this one will get your day started right and leave a little cash for food trucks and drinks. Or you can make use of the in-room kitchen that most rooms have. It does have a gym if you overindulge and there’s even a rooftop pool to take advantage of the summer sun.

Best Western Plus on Ste. Catherine Street

This is often the best value choice in the area, so book well ahead of time for Montreal Jazz Festival 2019 or 2020. Otherwise those strapped international touring musicians  may beat you to it. Although it’s a relatively inexpensive option, this is one of the newest hotels in the area.

Le Square Phillips Montreal hotel

Le Square Phillips Hotel

Rates here are often reasonable and Le Square is in a great location. It’s near the metro, the Underground City, and Chinatown, but it’ll take you less than 10 minutes of walking to get to your favorite performance stage.

Hotel Le Dauphin Montreal Downtown

If you’d like to spend your days in the historic section and your nights at the Jazz Festival, Le Dauphin is in a good location between the two. Rates are usually reasonable at this minimalist, Danish-modern feel hip hotel.

Hôtel Zero 1

This is another stylish choice near the festival if you’re trying to avoid the typical chain hotel feel. Most of the 124 rooms are smaller than you’ll find at other properties on this list, but they’re well-designed and have a fridge. There’s a gym and a roof deck, but no pool.

Hotel Quartier des Spectacles

This budget hotel option is close enough that you could catch glimpses of who is coming on stage from your window if you’re on the top floor, with the hotel located right on Ste. Catherine Street. This is a quirky choice, sharing a lobby with Hotel Abri du Voyageur and with no elevators for the four-floor building, so you may not want to just blindly pick the cheapest room.

Montreal Jazz Festival performers

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

If you’re not much of a planner and you decide the week before to head to the International Festival of Jazz, you may well end up here at the Fairmont. It’s Montreal’s largest hotel, with 950 rooms in a building complex started in 1958. It has been through many renovations over the years and is known for running like a well-oiled machine.

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See Vancouver’s Famous Capilano Bridge for a Killer View

In Vancouver, don't miss the thrill of walking on the Capilano Suspension bridge.
In Vancouver, don't miss the thrill of walking on the Capilano Suspension bridge.
In Vancouver, don’t miss the thrill of walking on the CliffWalk near the Capilano Suspension bridge.
Vancouver… the city is known for its hockey, its maple syrup, and of course, the Capilano Suspension Bridge. If you’re afraid of heights, I suggest you sit this one out, as the suspension bridge stretches 450 feet across and 230 feet above Capilano River. However, it allows for one of the most breathtaking and spectacular views I have ever seen.
The twenty-seven-acre park surrounding the bridge was built in 1889, and millions of people have crossed it since then. The park also features several other thrilling attractions, including CliffWalk, which is a cantilevered walkway clinging to the side of the granite cliff above the Capilano Canyon.
Several other smaller suspension bridges allow you to take a stroll through the evergreens 100 feet above the forest floor, the attraction called the TreeTops Adventure allows you to have the perfect bird’s eye view. If you’re too terrified to even think about journeying up to that elevation, then the park also features guided nature tours, Kids Rainforest Explorer’s program, and the Living Forest exhibit. Don’t forget to end your day in the best way possible, with homemade fudge from the gift shop!
During the winter, the park has its annual Canyon Lights Winter Festival, which features hundreds of thousands of lights illuminating the park. The bridge and all the attractions are transformed into a festive light show that’s pleasing to the eye. Get the chance to see the world’s tallest Christmas tree, decorate gingerbread cookies, and go searching for Snow Owls.

The area that the park is built on is rich with history, and the park does a great job incorporating that history into their attractions. The name Capilano is a First Nations name belonging to the Squamish Nation and the name means “beautiful river”. The park is named after Kia’palano, who was a great Squamish chief who resided in the area in the early 1800s.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is not for the faint of heart!
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is not for the faint of heart!
One of Capilano’s historic traditions includes placing hand crafted totem poles on the grounds near the suspension bridge. The tradition dates back to the when the  First Nations people came about, and is a great way to connect people to their culture.
The park is open from May 20 to September 4, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The rates range depending on age and if you’re a student, but the average price for a day at the park is $35.
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