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$899 to follow John and Yoko in Montreal

Travel Deal for August 20, 2013

vicky vacay deal of the dayLittle Prince George has nothing on John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Neither do Jay-Z and Beyonce. Or Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.

John and Yoko were the ultimate celebrity hounds four-plus decades ago, using their star power to stir trouble, provoke media reaction, and sell millions of records.

Forty-four years ago, the Beatles‘ founder and his bride gallivanted between Europe and North America on an extended honeymoon that featured public appearances while in bed. The most famous of their bed-ins took place in Montreal, well known as a favourite city for lovers.

Starting on May 26, 1969, the British couple stayed a week at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, spending time in rooms 1738, 1740, 1742, and 1744, giving more than 150 interviews to the media each day. Their bed-in took place in suite 1742 and became a global sensation when the pair — still in their pyjamas — sang “Give Peace a Chance,” a song written and recorded during their visit.

If you’re a true Beatles fan you will no doubt be intrigued with the Fairmont hotel’s Bed-in for Peace Package. The offer starts at $899 per night and includes:

  • One night accommodation in the John and Yoko Suite
  • Welcome amenity
  • Breakfast in bed for two or buffet breakfast in Le Montréalais restaurant
  • Souvenir white pyjama and nightgown
  • A John Lennon CD featuring “Give Peace a Chance.”

The offer is valid until December 31, 2013. Showcases Montreal’s Joie de Vivre

When a visitor first steps foot in Montreal it seems to always result in a special moment. contributor Nicole Keck, who lives in Michigan, made her initial visit to Quebec’s largest city last year and was stunned by the differences she encountered.

Keck writes: “Walking the streets of this enchanting city for a few days brought clearly to mind the contrast between the hurried, multitasking mindset dominant in American culture. In Montreal, no one seems to power walk to work in a suit and sneakers, sipping coffee and scarfing down breakfast. The difference from many cities in the US is so stark and so compelling, I often found myself thinking, ‘This is the way I want to live.’ And perhaps someday I will. I would love to rise early enough each day to enjoy a leisurely bowl of cafe au lait, then head off to the Jean Talon, or one of the other outdoor markets that are open 365 days a year, to gather enough food for the day, stopping for warm, fresh croissants, beautifully honeycombed and soft inside, and cretons on the way — only to return the next day and do the same.”

Read the rest of “An American’s First Time in Montreal”

To book the Bed-In for Peace Package: Telephone the Queen Elizabeth Hotel at 1-514-861-3511. The package cannot be booked online.

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