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With spring making its official debut earlier this week, area residents are likely looking to move their gatherings outside as soon as possible. While that might not quite be possible in Montréal just yet, Midwesterners can draw inspiration from this beautiful city’s French roots and its dynamic culture today.

The vibrant city offers a taste of Europe right here in North America, thrilling flocks of tourists with the cobblestoned Rue Saint-Paul and the lively Place Jacques-Cartier square. The city boasts one of Canada’s most popular museums, the Montréal Museum of Fine Art, which draws nearly a million visitors each year. Visitors also enjoy experiencing the 1820s Notre-Dame Basilica, which lies next to the city’s oldest building, the Old Sulpician Seminary from 1685. The city is teeming with festivals, art, good food and history, making it an exceptional place to draw inspiration.

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Warning: The soothing, rocking motion of the Biscayne Motion Chair may cause sudden naps. It’s low to the ground for a full lounging effect. The chair consists of a powder-coated solid cast aluminum frame that’s suitable for outdoor use, and cushions are constructed of an antimicrobial foam core that has been wrapped in polyester fiber. $1,151, available from Ethan Allen (

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Bring the party outside this spring with this stylish and functional tea cart. Made of wrought iron with a triple powder-coated finish, it’s sure to stand the test of time. Enjoy the convenience of having a removable iron mesh tray, too. Price available upon request from Amini’s (

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This ornate four-light wall lantern from the Ambassador collection guides your guests straight to the patio. With four bulbs, this light fixture casts a warm glow on all those who arrive. $498, available from Wilson Lighting (

Robyn is LN's digital editor and a staff writer. Proud alumna of Notre Dame High School in St. Louis and Eastern Illinois University. Avid coffee drinker, dog lover, concertgoer and word nerd.