As you all should know by now, we avoid being in Ottawa for a long weekend. Its not an issue with the city itself, I just think having an extra day off is such a great opportunity to get away. We had been talking about our destination of choice for this long weekend and narrowed it down to Washington DC, Boston, and Quebec City. We decided we wouldn’t leave until Saturday morning so Quebec City was the obvious choice as it was the shortest drive, at 4 1/2 hours.
Our beautiful hotel, the Chateau Frontenac
The view from the old walled part of the city which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site looking up to the hotel. The funiculaire is a gondola that takes you from the hotel to the walled city.
Shopping in the Old City
Checking out the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency which is about 10 minutes from downtown and is 1 1/2 times higher than Niagra Falls
If you are in the Ottawa-Toronto-Montreal region and looking for a quick getaway, Quebec City is a must! The Frontenac is decorated for Christmas all of November and December and they have great Christmas specials! We indulged in one of the specials which was two, six course meals and bottle of wine for $129. The restaurant and its head chef, Jean Soulard are world famous for creating such a superior french culinary experience, and I am so pleased to say that it did not disappoint! Here is the menu:
Menu Noël dès novembre
Goose and Red Deer Terrine, Onion Jam with Cranberry Oil.
Cream of Mushroom and Vegetable, Tarragon Chicken Kebab.
Chef’s Inspiration Sorbet (ours was cranberry)
Château Beef Wellington with Bordeaux Sauce and Vegetable Dumplings
Vanilla Sponge Cake with Raspberry Jelly and Lemon Cream
Unfortunately the dining room of the Chateau was really not the place to be snapping photos, but dont dispair, here is one of the beautiful meals we had another night. Its a lamb shank from 1640 which is a great choice, close to the Frontenac
And if you are in the mood for something sweeter…there is always maple syrup!
Noteable things to do in Quebec City:
Carnaval in February
Visit the National Assembly
Visit the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency
Take the Funiculaire down and walk around the old town
Dine at Continental, the most famous flambe restaurant in Quebec City
Pick up some Maple Syrup for a tasty souvenir