Quebec City

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

High Tea at the Chateau Frontenac

The Citadelle

The Plains of Abraham

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 





3 thoughts on “Quebec City

  1. Kirsten, your pictures bring back so many memories from when Alyssa and I were there. Quebec City is such a beautiful place, everyone should visit at least once in there lifetime.
    I so happy that you both had a wonderful weekend. Love you lots honey bunny!

  2. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your post. I have been thinking about spending a few days in Quebec before Christmas…I haven’t been in years.

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