I just returned from a magical weekend getaway in Quebec City. My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to snag free lift tickets to Le Massif, one of the best places to ski in the northeast, so off we went for a long weekend! Just as spring was arriving down in Pennsylvania, we were scooting away for a last ditch attempt to ski, ski, ski before saying goodbye to winter!
The drive up from Pennsylvania took 10 hours, Mark made a little diptych during our drive to showcase the consistent view before us.
A full day in the car sounds terrible, but when you have wifi it just means that you get lots and lots of emails read and work done!! (Verizon hotspots are the BEST!!! If you travel a lot and don't have one, you should srsly look into it. I <3 ours!)
When we pulled up to the hotel, I felt like I was in a fairytale. The Chateau Frontenac is out.of.this.world. in its grandeur, charm, and imposing beauty. It was breathtaking. We grabbed our bags and headed inside through antique rotating glass doors made of beautiful brass. The elevator to our 4th floor room was teeny tiny, just large enough for us to jump in together.
Our first day in town began with a wonderful brunch at Le Clocher Penché (complete with a mimosa for me & espresso for Mark). It was a Lonely Planet guidebook recommendation and definitely lived up to the review. Amazing brunch, great service, totally hip decor and equally hip clientele. I could've lounged there in the cafe and had 3 more mimosas!
After brunch we wandered around the city. Quebec City is super, super old; the French originally tried to settle there in the 1500's, then permanently set up shop in 1608. This makes Quebec City one of the oldest European settlements in all of North America (my trusted source, wikipedia).
When you walk around the city, you really feel the history, it has this completely European charm in the architecture, the winding of the streets, and the French ambience and language. Add to that the surprise of a modern juxtapostion: you'll find yourself walking from cobblestone streets and stone buildings to a modern high-rise in just 5 or 6 blocks.
For our walking expedition, I wore my big faux fur snood, winter jacket, and Tory Burch cross-body bag. I was super comfy and warm, though the wind chill was pretty wicked and the snow was still piled high.
There's so much more to share! We had 2 more fabulous days in this gorgeous city, so be sure to check back for Part 2, filled with our visit to the Ice Hotel, lots of skiing, and more fabulous meals!