Mother – Daughter weekend with friends finally happened! It took us awhile to find the perfect place to go. We wanted to go somewhere different, and we wanted to go someplace “close” meaning not needing a flight to get there. We found it in Quebec City, Canada, a place that many have said is like walking back to Europe. Honestly, it didn’t disappoint either. If I could, I wouldn’t even write a blog post about it, I would just show you all the amazing pictures from this amazing weekend. But instead, let’s get into the itinerary to get you started!
Where To Stay
We stayed at the Doubletree by Hilton right outside of the city. It was perfect, it was in the perfect location, quick drive into the city (you’re going to need a car to get around Quebec), perfect location to drive outside of the city, amazing rooms, affordable and friendly staff. It was definitely the perfect location to start the day. FYI — don’t go to the restaurant, while the food was delicious, service was terrible.
Day 1 is more like half day because you’re arriving. But don’t let that get you down! There is still so much you can do in half a day! Once you’re checked into your hotel, make your way over to Montmorency Falls, you wont be disappointed by the lovely walk, bridge and falls. If you don’t feel like walking you can take a tram but it’s an extra cost (on top of the parking cost).
After spending an hour or so take a trip over the bridge and head toward Île d’Orléans for a quick wine tasting before heading into Old Port in the city.
Old Port was instantly one of my favorite places to visit. It was Europe in a way that I didn’t imagine. It was small and quaint, it had cobblestone and it was absolutely gorgeous. There’s a lot to so there too but I’d like you to be surprised so keep reading to hear about what else you can do in this area on a different day. Yes that’s right! You will want to come back here! Make sure you go there for dinner on your first night, there are so many options you won’t be disappointed!
Where do I even begin with day 2? Get ready to become a full on tourist, full of wandering, walking, learning and of course afternoon tea! You guys really didn’t think I’d go somewhere new without afternoon near being involved did you?
We found a perfect spot to park next to The Plains of Abraham Museum, it was $7 US Dollars for the day and it was in the perfect location for a walk after the museum. After visiting the Plains of Abraham (where you’ll learn a lot about the history of Quebec), start walking the Promenade toward Fairmont Le Château Frontenac.
We had a gorgeous day to walk around and head toward the Hotel for a tour for the Frontenac and then head to tea, this was in it’s own the perfect leisure activity we could have done. We had plenty of time to get from one place to another and it allowed us to really experience the area.
Once there, sign up for a tour of the hotel to hear the history of the hotel and how it impacted the city. Book both this and afternoon tea in advance, speaking of afternoon tea go there and get it! I have never had a bad afternoon tea experience but I will say that the Frontenac was the definitely the most elegant of afternoon teas and totally worth the price.
After which, you’ll be stuffed, so the best thing to do is walk around the city a bit, see the sites and then head to Parliament for your last gorgeous view before heading back to the hotel for the night.
Day 3 will be a lot of driving but definitely worth it. You’ll start your day with a quick breakfast of your choosing and then head toward Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre . You could spend hours here, between appreciating the architecture on the outside and all the murals on the inside, you could really spend half a day if not longer to appreciate the vastness.
Then you’ll head back to Île d’Orléans and drive around the entire little island. It was a bit cold and rainy on our last full day in Quebec so this was the perfect activity to do. We drove around to cheese and chocolate shops, tasted some wine and ice cider before heading back toward Old Port and Place Royal for dinner.
Place Royal was without a doubt the cutest place in Quebec City, what’s crazy is that we didn’t even realize it was right next to Old Port, we literally walked Old Port and didn’t know we had to take one turn and be in this gorgeous little square with these gorgeous little cafes and restaurants, it was a dream come true. Everyone I was with had the look of shock on their face, I’m so happy I looked this up because it was definitely a highlight of our day.
After walking around a bit, grab some dinner in Old Port for your last night. There are so many options, whatever you’re in the mood for you’ll find. Be prepared for a wait though if it’s a weekend night, in fact, if you can make a reservation try to make a reservation first.
Quebec City was so much more than I thought it would be. In fact, I’m already planning a long weekend back there in the winter. They have a Winter Festival in February, I’m hoping to get up there for it if not this year but next. It’s worth it, trust me. This city is gorgeous. I would honestly recommend it to anyone in the Northeast.
Have you been to Quebec City?