We just returned from the most enjoyable vacation in Quebec City. Stayed at the most beautiful Hotel Dominion 1912. The rooms are a dream...ultra clean, spacious, chic and very romantic. The bed is so comfortable, we purchased one from their boutique. The Salle de Bain is awesome with an aqua marine glass sink, rainfall shower and separate bathtub. The staff are very knowledgeable, friendly and will go out of their way to help make your stay a pleasant one. It doesn't get much better than this as far as hotels go.
There is so much to see and do in and around Quebec City, it can actually be difficult narrowing down your itinerary on any given day. Here are a few highlites from our trip last week:
Visited the Musee des Beaux- Arts du Quebec, to see the special exhibit of the works by Canadian artist Clarence Gagnon. It was definitely worth the $12.00 admission (runs until September 10)
Spent an afternoon on Île d'Orléans. It is a short drive across the bridge to get to this picturesque area. Had a lovely lunch there, drove around, and visited a few small art galleries. It has to be one of the most peaceful places I have ever been to.
My favorite area in this city is the Rue de Petit Champlain. There are several boutiques, restaurants and cafes lining this adorable street. Much of the jewelry, prints, scarves and a variety of other items are made in the area by talented artisans. The evening we went to Rue Petit Champlain it was filled with people coming and going and the street was all lit up with tiny little lights and there was a musician entertaining everyone in the centre of the street at one of the bistros. The ambiance of this street can best be described as enchanting.
One day we went to J.A. Moisan, the oldest grocery store in North America and to a health food store which is right across the road from the grocery store. Worth going to both ....picked up some imported items to bring back home at this fascinating grocery store. It has a display of old cans, bottles and such...it's a very interesting place to check out! We enjoyed the store so much, we can't wait to go back.
The health food store was a treat to visit, for the selection they had was staggering. It is called Le Crac, and it is on St-Jean Street, as mentioned directly across the road from Moisan. They have everything from organic fresh fruits and vegetables to dry goods and several types of vitamins and so much more. My husband reads a lot of information on vitamins and organic foods, and always checks out health food stores and he was very impressed with Le Crac. Needless to say we left there with a few arm fulls,
This trip was the first time we went to Sillery...heard about it from this Trip Advisor site!! It is only a five minute drive from the centre of Quebec City. Another lovely area that is both interesting for it's history and has a great downtown area filled with unique boutiques, bookstores and restaurants. Will be adding Sillery to our list of places to go back to, without a doubt. Type in Sillery in this site's search bar.
One day we strolled around St. Paul Street and peaked into the several antique shops and art galleries. Then we drove around to take photos of the walls that surround the city and other landmarks, which seem to appear everywhere. We also drove around a few residential areas and saw many lovelty homes of all shapes and sizes which have obviously been built with great attention to every detail.
I have never seen so many restaurants as I do in Quebec City and many of them have something unique to offer. Regardless if it is the menu, the decor or what have you, each one that we dined in was special in their own way.
The best meal this trip, has to be the dinner we had one evening at Panache. The food, the atmosphere, the service was pure perfection. We will most assuredly be back there as well. Go into the dining section on this site, for more details, and I believe there are a few photos of the restaurant as well.
We had dinner at many other fine restaurants....however I have to end this report at some point so i can not mention each one. We enjoyed every moment while in this incredible city I must mention, that to a great extent, the reason we had such a wonderful vacation was due to the considerable kindness shown to us while in Quebec City. Thank you also to eirelover and everyone who helped out on this forum.
Thank you for taking the time to read my trip report.....all the best!