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Trip List by northerndecorator

Romantic escape to Quebec City

19 Jun 2006  Frequent visitor of Quebec City
4.5 of 5 stars based on 13 votes

Everything you need to know for a wonderful three days in Quebec City.

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  • 1. First stop: Hotel Dominion 1912
    http://www.hoteldominion.com/

    For a lovely romantic trip to Quebec City, the Hotel Dominion 1912 is the ultimate destination to call home while you are in this special place. It is a very chic and clean hotel with the most comfortable beds and linens. The decor is relaxing and well thought out. The rainfall walk in shower is exceptional. Every detail is given the greatest importance. The service is excellent and the location is perfect. Your car can be parked and you and your partner can pretty much walk everywhere. Each morning a beautiful breakfast with many food choices is waiting for you in the cozy Lobby area. Incidently the breakfast is included in the cost of your room as is the internet connection. The hotel is charming, it's cozy, it's clean and it's ever so romantic!!

  • 2. Antiquing on Rue St. Paul and Rue St. Pierre
    http://www.10best.com/YQB/Shopping/Antique_Shops/index.html

    Walk out the door of the Hotel Dominion and you will be amongst many fine antique stores, art galleries, boutiques and cafes. There is quite an assortment of antiques ...everything from furniture to jewelry and so much more. Most of the art galleries house works from local artists and the quality of their work is just incredible. It is a great idea to pick up one of your favorite paintings or prints to bring back home as a reminder of this special place. Regardless if you have been shopping or sight seeing in this pretty area, since you are so close to your hotel you can stop in and leave off your packages or freshen up before heading off to lunch at any one of a number of little eateries in the area. After lunch you can continue your day browsing through the countless art galleries and boutiques just outside the hotel.

  • 3. Dinner at Echaude
    http://www.echaude.com/

    Located just steps from the Dominion is this lovely little restaurant called Echaude. Their menu has a delicious assortment of French Canadian food. The address is 73, rue Sault-au-Matelot. Phone number if you wish to make reservations is 418- 692-1299 . I would make reservations during the busy summer season or the hotel concierge would be happy to call for you. The hotel also has a menu at the front desk for this as well as for several other restaurants in the city. I have found it very helpful to glance at these menus. It has made the difference in many cases of deciding whether or not to choose a specific restaurant.

  • 4. Visit the Museum of Civilization.
    http://www.mcq.org/index_en.html

    There are many museums in Quebec City, one of my favorites is the Museum of Civilization. There is a lot to explore here and much to be learned about the culture of this city. As well as their permanent artifacts and exhibits there are also special attractions. This web site will provide up to date information on what is going on there at the specific time of your visit.

  • 5. Whale Watching Cruise.
    http://www.quebecweb.com/croisieres2001/

    This is an unforgetable experience. The website will provide details of this awesome adventure. If it is something that is of interest to you and your partner I would look into it as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. If you do take this excursion it will undoubtedly be one of the highlites of your memorable vacation. This is a highly recommended adventure for a couple to enjoy together.

  • 6. Dinner at Toast!
    http://www.restauranttoast.com/

    Toast! is a warmly inviting and romantic restaurant, again a few steps from the Dominion. It's a wonderful benefit to have so many dining establishments close to the hotel for a number of reasons. You do not have to worry about driving if you want to enjoy a glass of wine (or two) and you do not have to bother with trying to locate a parking spot.. The atmosphere in Toast is very intimate, just perfect for a romantic dinner for two. Should also mention the food is scrumptious and the service is outstanding. Since it is so close to your hotel once you are finished with dinner it still leaves a good portion of the evening to enjoy relaxing in your room either watching a movie or listening to jazz on the Boss cd player. For an added touch the hotel does provide extra services such as surprising your significant other with the room lit by candle lite, or a bouquet of flowers or chocolates waiting when you return to your room. Check the website for these and other such details.

  • 7. Rue du Petit Champlain.
    http://www.quartierpetitchamplain.com/eng/quartier_histoire.asp

    This has to be the most charming area in all of Quebec City. The street is said to be the oldest shopping district in all of North America. It is a delightful place to shop for special gifts or just to stroll along. There are many shops with gorgeous crafts made by local artisans. As well as clothing stores, a kitchen shop and many other distinctive boutiques. Nestled in amongst the shops are a few little cafes and a quaint little park area. I am not doing this area justice.....you just have to see it to believe it. A visit to Quebec City is not complete without at least a few hours spent on this endearing little street.

  • 8. Visit Sainte Anne de Beaupre Shrine
    http://www.ssadb.qc.ca/en/index.htm

    Thirty miles east of Quebec City is the very beautiful Sainte Anne de Beaupre Shrine. Apparently, it was the first pilgrimage shrine in North America. There are tours here and at specific times there are church services. So you may want to choose the time you visit according to what you wish to do there. Many people still to this day visit to ask for special favors or if they have specific thoughts they wish to reflect on. It is a very interesting and important historical site of not just Quebec but Canada as a whole. This really is a lovely area of the province of Quebec, If you do not have a car the concierge at the hotel can help with those types of details. It is well worth the trip to see this beautiful shrine.

  • 9. Dinner at Le Patriarche.
    http://www.lepatriarche.com/

    This is another lovely, quiet and romantic restaurant tucked away on a little side street of Old Quebec. The service and menu are both highly recommended. It is a very relaxing atmosphere to dine in with it's fascinating interior of stone walls. There are such an amazing number of fine restaurants in this city it is difficult to choose a few from so many. The restaurants I have listed here I have chosen because they are most importantly, terrific places to dine, and also are very romantic. As well, because this is a romantic getaway it is not ideal if a great amount of time is spent getting to and from places. That is the reason why I have tried to list restaurants which are all first class and as well are relatively close to the hotel and to each other. If you are fortunate enough to visit this incredible city again in the future and you have more than a few days, there are several other restaurants as well as attractions to see and experience. Hope these recommendations will be helpful for a romantic three days in one of the most romantic cities in North America.