Do you do an annual girls trip or vacation with friends? My sisters and I started an annual trip last year, and they have been complete opposites but fun in different ways. Last year we went to Cancun, and this year we went to Quebec City. I can’t say enough great things about our trip, so for today’s Thoughts for Thursday, I thought I’d share a little bit about our 2017 Sister Trip to Quebec City!
Where We Stayed – Chateau Frontenac
We all arrived on Thursday and spent the afternoon sipping wine in a cafe and eating baguette sandwiches (heavenly, right!?) There was a small little cafe by our hotel (Chateau Frontenac, a Fairmont property). My biggest recommendation would be to stay here – it is in the center of everything and it’s super beautiful and historic. The restaurants in the Chateau were all incredible, and the cheese plate (pictured below) was ordered multiple times by my sisters.
Best Quebec City Restaurants
My two favorites were Les Salles Gosse and La Buche for brunch. We also did a food tour we found through Expedia and I’m so glad I did. Over three hours we sampled about a half dozen restaurants’ food and drink pairings and experienced parts of the city we wouldn’t have found on our own. Don’t be afraid to venture out of the gates to explore other parts of the city that have less touristy spots and (better) food! Overall Rue Saint-Joseph had the best modern selection of restaurants.
Best Spots to Explore in Quebec City
We also booked a Countryside tour and that was one of my favorite parts of our trip. We saw the Ile d’Orleans, which is a small island off of the city of Quebec where many old Quebec families live and farm. Their homes are beautiful historic cottages (many have been added on to and are really impressive). Many of the organic restaurants in Quebec City source their produce from farms from this island. We stopped at a chocolate shop that was delicious and had the most charming outside swings and rest areas.
The Montmorency Falls is a huge tourist attraction and they were gorgeous, but unfortunately we didn’t get to explore them long because thunder was cracking overhead as we were walking along the bridge, so we decided to turn around. Regardless, they were gorgeous, and the views from the top of the city were incredible.
Overall, Quebec City was such a historic and charming city. I fell in love with the bright architecture and hearing everyone speak French. I know very little, but did my best! The only downfall of my trip was the lack of direct flights, but that’s pretty common coming out of Columbus, Ohio. But I still had to have two layovers on my way home and my flight price was pretty steep.
I have to give my husband a huge THANK YOU for taking care of the boys while I was gone. I got lots of awesome pictures that helped me from getting too homesick. He did a great job holding down the fort and giving me the time to unwind and find balance through travel, great food and of course, invaluable time with my family.
Shop Our Looks – Quebec City
What was your favorite vacation this year?
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