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Monday, September 30, 2013

For The Love Of The Weekend Getaway - Quebec City

When it comes to birthday celebrations my husband and I always enjoy to give one another a little getaway to truly remember the occasion. We strive to be creative in the selection of our destination, where we dine and what we do while there. My husband has truly taken me by surprise with amazing trips for my birthday such as Paris or a fun filled weekend in NYC so I knew some spoiling was necessary to return the favor, never mind the fact that he totally deserves it.  John loves a road trip so it was easy to eliminate hopping on a flight, I also knewI wanted to satisfy his love of history, architecture and cuisine all in one weekend. After a bit of research Quebec City seemed the perfect fit. Our little adventure is detailed below. 

When we travel we always opt to stay in a boutique hotel versus a big brand chain. We chose the lovely Auberge Saint-Antoine conveniently located in the old town. One of the best parts of this hotel is that it was built on one of Quebec's richest archeological sites which is fully protected and boasts exquisite artifacts displayed throughout the hotel in very modern ways. 

we sipped sangria & had snacks at the hotels cafe artifact while a little work was conducted 

we dined in the hotels amazing restaurant Panache on our first night, it was truly beautiful & everything was super delicious, the wine was my absolute favorite...still bummed I forgot to take note of its name

We strolled around the surrounding neighborhood of our hotel and was amazed by the prettiness that made up this historic city.

Our room was supposed to have a river view, instead it was of this. Luckily on our last night the beast left and we enjoyed the water view for a bit. Note to self, don't visit during cruise ship season. 

What the view would have looked liked without the beast 
{even though it still is peaking it's bow in it the photo}

When we travel we are quite the loungers. We generally don't leave the room till lunch time and take full advantage of all hotel amenities including the slippers & robes. 

On my husbands birthday I surprised him with a dining experience to remember at La Tanière. A restaurant that truly was unforgettable. I chose the twenty course "revolution" menu which entailed a four hour evening of some of the most interesting and unique cuisine that either of us have ever had. Think duck confit served in a cotton candy egg roll, salmon on top of a beach, margarita with salt "air", smoking desserts, uni in sea urchin and so on. It was such a fun night, I highly recommend going!

The following day to say we were full was quite the understatement, so instead of a full lunch we stopped in for onion soup at the very stylish L'Ature

On our way home we decided to do one last site seeing visit at Montmorency Falls

After the waterfalls we stopped in an old church turned restaurant where we indulged in Canada's famous dish poutine. Since it's ridiculously bad for you, we split the mound of calories but still cleaned the plate like good foodies that we are. 

please pardon the iphone photos - I wasn't in full tourist mode carrying around a proper camera 

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