What: Walking, Boating, Biking, The Arts, History, Food.
Where: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
When: Anytime of Year
Why: It's a true getaway.
How: Car or Plane
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of life in the United States, Quebec City offers you a wonderful, relatively nearby adventure. The fact that French is the main language immediately takes you away, and reminds you that although you may be just a few hundred miles away from home, you're in another country. The ambiance of the city, the history, delicious food, natural beauty, friendly people, and the arts draw you in to explore the old city and new.
There are many hotels to choose from. We got a great price at the Loews by using Priceline. Lowes is located at the far end of the Plains of Abraham, Quebec's extraordinary park that borders the St. Lawrence Seaway. There are also many other wonderful hotels close to, and inside of, Old Quebec, Quebec's historic city.
Old Quebec hosts numerous shops, restaurants, and historic locations to visit and enjoy. In Old Quebec you wind up and down narrow roadways with other tourists from multiple locations. Plan your trip ahead of time so that you don't miss some of the historic fanfare in the city as well as the many cultural events and museums available. We were fortunate to watch Cirque de Soleil with many local citizens. The Cirque de Soleil actors and acrobats performed a memorable show for free under the highway overpass. We stood alongside people of all ages and watched the show with awe.
Summer is a great time to eat outdoors, picnic, bike or run through the parks, and visit nearby Isle de Orleans or Mt. St. Anne for seaside and mountain adventures too. Winter is equally a wonderful time to visit the city especially during Winter Carnival which is a festive, yearly event that hosts an ice hotel, sculptures, music, and more. Mt. St. Anne is a terrific skiing location as well. A fall trip offers rides through the gorgeous, colorful foliage, and spring, I suspect, offers new gardens and less tourism (better prices).
There's lots to learn about Quebec City, and I recommend that you begin with their Chamber of Commerce. If you decide to venture to this wonderful city, let me know about your trip and the Quebec treasures you discover. I'm curious as I'm sure I'll venture there again.
Hence, if you're looking for a wonderful getaway, I recommend Quebec City.