Chateau Frontenac: “The Most Photographed Hotel in the World”
View of Montmorency Falls from the Louis Jolliet Tour Boat
View of Petit- Champlain St. from our 15th Story room at the Frontenac
My Lobster and Cassandra’s Cod at Le Saint-Amour
Bonjour! This past weekend Cassandra and I had the opportunity to visit Quebec City. Quebec is a city of about 600,000 in eastern Canada. It is advantageously perched on the Saint Lawrence River and was a key military stronghold during epic battles between the French, British and Indians in the 18th and 19th Centuries. The only walled city in North America, Quebec retains much of its colonial charm. Cobblestone streets, sophisticated European architecture and a French speaking native population create an ambience that draws flocks of tourists from around the world. Many arrive by Cruise Ship. During the fall the St. Lawrence is bustling with tour boats. As the ships pull into the city, they are greeted by the awe inspiring Chateau Frontenac. The Frontenac dominates the city skyline and is the most photographed hotel in the world. The Frontenac opened in 1893 and was a strategic meeting spot for allied forces leaders during WWII.
Our stay at the Frontenac was amazing. We had a corner room on the 15th floor overlooking both the river and the nearby fort. From our window we could see the ceremonial changing of the guard on Labor Day – the final change of the season. The hotel offers complimentary brekkie, appetizers and impeccable Concierge service on their “Fairmont Gold” floors which we highly recommend. The Payot Institute Salon & Spa provides luxurious service from within the hotel. I recommend the Bamboo treatment (Kneading of the muscles with small bamboo sticks – Amazing!). The hotel also includes a heated indoor pool, hot tub & steam room.
Quebec City has a plethora of trendy boutiques, sidewalk cafes, old world taverns and elegant French restaurants. Our first night we descended to America’s oldest Street, Petit-Champlain via the Furnicular cable car that connects the waterfront to the Dufferin Terrace boardwalk at the foot of the Chateau. We had a brilliant dinner at Bistro Sous le Fort that evening. We walked off our Maple Pudding with a romantic stroll through the shoppes. Quebec is known for delicious Maple Syrup and we tried plenty of maple infused dishes during our adventure. The next day we dined in the L’ Astral revolving restaurant atop the Loew’s Hotel Le Concorde. From 600 feet above sea level, L’Astral offers a scintillating panoramic view of the city below.
On our final day we toured the St. Lawrence river on the Louis Jolliet. It was a splendidly sunny afternoon as we passed by the cascading waterfalls of Montmorency. That evening our concierge, Lauren, recommended an intimate spot for dinner – Le Saint-Amour in the heart of the city. The ambience was divine and the cuisine was spectacular. The Duck Foie Gras was better than any we’ve had in Paris and the Canadian Lobster with stuffed morel mushrooms was a masterpiece.
We absolutely adored Quebec City. The locals are very polite and most are bilingual. There is virtually no crime and the air and water quality is as pure as it gets. It is a very vibrant city that is unlike any other in North America. Au Revoir, Quebec, we hope to return again soon!http:// www.roxbeach.com
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