Vintage Velvet for Quebec City Trip

70s floral velvet skirt

For this year’s fall foliage road trip my husband wanted to include a few nights in Quebec City, since neither of us had ever been.  I was totally on board, since many of my friends had raved about how beautiful it was how yummy the food was. Instead of trying to make the trip in one day, which would have been about 10 hours from Boston,  we stopped in Stowe, Vermont first. And on the way back stopped in Lincoln, N.H., which borders the White Mountain National Forest.  So we really got plenty of leaf peeping in!

Before I make any attempt to pack for a trip I  like to plan out the outfits I’m going to wear.  And for this one I knew I needed to include something for chillier fall weather that would work for dining out in fancier restaurants.  IOW, a perfect excuse to get out the vintage velvet!

1970s floral velvet skirt

For this one I chose a floral velvet skirt from the late 1970s paired with a modern black lace trimmed cardigan, vintage silk floral Echo scarf, 1960s needlepoint purse, new Sofft lace up boots, Colleen Toland bracelet and last, but not least, my vintage maple leaf brooch, which was a must for a trip to Canada!

black lace up boots

This outfit included a 90s bias cut silk burnout velvet skirt with a thrifted eggplant color velvet Cache tie front blazer , black knit wrap top,  50s tapestry clutch and lace up ankle boots.

90s burnout velvet skirt


Velvet blazer

90s velvet bias cut skirt

There were many restaurants we wanted to try, but most were already fully booked, which actually helped narrow things down.   The first day there we arrived late afternoon and just walked around until we found a cute little bistro on Rue St Jean where we had drinks, salads and pizzas at the bar. The next two nights we went full on gastronomic overload  eating at Champlain , the elegant restaurant at the magnificent Frontenac Hotel and L’Orygine, a chic restaurant serving delectable,  beautifully presented organic dishes.  The service received everywhere was impeccable, even in the smallest cafes. And I can honestly say there was not one thing I ate or drank that was not delicious.

Unfortunately none of my night restaurant photos came out that great, so below are two photos from the web so you can see how lovely they are. Champlain is at top.

Though we spent three nights there, we only had two full days to explore. Most of it was spent walking all over the upper and lower part of the city. Navigating Quebec City by foot involves lots of stair and hill climbing, which actually works out great if you like to eat as much as we do. We walked about 4-5 hours a day.  I’m sure that’s enough to burn off at least a couple of those gourmet meals and some of the cheeses and pastries we ate!

The apartment we rented was right at the port on the St. Lawrence River and the building had a roof deck. Here are a couple of views of the city from there.

Quebec city
Clock tower Musee de Civilisation

Umbrellas suspended along Rue de Petit Champlain. This district in the Old Port sits right below the Frontenac Hotel. It has a wonderful combination of independently owned boutiques, artisian galleries, bistros and cafes. As a matter of fact, in all the hours of walking the city, we were delighted with the lack of chain and big box stores. Though I did not find a vintage clothing or thrift store to shop in!

Petit Champlain Street Quebec City


Everywhere you looked window boxes full of gorgeous flowers and eyecatching fall displays  adorned the stunning architecture.

Quebec City bistro

window boxes Quebec City

Government building with fountain in foreground.

Government building Quebec City

Did I mention it was cloudy most of the time we were there? But it certainly didn’t detract from the beauty of this city. Here is a shot overlooking the St. Lawrence River from the Plains of Abraham, where a battle was fought in 1789 during the French and Indian wars.

Plains of Abraham Quebec City

Since I love Halloween, I was so excited to discover how popular it was up there!

Halloween display Quebec CityHalloween display Quebec City

Halloween display Quebec City

Below is a gallery of more photos, including a few pix of the Vermont leg of the trip. You can click on images for larger view and slideshow.









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By | 2018-10-26T09:39:36-04:00 October 14th, 2018|Fashion, Travel|6 Comments

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Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell October 17, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Thank you Ann. I do love that 60s purse. Was thinking of listing it in my online shop, but I’m not sure I’m ready to part with it just yet. It’s a nice bag for fall. I find if I don’t plan my outfits ahead of time and I pack more randomly I inevitably end up with things I don’t wear on the trip, wishing I had brought something else. It also prevents me from overpacking. I take only what I’m sure I’m going to wear.

  2. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell October 17, 2018 at 7:55 am

    OOOO, a suit in the velvet print must have been fabulous!Too bad you couldn’t have kept it. And, yes, we were certainly lucky with the weather. It was iffy at first. If it hadn’t improved I would have had to spend the whole trip inside eating and drinking more!

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    Ann October 16, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Quebec City looks like the perfect place for an Autumn break. I do love a bit of leaf peeping myself, but Autumn seems to be a little delayed here in Belgium. You’re looking gorgeously Autumnal yourself in both of your outfits, although the first one, with that wonderful floral velvet skirt and tapestry bag is my favourite. I do the same as you and plan my outfits for a trip before packing, but somehow this only seems to work for me on short trips! xxx

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    Vix October 16, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Goodness me, Quebec looks absolutely stunning! Gorgeous architecture, bags of history and some super cool eateries. looks like you were very lucky with the weather, too.
    I love both your outfits, gorgeous colours and stupendous styling. The first skirt looks identical to a 1970s St Michael suit I’ve sold in the past – if it had fitted me it would still have been in my wardrobe. xxx

  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell October 16, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Thanks Suzanne. Believe it or not, I was actually thinking of you when I was putting the outfits together. Had a feeling they might be to your liking! I had heard that the weather in QC can be extreme and I was concerned that my stay there would literally be a washout because October supposedly can be very rainy. We got lucky. How long did you live there for?

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    Suzanne October 15, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    You did so well with your choices of clothing! I adore both outfits and would happily steal them off your back ; P

    You are lucky to have gone when the weather was decent. Having lived in Quebec City it has some of the worst winters and summers I’ve ever experienced in the whole of Canada. It is a lovely spot to visit though and I’m happy you were able to find restaurants that suited you.


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