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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Government building with fountain in foreground.
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.
Since I love Halloween, I was so excited to discover how popular it was up there!
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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