The iconic Fairmont Chateau Frontenac is perched on a cliff overlooking the Saint Lawrence River. It's one of those grande dame hotels that really lives up to your expectations. Within the old city walls is a charming Old Town that echoes France in some ways and feels singularly Canadian in others. Outside the walls, you'll find some great local neighborhoods, like Saint Roch. This is a very easy weekend getaway from New York or other east coast cities - the flight is only 1.5 hours. Plan on 2-3 nights to really get to know it!
Bike Ride - Rent a bike at Cyclo Services, just across the street from the Marché du Vieux-Port. Ask for Jean-Marc, one of the owners - he's wonderful and super knowledgeable about all the routes. I biked the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain, which follows the Saint Lawrence River, all the way to the cafe that Panache operates.
Montmorency Falls -
Plains of Abraham - QC's main park, where many of the summer festivals are held. You can visit the Citadelle as well, which is still home to about 100 soldiers.
Musée de la civilisation
J.A. Moisan - Since 1871
Erico Chocolate Shop
Café St Malo
Fairmont Chateau Frontenac - After a much-needed renovation, this iconic hotel looks really great. If you come to QC, I would definitely splurge on spending your nights here. The breakfast buffet is wonderful and it's so lovely to start your day overlooking the Saint Lawrence.
Hotel Le Germain-Dominion - For those that want a quieter, more boutique experience, I really enjoyed this hotel in Lower Town. The lobby has overstuffed chairs, a small continental breakfast.
Les Trois Colombes - 46 Rue St. Louis
La Nouvelle France Antiquités