Hotel at a Glance: Auberge Amérik
Auberge Amérik is housed in a late-19th-century home about 3 miles (5 km) outside of Quebec's historic city center. The home's five guest rooms are all named after and decorated with a single color: red, green, blue, brown, or yellow. Each one features unique furnishings and artwork and three have updated, private bathrooms.
- Easy access to downtown: A 30-minute walk or 10-minute ride on the 800 bus gets you to the historic city center.
- Île d’Orléans sightseeing: Auberge Amérik provides all the maps and information you need to take a self-guided tour of the island.
- Tour a jam factory: See jam in the making at Confiturerie Tigidou and take home a free bottle of jam made with Île d’Orléans berries, fair-trade sugar, and local herbs and spices.
- Onsite rentals: bicycles with helmets and cross-country skis
- Go skiing: Mont-Sainte-Anne is a 25-minute drive from the hotel.
Quebec City, Quebec: Centuries-Old City with Annual Public Festivals and Historic Attractions
Home to more than half a million mostly French-speaking inhabitants, Quebec’s capital city ranks among the oldest in North America. Founded in 1608, Old Quebec—now a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is surrounded by the only city walls north of Mexico on the North American continent that are still standing. Within these ramparts, you’ll find cobblestone streets and examples of 17th-century colonial architecture. Be sure to visit the neoclassical Notre-Dame de Québec Cathedral to see its soaring nave adorned with gold molding.
Leading up to Mardi Gras each year, Quebec City hosts the Winter Carnival for two weeks; the population of the city explodes with visitors streaming in to see parades, outdoor shows, and elaborate ice sculptures. Another big annual event is Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), an official holiday celebrated with concerts, fireworks displays, and other forms of entertainment.
Year-round attractions include the majestic Montmorency Falls; the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, dedicated to preserving Québécois art from all eras; and the Ursuline Convent, which was founded in 1639 and is one of the oldest women's institutions of learning in the Western Hemisphere.