Hotel at a Glance: Le Manoir d’Auteuil
Le Manoir d’Auteuil’s art-deco design evokes the 1930s. Vintage light fixtures, furnishings, and hand-painted ceilings decorate the bed and breakfast from top to bottom; even the new carpeting has an art-deco design. Uniquely decorated guest rooms and suites are continuations of the style. Some have dormer windows, others have high ceilings and period chandeliers, and a couple still have their original bathroom tiles.
- Complimentary breakfast of croissants, yogurt, fresh fruit, and coffee
- Enjoy a glass of wine or beer in the lounge. This getaway includes daily drinks for two.
- Old Quebec: The inn is located within the old city walls, which surround some of the best historical attractions.
- Within walking distance: museums, restaurants, and shops
- Recent award: 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice in the romance category
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 moulding.
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.