72 hours in Quebec

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After lunch, head to Place-Royale where you can take a guided tour and peek inside Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, which is one of the oldest churches in North America. If you still feel like visiting, the Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral features a breathtaking neoclassical façade, featuring two eye-catching asymmetrical towers.

For dinner or an evening drink, head to Bistrot le Pape Georges. Located inside a house built in 1668, the cozy stone-walled restaurant offers live music Thursday through Saturday. For dinner, Le Continental restaurant is the oldest gastronomic establishment in Quebec and a must. In this traditional French restaurant, staff members will offer you a Caesar salad, a chateaubriand and a carved duck. When you’re done, enjoy the twinkling lights framing the cobbled streets as you return to your hotel. If you feel like it, have a drink at Bar 1608, located in the hotel and offering a view of the St. Lawrence River.

Île d’Orléans vineyard near the St. Lawrence River | Pierre-Nic Lessard | Destination Quebec city

Day Two: Lavender Fields, Wine Tastings, and Smashing-Worthy Dinners

With temperatures hovering around the mid-70s for most summer months, it’s the perfect time to visit Île d’Orléans, which is a scenic island just outside of Quebec City. Here you will find vineyards where you can indulge in a tasting, as well as the Vignoble Ste-Pétronille, where you can stop for a glass of wine with a breathtaking view of the Montmorency Falls from one of their three terraces. Then, be sure to grab an ice cream at Chocolaterie de l’Île d’Orléans to take with you on your walk along Horatio-Walker Street, where you’ll be greeted with stunning views of the city. .

Before leaving, be sure to explore one of the five gardens of La Seigneurie de l’île d’Orléans. Here you can walk through the beautiful lavender fields and even pick up lavender essential oil to take home. For a snack, step back in time to the 17th century at Fromages de l’Isle d’Orléans, home to the very first cheese made in America.

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