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Quebec City honeymoon

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Imagine wandering through the cobblestone streets of Quebec’s largest province with your partner by your side, freely admiring the seamlessly gorgeous blends of new and old. The array of world-class shopping, exquisite dining, and a vast history of tradition is enriched by the immensely beautiful blend of Canada and France all in one perfect city. Depending on the time of your visit, Quebec City accommodates all four seasons in the most delightful way possible – and then there are the destinations and locations that remain exciting and incredible all year round! Here’s your complete guide to Quebec City!

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Image via Ville de Quebec

5 Places to Stay

From the traditional hotels that are still full of the culture of the city, to beds and breakfasts that are incredibly charming in the way only they can be, you’re sure to find somewhere perfect to spend your time in between honeymoon adventures.

Le Bonne Entente

This charming 5-star hotel offers complete relaxation and luxury that can only come from 65 years of successful experience. The interior of Le Bonne is just as incredibly sweet as the exterior, and with a wide range of restaurants to choose from and their premium location, it’s just perfect!

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Image via Le Bonne Entente

ALT Hotel Quebec

This refreshingly contemporary hotel provides luxury and relaxation in the centre of Quebec City. Overlooking the beauty of the street, the rooms are a modern escape from the outside world. When you’re all refreshed, head down to the Bistango Restaurant for a delicious meal.

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J.A. Moisan L’Auberge

The L’Auberge is one of the most incredible places to stay in all of Quebec City! The charming inn was built in 1805 and still maintains the Victorian air that was the source of its beauty over 200 hundred years ago! The inn is also home to the oldest gourmet food store in all of North America.

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Image via J.A. Moisan L’Auberge

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

Ideally located in Quebec City, this hotel is brilliant in blending the old with the new all in one exclusively gorgeous resort. The heritage and history of the hotel is accentuated by the private concierge, personalised service, and the array of exquisite dining experiences.

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Image via Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

Chalets Plage Saint-Jean

In this lovely resort you enjoy an entire cottage to yourself! The close locale and fully equipped chalets are made that much more charming by the beautiful views that surround each cottage. Enjoy breakfast by the St. Lawrence River, and then kayak out for some of the best experiences in Quebec City.

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5 Places to Visit

There is so much to see in Quebec City! Everything within the walls of the historic city is brimming with exciting adventure – and in each is a hidden gem worth exploring! Make sure you venture out to experience it all!

Plains of Abraham

This incredible parkland is a natural attraction that is just as beautiful now as it was in 1908 when it was made to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the founding of Quebec. Almost everything happens at this park, from festivals to shows aplenty. And on the outskirts there’s plenty more to see!

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Image via Quebec City Tourism

Rue Saint-Jean

Make sure to take a day to stroll through the lanes of Saint-Jean. Along this road you’ll find a lovely mix of boutiques, restaurants, churches and historic buildings that all contribute to the incredible architectural value of the city. The Rue Saint-Jean is a highly celebrated gateway to Old Quebec.

Place Royale and Petit-Champlain

This legendary square is full of incredible history! The amazing architecture that surrounds the square includes a fort, storehouse, trading post and an ancient place of residence. As the first permanent French settlement in North America, it’s easy to feel like you’re walking the streets of Paris!

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Image via Quebec City Tourism

Old Port

For outstanding panoramic views, be absolutely sure you take the time to visit the Old Port of Quebec City. Here you’re greeted by picturesque, romantic architecture that looks like it could have easily been a castle in another time! Enjoy stunning views and incredible culture by the St. Lawrence River.

Parliament Hill

When you’re in Quebec City, you really can’t afford to miss Parliament Hill! The Fontaine de Tourny is especially stunning and serves as one of the most spectacular backdrops to the hill! For an even more incredible experience, head on over to Porte Saint-Louis (just mere minutes from Parliament Hill) to complete the quirky and charming adventure!

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Image via Tours Voir Quebec

5 Things to Do

Amongst the incredible architecture you’re absolutely sure to find something so spectacular you’ll want to take a different tour every day for your entire honeymoon!

Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours

Discover the absolute pleasure of a horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets of Old Quebec with Caleches Quebec, a team dedicated to providing the most wonderful tour experience in all of Quebec City! It’s truly one of the most unique and memorable ways to see the beauty of the city; if you’re there in winter, we highly recommend this as a “must do”!

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Image via Caleches Quebec

Festivals and Events

Quebec City has festivals and events all year round so you’re sure to come across something during your honeymoon. Consider the German Christmas Market or the Festival d’ete de Quebec for a must-see experiences.

Hidden Gems Routes and Trails

Discover the abundance of hidden gems in Quebec City on a walking, bus or bike tour through the city! Tour services, such as Cicerone Tours and Tours Voir Quebec, offer exclusive access to the best of the city. Take your time wandering the streets of the fortified area and enjoy access to some of the best attractions of the region – all the while enjoying the romance!

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Image via Tours Voir Quebec

Museums and Galleries

For a truly remarkable experience, and to finish off the historic adventure of your honeymoon, make sure to stop in at as many museums and galleries as possible! The entirety of Quebec City is like an open-ended museum. To get your concentrated dose, check out the Musee de la Civilisation, the Musee de la Place Royale, and the Morrin Centre amongst others!

Native Tourism

For a truly historic and culture experience in Quebec City, consider Quebec Aboriginal Tourism for a tour of a lifetime! On any of their nature tours, you and your significant other will get to see life through the eyes of Quebec’s oldest citizens, as well as have exclusive access to a vast richness of knowledge.

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Image via Quebec Aboriginal Tourism

Quebec City is an incredible array of history steeped in culture and tradition. The ancient architecture blends French and Canadian culture and provides a range of new, contemporary experiences that rival that of the old. Be sure to pack a camera, because you will  be taking a lot of memories back home with you!

Ms Zigzag says: With chic sophistication melding beautifully with fascinating history and charm, Quebec City is one for the romantics!

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“Quick, sweetie wake up… it’s snowing!!”  I screamed with delight, as I woke Dan filled with enchantment of a white Christmas in New York.

It was six months after returning from our blissful honeymoon in Bali that we found ourselves on part II of our honeymoon, this time a winter honeymoon in New York, colder than we had ever been before in our lives, prepped with a ‘to- do’ list but ready to lose ourselves in the magic of this city. We had done a lot of pre-reading and planning of things we absolutely wanted to do while we were there, but the great thing was that we had three weeks over Christmas and new year to submerse ourselves in the New York lifestyle.

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Images by Quince & Mulberry Studios

What we were most taken with almost right away was the festive spirit, the smell of fresh pine, the streets lined with fairy lights and doors adorned with wreaths which created an anticipation and sense of wonder as to what the festive season would bring.

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Images by Quince & Mulberry Studios

Our home away from home was the Midtown Holiday Inn which is located in the Hell’s Kitchen district, and a short walk to Central Park and Times Square, so the perfect base for our New York adventures.

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Before we left I had already organised to meet a local photographer for a lifestyle session. I really wanted to be able to look back on our trip and have some beautiful photographs of Dan and I, to our remember our trip together and I wanted someone who would be able to capture ‘us’ just being ‘us’ in New York and not just a whole bunch of selfies or photos with one but not the other.

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Image credit: (left) Quince & Mulberry Studios / (right) Cassidy Parker-Smith

When I contacted Cassidy Parker-Smith, we instantly hit it off, and her infectious enthusiasm had me so very excited. I chose Cassidy after falling in love with her style. I loved the way she crops moments and the honesty she captures from the people in her images. Cassidy also went above and beyond, offering us advise on things to see and do in New York to ensure we had the best stay possible.

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 Image credit:  Cassidy Parker-Smith

Before the shoot Dan and I decided we would leave an item out of our to do list and save it for the day of the shoot. This ended up being the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Friends of ours mentioned that we should take a love lock to put on the bridge, which we did and Cassidy so eloquently captured the moment. These are some of my favourite photos.

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      Image credit:  Cassidy Parker-Smith

I recently spent the good part of a weekend designing an album to both include our photographs from New York as well as Cassidy’s images. It has ended up being a two volume, 400 odd page catalogue of stories. I wish I could explain the wonderment of reviewing  all the images in a tangible product oozing with love, excitement and the enchantment of all that is New York.

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Image credit:  Cassidy Parker-Smith

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Image by Quince & Mulberry Studios

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Ms Zigzag says: This article was originally published in May 2014, however considering it is winter in NYC right now and the festive season is well underway, I thought this would be great inspiration to share with couples heading over to NYC for a winter wonderland honeymoon. Brrr, rug up! 

Kate says: “I’m Kate, a photographer living in Brisbane, seeking and photographing people; documenting stories through images. Each picture I take is a piece of my heart; just how I see yours, as I see your story unfolding, piece by piece, frame by frame.”

Photo by Anthony DELANOIX on Unsplash

Hey Dotties, I signed on as the Speciality Blog Editor right here at Polka Dot Bride about three months ago, and I have loved every minute working with Ms Polka and our passionate team who are literally ‘dotted’ all over the world working together to bring you feel-good wedding blogs.

What you may not know about me though is that I got hitched just in February of this year! Boy, where has the time gone? I’m an Australian residing in NYC and look, there’s no two ways around it – life as an expat is full on, especially in the city that never sleeps. So, it’s no wonder really that my husband (Mr Zigzag) and I haven’t planned our honeymoon even though  it has been nine (NINE!) months since we said ‘I do.’

However, I don’t think the ‘delayed honeymoon’ is overly rare for newlyweds these days. For various reasons including work commitments, the weather (some like their honeymoon hot, some like it cold!), and financial limitations after throwing the most expensive party of your life (your wedding!), couples often put their honeymoon on the back-burner until the time is right for them.

Well, the time is right for me to at least start daydreaming about where Mr Zigzag and I would like to go on our honeymoon and I think I know the very best place to start – our Real Honeymoons stories. Our Real Honeymoons are written by real couples in their own words. There’s no better recommendation than an independent account of a trip written by people who have been there first-hand. There’s no laundry lists of ‘where to stay’ ‘what to do’ ‘what to eat’, rather these stories are written from the heart, with anecdotes and little details that make a couple’s trip uniquely theirs.

Here are a couple of the Real Honeymoons stories on our little love blog that are awakening a serious case of wanderlust in me.

Beautiful Bora Bora – Roxanna and John

“They say that the honeymoon is the best part of any wedding follow-up, and it most certainly proved as such for me and my husband! The nerves, hard work and anxiety in the lead up to our wedding last July certainly took its toll. But all of it was forgotten during our beautiful Bora Bora honeymoon!

The destination itself was my husband John’s idea, as he knew only too well that I always dreamed of spending a perfect summer vacation in Tahiti. So, to surprise me, he booked one of the Bora Bora honeymoon packages with a local tourist agency and kept quiet about it until the wedding day! (And there I was, thinking we had spent our wedding budget on the venue, restaurant and church ceremony arrangements, not daring to ask how much money we had left for the honeymoon trip!) In a word, our stay on Bora Bora was amazing, we had the time of our lives!” – Roxanna.

Read the full story here.

Blissful Vietnamese Honeymoon

“When my husband and I planned our honeymoon, one thing was immediately clear to both of us – this would be a relaxation holiday. All of our previous travels had involved exploring urban metropolises, famed historical sites or visiting family and friends, so the idea of getting away from it all to simply relax was incredibly appealing.

We settled on Vietnam as our destination or more specifically, the Fusion Maia resort in Da Nang. Billed as Asia’s first all-spa inclusive resort, Fusion Maia boasts an enviable spa with all treatments included as part of the nightly room rate. This means that on each day of your stay, you will receive at a minimum (I repeat, at a minimum) two spa treatments each – and more if you can handle them. Hello happiness!”

Read full story here.

Antarctic Adventure Honeymoon

“On January 29th, 2013 just ten days after our beautiful wedding in Hobart, James and I set sail aboard L’Austral from Ushuaia, Argentina. We were headed for Antarctica and the perfect adventure to begin married life together.

The ship was luxurious, the service without fault and the people we met from all over the world amazing! But what truly made the journey were the captain and the naturalist guides on board. They went out of their way to ensure we would experience Antarctica for the remarkable place it is and undertake activities which we felt privileged to be a part of.”

Read full story here.

Honeymoon to Paris and Italy – Natalie and Jonathon

“In terms of the ‘Honeymoon’ part, I’d recommend searching around for a travel agent you are happy with. You need someone that understands your budget, what you are trying to achieve and will be contactable during your travels. Moreover, one that is flexible when you change your mind a million times about what you want to do and where you want to go. We were lucky that my friend is a travel agent and accommodated our excitement. One question I keep getting asked, was how we had such a good time when we didn’t know the language. My answer, Lonely Planet phrasebooks, saying key phrases with a smile such as “Hello, it’s lovely to meet you, we are on our honeymoon from Australia, do you speak English?” Knowing this in French and Italian got us by, everyone was willing to help and responded in English with accurate pointing to things and nodding.

We flew Emirates straight to Paris for 3-days and stayed at The Scribe Hotel. The concierge were amazing, they helped us book our dinners at local cafes, gave us directions, and even sent flowers, real French champagne and sweets to our room after I commented on the how amazing flowers smelt in Paris. During our days, we pre-booked a tour of Versailles, The Louvre, and a river cruise which included dinner at the Eiffel Tower and the late session at the Moulin Rouge (most travel agents have deals like this). The rest of the time we walked around Paris in search of hot chocolate and Laduree after slowly freezing from the temperature changes from home.” – Natalie.

Real full story here.

Ms Zigzag says: I’ve always had a fascination for Bora Bora… Now all I have to do is get Mr Zigzag on board! We’ll see how I go with that… 

For our entire reel of Real Honeymoons stories, click here. There’s plenty more romantic trips to read about!