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As Feb. 14 rolls around each year, for many solos it is an unwelcome event. Before you start to order flowers for yourself or purchasing cards for your pets to send you, don’t be home alone for Valentine’s: Create your own 4-7 day vacation ideally suited to fly home on the 14th.
After 7 trips to Quebec City’s Chateau Frontenac, it is my top pick having spent ski weekends, two Christmases, an Easter and a fall weekend there. For travelers in Canada and the US, transportation is less expensive than going abroad and for US travelers the rate of exchange makes it more affordable. If you don’t mind cold weather, you can get really great pre-season/off-season rates while having real luxury. There are plenty of other local choices for all budgets. For one of the remaining 208 options in Quebec City from hotels, inns, B&B’s to apartments, go to Our Booking Engine.
The Chateau Frontenac, in the midst of this historic walled old town high on a bluff, overlooks the St. Lawrence. Built in 1893, it was the 1943 meeting site of a major World War II meeting between Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt. A tram takes visitors down to the Lower City filled with multiple bistros, coffee shops and an authentic large indoor market. Nearby are the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Plains of Abraham and the Citadel. Fashionistas and shoppers will enjoy browsing all the boutiques. including an enchanting year-round Christmas gift shop.
Winter sports enthusiasts will find multiple options from skiing, ice skating and dog sledding. I found out being a solo traveler was a really good deal with the dog sleds. Couples and families were divided by two’s to maneuver their own sleds, some with more success than others. Having no experience driving a team of vocal and enthusiastic Huskies, I was delighted, as a solo, to be paired with the guide. He did all the work, and I was just in for the ride!
If you are looking to just relax, there is an indoor pool, top dining even in economical bistros and a lofty view nestled in the Chateau Frontenac watching the taboggan take off like a rocket.
At any time of year, Quebec City is one of my global favorites. Give it a try this year checking out on Feb. 14 so that this Valentine’s can be your best ever.