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If the thought of jumping the pond to Europe sounds exciting, yet theprice slighting overwhelming, then consider packing your bags andheading to the capital of Quebec.

If the thought of jumping the pond to Europe sounds exciting, yet the price slighting overwhelming, then consider packing your bags and heading to the capital of Quebec. Over 400-years-old and the only walled-in city remaining in North America, Quebec City exudes a character and romance reminiscent of Europe. Find out just how easy it is to have an affordable getaway with a French flair.

Historical Sites

As one of the oldest cities in North America, this destination is brimming with historic landmarks, the most notable being Old Quebec, a designated UNESCO world heritage site. Other treasures include the Parliament Building, architecturally inspired by the Louvre, the historic urban park of the Plains of Abraham and the fortifications that surround the old city. Plus you’ll keep your budget in check, as many of the historic sites are free of charge.

Divine Dining

Follow the lead of the French and dine at a restaurant that focuses on fresh, local ingredients. For a memorable meal try Le Patriarche in Old Quebec with dishes inspired by the province including their signature wild game trilogy and desserts created by their in-house pastry chef. It’s a true French dining experience worth the splurge.

Sweet Sleeps

From quaint B&B’s to the iconic Château Frontenac, it’s easy to find accommodations with old-world charm. Perched on a cape overlooking the St. Lawrence River, the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is a 618-room luxury hotel in Old Quebec offering award-winning cuisine and a full-service spa and health club. Established in 1832 by an Irish settler, Hayden’s Wexford House is a quaint bed and breakfast with three Victorian-style bedrooms and run by two gracious and knowledgable hosts.

Fun Freebies

Strolling along Rue St. Paul, climbing the Rue de la Montage and exploring the main collection at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts, you’ll find there is much to do in the city without spending a penny. Try a guided tour through the 17th century Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica-Cathedral or talk a short drive to view the stunning Montmorency Falls, one-and-a-half times higher than Niagara Falls.

Money-Saving Ideas:

• Picnic in the Park. Do like the French and head to the market for fresh fruit, a baguette and artisenal cheeses for a simple, yet delicious outdoor meal.

• Plane or Train. Ditch the car and save on gas. The spring is a great time to get a travel deal too.

• Buy a Pass. For $50 consider the Quebec City Museum Pass, which is good for three days and gives entry to 20 museums and attractions around town.

 
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