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Dec 15 / Addison Wallace

Where Should You Travel Over Break?

Quebec City: Your Next Place to Vacation. Are you looking for a destination that is off the beaten trail, yet boosts a culturally immersive atmosphere for your next vacation? If so, Quebec City is the place!When you visit Quebec City, there are a number of intriguing places to visit.
One such place is the Hotel de Glace, or the ice hotel of Quebec. The Hotel de Glace is located just outside of Quebec City and is open for guests to stay in or visit from the months of January to March. Each year after the hotel closes for the season, the structure melts and a new design is engineered and built out of ice for the next season. 
Another interesting attraction to visit while vacationing in Quebec is Quebec City’sWinter Carnaval. The Carnaval, which first occurred in 1894, is now the third largest carnival in the world.“Since the beginning of our French colony, the habitants of New France created a rowdy tradition of getting together just before Lent to eat, drink and be merry,”according to the Carnaval De Quèbec’s website. “The custom of celebrating from the end of January until mid-February has long been popular.”Carnaval De Quèbec 2017, which will take place from January 27 to February 12,will showcase an ice palace, an international snow sculpture competition, multiple parades, canoe races and many other celebratory activities.
In addition to these modern novelties found in Quebec City, the city holds a myriad of culturally rich and historical events and locations as well.Quebec City was founded by the French in 1608 and therefore has a great deal ofFrench influences.“My favorite thing about visiting Quebec City was being able to experience French society just a few hundred miles away from home,” said Harley Luplow, who visitedQuebec City in May. “Being immersed in another lifestyle, being exposed to a multi-language society and meeting a variety of new people was an incredible experience.”
And if the modern festivities and attractions, in addition to the French culture of the city is not enough, then consider the immense history of the city! If you are interested in the historical aspect of the city, the best place to stay is theFairmont Le Château Frontenac.The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac was built by William Van Horne who was theGeneral Manager of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The Château opened in 1893 and is named after a French Governor who played a significant role in French development in North America.
“Countless personalities have graced Fairmont Le Château Frontenac with their presence, including King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, Princess Grace of Monaco,Chiang-Kai-Shek, Charles de Gaulle, Ronald Reagan, François Mitterrand, PrinceAndrew, Lady Sarah Ferguson, Charles Lindberg, Alfred Hitchcock and Montgomery Clift,” according to the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac website. “In 1944, FairmontLe Château Frontenac became the action center of the Quebec Conferences of WorldWar II, which involved U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime MinisterWinston Churchill and Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.”
In addition to the rich history you will be surrounded with when staying here, the amenities include guided tours of the hotel, an indoor pool, hotel shops, and multiple restaurants.Whether you are interested in the history and luxury of Quebec City, its unique attractions, or its prevalent French culture, Quebec City is definitely the place to take your next vacation!