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If you want to have a European experience without the jetlag, Quebec City is the place to go. From my home in New York City, it's just an hour away by plane, and some U.S. carriers even fly direct. (But, don't forget to bring your passport because it is an international flight.) A trip there is often paired with a visit to Montreal as well -- it's about two hours away -- but Quebec City is a destination unto itself for its world-class dining, stunning historic architecture and dreamlike setting.
My homebase for the visit was the Auberge Saint-Antoine, located in the heart of the Old Port. We’ve run this property a handful of times in the Canadian Top 20 and I’ve always been tempted to stay in a cute French Quebec village at this Relais-Chateaux property. This has been on the Conde Nast Gold List for 10 years in a row and a CAA 4-Diamond hotel and being the hotel aficionado that I am, I had to stay here!
I had a great brunch at Panache, an award-winning restaurant at the hotel, which is a renovated barn. If you want super high-end dining, be sure to check out L’Initiale -- one of the top restaurants in Quebec City. This is also in the same building as the hotel.
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