Boston-Quebec City : our Christmas road trip

Quebec de nuit vue du chateau Frontenac

December 23rd

We plan to go to Montreal the day after being back from New York. It was way too impossible: I was working on Tuesday morning and we still haven’t rented a car. Moreover, the police called me: I lost my wallet the week before while biking and it was found on the street! I need to pick it up, and I’m finally able to buy some Christmas gifts. We are ready to go at 6pm and since we’re already tired, I find an AirBnb on the way up North, in Vermont.

9pm. We stop at Manchester, NH, one of the only cities by the highway. Republic seems to be a nice place to have dinner: it’s actually the first farm-to-table restaurant of New Hampshire. Our waiter is passionate about the specials tonight, and we eat way too much… It is delicious, Middle East inspired tapas.

11.30pm. We finally make it to the B&B. It has been a few miles that we see snow by the side of the road, it looks pretty, even in the dark. Evelyne greets us in her super cosy family house from 1840. There’s a wood oven and a friendly cat, Tsunami.

mathilde republic manchester

December 24th

Everything is white! That is what I see when I wake up. Evelyn makes us breakfast: sunny side up eggs, sausage and toasts. We also try some honeygar and Vermont pickles called tongue – some cucumber pickled in maple syrup + cinnamon. We buy a jar of… everything, and on top of that some jams. 

Cosy AirBnb à la ferme dans le Vermont

voyage vermont la neige

It’s already time to leave to Montreal, there is a 3 hour drive. It’s raining and the temperature is over 0 celsius, so it means no snow. Everything has melted already. We cross the border with no specific question – though we say we bought jams. We arrive in Montreal around 1pm and I’m happy to be with my cousin Marie-Laure. We do pretty much nothing during the afternoon, the weather is extra gloomy and we have food to make for the Christmas’ Eve. I take the time to go to a great bakery, Mamie Clafoutis. It will be closed after Christmas for a few days. Living in the US for 3 years, I forgot that shops are actually closed at this time of year.

Voyage montréal

Christmas Day!

Marie-Laure has prepared a list of activities around Montreal. I love that, I don’t have to make any decision. Since the weather is still gloomy, it’s good to go outside the city. We go to the Omega park, which is some kind of Canadian safari: we stay in our car while driving slowly in nature, animals come around the car and we give them carrots. They drool all over the windows. Whatever, they’re cute.

voyage-quebec Parc Omega donner des carottes aux animaux par la fenetre
voyage-quebec parc omega
Voyage Quebec Parc omega renard arctique blanc

December 26th

voyage-quebec Mont Tremblant

Next stop on Marie-Laure’s program: Mont Tremblant. The road to go there is nicer than yesterday: it’s hilly and snowy. Tremblant is actually a modern ski resort, we walk in the streets enlightened Disney style. Marie Laure makes me promise to try to eat a beaver tail, that disgusts me but then realize it’s actually a sweet treat: it’s similar to fried dough with maple syrup or Nutella on tap. We try also some tire d’érable : somebody pours some hot maple syrup on a barrel full of ice, we put a stick on it, wait a minute or so, and then turn the stick around the maple syrup. Voilà! a lollipop. Delicious!

voyage-quebec mont tremblant la tire d'érable

La Tire d’érable

Back in Montreal, we have poutine for dinner in a Portugese restaurant. For those of you who stil ignore this decadent quebecois dish, imagine a mix of French fries, gravy and cheddar.

voyage-quebec poutine

 Poutine Passion

December 27 th

We meet friends from Boston who are in Montreal as well for a brunch at l’Avenue. We had too much food the day before but Manu is down for the biggest brunch option called  « Je veux toute » “I want everything”.

Then we leave my cousin, en route to Québec City! The road is flat and quite boring.

The AirBnb for tonight is close to the Old Quebec. We meet with a fellow blogger, E. in a crepe place. It’s good! Then we have some cocktails in the chic château Frontenac.

It’s fun to go around the small streets of Quebec City: it looks like a French tiny town, everything is in French, the buildings are mostly made of stone.

voyage-quebec brunch l'avenue montréal

Brunch at l’Avenue

December 28th

We spend one full day to discover Québec City. The town is up a rock and we can see the huge Saint Laurent River below. The streets go up and down. I’ll talk to you about this day on another article, here are a few pics.

voyage-quebec panneau arrêt stop
Voyage Road trip Québec Chateau Frontenac
Voyage Road trip Québec le funiculaire
Voyage Road trip Québec jolie boutique épicerie
voyage-quebec la porte de la muraille
Voyage Road trip Québec le chateau Frontenac de nuit

December 29th

voyage-quebec Chute Montmorency

Before heading back to Boston, we stop by the Chute Montmorency, a huge waterfall, higher than the Niagara Falls.  There is a lot of people despite the bitting cold. We can’t go really close to the water…

Carte voyage road trip Boston Vermont Québec

Where we stop between Boston and Montréal:

Republic. An excellent tapas place in Manchester, NH. 1069 Elm Street 
AirBnb in Vermont : this Bnb is mid-way between Boston and Montréal. This Bnb is close to the I89, it’s easy to find, and a really relaxing and beautiful farm. If you are not a member of AirBnb, subscribe through the blog to get a $25 coupon when you first travel – and we will get the same coupon as well!

Places I liked in Montréal:

Mamie Clafoutis, a great bakery, 3660 rue St Denis.
Ma poule mouillée: to eat Poutine portugese way, 969 rue Rachel Est
L’gros luxe – hipster feeling, super cheap brunch. 3807 Rue Saint-André
L’Avenue big plates, very tasteful, 922 Ave. Mont Royal.
AirBnb de Marie-Laure and Fabio’s AirBnb

Writer, organizer and social media-ter for my own blog. When I'm not in front of my laptop, I'm organizing guided tours of Boston with my own company "Boston le nez en l'air". It's in French!

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  • Reply Jan 4 2015


    Tu me ferais presque apprécier le froid avec ces photos. PRESQUE, j’ai dit :)

  • Reply Jan 4 2015


    super sympa cette petite virée … très belles photos .. (c’est d’ailleurs un trajet qu’on prévoie très bientôt dans nos visites d’universités …

  • Reply Jan 4 2015

    Xel0u le l0up

    Superbes les photos, ça donne envie !

  • Reply Jan 4 2015


    Québec remonte encore un peu dans ma to-do list. La ville a l’air super jolie et il me tarde de goûter à la poutine, ça à l’air carrément délicieux!

    • Reply Jan 4 2015


      Délicieux = décadent dans le cas de la poutine 😉
      A tester !
      Bises !

  • Reply Jan 4 2015


    Super ce roadtrip du froid!! Toute la partie du Quebec me rappelle de beaux souvenirs. Je dis souvent que le Quebec ca se visite en hiver avec le froid et la neige 😉 Nous habitions juste en face de l’Avenue et on adorait aller y prendre un brunch en fin de semaine. Merci pour ce joli concentre du Quebec 😉

  • Reply Jan 4 2015


    Je me disais bien qu’un jour tu passerais par Québec, nous y vivons depuis 4 ans et c’est absolument merveilleux ! J’ai hâte de lire ton article sur Québec

    • Reply Jan 4 2015


      Hello Charlen !
      C’était sympa en effet pour un jour ou deux de tourisme. Quant à y vivre… je ne sais pas, ça m’a semblé bien petit ! En même temps, ce n’est pas vraiment la question 😉
      Bises et merci pour ton passage par ici.

      • Reply Jul 1 2016


        Le vieux Québec est très petit, mais la ville est assez grande :) ! Certainement pas autant que Montréal par contre. Et je dirais aussi qu’en fait, au Québec, tout est écrit en français partout. Pas seulement dans la capitale. Pour l’avenue, tu as trop raison, c’est malade 😉

  • Reply Jan 4 2015


    Bien sympa ce petit road trip !! La région a l’air super jolie et les tires d’érable me font très envie (la poutine un peu moins par contre…même si je veux bien croire que c’est bon !) Hâte de voir la suite !

  • Reply Jan 5 2015


    En attendant de préparer notre prochain voyage au Québec, voilà un article qui me rend bien nostalgique…je retiens le parc Oméga et le Mont tremblant que je ne connais pas pour ce prochain voyage….Bonne année 2015 et beaucoup de road trip et de photos, et de rêves pour nous autres lecteurs….

  • Reply Jan 5 2015


    Oh my God, que c’est beau !
    On a fait un Québec – Montréal – NYC il y a quelques années pendant Noël, c’était top !

  • Reply Jan 5 2015


    C’est vraiment trop beau, ça donne envie d’aller y faire un tour ! Mais ce qui m’a le plus plu dans l’article c’est surtout le safari des animaux canadiens, la poutine et le brunch à l’Avenue qui mettent l’eau à la bouche.

  • Reply Jan 5 2015


    C’est un excellent resume du road trip!! Merci d’avoir passe Noel avec nous! C’est toujours un plaisir de vous recevoir (meme dans le grand froid, hehe) Revenez quand vous voulez!
    p.s: Le Quebec c’est TOP en ete aussi…!
    Bisous cousine!

  • Reply Jan 6 2015


    Trop de super souvenirs….
    Québec et Montréal restent parmis mes meilleurs souvenirs .
    Ma belette avait 6 mois et nous avons été accueillis de maniere remarquable
    Ton récit m’a juste donne une envie “grave ” de repartir

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