You say that does not exist? Oh but! A few years ago, my husband and I took a full day on a leisurely trip through Quebec to get to know the Île d'Orléans just outside Québec. I knew the island in the St. Lawrence River for a few years, and these short visits had made me curious, because I suspected that there was much more to discover on the island than I could see on previous visits. The Île d'Orléans is only about twenty minutes drive from Old Quebec away, almost at the gates of the city. You can reach them via an imposing bridge that connects the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River with the island. As it turns out, I should be right - the island offers a number of idyllic places worth discovering. And as we had to recognize again, even a day was not enough to explore and visit everything. It often happens to me that I - if I deal with a region closer - still wants to get to know them better. It is the same with the island in the St. Lawrence River.
The Île d'Orléans near Québec City, Canada
The island is almost as old as the city of Québec. Jacques Cartier already met her on his expeditions. And after the city of Québec emerged on Cap Diamant on the other side of the St. Lawrence River, the island quickly developed into the "Garden of New France". Above all, farmers settled here, who knew how to use the fertile soil of the island and soon grew all sorts of fruit, vegetables and cereals. And it has remained so to this day. If you drive around the island today, you often cannot believe what is being grown here: potatoes, cabbage, wheat, corn, carrots, tomatoes, eggplants and peppers thrive on this island as well as apples, cherries, peaches and wine. The Île d'Orléans did not bear its original name "Isle of Bacchus" for nothing. It has remained so to this day. That was also one of the reasons why we decided to stay in a hotel on the island whose cuisine is recommended in many places:
The Auberge La Goéliche in Sainte Pétronille on the Île d'Orléans in Québec
I also became aware of this little country hotel on earlier trips. I discovered it because I liked its surroundings. From the hotel car park you have a wonderful view of the Cap Diamant and Quebec City, over which the impressive Chateau Frontenac towers like a castle. From the outside the hotel looked cozy and inviting, so we decided to stay there during our stay in the island. We should not regret it!
I had already learned that there was no television in the rooms at the Auberge, and I thought, well, one day I will be able to endure it without news and weather. What awaited us there surprised me. When we arrived at the Auberge after our island tour in the late afternoon, we were greeted warmly at the front desk, but found that there was no lift in the house. Well, I thought, another indication that this is a traditional - that is, older - house. But when we opened the door to our room, we looked in astonishment and overwhelmed at a decor that overflowed with maritime design elements. The room was decorated in white and dark blue, with the blue mainly consisting of a frieze that ran the length of the ceiling around the entire room, solely for motifs representing the sea: shells, sailboats, anchors and the like.
Wicker chairs and a glass table stood in the bright bay window of the room. And on the desk was a pretty ship model that complemented the maritime decor of the hotel room perfectly.
But we were overwhelmed by the fantastic view, which offered from our window on the St. Lawrence River. The windows took up a whole side of the octagonal room and opened the view out onto the stream that was spreading, reminiscent of a lake rather than a flowing water. I love water in every way - no matter if it's a river, a river, a lake or the sea. And here I could really indulge my passion. I did not care about the missing TV. Here I wanted to spend the rest of the day with a good book and enjoy the magnificent view of the river. And it got even better! Soon the book was forgotten, because right in front of the island, the big container ships, cruise ships and the many sailboats of the Quebec pass by. I could not get enough of what was happening outside the windows of our hotel room.
Fine Québec cuisine in the restaurant of Auberge La Goéliche
Since we had selected the hotel because of the good reputation of its restaurant, I tore myself away in the evening laboriously from the great view and we went down to the hotel restaurant, where we had reserved a window seat for two. Finally, we wanted to celebrate the beginning of our journey through Quebec. And we should not regret that either, for an excellent table d'hôte dinner with crab cucumber jelly, fresh mint and lettuce with lemon, a delicious filet mignon with cocoa butter, grapes and hazelnuts in an orange sauce and the delicious vanilla crème brulée At the end we were able to enjoy the romantic view of the St. Lawrence River and its gliding ships. Fairy lights draped decoratively along the quay enhanced the sense of well-being and so we spent an unforgettable stay at the Auberge La Goéliche in Quebec.
Auberge La Goéliche
22 Chemin du Quai
Sainte-Petronille, G0A 4C0
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