Fall for Québec: A Colourful Autumn Road Trip to Fairmont Resorts – Special CAA/AAA Offer
By Charlene Rooke
Fruit-laden grapevines, lush orchards, and blazing red maples are colourful highlights of a Québec road trip in the fall. Auto-savvy CAA members can get 20 per cent off at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in Québec and a $50 dining credit, just by booking a minimum two-night stay and presenting a membership card. Plus, members who join ALL – Accor Live Limitless qualify for an additional 10 per cent discount.
You can map a safe and sound fall road trip knowing Accor’s ALLSAFE safety and hygiene standards are in place. Bonus: If you drive an electric vehicle, Fairmont hotels in Québec have charging stations in Hydro-Québec’s Electric Circuit. From west to east, here are our must-stop spots.
Fairmont Le Château Montebello, Montebello
Visit the world’s largest log hotel on the shores of the Ottawa River, halfway between Canada’s capital city (80 kilometers/50 miles west) and Montréal (120 kilometers/75 miles east). The renovated circa-1930 Seigniory Club, which has hosted G7 and NAFTA Summits, offers special 20 per cent off auto-club rates.
VIPet: Your dog will love a leashed walk on the hotel’s nearly 5-kilometer trail or nearby nature trails. Pet-friendly hotel amenities include food bowls and kennels (subject to availability).
Fall Feasts: Advance order lunch boxes and snacks from in-room dining to sustain your road trip. Refuel with a harvest-inspired Thanksgiving feast at Aux Chantignoles, a steakhouse with a spectacular wine cellar.
Taste the Outaouais: Local foodie stops include ChocoMotive for fair-trade chocolate and other artisanal goodies; Fromagerie Montebello for famed curds and cheese plus condiments and sandwiches; and Verger Croque-Pomme to quaff cider and pick apples and pumpkins.
If Mont-Tremblant is your next stop, Parc Oméga is en route (on QC-323 N). Feed carrot-chomping deer and explore the cultures of Québec’s 11 First Nations on a 15-kilometer car track.
Fairmont Tremblant, Mont-Tremblant
Just 130 kilometers (85 miles) from Montréal, Mont-Tremblant is a ski-in, ski-out alpine retreat. Before the snow flies, a Sunday guided resort walk showcases the vivid boreal forest. At night, Tonga Lumina takes you on an illuminated, multimedia storytelling journey in the Laurentians (through October 18). With a special CAA 20 per cent off rate, your fall adventure here is packed with value.
Soul Food: Be charmed by live music while enjoying a rustic autumn dinner or a snack of oysters and bubbly at AXE Lounge Bar, which offers free valet parking at Fairmont Tremblant. AXE Lounge Bar stocks more than 40 Québec artisanal spirits and offers a wine-tasting passport to guide you through the tastes of local terroir. Visit Ricochet Café & Terrasse for grab-and-go breakfast sandwiches, pizzas and salads to fuel your drive.
Driver Therapy: Moment Spa Fairmont Tremblant can soothe weary drivers with an Energizing Leg Treatment, plus a full menu of massages, face and body treatments and grooming services.
Fore Thought: Autumn foliage is the spectacular backdrop at five local golf courses. Before tackling them, take your game to the next level with hands-on lessons and digital teaching tools at Tremblant Golf Academy.
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Montréal
Take a city break or staycation at this urban retreat located atop the central train station downtown. Road-trippers can stop here to enjoy a special 20 per cent off auto-club rate at a hotel that offers BMW loaner bicycles for exploring the city in eco-friendly style.
Foodie Fuel: Marché Artisans, the lobby’s gourmet food hall, has salads, pizzas, gourmet pastries and healthy eats from sustainable sushi to poké bowls.
Green Peace: For a well-groomed take on fall foliage, stroll through 10 greenhouses and 20 thematic gardens at the 75-acre Botanical Garden. Or climb Mount Royal starting at Peel Street and look for the memorial commemorating the 1969 Bed-in for Peace, also celebrated in the John Lennon and Yoko Ono suite at the hotel.
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Québec
Within the walls of Old Québec (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), this castle on a hill 232 kilometers (144 miles) east of Montréal has hosted celebrities, dignitaries and musical stars for more than a century. Special suites are named for Winston Churchill, Celine Dion, Theodore Roosevelt and other luminaries. With a CAA 20 per cent off member rate, you can join their ranks.
Big Fish Tale: A five-course Fishing Legend menu by Chef Stéphane Modat at Restaurant Champlain showcases the riches of Québec’s rivers and lakes, including a tasting of Québec caviar in a unique cellar setting.
Island Lure: Drive across the bridge to the Saint-Lawrence River’s Île d’Orléans, home to passionate food producers, artisans and chefs who transform the island’s famed strawberries, apples, potatoes, blackcurrants and wine into delectable eats.
Guided Tours: From yoga classes and culinary demonstrations to guided walking tours of Old Québec and wine tasting trips, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac team has local experiences crafted specially for you. Ask the concierge for details.
Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, La Malbaie
Drive 149 kilometers (90 miles) east of Québec City to a village gem of the Charlevoix region, located between a river, forest and the cliffs of Pointe-au-Pic. With 20 per cent off rates for CAA members, it’s accessible to all.
Savour Fall: The Route des Saveurs de Charlevoix is a regional flavour trail highlighting cideries and breweries, cheese and chocolate makers, and organic meat and produce farms.
Park and Ride: Park the car and hop aboard Train de Charlevoix for a day trip to Baie-Saint-Paul. Pack a lunch or snack from La Brise Lobby Bar, where a sandwich of house-smoked salmon with brioche, cream cheese and capers is a favourite.
Iron Ladder: A via ferrata, a secured climbing route along a rock wall, on the hotel grounds gives you spectacular Saint-Lawrence River views during a thrilling but safe 2.5-hour climb, courtesy of the experts at Projet Vertical.
No matter where you stop on your Québec road trip this fall, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts are there to help make colourful memories.
To take advantage of the Fairmont CAA Offer, click here to receive 20% off and a $50 dining credit per stay, on a 2 night minimum stay, at participating Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.
ALL Safe Program: We are committed to ensuring that you stay safe and stay well in all of our hotels. To learn more about our enhanced sanitation program and standards, click here.
Charlene Rooke is a travel, wine and spirits writer and a former editor of Fairmont magazine. Though the former Montréal resident is now based on the West Coast, she misses the colourful fall foliage of Québec.