Quebec City, Montreal and Adirondacks Itinerary

Quebec Trip Itinerary – links in process!

The Chateau Frontenac Hotel

Day 1
Arrive Montreal
Drive to Trois-Rivieres, QC via Autoroute 40.
Lunch at Boulangerie Guay, Pont-du-Lac, QC
Our Lady of the Cape Shrine – Trois-Riveres. QC
Chemin du Roy – King’s Highway to Quebec City
Chateau Frontenac and evening walk – Quebec City

Lower Town - Quebec City

Quebec City’s Lower Town and The St. Lawrence River

Day 2
Walking Tour of Old Quebec – the Upper City and the Lower City (includes Dufferin Terrace, Notre-Dame Basilica-Cathedral of Quebec, Quartier Petit Champlain,  Our Lady of Victory Church)
Musee de la Civilisation – Quebec City
Dinner at Bello – Quebec City
Walk to Plains of Abraham for Quebecois Concert – Quebec City

Montmorency Falls

Day 3
La Citadelle du Quebec – Quebec City
Montmorency Falls

Ile d’Orleans

Lunch at Panache Mobile at vineyard, Vignoble de Saint-Petronille
Ice cream at Chocolaterie de Ile d’Orleans, Saint Francoise, Ile d’Orleans
Dinner at Bistro Sous Le Fort – Quebec City

 

Biosphere at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Day 4
Arrive Montreal driving through Parc Jean Drapeau
Notre-Dame Basilica, Old Montreal
Lunch at Creperie Chez Suzette, Old Montreal
Ponte a Calliere museum, Old Montreal
Dinner at Universel Dejeuner Grillades
Walk up to Mont Royal at dusk – Montreal

Lake Placid, NY

Day 5
Drive to Adirondack Mountains
Veterans Memorial Highway to top of White Face Mountain, Wilmington, NY.
Lunch at The Cottage, Lake Placid
Walk around Main Street Lake Placid and Mirror Lake (2.7 mile loop)
Ferry ride to Charlotte, VT
Waterfront Park, Burlington
Dinner at The Skinny Pancake, Burlington
Arrive Montreal

Musee des Beaux Arts, Montreal

Day 6
Musee des Beaux Arts – Montreal
Chateau Ramezay – Montreal
Lunch at Jardin Nelson, Old Montreal
Leave Montreal


Dead Horse Point State Park – Moab, Utah

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It doesn’t get much better than this. Surprising Dead Horse Point State Park is not a national park, but a state park. It’s no less beautiful than nearby Canyonlands and Arches. In fact, it’s located just off Utah 313 about ten miles before the Island of the Sky entrance at Canyonlands NP. Don’t miss this spectacular park. After paying $9 entrance fee per car (it is valid for 3 days), drive to the Dead Horse Point Overlook. If you think it looks similar to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, you’re not alone. This was the site of the final scene in the early 1990s movie, “Thelma & Louise.”

Although the state park offers five hiking trails, it is most known for it’s 17-mile intrepid mountain biking trails. A visitor center and outdoor coffee kiosk provide snacks and box lunches. If you’re going to Canyonlands NP (Island of the Sky district), don’t miss this state park. If you drive to the overlook just to snap a few pictures, it will only take 30 minutes out of your day. For more information, visit here.


Central Georgia Day Trip – Jarrell Plantation, Juliette and High Falls State Park

The sunshine was out – the first time in over a week. We had to get outside and do something. We headed down I-75 just about an hour south of Atlanta and did three distinctly different activities.

Jarrell Plantation:

Built in 1847, by John Fitz Jarrell, this plantation survived Sherman’s March to the Sea. As time went on and the family grew, more buildings were added, such as the 1895 House for son, Dick Jarrell and the sawmill in the early 1900’s.

At the visitor center, a 15-minute film describes the history of the plantation. Interestingly enough, one of the descendants continued farming on the land until the 1960’s. Fortunately, the family donated most of the buildings in 1974 to the state of Georgia to show others what plantation life was like.

Surprisingly, it wasn’t the Tara or Seven Oaks type of house. Rather, the original 1847 House was just a one story house for the Jarrell’s and their seven children. The boys slept in the loft upstairs, while the girls had a room and the parents had a room. Later, the porch on the back of the house was enclosed making two rooms and a “honeymoon room” a room for travelers was added by enclosing part of the front porch.

My husband enjoyed that everything, especially the location of each of the buildings, was original. This was unlike Oconaluftee Mountain Farm Museum at the Cherokee, NC entrance of the Smokey Mountain National Park, where the buildings had been moved their from elsewhere in the area. Here, we could see how the house was built on the highest part of the property in order to get the best breeze.

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The inside of the original 1847 house. The dining room was added when the owners enclosed the back porch.

The inside of the original 1847 house. The dining room was added when the owners enclosed the back porch.

The 1895 House was built by John's son, Dick Jarrell

The 1895 House was built by John’s son, Dick Jarrell.

Cotton Gin

Cotton Gin

A cotton bale weighing over 500 pounds.

A cotton bale weighing over 500 pounds.

Everything is in it's original location.

Everything is in it’s original location.

The walk around the buildings is only 1/2 mile, but full of interesting history. Visitors can learn how sugar cane syrup was made first in large kettles and then later by the steam powered machinery. Each building is well marked about it’s purpose. For example, the smokehouse here didn’t have any smoke. It was just a place to salt and hang the meat. Additionally, guests can see the covered well, the three-seater privy, the farm equipment, the evaporation house and many more buildings.

For more information and hours of operation, see the website at http://gastateparks.org/JarrellPlantation.

Juliette, GA

The tiny, unincorporated town of Juliette is where most of the 1991 movie, “Fried Green Tomatoes” was filmed. We ate ate the Whistle Stop Cafe and I was amazed that the inside looked just like the movie as well.

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The epitomy of the Southern meal.

The epitomy of the Southern meal.

 

Inside the Whistle Stop Cafe

Inside the Whistle Stop Cafe

Our food was delicious – an appetizer of fried green tomatoes, BBQ pork with creamed corn and a baked sweet potato, brisket with fried okra and brunswick stew – an real fried cornbread. The waitress mentioned that we should go around the back to see the BBQ pit and make sure to drive a mile down the road to see the church and cemetery that were also used in the movie.

Across the street were quaint shops with antiques, books, food and clothes. The owner of one establishment explained that Juliette had been deserted by the 1980’s. Although once a mill town, people left when it closed in 1957. The last hold out was the owner of the gas station/general store located where the Whitle Stop Cafe is now. When the film crews came to shoot the movie, they spent almost one million dollars getting rid of all the kudzu that covered most of the buildings.

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Now the town is back in full swing with tourism as its major economy. She told us that January is the slowest month and that usually the wait to eat at the Whistle Stop Cafe is 3-4 hours. Thankfully for us, we got there around 11:30 and got seated. To learn more about Juliette, visit the website at www.juliettega.com

High Falls State Park:

Lastly, we drove up towards Jackson, Georgia to High Falls State Park. There are many trails, but we took the 1.5 mile loop trail by the falls on the Towaliga River.

I loved that the falls can be seen at the beginning of the trail so if you get tired, you can turn back. The park ranger warned us that it’s easy to get off the trail. Fortunately, the trail was well marked by red arrows and flags on trees. At one point, we made a wrong turn and stopped seeing the markers. We were able to turn back and retrace our steps.

High Falls State Park

High Falls State Park

High Falls State Park

High Falls State Park

Had it not been for these red markers on the trees, we would have gotten lost.

High Falls State Park Yurts

Yurts can be rented.

In addition to hiking – there are 4.5 miles of trails – the park offers a playground, picnic tables and camping. Yurts are also available to rent. For more information, see the website at http://gastateparks.org/HighFalls.

Fortunately the park is located less than 2 miles from I-75 and we were able to zip back home. All in all, the trip was six hours.

 


Sweetwater Creek State Park – Lithia Springs, GA

Located on the west side of Atlanta in Lithia Springs, Sweetwater Creek State Park offers 9 miles of wooded hiking trails. The highlight is walking by the ruins of an old textile mill burned during the Civil War.

Sweetwater Creek State Park

Sweetwater Creek State Park

The trail to the mill ruins is marked in red.

The trail to the mill ruins is marked in red.

We took our dog and hiked along the red, historic trail to see the mill ruins. The 1/2 mile to the mill ruins is relatively easy and follows Sweetwater Creek.

Mill ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company

Mill ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company

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Because the ruins are unstable, a chain link fence surrounds the area. However, it does not deter from the views. In fact, there are several wooded viewing platforms. Clearly marked signs detail the history of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company.

The red trail continues for another 1/2 mile and gets difficult quickly. As long as you wear sturdy shoes and don’t mind tree roots, it is worth it just for the views of the rapids along Sweetwater Creek.

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We hooked on to the white trail to continue back to the car. Notice the tree roots on along the trail.

Near the end of the red trail, the 5 mile, white trail intersects it. We took this trail for a little over a mile back to the visitor’s center. This path took us up along the ridge for a completely different view of the creek. It was such a slight slope this part didn’t feel steep. Yet, we were considerably higher than the other trail. Even though it was winter and most leaves had fallen from the trees, the scenery was beautiful.

The park offers ranger-led hikes for a small fee. You can choose to go on a full-moon hike in the evening or an early morning dog hike; a history hike or a geology hike.

Hiking isn’t the only activity. Plenty of watersports abound in warmer months including kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals. Fishing, birding and geocaching are also popular here, as well as interpretive programs and hayrides.

For more information, visit their website at http://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek.