French Castle

  • By 1980 this medieval castle, dating to the 12th century, was in complete disrepair. Homeowners Alan and Laurence Geddes fell in love with the estate and restored it to its full beauty.
  • Located 60 km from Toulouse Chateau de Mayragues is surrounded by vineyards with vines cultivated for almost 400 years.
  • Laurence was awarded the Grand prix des Vieilles Maisons Françaises in 1998 thanks to her efforts restoring the historical site.
  • All hallways lead to more charm and history.
  • Most of the furniture was handed down to Laurence by her family who originated from Normandy.
  • The chaise longue was given to her by a childhood friend from Paris and now sits in her own bedroom.
  • Today, Alan and Laurence manage an organic and bio-dynamic vineyard and share the castle as a bed and breakfast.

5 Best Things To Do in Niagara Wine Country

1- Wine Tastings. Plan your route and visit as many as you can.

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Photography by Simon Burn

2- Who can resist an evening under the stars, listening to great music with a fine glass of wine in hand? Jackson-Triggs’ Summer Concert series is a season highlight.
3- If historical interiors intrigue then a visit to Willowbank National Historic Site will thrill. Rather than fully restore the 19th century Greek Revival mansion, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Parks Canada is preserving layers of decay to reveal the past and educate the public and provide hands on training for its School of Restoration Arts.

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4- Ready for some farm to table shopping? Then stop by Kurtz Orchards on your way back to the city. Purchase a box lunch and enjoy an outdoor picnic or sign up for one of the cooking classes they host.

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5- Niagara boasts some lovely, unspoiled bike trails and there are a variety of ways to enjoy them. Book a bike tour with one of the cycling companies in Niagara (Grape Escape) or set your GPS to carve out your own route.

 

Where to Stay in Quebec City

Quebec City Fairmont

Experience the old world feel of the city by staying at the Fairmont Le Château Fontenac (ABOVE) which dates to 1893. Québec City is a walking city; after a comfortable night’s sleep you’ll wake up feeling like a king or queen.

Dabble Savvy: While most of the views are lovely, the best is from the Princess Grace of Monaco Suite (Rooms 1401-02).

Québec City is loaded with history, but you’ll enjoy the contrast of a contemporary hotel stay with Hotel Le Germain-Dominion. Custom headboards sport digitalized photography that captures the city’s best architecture.

For many, the Auberge St. Antoine is the best hotel in Canada. From the outside, the unimposing building is deceiving, but enter the lobby and the crackling fireplace wins you over. Upon closer inspection, crisp white walls are an ideal backdrop to historic artefacts housed behind thick glass. The best of old and new Québec.