LUXURY TRAVEL - CANADA
It is the only hotel in Canada wholly owned and operated by Indians, or known in Canada as First Nations Peoples. The Premieres Nations Hotel and Museum opened in 2009 is set in the reserved lands of the Wendake-Huron about 15 minutes drive from downtown Quebec City. The Wendake Village is a small town at the edge of the woods along the St Charles River (Akiawenrahk to the Wendake) which runs to the St Lawrence. A unique deluxe hotel experience, the Premieres Nations brings a mix of cultural tradition and luxury accommodation together in one setting, offering a truly unique tranquil escape in natural surroundings, within easy reach of the city.
One might possibly expect an Indian theme park hokey-ness, but you'll find nothing of the kind at Wendake. The Hotel-Musée Premieres Nations is a very contemporary 4-Star boutique luxury hotel of 55 rooms and suites with designs inspired by Native Art and Culture. The hotel is designed to reflect a traditional native lodge with eco-friendly outlook. You know you’re in a special environment first arriving by the wolf skins draping the chairs amid the thick tree trunk wooden support beams around the elegant fireplace of the lobby lounge, looking out on the surrounding forest. Each spacious guest room is individually designed with representative cultural art and style, most with woodland views and lower floor rooms stepping right out onto woods view terraces.
Enjoy walks along scenic trail in the unspoiled woodlands in summer and snowshoe tracking in winter. Visit local native artisans, or explore Wendake-Huron native history at the museum connected directly to the hotel. Guests have free entrance to the museum and can join a discovery tour of the Wendake Village, including the Tsawenohi House, the Notre Dame de Lorrette Chich and Kouba Waterfall at a discounted hotel guest rate. The Valcartier Vacances Village snow play park and water park (see Vacation Village Valcartier) is nearby and can be included in a stay and play package. In the chill of winter, the Hotel de Glace is within short reach (see Canada's Ice Hotel) . Much of the artwork by local native artists decorating the hotel is available for purchase.
For dining, the gourmet restaurant, La Traite, on the lower level offers brilliant modern cuisine inspired by First Nations culture with a contemporary epicurean twist by Chef Martin Gagné, featuring local produce and reflecting the game hunting, fishing and harvesting traditions of native Indian life. A menu featuring seasonal Canadian Salmon or Sturgeon, Caribou with Cranberries, Duck or even that northern native exclusive, Atlantic Seal, if you have a yen for a rare “forbidden” treat (hint - it has a rather dusky flavor akin to liver), and the Wendake Huron traditional Sagamite soup. In summer, the outdoor terrace overlooks the woods accompanied by the sounds of the nearby babbling book. In winter the snowbound nature view is warmly beyond the full wall glass. A Gourmet Cuisine Package is available including room, breakfast, full 5 course dinner at La Traite, the museum and parking. © Bargain Luxury Travel
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