Last month, D and I finally went on our first, real vacation together and it was everything I wanted it to be and more.
While we had considered a number of destinations, when he suggested the Gaspésie Peninsula in Québec, I’ll admit, I didn’t know much about the area. Of course, a quick search on Google and I was sold.
We spent the first night of our trip in stunning Percé Rock, home to the most unreal natural rock formation just off the beach and creating the most epic backdrop for any photo. Honestly, if you were to look at my phone, I have about 300 photos of the rock alone.
Within minutes of getting there, a walk on the beach was a must.
In addition to the rock its known for, Percé is also home to the cutest seaside motels and hotels, excellent dining, and amazing customer service. We stayed at the Riotel Percé and opted to spend a little extra to have a room with view of the rock. Highly recommended. For dinner, we chose to dine at our hotel’s on-site restautant, Paqbo where we ordered a number of local delicacies and as much fresh seafood as we could fit on our table for two, to share.
Upon realizing that the sun would come up directly behind the rock in the morning, I couldn’t resist the temptation to set my alarm to get up and enjoy the sunrise together. It was a pinch cloudy, but it was still totally worth it.
We followed the sunrise with a walk along the waterfront to take in more of the scenery and to check out a cruise ship that docked shoreside. For breakfast, we had a Parisian treat of fresh croques-Monsieurs at the Boulangerie Le Fournand just steps from our hotel to which I would highly recommend to anyone staying or stopping in the area. Their pain au chocolat were also to die for!
After breakfast, we made one last stop at one of the most perfect scenic lookouts before leaving Percé behind us to continue on our adventure to Gaspé and Forillon National Park.
Seriously. Percé was one of the most beautiful towns I’ve ever visited in my life and experiencing it with D made it that much more memorable. If you ever have the chance to visit, don’t pass it up. It’s breathtaking.
Come back next week to see more from our trip with stops in Gaspé, Forillon National Park, and Parc National de Gaspésie.
Have you been to Gaspésie or Percé Rock? What are your favorite spots? Leave a comment below ✌🏻