At the end of this month, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will embark on their first royal tour of North America.
11-day trip will begin in Canada’s National Capital Region
(Ottawa, Ontario, Gatineau and Quebec) and continue into
Montreal, Quebec City, Prince Edward Island, Alberta and then to the west coast
of the United States. The exact itinerary for the American portion of their
tour has yet to be released.
source from St James’s Palace told People Magazine that the couple views this
as a “working” trip. If you
decide to trace their path, though, your royal trip
can focus more on stylish luxury than “work”.
out in Ottawa where William and Kate will appear for a Canada Day celebration
on 1 July. On Canada Day, Parliament Hill will host a huge street party
concluding with the annual fireworks display.
the festivities, check into the Fairmont
Chateau Laurier, a hotel that resembles a castle. From its views of
the Rideau Canal to its luxury Gold Suite, the Fairmont’s award-winning
accommodations are fit for royalty. Nearby, the Gatineau Hills offer great
hiking, biking and, during winter months, skiing. Also in the winter, the
Rideau becomes the world’s
longest outdoor ice skating “rink”. Back at the hotel, go for a dip in the
chateau’s 20-yard-long, Art Deco swimming pool.
the way to Montreal, treat yourself to a romantic respite at the Spa Ofuro in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec.
This Japanese-style outdoor spa features 10 acres of calming scenery. The only
sounds are of waterfalls, streams and a sparkling river. The spa offers hot
steam baths, cool river baths and hammocks in addition to treatments such as
massages, seaweed wraps and holistic facials.
your day of indulgence, head to Montreal, named a Unesco “City of Design”. This
bilingual town is known for its flourishing culture and fantastic food. While
the royals are in town the entertainment options include Cirque
International de Jazz and, our personal favourite, the Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology exhibition at the Centre de
Sciences de Montreal. The archaeology exhibit, a collaboration between the
science centre, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and
Anthropology, and the National Geographic Society, displays props, drawings,
and set designs from the Indiana Jones movies as well as actual artefacts from
in Montreal, dine at Chez Queux for traditional French
fine dining the way it was meant to be. Think tuxedo-clad waiters, decadent
cuts of meat, appetizers like foie gras, caviar, snails and sweetbread, and a
choice of three flambéed desserts. Top it all off with a wine list that was
named one of the world’s finest by Wine Spectator Magazine. If you and your
prince or princess are in a sharing mood, consider ordering the chateaubriand
steak, a lavish dish for two, prepared tableside.
your belly full of meat and your head swarming with Raiders of the Lost Ark
quotes, get ready for a cosy night at the Chateau Versailles. Book a room with a view, as all of the
top floor rooms overlook either the nearby mountains or the shimmering lights
of downtown Montreal’s cityscape.
on your royal to-do list is Quebec City. One lovely place to stay is the
formerly the site of an archaeological dig. The hotel is like a museum,
displaying artefacts dating as far back as the 17th Century. Until 3
July, the Festival Grand
Rire de Quebec,
or Laughs for All Festival, will hold nonstop comedy events, from stand-up
shows to tributes to comedic greats like Charlie Chaplin to improv acts.
travel to beautiful Prince Edward Island. The first stop for Will and Kate will
be Charlottetown. Take a walking
or bike tour of the town, visiting breweries and listening to live outdoor
music along the way.
since PEI is known for its fresh seafood and quaint fishing villages, hop in
the car for a scenic road trip eastward, and keep driving until you reach the
town of Georgetown. There, Tranquility
Cove Adventures features all-inclusive lobstering trips off Fisherman’s
Warf. Your guide, a third generation lobster fisherman, will show you the ropes,
from hooking the buoy to weighing your catch. On the boat, you will enjoy an
all-you-can-eat feast of the Wild Atlantic lobsters (and the occasional rock
crab) that you catch.
last Canadian destination for the prince and princess is Calgary, Alberta.
There, the newlyweds will attend the Calgary
for which Calgary has become famous. In addition to watching cowboys and
cattle, there will be live country music events around the city and free
pancake breakfasts to boot.
an hour-and-a-half from the Calgary airport, Banff National Park, arguably one of the most beautiful
places in the world, merits at least a daytrip. Spend your day hiking, mountain
biking, riding the Banff Gondola or soaking in the Banff Upper Hot Springs. If
you decide to stay overnight, the Rimrock Resort
perched on Sulphur Mountain, is located right in the park. There, the rooms
boast incredible views of the Canadian Rockies. Have dinner at the
hotel’s fine dining restaurant, another establishment featured in Wine
Spectator for its selection of 16,000 wines.
Alberta, it has been reported that the royals will fly to Los Angeles.
According to People Magazine, the couple’s Californian excursion may also
include visits to San Francisco and Yosemite National Park.
of seeking out celebrities in LA, visit the Griffith
for actual star watching. Get an astronomy lesson at one of the observatory’s
several space exhibits and then check out the Zeiss Telescope and the Ceolostat
and Solar Telescopes. To connect with astronomy novices and nerds alike,
Griffith will also be hosting a public star party on 9 July. Take a look at the
Griffith Observatory’s online sky report
to help better plan your trip.
you want to experience the city like Hollywood royalty, stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows, where the beds are reportedly extremely comfortable and plenty of celebrities
stay in private cottages.
After a star-studded trip to LA, head north to San Francisco. If you are there
on 4 July, do not miss the Independence Day waterfront celebration at Pier 39. Get a couple scoops of ice cream from
one of the area vendors and watch the fireworks display.
Also on the waterfront is the Hotel Vitale, a boutique hotel with views of the San Francisco
Bay. On the rooftop, relax in the soothing hot baths at the outdoor Spa Vitale.
The hotel offers wine country tours throughout Napa Valley as well.
camping is common in Yosemite National Park, luxury accommodations do exist. The Four-Diamond
rated Tenaya Lodge
is a gorgeous mountain resort hidden within the forest. Opt for a customizable “Romance Package”: spa suite, jetted tub, amenities like champagne and
chocolate-covered cherries, and activities such as hiking at night and enjoying
couples’ spa treatments.
a more rugged trip, go horseback riding along the many
throughout Yosemite. You can book a guided tour with Tenaya’s concierge. The
Giant Sequoia half-day trail ride takes you into Mariposa Grove, where the
breathtaking 2,000-year-old redwood trees live.
These trips of relaxation, ruggedness and
entertainment will allow you to vacation like royalty throughout Canada and the
US. Whether you plan on recreating the royal North American itinerary or you
happen to be in any of these cities when the prince and princess come to town,
luxury and excitement await.