HOTEL DE GLACE- Quebec, Canada
Every year around springtime, the Explorateur gets a bit weepy, sort of like the way one feels at the end of the old Frosty the Snowman cartoon with Burl Ives, when "that time comes". For, it is then that we know it won't be long before one of our favorite haunts disappears, never to be recreated the same way again. But HA- we've beat the clock this time and we're all in luck, because the season is just beginning!

If you've never been to the Hotel de Glace, you're in for a real treat. It's a hotel constructed entirely of phenomenally crafted, sculptured sheets of ice. Impossible you say? Well, we thought so too at first but such a place really does exist. Each room within this magical wonderland of a complex (built with 15000 tons of snow and 500 tons of ice) are full of expressive innovation. Fab structures in the past have included a Hockey-themed suite, romantic suite for two with its own fireplace and spa, a spectacular purple-lighting-infused Gothic style bar, their famous Ice Bar where you can "cool off" with your favorite libation, and even a Gaudi-inspired suite with creative carvings in the artist's quirky style etched into the icy walls. They’re slated this year to bring back their greatest creation, a fantastic toboggan-like Grand Slide, running twists and curves throughout the property and delivering child-like euphoria to one and all. The hotel reopens in January 2011, and the last day of the season is 29 if you want to catch it you'll have to hurry or you'll miss it. Just like a snowflake, no two versions of this unique property are ever exactly alike...but that's the fun of it!
Obvious tip: Bring MANY layers of clothing...although the temps inside are warmer than one might expect, it's still pretty chilly!

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