Frozen Experiences of a Lifetime: Spend a Night in an Ice Hotel (Quebec City)

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Quebec City’s Hotel de Glace.     Photo: Allen's VISION/Flickr

If you’ve ever snuggled into a good sleeping bag on a chilly night in the backcountry, you know how satisfying that warm-inside, cold-outside combo can be. Take it to a new level by zipping yourself into an arctic-grade sleeping bag in a suite built entirely from ice and snow. 

Scandinavia has a whole array of frozen hotels to choose from, but Quebec City’s Hotel de Glace is North America’s one and only. It’s open from early January to late March each year, and besides its icy rooms (available in standard and themed variations) it also offers cocktails in frozen glassware and an outdoor spa and sauna. Packages including a room, meals, and spa access begin at $400 per person, but be sure to check the promotions page, where prices sometimes drop much lower.

Oh, and don’t worry: The bathrooms are heated.

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