My husband and I are planning a fall "leaf peeping" trip to Quebec the first week of October. Our flight into Montreal will arrive in the evening. The following day, we would like to drive up to Mont Tremblant, mainly to enjoy the fall colors. From there, we will head to the Fairmont Le Manior Richelieu (whale watching in Tadoussac), then to Quebec City, returning for our flight home from Montreal. On this trip we will not be spending any time in the city of Montreal itself. We are renting a car. My question concerns the first two nights. I initially thought we could find a hotel around the airport, drive to the Laurentains the next day, go see the lantern festival at the Montreal Botanic Gardens that night, then the following day, head in the direction of La Malbaie. However, in looking at a map, I thought that it might make more sense to give up the idea of the botanic gardens and base ourselves someplace else. Could anyone suggest an area that would be convenient for two nights, i.e. not far from the airport, and not off the beaten track for both Mont Tremblant. and La Malbaie. Alternatively, we could just stay one night by the airport and someplace else the next night. It is just nice to not have to change hotels every night. Thanks so much in advance.