Original title : The Eastern Townships
One of the most beautiful regions in Quebec offers leisurely travellers rolling hills and the pleasures of impromptu stops in the lush countryside.
Only a few hours’ drive from major urban centres, vacationers and day-trippers are greeted by an unchanging landscape. With its forests, mountains and rivers, the Eastern Townships has become a paradise for cyclists and hikers, and for visitors who choose to venture for several hours, or several days.
The pull of rich farmland covered in vines, clover and grains; the timeless ambience of beautifully preserved villages; and human-scale towns where time passes slowly, and pleasantly is the mark of the Townships. At every turn, on every stretch of road, one can find a generous welcoming table, upscale grocery store, gourmet cheese shop or relaxing restaurant terrace. If you plan to stay longer, the area is also known for its inns and small hotels. Who hasn’t dreamed of sleeping next to a vineyard, enjoying the comfort of a five-star resort or the pleasures of a charming, well-appointed B&B?
The Eastern Townships’ friendly inhabitants are its real treasure, always ready to help out and provide information on the various attractions in their corner of Quebec. For all these reasons and more, it is the perfect getaway for fall.
Domenica, épicerie fine de la petite Italie
302 chemin Knowlton, Lac-Brome
A magnet for foodies, the cured meats, marinated vegetables, pasta and pizza in this Italian fine food shop are simply mouth-watering. Enjoy the selection of fine cheeses and homemade dishes.
78 rue Benoit, Knowlton
This gem of a marina on Brome Lake is older than it looks. The history of the ‘Boathouse’ dates back to the late 19th century! Come for the spectacular lake view, the proximity to Douglass Beach, and especially the outdoor restaurant, which offers an extensive menu and a comfy spot to bask in the sun.
667 rue de Bondville, Foster
A charming estate in an exceptional location, Domaine Jolivent offers guests over 112 acres to rest, relax, and enjoy themselves. The inn is a popular destination for cyclists and hikers, who come for a menu of massage treatments or simply to revel in the peaceful beauty of the grounds.
Auberge du Vignoble Bromont
1095 chemin Nord, Brigham
This four-room inn welcomes visitors in a charming setting. Nestled in a grove of trees, the inn is located on its own vineyard. In addition to strolling through the vines, guests can enjoy the pool and opt for a fine dining package.
469 rue Principale Ouest, Magog
This stylish, relaxed restaurant is a must for locals. The generous menu, inspired by typical French bistro cuisine, offers favourites like blood pudding with scallop carpaccio.
276 rue Principale Est, Magog
Fondue fanatics: prepare your forks! This popular restaurant has something for everyone, young and old. In addition to its selection of classic cheese fondues, Fondissimo also offers hot pot for meat and seafood lovers.
7 chemin de la Chute, Eastman
One of the best kept secrets when looking to rent an eco-friendly cabin or shelter, this idyllic location can be found deep in the forested mountainside. The accommodations are attractive for their sustainable approach and the beauty of this protected sector.
4940 chemin du Parc, Orford
Located on the front terrace of the Espace 4 Saisons resort is the Burger Pub, known for its cocktails and you guessed it, burgers! Long a favourite of skiers, the pub and its friendly atmosphere now draw summer visitors as well.
Fromagerie La Station
440 chemin de Hatley, Compton
Having moved to the area in 1928, this dedicated Townships family began organic farming in 1995, and is well known for its high-quality products. If you have never tasted Alfred Le Fermier, Comtomme and Hatley Road cheeses, now is the time!
Le Pleasant Hôtel & Café
1 rue Pleasant, Sutton
Take refuge in this ideal boutique hotel when you need a break from the confines of the city. Ranked one of the top 25 small hotels in Canada, Le Pleasant is both discreet and welcoming. The café also serves breakfast and brunch, and we love the old European vibe.
Magasin Général De Georgeville
4675 chemin de Georgeville, Stanstead
This general store stocks many local products, from honey to game. However, the décor alone is worth the trip. Renovated in 2007, the store is full of late 19th century character, for a sure hit of nostalgia.
535 rue Dufferin, Stanstead
Housed in a Victorian-era villa with its original furnishings, the Colby-Curtis Museum displays antique dresses and photographs from the 19th century. The museum is run by the Stanstead Historical Society. Regulation permitting, you can even enjoy an English tea service in the garden.
Les Enfants Terribles
803 rue Principale Ouest, Magog
If you are looking for fun, uncomplicated gourmet cuisine with a focus on local products, Les Enfants Terribles is just the place for you. The restaurant is also known for its cocktails, which can be enjoyed on the rooftop terrace with a magnificent view of Lake Memphremagog.
481 rue Principale Ouest, Magog
It’s all in the name: this cosy trattoria specializes in delicious Italian fare. The pizza and pasta are delectable, as is the scaloppini! Come check out its warm family atmosphere—you’ll find yourself returning often!
Ripplecove, Hôtel Et Spa
700 croissant Ripple Cove, Ayer’s Cliff
A mainstay on the shores of Lake Massawippi since 1945, the Ripplecove attracts guests looking for a place to relax. Originally a favourite of fishermen, the hotel has lost none of its charm over the years, despite multiple renovations. Its reputation transcends borders, and for good reason!
575 rue Hovey, North Hatley
A member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux hotel association, Manoir Hovey is one of the region’s top destinations. It is worth a visit for the exceptional service, ambience and menu. The staff spares nothing to ensure guests enjoy a pleasant stay. Without question, one of the region’s most elegant establishments.
Alexandre Vachon, chef at Manoir Hovey