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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Embrace Winter in Cantons-de-l’Est

Clomp through virgin snow, take sleigh rides past picturesque villages, and sip ice wine in Quebec’s quiet, lake-laced southern region.


1. Where to Stay

Enjoy cozy surroundings and throwback charm at Manoir Hovey.  

Lace up a complimentary pair of skates for a morning twirl on the private rink at Manoir Hovey (from $165), a nineteenth-century colonnaded inn modeled after Mount Vernon. Inside, 38 plush alpine rooms feature four-poster beds and woolen blankets piled on wicker chairs, while the oak-paneled library is ideal for playing chess and sipping mulled wine ($8) in the evening. Take advantage of a free third night (Sunday to Friday, through February 27) and make it a long weekend.

Find a sleeker alternative to B&B quaintness at Le Pleasant (from $150), opened in summer 2010. Located near Mont Sutton, the hotel offers excellent ski deals, the best of which combines a one-night stay with a day and a half of access to the slopes for $95 (Monday through Thursday).

Look for the painted wooden sign that marks the inviting Auberge Knowlton (from $125) in a petite village founded in 1802. Owner Signy Stephenson serves as the informal tourist liaison, offering walking guides of Knowlton’s distinctive Victorian architecture and dispensing historical commentary over platters of roast duck ($24.95) sourced from nearby Lac-Brome at the in-house restaurant, Relais.

Published on Jan 20, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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