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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Embrace Winter in Cantons-de-l’Est


5. Oddball Day

Observe a frozen vineyard and buy bottles of crisp white wine at Domaine Les Brome.  

Start your day with espresso ($2.50) and a grilled cheese sandwich made with local cheddar ($6) at Star Café (109 Lakeside, 450-243-5222) in Knowlton, and pick up a little jar of maple-sugar spread ($5.75) on the way out. Stop into Galerie Carpe Diem to see owner Nicole Taillon’s sculptures of woodland nymphs and pirouetting fairies, or check out regional art and silver jewelry at Galerie Knowlton. Next, explore Quebec’s wine country along the 75-mile Route des Vins, which starts just west of Knowlton. Head to Le Vignoble de l'Orpailleur, near the historical town of Dunham, where you’ll learn about the northern European methods that help grapes survive the cold weather. Navigate back north to Domaine Les Brome (call before visiting in winter; 450-242-2665) to pick up a few bottles of crisp, slightly tangy white wine ($24). As the day’s light fades, head south (just under an hour’s drive) to Sutton, enjoying the pastoral landscape along the way. For a taste of the region’s culinary renaissance, stop in for dinner at the cheeky French bistro Beaux Lieux in Sutton, where chef Christian Beaulieu injects international flavors into seasonal ingredients with dishes like salmon with Japanese tamari, horseradish, and honey ($10).

Published on Jan 20, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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