Here, quiet roads wind through farmlands, lakes and pretty towns that are surrounded by mountains.
Top-quality local products with a French flair – including cheese, duck, pork, fish, coffee, cider, ice wine, cassis, micro beers, chocolate, maple syrup treats, lavender and specialty ice cream – can all be found throughout the townships, along with the talented chefs who add a gourmet twist to these specialty products.
With the self-guided Eastern Townships foodie tour, you can take in all the best in no time.
Sunset at Ripplecove Lakefront Hotel — Photo courtesy of Sherel Purcell
Good value for the dollar is evident throughout the region, starting with the lunch specials at Les Vergers de la Colline, where menu items include a cream of sweet potato soup and lasagna served with their premier apple ciders produced on-site and available from select USA retailers.
The Eastern Townships region – already famous for quality, healthy fare – is home to a new generation of food and drink producers who are passionate about their products.
They'll show you how to cook the perfect duck breast or chop at The Brome Lake Duck Farm; serve a creative before- and after-dinner drink with local twists on blackberry cassis at Domaine Ives Hill; and pair these creations with organic raw cow's milk cheese compliments of Fromagerie La Station, where you can watch them make cheese.
Learn how to saber a bottle of bubbly a la Napoleon at L’Orpailleur Wineries while sampling their award-winning tipples. Or, you can make your own olive oil soap and discover the tasty sea buckthorn in a range of mustards and compotes at Savon des Cantons and Gourmet par Nature.
Cooking duck at Lac Brome Duck Farm — Photo courtesy of Sherel Purcell
Best of all, you can stop by any of the 23 tourist offices in the region to pick up the foodie guide before heading out to meet the producers, sample local products and learn new cooking techniques.
Some of our favorites include cider producers Union Libre, who specialize in both "fire and ice" production methods to produce unique tastes that rival the best ice wines, using knowledge gained form their maple syrup-producing neighbors.
For dinner, stop by Le Pleasant Hotel in Sutton, where the chef produces finely balanced and creative dishes including a well-dressed heirloom tomato and asparagus salad and some sweet lobster on homemade pappardelle pasta in a light cream sauce.
Maple pie makes a great dessert and can be found all over. But enjoy it at The Star Cafe (Cafe de Village) with an organic latte.
The Eastern Townships, stretching northward from the Vermont border, has a good selection of top-quality inns, resorts, hotels and spas catering to all budgets.
For a five-star experience, book into the Ripplecove Lakefront Hotel and paddle the adjoining lake in a top-of-the-line kayak.
At Manoir des Sables, play 18 holes of championship golf or play pitch and putt on the practice holes that are suitable for the whole family.
Scenic cycling and hiking trails, mountains and lakes and championship golf courses all provide ample opportunities to work off the extra calories and add to your vacation experience.
If you time it right, you can listen to monks performing Gregorian chants at the Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Abbey before stopping into their boutique for top-quality chocolate and cheese, too – all made on-site.