As far as bucolic day trips from Montreal go, the Eastern Townships are as good as it gets. Picturesque valleys and turn-of-the-century houses fill the scenery that sometimes feels more like England than Quebec. Located just an hour outside Montreal, the Eastern Townships in the winter are quite the postcard, with abundant snow, heart-warming culinary traditions and even warmer smiles from the locals. With resorts like Bromont and Sutton offering skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing opportunities, the region definitely knows how to play the après-ski game. Think maple liquor nightcap by the fire at one of the many inns (Auberge des Appalaches, Le Saint-Christophe or Spa Eastman) after a long day of cross-country skiing in the countryside.