Gîte Haut Bois Dormant
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Undiscovered Eastern Canada
The Eastern Townships of Quebec are just that: small towns nestled up against the far northeastern United States. In this corner of Canada, everyone's first language is French, and the food is also heavily influenced by the French. The Haut Bois Dormant bed and breakfast is a perfect example http://www.hautboisdormant.com/english/index.html. A beautifully restored Victorian home, this B&B has sweeping views of the countryside, and the gorgeous Mt. Megantic home to the astrolab observatory http://www.astrolab-parc-national-mont-megantic.org/en/. Classically trained chef and owner Julie Demers and her husband, Pascal, provide delicious locally sourced rustic food for both breakfast and dinner (see the website for package offerings). Fluent in both French and English, they make you feel truly welcome. The place was spotless, warm and inviting, especially on a cold January evening. Our dinner was a delicious, braised local lamb that was fork-tender, with sides of perfectly poached and roasted vegetables. The rooms were nicely furnished but not overly crowded. The surrounding area is a nature lover's paradise, offering hiking, boating, camping, and skiing. Approximately a 3-hour drive from Quebec through the countryside, this is one destination that you should not pass up. For an overview of the eastern cantons, go to http://www.easterntownships.org/
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