This winter, the Eastern Townships offer a variety of activities that will undoubtedly satisfy each and everyone’s tastes.
Here are eight choice destinations that you have to discover on your next winter getaway.
For outdoor activities enthusiasts, Centre d’équitation Jacques Robidas offers a unique horseback riding experience for all levels. Come and discover a new way to communicate with your mount by learning about integral balance in natural environments and movement efficiency in action. The wooded trails of this rustic site can be wandered not only on horseback, but also on foot, on snowshoes, on cross-country skis or even by sleigh ride. For those who prefer accommodations in the heart of nature, this site also offers two modern and spacious eco-chalets with all amenities as well as a rustic lodge for a different, more relaxing experience.
As for those with a preference for cultural activities, the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke is a must-see destination for the fine arts lovers. Located in the beautiful Eastern Townships Bank, a building dating from the 19th century, the museum features three galleries comprising one permanent exhibition hall and two temporary exhibitions halls. The permanent exhibition “space and landscapes” showcases the work of landscapes artists from the Eastern Townships, including the famous work of Frederick S. Coburn.
But for a museum experience that is a bit out of the ordinary, make a trip to the Sherbrooke nature science Museum, which offers informative as well as entertaining exhibitions. The permanent exhibition “Alter Anima” features unexpected encounters with hundreds of naturalized animals observing the visitors in a mythical forest. As for the multisensory and interactive show “Terra Mutantes”, it allows visitors to witness first hand the formation of the Eastern Townships landscapes through an unforgettable journey of almost 400 million years.
If, after your visit to the museum, you start felling a little (or very) hungry, well Café Aragon is only a few steps away and it will surely satisfy your appetite. With its gourmet and creative breakfasts as well as its generous and delicious table d’hôte, this small neighbourhood coffee shop will help you discover the rich flavors of the Estrie region. Well established since 1995, Café Aragon also serves artisanal cheeses as well as organic and fair-trade products in a poetic atmosphere and a sun-filled decor.
Authentic olfactory discoveries are more to your liking? La Grange des parfumeurs is the perfect place for discovering the art of perfume creation. Located in the heart of a bucolic and inspiring nature, with its thousands of natural fragrances, this artisanal boutique-factory is the first of its kind in Quebec. Come see for yourself the unique expertise of perfume and cologne creation, all products – including the famous Cologne 1245 unisex collection – being formulated, macerated and bottled on-site.
Why not take this opportunity to visit Savons des Cantons, a traditional soap factory specialized in therapeutic Marseille soaps and plant-based cosmetics? You can also make your own soap on-site in less than an hour! Since it is also an agricultural company that produces sea-buckthorn, this is also where you will find bistro Gourmet par Nature, which offers a wide variety of products made from different parts of the sea-buckthorn, as well as balsamic vinegars and infused extra virgin olive oils. Gourmet coffees and lactose-free gelatos are also home-prepared for your greatest enjoyment.
You wish to end this aromatic adventure on a high note? If you are looking for a delicious meal, all you have do is pay a visit to Taverne 1855. Named after the year the first municipal council of Magog was elected, this restaurant offers quality homemade cuisine made with high-end local products, in a casual atmosphere. Foodies and fine wine lovers are sure to be satisfied, as the wine selection is meticulously chosen to match the menu.
If your winter getaway takes you to Cowansville, don’t forget to make a stop at la Mie Bretonne. In this artisan bakery, all breads are 100% natural and home-baked during the night, in accordance with the traditional French baking methods. Along with over thirty choices of breads, the bakery also includes a charming café, that offers quality coffee with a wide selection of sandwiches and salads. Pastries and gourmet products are also offered on-site.
After an eventful day full of discoveries in the magnificent winter landscapes of the Eastern Townships, why not stop by Le Cachet B&B for a relaxing evening. You will have the opportunity to relax in a rustic setting while enjoying the comfort of your room and our location in the village of North Hatley. With its big windows, our relaxation area will allow you to relax with a good book or some great music, while being surrounded by beautiful floral greenery. You could also make the most of our SPA including an outdoor jacuzzi and a dry sauna for a truly relaxing experience.
We also serve a delicious home-made breakfast every morning, which can be adapted to your dietary restrictions.
If you have any questions about our B&B in North Hatley or your trip to the Eastern Townships in general, we invite you to contact us today. It will be our pleasure to answer your questions and help you plan your upcoming trip to our region.