Gourmet Dining and Luxury in Quebec

Weekend getaways are always a treat, and with our trip to the Eastern Townships of Quebec, we found a new, close by spot for short (or long) trips just a drive from Boston.

Don’t get me wrong. I do love the opportunity to fly to Ireland or across the country to Sonoma, but those long haul trips often end up being exhausting at the end, the antithesis of vacation.

Our quick drive to the Eastern Townships of Quebec brought us to Chateau Bromont, a luxury hotel in the heart of the countryside, flanked by a rolling golf course, ski mountains, and forests. We didn’t spend much time in our spacious, lovely room, because as usual, we wanted to explore, eat, and drink some wine!

Chateau Bromont

Chateau Bromont

The Chateau Bromont features an indoor and outdoor pool and hot tub, in addition to a bistro and a high end restaurant.

Chateau Bromont

The outside of the building featured amazing views and lush gardens, complete with bubbling streams. The environment was completely serene, secluded, and perfect for a little getaway.

Chateau Bromont

 

Les Quatre Canards

I always have food and wine on the brain, so I was excited to eat at the Chateau Bromont’s restaurant, Les Quatre Canards.

We started with an amuse bouche of phyllo dough with cheese and vegetables in a delicate sauce.

amuse bouche

I, of course, had a glass (or 2) of sparkling wine.

bubbly

We skipped appetizers because I had dessert on the brain already. Instead we skipped into entrees. I got the trout which was wrapped around crabmeat with a side of seasonal vegetables and a cauliflower truffle mash.

trout

My husband had perfectly cooked beef (I even tried it!) with seasonal veggies and peppercorns. It was divine.

beef

And then came dessert. A chocolate bomb, flaky layers of chocolate wafer, mousse, and a chocolate ganache, for him.

chocolate bomb

And for me, one of the reasons I came to Quebec, Tarte au Sucre, this one an upside down version. A maple sugar tart with ice cream, in a jar, is one of the most perfect things in the world. Maple sugar is not too sweet, not at all. There is no fake sugar flavor or overly sweet goo here, just a subtle hint of sweetness with creamy vanilla ice cream and a crunchy crumb crust.

tarte au sucre

It was one of the best desserts I have ever eaten. My pre-Quebec bucket list included local sparkling wine and tarte au sucre, two goals I met. It also included seeing a real live moose, which did not happen. And that gives me more reason to return.

All joking aside, Chateau Bromont provided the perfect place to relax, wine, and dine in a comfortable, luxe environment. Next time I will be booking a spa treatment and bringing a bathing suit to take advantage of the pools. And maybe doing some skiing, if the husband has anything to do with it.

 

Where is your favorite weekend getaway? It could be close or far, just a place you love to kick back, relax, eat, drink, and be merry?

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    Your dessert looks AWESOME! I love the mason jar presentation!

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  2. Daisy’s avatar

    i’m all about that pool and the dessert! nice job crossing some things off your bucket list!

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  3. Elizabeth’s avatar

    So funny, the best dessert I had in Montreal was also served in one of those glass jars. I guess it’s a Canada thing ;)

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  4. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    Great idea to skip apps and keep your eye on dessert. Your tart looks fabulous, as does the amuse bouche! Christopher and I don’t do nearly enough weekend getaways (except to Maine) because of Sadie – but we are doing a day trip in Newport this weekend!

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  5. Charlene’s avatar

    Wow – that tarte au sucre looks and sounds amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before when I visited Eastern Canada. As for my favorite weekend getaways, I adore going up to Vermont (Woodstock, Killington, Burlington – any part is beautiful and I’m saddened by the devastation they are facing there) as well as Newport (it’s where my hubs & I tied the knot 4 years ago!) and Portland (for lots and lots of lobstah!).

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  6. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    We went to Bethel, ME last winter, and it was the cutest ski town – lots of little shops and hole-in-the-wall restaurants that were all delicious!

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  7. Alaina’s avatar

    These posts are making me long for Quebec! I work for the company that owns the Chateau de Frontenac so I REALLY hope to stay there the next time I’m up in the city.

    My favorite was going to a sugar shack in the middle of nowhere and having maple sugar in a trough of snow and picking it up with a popsicle stick. Tasted like a sugar daddy!

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  8. Megan’s avatar

    That must be similar to the sugar pie I had and still dream about! This sounds like such a lovely trip!

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