5 comforting autumn activities
I’m writing these lines, as the sun is setting earlier and earlier, the cooler weather is inviting us to put on our toques, hats and mittens, and as the trees have almost lost all their vibrant coloured leaves. During this time, just before the first snow falls, some of us will find ourselves stuck inside seasonal depressions, and little to inspire us to unwind, to clear our heads and pamper ourselves a bit. Here are a few suggestions to chase away the autumn blues in the Eastern Townships.
RELAXING AT THE SPA
I love visiting the region’s spas this time of year. I especially enjoy going to Balnéa Spa + réserve thermale where we’re totally immersed inside nature and all the unparalleled beauty we find here. To relax in a hot tub while admiring Lake Gale’s majestic trees is well worth its weight in gold! I also love to take advantage of all the vast domain’s installations, whether it’s their 22-kilometre network of trails, the forest’s acoustic cones, or the Moroccan lounge. And if I feel hungry, the reserve’s restaurant LUMAMI invites its guests to enjoy culinary health experiences always overflowing with creativity. It’s the ideal place to free ourselves of all the daily stresses that haunt us.
TALKING WHILE SAVOURING A DELICIOUS CUP OF COFFEE
When we think of cold weather, we also think hot beverages! Our Cafés de village are the perfect places to enjoy divine and cozy moments among friends, or with our lover or our family. My personal favourites include L’Épicerie-Café in Dunham, the Cafetier in Sutton, and Sucreries de l’Érable in Frelighsburg. If you’re hoping to find a truly decadent mug of hot chocolate, Bromont’s Musée du chocolat stands out with drinks concocted with 34% or 70% (bittersweet) chocolate. If you’re more the type to enjoy tea or infusions, the Comptoir du Marchand de Thé, in Sutton, offers an exceptional selection to savour right here or to take home for your cocooning rituals.
NOURISHING THE BODY AND THE SPIRIT
The Brome-Missisquoi region abounds with chefs, pastry chefs, bakers who share a common mission: to have you discover the area through its exquisite dishes and products! Here are a few places you might want to check out: the distinguished cuisine of the Bistro West Brome in Lac-Brome, the seasonal cuisine of Chardo in Bromont, the vegetarian selections of l’Archipel in Cowansville, the savoury products you’ll find at La Mie Bretonne in Cowansville and the Spanish and Latin American specialties of La Bodega in Dunham. Bon appétit !
RESERVE A COZY NEST
Glamping enthusiasts are invited to head out to Sutton, more precisely to Huttopia Sutton, for a stay in a chalet that can welcome up to six people. Their wood-cabin type chalet, with its living area couch and a wood-burning stove, is ideal to start reading a good book or to cozy up with the ones you love. In Glen Sutton, the Au Diable Vert Mountain Station combines unique four-season lodgings with outdoor activities to offer a replenishing experience as much for your body as for your soul
SAVOUR GREAT TASTING MULLED WINE
After a day spent outside, there’s nothing better than to savour some delicious mulled wine to relax and warm our insides! Our region is highly renowned for the fine quality of its wine products, and Saint Armand’s Domaine du Ridge is kindly offering us this special recipe that will surely cause quite a sensation.