North Hatley, Quebec
Driving Time from White Plains: 6 hours
Weekend Rates: from $205 per night
Visiting Manoir Hovey in North Hatley, Quebec, is a revelation. The area, part of Canada’s Eastern Provinces, has an atmosphere that’s both pastoral and sophisticated. This welcoming region feels like rural France and is easily accessible from Westchester without stepping foot in an airport. Just cross the Vermont border (don’t forget your passport!), and you’re in another world—with a French accent. The favorable exchange rate only adds to the fun.
Birches, maples, and poplar trees, brilliant with fall color, line your approach to Manoir Hovey, a Southern-style hotel on the banks of Lake Massawippi. The family-owned Relais & Châteaux property (voted the No. 1 Resort and Inn in Canada by Travel + Leisure in 2016) exudes warmth, charm, and beauty. There’s a cozy library, a lively pub, and a fine-dining restaurant, where Chef Francis Wolf features local producers—a potted kale plant is served as a salad with garden shears and a bowl of Caesar salad ingredients—and sommelier Steve L’abbé is a master of pairings and good cheer.
Guest rooms amble along the lakefront and strike just the right mix of comfortable and luxurious, with fireplaces and lakefront patios from which to watch flocks of birds soaring over red and orange trees.
|Hike Mount Sutton and enjoy the fall festival—music, crafts, barbecue, and more—on weekends between September 17 and October 16.|
|The Summit Drive takes you through a colorful panorama across mountaintops and lakes, all under dramatic Canadian skies.|
Walk to the end of Manoir Hovey’s dock for a shot with the lake behind you and colorful trees reflected in the water.
Hop on one of Manoir Hovey’s kayaks, canoes or bikes, or set up a foliage tour by pontoon boat. Then head into North Hatley and visit the artisan purveyors and little pubs that meander around the lake. Feeling adventurous? Try the Vélo Volant—a bicycle ridden high above the