Last week Chris and I both had some vacation time so we decided to take a drive up to Mont Tremblant to check out the changing foliage and relax a bit. Let me tell you, the colours did not disappoint. The leaves were in full transition and the landscape was stunning. Only 2 hours North of Ottawa, this was a great place to have a quick, kid-free getaway.
We stayed at the Chateau Beauvallon which was a beautiful inn just a few kilometres from the Tremblant Resort. The all-suite hotel has units ranging from 1 to 3 bedrooms. We stayed in a 1-bedroom suite that had 2 bathrooms, living area with gas fireplace, a kitchenette (basically everything but an oven) and a bedroom with a king sized bed. There was also a Murphy bed and pull out couch in the suite.
Our stay included daily continental breakfast with fare such as toast, bagels, waffles, hardboiled eggs, and fruit. Nothing fancy but simple and filling. The hot tub, located outdoors and open year round, was quite large and we used it a couple of times. There are also indoor and outdoor pools (weather and season permitting). Although there is a restaurant on site, it was too expensive for our tastes so we never dined there. After seeing what the town had to offer, I think we made a great choice in booking this place.
Being on vacation I had no intention of cooking so we ate out for all our meals. I would rethink that if I were to ever return to the area. Dining in Tremblant, especially on resort is EXPENSIVE! This was not completely unexpected but I’d rather spend my money on activities than average tasting meals.
There were 2 restaurants that were absolute standouts for me and neither were located on the resort property. The first was Creparie Catherine. You might read crepes and think dessert, but these were savoury meals. We both ordered a cup of mushroom soup to start (it was chilly while we were there) and I had the sausage apple crepe, while Chris ordered the Catherine Special (egg, swiss, cheddar and ham). These crepes were heavy on the cheese and béchamel. Although you could request the same on the side. Needless to say, they were quite rich and filling and we ended up bringing home half a crepe each to eat for lunch the next day. Just outside the restaurant is a beautiful trail which we took a stroll on. It’s a great way to work off some of that heavy stuff.
Our most favourite meal was at Le Vieux Four Italian Restaurant. We started off with some crispy calamari that was perfectly battered and lightly fried. I had veal parmigiana and Chris had seafood linguine. The food tasted great and the portions were excellent, plus the prices were really great! Definitely a must try if you happen to be in the area.
If you’re heading to Tremblant in the off-season (Spring/Summer/Fall) there are lots of activities to keep busy. We had originally set out to play at least 1 round of golf while we were there, as there are beautiful, sprawling courses everywhere. But, my shoulder decided it would seize up on our first night so that option was out.
Hiking is a must during the fall if you want to see the beautiful trees and their fall foliage. We headed up to the resort for our hike. The resort has a number of marked trails varying on levels of difficulty. The best option is to take the panoramic lift up and begin your hike up top. Unfortunately, we had a very cloudy and rainy week so the resort staff didn’t recommend spending the money to go up the lift. But, we did trek up the Grand Prix Des Couleurs path, which runs to the left of the lift. Don’t let the pretty name fool you, this path runs up a black diamond ski run, so it was steep. We made it about halfway up before heading back down. Even though we didn’t make it all the way up we still saw some stunning landscape and a great view of the resort from up high.
I think the best activity that we both enjoyed was our trip to the Scandinave Spa. I can’t believe I’ve never been to one of these before, especially since there is one right outside of Ottawa! Going mid-week we were able to redeem the fall special which was only $35 per person. This price included the use of the spa for the day, 2 towels and a lock. If this is an activity you think you’d be interested in, make sure to pack your own bathrobe and flip flops, so as not to incur extra costs. If you’ve never been to a Scandinavian Spa it is basically cycles of hot, cold, then rest, and you can do this for however long you choose. My favourite room was the eucalyptus steam bath, it felt really good to be in there. I didn’t enjoy the cold part, but I don’t think you’re supposed to and it is essential to the process. The rest areas were all over and included indoor and outdoor stations. We particularly enjoyed the loungers by outdoor fire and the double loungers up on the sun deck. 3 hours went by very quickly and we left relaxed and ready to enjoy a nice meal.
All in all, it was a really nice little fall getaway and being so close, we weren’t exhausted from travelling to and from.
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