Last weekend we flew to Ottawa, Ontario and drove an hour into Quebec for my aunt's wedding at the Fairmont Le Chāteau Montebello. The weather was mostly in the 50's and 60's (my favorite!) and the area was absolutely breathtaking. All the foliage fall colors were in full bloom, the small towns in that area are quaint, and the hotel itself was gorgeous.
The hotel looks like a large, old ski lodge. It has a giant fireplace in the center of the lobby when you walk in, a large restaurant downstairs (I highly recommend for their a la carte breakfast items) and a huge indoor heated swimming pool. Our room was nicely sized with a king-sized bed, wooden ceiling beams, lodge inspired decor, a mini fridge and gorgeous views outside.
They have a 5K path that goes through the woods and all around the hotel grounds and we enjoyed a 6-mile run Saturday morning on the path and through Montebello. We did our post-run cool down walking along the waters edge and scoping out all the boats docked at the hotel piers. There are horses, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a spa, nice-sized gym, and plenty of comfy chairs throughout the lobby and upstairs to relax in with a good book.
Before the wedding on Saturday, we spent several hours exploring Montebello and the countryside. We enjoyed some chocolate delicacies at the chocolaterie, drove past gorgeous old barns and took too many pictures of cows, farms, and all the trees in full bloom.
It was a lovely, enchanting weekend. The wedding was beautiful, with a small group of friends and family, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to see a new part of Canada. I wish we could have stayed another 3 - 4 days and had more time to explore Montebello, the fromagerie, enjoy the swimming pool and tennis courts, and just spend more time lounging by the fire. Weekend getaways always fly by much too quickly!