You know you are in Montreal when your hotel serves afternoon tea. The Chateau Versailles, a former 19th century home, is ideally located in downtown Montreal. Shoppers will be happy to know that this boutique hotel is located within the Golden Square Mile on Sherbrooke Street West, home to high-end retailers, jewelers and fashion houses.
Rooms reflect Quebec design
The 65 rooms are brightly colored, reflecting the Joie de vivre of Montreal and the collaboration with Quebec artists, furniture makers and designers. Rooms are available with single beds, queen and king beds. My room, #309, is a deluxe queen and rents for $185, including a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast. Check the website for AAA rates and package deals.
Breakfast is served daily in Le Boudoir from 7:00 – 10:30 a.m. However, individual coffee service from Keurig is available in room, as is room service.
Chateau Versailles Deluxe Queen #309
Additional amenities include afternoon tea, served from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Le Boudoir, cotton robes, Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries and access to a business center.
Chateau Versailles Le Boudoir
Keeping fit on the road
The Chateau Versailles offers a fitness center and sauna for its guests. Additionally, the property is pet-friendly for those who prefer to travel with man’s best friend. As of this review, the dog fee is $17 additional, per night.
Chateau Versailles offers complimentary wifi on the property and in the bedrooms. With my impending hip replacement surgery, I look at hotels from a different perspective. If you have trouble negotiating stairs, be aware that Chateau Versailles does not have an elevator. You’ll want to request a room on the first floor.
Be it a romantic getaway or family retreat, Auberge le Baluchon is mother nature’s answer to city weary travelers, spa lovers or active adventurer seekers looking to holiday in the Mauricie region of Quebec, Canada.
Located two hours outside of Montreal, Canada, Auberge le Baluchon, is it’s own little island paradise. Only you won’t find palm trees and surfboards on this island. Instead, this family-friendly resort offers a nature getaway for all seasons. I was in Quebec during leap peeping season this fall and was wowed by the display of colors.
Did you know that Auberge le Baluchon offers horseback riding in the spring, summer and fall and horse-drawn sleigh rides during the winter? I have written about my trail ride and created a YouTube video on the Writing Horseback blog.
Wednesday October 31, 2012 at 5:05 AM | 0 Comments
Are you visiting the regions of Lanaudière and Mauricie for the first time? Below is a list of “Insider Tips” for things to see and do in authentic Québec, Canada.
Experience the wild nature of Québec. There are plenty of outdoor activities and wildlife to observe.
Experience the food of Québec
Travel along a country road in Lanaudière
Travel the King’s road in la Mauricie
When I have a visitor from out of town the first place they want to see is Trois-Rivières, but I also take them to Ste-Alexis-Des-Monts (Sacacomie Hotel and Pourvoirie du Lac Blanc)and Saint-Michel-des-Saints (Lac Taureau Inn) – for a more local, authentic experience.
When I want to escape the tourists, my favorite place to visit is Chez Roger L’Ermite in Saint-Côme.
The dining room at the Auberge de la Montagne Coupee
If this is a romantic trip, I recommend Montagne Coupée Inn in Saint-Jean-de-Matha for kissing with a view.
The best place to walk the dog is La Promenade in Shawinigan.
Museums are wonderful, but if you are traveling with kids, you’ll want to visit le Musée Quebecois de la Culture populaire in Trois-Rivières.
Authentic Québec Food:
If you are looking for typical Québec cuisine, I recommend Auberge du Lac Taureau, Domaine des Trois Gourmands, Cabane chez Dany and Écho café at Baluchon Inn.
Lamb shank at the Kinipi Spa
The best place to go for coffee & a breakfast treat is Morgan café in Shawinigan or Trois-Rivières, Boutique Gourmande d’Amalthée en La Tuque, or la Brûlerie du Roy in Joliette.
Looking for cheap food in Ste-Élie de Caxton, go to La Grid-cheeserie in le Rond Coin.
The spot for late night dining is Brasserie le Trou du Diable in Shawinigan, and Vieux Terrebonne.
For an expensive, yet quality meal, go to Montagne Coupée in Saint-Jean de Matha, Auberge le Baluchon in Saint-Paulin, Auberge du Lac Taureau in Saint-Michel-des-Saints and Sacacomie in Saint-Alexis-des- Monts, Bistro D’Hélice in Lac à la Tortue.
Experience Authentic Québec
When you visit the regions of Lanaudière and Mauricie you will experience a lot of beautiful scenery. Authentic Québec is best known for its wide open spaces.
When you come to Shawinigan Batiscan, Mauricie get your picture taken at La cite de l’énergie, Parc de la rivière Batiscan, Parc National de la Mauricie.
The best vantage points are taken by walking to the top of Parc regional de la chute à Bull.
The Amphitheater offers great views and Festival Lanaudière is the best place to watch or experience this unique annual event.
Take a horse-drawn carriage ride at Auberge Le Baluchon in Québec, Canada.
In Mauricie, Parc National de la Mauricie, Lanaudière,Parc National du Mont Tremblant outdoor enthusiasts will want to hike, bike, walk and horseback ride.
Looking for a little exercise? Walk along the Trois-Rivières port and the Vieux Terrebonne.
If you are a museum lover, Joliette best museum is Musée d’art Trois-Rivières, Boréalis.
Looking for exciting night life? Go dancing at Festival Western de St-Tite or for live music.
The Le nouvelliste will keep you posted on what’s happening in la Mauricie
You can tell a lot about Mauricie from visiting and watching activities at the lumberjack museum (Musée du Bûcheron). Lanaudière, Fêtes Gourmandes.
In the spring you should attend a sugar shack (Cabane chez Dany)
In the summer you should attend, Mémoire et racines festival in Joliette and Festival de Lanaudière Joliette, Festivoix in Trois-Rivières, Festival international de la poésie in Trois-Rivières
Plan a visit to Québec, Canada in the fall.
Did you know that the regions of Lanaudière and Mauricie are known for their leafs colors? Plan a visit to the National Parks in the fall.
Come to Lanaudière and Mauricie for ice fishing, dog sledding and snowmobiling in the winter.
Insider Tip: Check out the often over-looked bisons farm and lavender farm in Rawdon and Saint-Sévère.
Just outside of Lanaudière and Mauricie you can visit Boissons du Roy, have lunch at their dinning room.
Have you been to the regions of Lanaudière or Mauricie in Québec, Canada? What are your favorite things to do in Québec ?
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