Quebec's Eastern Townships Floral Landscapes
The Eastern Townships is a big collection of small cities, towns and villages nestled in nature in southeastern Quebec. It’s like a miniature version of New England, but with a French twist. Because of its mild microclimate, the Townships area is home to one of the largest concentrations of organic farms in North America and is one of the most prominent wine regions in Canada. This unique climate and topography have made possible the cultivation of exceptional crops and some of the most beautifully landscaped gardens in the world.
- Motorcoach Transportation with Onboard Refreshments
- 5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 5 Dinners
- 5 Nights Hotel Accommodation
- Room & meal taxes & gratuities
- Montreal Botanical Gardens
- Visit the Jean Talon Market
- Guided tour at Daniel A. Seguin Gardens
- Tour & taste at Le Cep d ’Argent, maker of sparkling wines
- Private tour of the Gardens at Glen Villa
- Guided tour at Bleu Lavende Farm
- Guided tour & tea tasting at Herbes Oxford
- Foresta Lumina
- Herbal tea making workshop
- Guided tour of the private gardens of Claire Leger
- Local bilingual guide for a day & a half in the Eastern Townships
- Townships guide gratuities
- 1 Night Queensbury Hotel, Glens Falls, NY
- 1 Night Fairfield Inn, Donwtown Montreal, Canada
- 2 Nights Manoir des Sables, Orford, Canada
- 1 Night Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, NY
Day One, Sunday, August 9, 2020 (Dinner included)
Depart Vienna and Rockville early morning and begin your travels northeast to New York. With comfort stops and a lunch on your own along the away, you will arrive at your overnight destination in Glens Falls, NY late afternoon.
The historic Queensbury Hotel is highly regarded as the town's centerpiece, with its gorgeous architecture, grand lobby, endless amenities, heated indoor pool, restaurant, lounge and more. After you have relaxed and refreshed, gather for an included welcome dinner served in the hotel’s lovely dining room.
Day Two, Monday, August 10, 2020 (Breakfast and Dinner included)
Check out of the hotel after an included breakfast. Depart the hotel about 9:00 am and travel north into Quebec. With a comfort stop along the way and time to pass through customs, you will arrive about 1:00 pm in Montreal, Canada’s largest city. Your first stop will be the Montreal Botanical Garden. Begin your visit with lunch on your own at the on-site café. After lunch, explore at your leisure, the collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses and over 30 thematic gardens, this verdant complex is considered to be one of the most important botanical gardens in the world.
Depart the garden late afternoon and travel to your full-service, four-star, downtown Montreal hotel. With its elegant accommodations and exceptional customer service, this is the perfect place to relax and refresh after an afternoon in the gardens. (Fairfield Inn). This BRAND new property has been given a 4* rating!
A visit to Montreal would not be complete without dinner in a French restaurant. Tonight’s dinner is served at a creperie, where you will savor the flavors of this traditional “flat pancake” rolled and filled with delicious ingredients. After dinner, there will be time for a stroll through the Old Port District at leisure on own.
Day Three, Tuesday- August 11, 2020 (Breakfast and Dinner included) Local tour guide will meet group in Saint-Hyacinthe (Gratuity for guide IS included).
After a hearty breakfast buffet served in the hotel, pack your bags and check out of your rooms. Today’s travels take you into the heart of Canada’s Eastern Townships.
Before you depart Montreal, visit the Jean Talon Market where you will witness a lavish array of locally grown and produced goods from over 300 vendors. As in the European- market-style, you will have the opportunity to meet the merchants and take advantage of their know-how, as they are always happy to answer questions and share helpful tips with a smile! Before you depart, purchase the makings of a “to-go” lunch to enjoy as you travel to the Townships.
Depart Montreal about noon and travel to the quaint town of Saint-Hyacinthe, known as the agri-food capital of Quebec. Your bilingual, local guide will meet you upon arrival. Gratuity is included.
Your first stop is at the Daniel A. Seguin Garden. This floral park is a teaching garden for Quebec’s Agri-Food Technology Institute and attracts over 15,000 visitors a year. It displays 50,000 plants over 11 acres, including more than 20 thematic gardens and has the largest collection of annuals in Quebec. Your visit includes a docent-led tour, followed by time to visit the gift shop.
Depart the garden mid-afternoon and continue east to your next destination. Along the way, your guide will share tales of the region’s rich history, culture and traditions and explain how the unique growing climate allows so many diverse species to flourish.
Late afternoon, arrive at Le Cep d’Argent, an ideal location for a refreshing break. This 114-acre vineyard has over 60,000 vines and is one of the first vineyards in the Eastern Townships. esides the sparkling wines that have made the vineyard a household name, Le Cep d’Argent also offers a selection of red, white and ros wines. Your visit includes a tasting of five of their wines, a tour of the vineyard and time to visit their on-site store.
Depart the vineyard and travel to your full-service hotel, nestled in between Lake Memphremagog and Mount Orford. This hotel offers a warm setting, luxury accommodations and splendid scenery. Say goodbye to your local guide for the day after you have checked-in. There will be time to relax and refresh before dinner. (Manoir des Sables) – 2 night stay. Guide departs after group has checked into property.
An included dinner is served in the hotel’s fine restaurant. Inspired cuisine is complimented by beautiful views of Mount Orford.
Day Four, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 (Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner included)
After breakfast in the hotel, join your local guide (gratuity is included)and set out a scented summer day.
Your day begins in North Hatley, a charming village on the north shore of Lake Massawippi. It is known for its magnificent homes that date back over a century and built by landowners who fled the American South after the Civil War. Here you are invited to explore Pat Webster’s private garden, Glen Villa. Upon arrival, Pat will warmly greet you and orient you to her property. You will quickly learn that Pat is passionate about the land and is an accomplished artist, writer, popular speaker and experienced gardener.
After the orientation, head out at your leisure to explore this 750-acre property that weaves nature, art and history into a rich horticultural landscape. Discover distinct outdoor “garden rooms,” contemporary sculpture, Asian artifacts and works of art. More a garden of woodland paths than a traditional country garden, Glen
Villa integrates nature and art, past and present, into a tapestry of many experiences.
Your next stop is at Bleu Lavande in Stanstead. This farm is the largest lavender farm in Canada and the second largest in North America. leu Lavande’s history began with a dream of seeing a blue flower with remarkable properties that would grow in Quebec. The unique species and brilliant blue hue of Lavandula Angustifolia thus inspired one of the first lavender farms in Canada. Your visit includes a guided tour and a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of the many picnic venues situated around the rolling lavender fields. There will also be time to explore at your leisure and to shop at the on-site boutique’s showcase of products for home and body.
Depart Bleu Lavande early afternoon and travel to Herbes Orford, a three-acre farm that cultivates a wide range of edible plants, herbs and medicinal plants. The gardens are dedicated to wellness and health through an inspiring herbal culture and the production of natural products. Your visit includes a guided tour and a hands-on herbal tea-making workshop where you will learn how to grow, harvest and prepare herbal tea. And, to reward your efforts, enjoy a tasting of five different teas!
Depart Herbes Orford late afternoon and travel back to the hotel. There will be time to refresh and recharge before this evening’s activities.
Board the coach and travel to Coaticook for a most memorable evening. Arrive at your dinner destination located in a century-old building that houses a restaurant, gift shop and outdoor terrace set in the middle of the forest. In keeping with the garden theme, this eatery is integrated with nature and the beauty of the Eastern Townships. Dine on traditional Quebecois cuisine.
After dinner, walk next door and prepare to embark on an incredible journey through an enchanted forest. Foresta Lumina brings to life the story of Margaret, a young woman who lived near the forest of Coaticook decades ago and was blessed with an uncommon gift that allowed her to see what others could not. The soul of this woman still breathes in these woods. This experiential walk through the forest is filled with music, light and magical creatures. Remember to whisper a wish to the forest fairies in the Garden of Wishes.
Depart Foresta Lumina and return to the hotel. Say goodnight to your guide and settle in for a good night’s rest after this busy day.
Day Five, Thursday, August 13, 2020: (Breakfast, lunch and Dinner included)
Enjoy a traditional Quebecois breakfast buffet served at the hotel before you depart. Today’s travels lead you out of Quebec and back into the USA.
Travel west and arrive in the elegant Victorian village of Knowlton, founded in 1802 by United Empire Loyalists from New England and New York. Knowlton has been chosen on several occasions as one of the most beautiful villages in Quebec.
Your first stop in Knowlton is at the private garden of Claire Leger, Domaine des oug res (Field of Ferns), which overlooks the tranquil shores of Lake Brome. Upon arrival, Claire will greet you and guide you through her gardens that include woodland paths, magnificent sculptures and water features. Along the way, discover the Haida path and its totem poles, the Lovers’ Mirror, the Pond of the Woman Rider, the Embers Corner and many more unique venues.
Say goodbye to Claire, board the coach and travel a short distance into downtown Knowlton for an included lunch. Dine on contemporary, regional fare, served in a country-chic d cor.
Depart Quebec, cross the border into New York State and travel south to your overnight destination in Poughkeepsie, NY where you will arrive about 6:00 pm. Your full-service hotel, the Poughkeepsie Grand’s stylish waterfall and custom, hand-blown Chihuly glass lighting fixtures welcome you into a warm and relaxing atmosphere.
Due to its proximity to the Culinary Institute of America, fine dining abounds in this region! Gather for an included dinner served at a waterfront restaurant located less than a 5-minute drive from the hotel. Savor the flavors of exquisite Italian cuisine prepared by Chef Joel, a CIA trained chef, as you gaze out at the Hudson River.
Day Six, Friday, August 14, 2020: (Breakfast included)
Start your day with a hearty breakfast buffet at the hotel, then pack your luggage and check out of your rooms. With a 9:00 am departure from Poughkeepsie, a stop for lunch on your own and comfort stops along the way, you will arrive back in Rockville mid afternoon.
Dates: Aug 9 - 14, 2020
Balance due: 5/18/20
Single Supplement: +$429
Trip Director: Donna Sasser
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