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Set in 35 acres of pretty gardens overlooking Lake Massawippi, the AAA 4-Diamond Manoir Hovey is a quiet retreat made for romantic getaways. The property began life in the 19th century, modeled after President Washington’s summer mansion Mount Vernon, and is now an intimate Relais & Chateaux resort with only 37 rooms, a first-rate restaurant and the atmosphere of a private estate. Staff are welcoming and friendly, known for remembering guests’ names.
Populated by British loyalists at the end of the 1700s, the Eastern Townships still feel "more English than England," notes The Guardian, despite being only a 90-minute drive from bustling Montreal. This is rolling farm country, complete with clapboard churches and wooded slopes, and the pretty little town of North Hatley fits right in, complete with its bakery, antique shops and century-old architecture.
Beyond the romantics, epicures come from across the country to try the award-winning Quebecois cuisine (Lonely Planet raves that it’s one of the best in the area). Don’t miss the heaving cheese cart, overflowing with local raw-milk and artisan cheeses. The more relaxed option is a cozy pub, complete with lakeside terrace. There’s an on-site gym, and a range of activities to try, from cycling, kayaking, tennis and swimming in the summer to snowshoeing and skating in the winter. Best of all, they are all included in the room price.
Rooms are all unique -- the country-style rooms are prettily furnished with antique beds, floral prints and checked fabrics, while more modern rooms have sharp furniture and glass-topped tables. Many come with whirlpool baths and some have fireplaces. Opt for a room facing the lake for picturesque vistas -- the best have terraces with front row views of the sunset.
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