Thank you Manoir Hovey for hosting our stay. All opinions are my own.
For our first real vacation since January 2020, we road tripped to the Eastern Townships in Quebec and spent 3 nights at the charming Manoir Hovey. It was the perfect place to relax, admire the foliage, and indulge a little.
Manoir Hovey is located on Lake Massawippi in North Hatley, Quebec. This area of the Eastern Townships is known for spectacular foliage and hiking trails, as well as great cuisine. It was a 7-hour drive from Toronto which we broke up with a little stop in Ottawa to visit some friends. We were there in mid-October which is just a little past the peak foliage, but still a beautiful time to go.
As soon as we arrived at Manoir Hovey, we were greeted by friendly staff who helped us with a seamless check-in process. Everyone was wearing masks and there were hand sanitizer stations throughout the property. It was clear that everyone was taking safety seriously and we felt very comfortable during our stay.
Our room was located on the second floor and had a nice covered patio. It was great for enjoying a cup of coffee while looking out on the lake.
There are two restaurants on site – Le Hatley and Le Tap Room, and we really enjoyed our meals at both. Le Hatley offers an 8-course discovery menu which was truly a feast and really showcased the local cuisine. While at Le Tap Room we were able to indulge in a favourite – poutine!
There’s also a library at the hotel which is a great place for getting some work done or sitting by the fire with a book. The wi-fi throughout the hotel was fast and reliable. With many now working from home, I can definitely see how Manoir Hovey could be a great work and play option.
There are various options for activities at Manoir Hovey in all seasons, such as water activities (kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, fly fishing, etc), private beach, bikes, clay tennis courts, heated swimming pool, walking trails around the property, yoga and Pilates on the lawn, etc.
On our second day we took the bikes out for a ride along the nearby trails. We biked into the town of North Hatley and walked around the water for a bit. I loved admiring all the beautiful houses and cottages along the way, and dreaming that one of them were mine. We also took the canoe out for a very peaceful paddle around the lake. Admiring all the foliage from the water was pretty amazing. I would love to come back in the summer sometime to go for a swim or go stand-up paddling on the lake.
This region of Quebec has a lot to offer and makes for a great destination all year round. Some of the nearby attractions include the Abbaye de Saint-Benoît-du-Lac, various covered bridges from the 19th century, and multiple scenic hiking trails. We went for a hike at Mont Pinacle, a 30-minute drive away from Manoir Hovey. The panoramic view from the peak looks spectacular, however we were a bit unlucky with the weather and were instead greeted by a thick layer of fog at the top. I wish we could have stayed a few more days and done more hikes in the area, but there’s always next time.
This trip made me realize how much I’ve missed traveling, and for our first getaway since the pandemic we had a great experience. Manoir Hovey is an incredibly charming hotel and made for the perfect autumn destination. We definitely look forward to returning one day!