I wanted a relaxing little getaway before the summer months drifted away. Not wanting to travel far, but wanting to stay somewhere luxurious and with lots to do, I immediately thought of the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello located in the little Quebec town of Montebello.
Only a one hour drive from Ottawa, it was the perfect little slice of paradise to escape the city, a busy job and my typical day to day life. Just driving up to the front of the hotel is breathtaking. The cedar lodge is beautifully constructed and steeped in history.
The entire hotel is beautifully constructed. The main lobby boasts a floor to ceiling stone fireplace. It is the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail, or play one of the many boardgames the hotel has on hand for guests.
Being the overzealous couple we are, we arrived four hours before check in, but thanks to the fantastic staff we were able to check in to our suite early.
Our suite exceeded my expectations. The “Canadian log cabin” theme continued into the room. Every little touch fit with the theme, including the bear lamp and plaid throw. I have never seen a suite like this before and it can only be described as cozy. It felt like we had been transported to a cottage somewhere. The hotel itself is surrounded by nature and so peacefully quiet that this helped maintain the cottage vibe.
To take the relaxation up a notch, I booked myself in to the spa on the grounds and I am so glad I did. The staff went above and beyond to ensure I had the best experience possible, including greeting me after my facial with a glass of champagne! I opted to get a paraffin wax facial since it was something I had never tried before. It was amazing and my esthetician went above and beyond, adding on an arm, head and foot massage while the paraffin was drying. I didn’t think I could even get more relaxed than I had already been feeling.
When I returned to the room, I was greeted by a sweet treat from the staff. My birthday happened to be the next day and they surprised me with some chocolate covered strawberries. This was just one example of how impeccable the service and attention to detail was at the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello.
If you are a lover of all things outdoors, the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello offers guests a large variety of both summer and winter activities. From miniature golf and volleyball to kayaking and horseback riding. There is something for everyone. In addition, there was also Zumba classes, geocaching and nightly movies and a fire pit.
Working up an appetite, we decided to go back to room and get reader for dinner. Although we had heard some amazing things about the outdoor BBQ, we decided to have a quiet dinner inside. As if the day couldn’t get any better, we were treated to one of the most amazing meals I have ever had. For an appetizer, I started off with a cheese plate featuring some local cheeses, fruit, nuts and freshly made bread.
For the main course, I opted for the scallops in a coconut chai sauce with a side of sun dried tomato risotto. The fragrant smell and beautiful presentation showed the care and expertise that went into creating such a delicious dish. Everything was cooked to perfection. When we didn’t think we could eat another bite, our friendly waiter informed us of the dessert buffet. Some cheesecake, chocolate mousse and pecan pie later, we were truly stuffed.
Not wanting to go back to our room, we took a walk around the hotel. There was so much to look at from the lush flower patches to the waterfront, it was nice to take a casual walk around the beautiful grounds.
After our walk, we decided to grab a drink at the bar in the lower level of the hotel. We sipped on our drinks (a peach belini for me and an old fashioned for Mark) and just enjoyed the quiet time together.
After a great night’s sleep (the bed was so comfy and the room so quiet and dark) we headed to the restaurant for the breakfast buffet. I heard the buffet was fantastic and the rumours were right – fresh crepes with maple butter, an omelette station, bacon, smoked salmon, hash browns and pretty much any breakfast food you can imagine were waiting for us.
I didn’t want to say goodbye to the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello. I think I could have permanently moved into my little log cabin suite. I felt like there was so much to see and do at the hotel we could have stayed for a least a week! The only thing to help me get over checking out of this opulent hotel was dreaming of coming back to experience the hotel in the wintertime.
Where is your favourite place to getaway from the everyday?
Editor’s Note: Thank you to the amazing staff at the hotel and spa for making our stay so wonderful. A special thank you to Nathalie for your help in co-ordinating all the details of our stay.