If you drive north from Quebec City through the Jacques Cartier Parc and continue through another one hundred miles of boreal forest, you will arrive at the town of Jonquiere, a suburb of Saguenay in central Quebec. The Auberge Villa Pachon is located there, on the banks of the Aux Sables River. Three years ago we read an article about the chef there, and the cassoulet he prepares. We drove seven hours from our home in the Adirondacks to try it.
Quebec City has long been on our list of favorite destinations, brimming with great restaurants and shopping, some fabulous hotels, and numerous art galleries and antique shops. As you might expect, Quebec has a fantastic selection of French restaurants, offering everything from fine dining and haute cuisine to classic bistro standards.
The Hotel Vermont in Burlington, appearing on many “Best of Vermont” lists in travel magazines, had been on our wishlist of weekend destinations for years. It also has the distinction of being next door to Hen of the Wood restaurant, which, if truth be told, was the real reason for our trip to Burlington.
New York City is a bistro lover’s playground, offering countless opportunities for a great meal at a reasonable price. I have been searching out the good ones for years, since days of yore when Cue Magazine’s alphabetical listing of favorites in each of the city’s neighborhoods served as my guide. Finding good bistros in the Broadway theater district has always presented a problem, because bistros are often the local neighborhood restaurant, and the theater district is not a residential neighborhood. Therein lies the rub.
Earlier this year we got to cross one item off our travel “bucket list”, a trip across northern Spain sampling the local fare, with a focus on tapas. We started in Barcelona, before travelling through the Rioja region. We grazed through San Sebastian, a city with enough Michelin stars to be named a constellation, before traveling west to Galicia to the historic city of Santiago de Compostela. Color me happy!
If I had to spend the rest of my life eating in one type of restaurant, a bistro would win hands down. Montreal offers a spectacular selection of French bistros, including many of our favorites. A winter weekend is the perfect time to get away to this wonderful city.
First Nation “Beaver” Lodge Pole In past years, Montreal has been our destination of choice for a long weekend in January. This year we headed off in a slightly different direction, with some prompting from friends who have been singing the praises of the city of Ottawa. It is a four hour ride from Schroon […]
The Emerson Guest House, Vergennes VT Off the Trail Favorites – Vergennes, VT The Champlain Bridge to Vermont is reopening this week, and we thought it would be timely to write post about the smallest city in Vermont – Vergennes. We took the ferry over a few weekends back, and spent a delightful Saturday evening […]
Our favorite restaurants in Montauk, NY For many years I have made excursions to Montauk, usually in September and October. Our group – all fly fishermen – try to time our arrival to coincide with the arrival of the bait fish inshore in the fall. The huge balls of bay anchovies and other baitfish entice […]
I am constantly amazed by the number of New Yorkers that have not been to Canada. On more than one occasion I have spent a week driving around in Quebec salmon fishing without seeing a single New York license plate. People will spend hours driving to New York City (in horrendous traffic) for a weekend, […]