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.
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 […]
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, […]