Dec 8, 2009

New Year's in Montreal: why not escape to the countryside?

Sure, New Year's Eve can be fun in the city, with all the parties going on but... if it's snowy and white, there's nothing cozier to do on the last day of the year than curling up in bed in front of a crackling fire at a country hotel like the gorgeous Manoir Hovey, 90 minutes outside the city.

Then lazily getting out of bed and getting all decked out for a soirée in style: a fancy tasting dinner followed by some dancin' cheek to cheek at the inn's beautiful pub (below), which will be all festive with decorations, a DJ and all the trimmings for a proper countdown to the new year.

Not only is Manoir Hovey, in North Hatley, a super easy drive from Montreal, but you can also stop at the very cool Balnéa Spa on your way for a massage, a sauna and some baths (the exterior baths all have water at different temperatures).

Here's what Manoir Hovey's got on the menu for New Year's Eve:

Menu du 31 décembre 2009

Huître Rasberry point, sabayon au champagne.


Aile de raie, consommé de bœuf, spatzel à l’estragon, jaune d’œuf.


Ravioli de joue de porc, boudin, coing, jus au cidre.


Pigeon cuit sous-vide, foie blond de pintade, trompettes noires.


Foie gras ‘’ Rocky road’’.

(Rocher de foie gras, chocolat, noix Macadam)


Pain perdu, abricot, pistaches, figue et porto.

Yum, yum.

The cost for the room plus the dinner with wines paired with each course goes from Can$ 270 per person (in an economy room, but who wants that, right?) to Can$ 550 per person for the ultra-mega-super-duper new Heron suite, which is more like a home away from home (mini kitchen, outdoor hot tub, dining area, etc etc, which they show in a virtual tour here). That includes not just the room and the dinner but also all the tips and full breakfast.

Manoir Hovey: 575 Hovey Road, North Hatley, tel. (819) 842-2421
Balnea: Bromont, tel. (450) 534-1225

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