ROAD TRIP: Weekend getaway in Charlevoix

In early December, I planned a weekend getaway in a nearby lodge with a few friends. I was looking for the perfect environment to recharge my batteries before the hustle and bustle of the holiday celebrations.

Charlevoix is my favourite weekend getaway destination. It has a vast possibility of year round outdoor activities, an abundant and unique terroir and is easily accessible from Quebec City. You haven’t fully enjoyed the flavours of the 47th parallel until you’ve spent some time in Charlevoix.

When comes the idea of a weekend getaway, the friends are easy to find, but the lodging not quite. Where to look? Thankfully Booking. com was my saviour!

Mont Grand-Fond ski hill
Mont Grand-Fond ski hill

Since I usually search on Booking when looking for a hotel, I hoped to find one or two results for a cabin in Charlevoix. Much to my surprise, a plethora of results popped up on for cabins, lodges, apartments and houses for rent, not only in Charlevoix, but for destinations all over the world! Les Bouleaux at the foot of the Mont Grand-fond ski resort in La Malbaie it would be.

A foodie’s dream kitchen

The cabin was nothing short of a luxurious house, big enough to have six people sleep comfortably in a bed. There were two showers, a foyer and a fully equipped foodie’s dream kitchen: a huge stainless steel counter with a stand mixer, a blender, a fondue dish an another for a raclette, as well as a set of well-sharpened knives! Alleluia!

Local flavours for a wholehearted meal

Saturday night supper
Saturday night supper

Saturday night’s meal was one filled with local flavours: duck from La Ferme Basque, meats from Les Viandes Biologiques de Charlevoix, mushrooms from the next door neighbour Champignons Charlevoix, bread from the Pain d’Exclamation bakery, cheeses from Laiterie Charlevoix and Famille Migneron, and finally deer tartar from my friend Helen’s recent triumphant hunting season.

Here’s a little video of Saturday’s meal preparation

With this experience, again proves itself as my ideal research tool when looking for any type of accommodation, anywhere in the world.

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