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Fall gourmet getaway

Fall gourmet getaway

Domaine de Lavoie organizes activities for all ages and tastes: grape harvesting, pick-your-own fruit, wine-and-cider tastings, guided tours, a gift shop... The entire estate (including the donjon-inspired wine cellar) was designed by founder Francis Lavoie, a trained architect. A shuttle transports visitors between the orchard and the vineyard.

> Access the Gourmet Tour map (bottom of the page)

If you’re in the mood to sample local specialties, here’s a brief rundown by Francis-Hugues of his favourite haunts:


2. Le Fruit défendu : “This inn/restaurant is run by owners José Calloo and Dominique Guénette and housed in a magnificent ancestral home,” explains Francis-Hugues. They offer market-fresh cuisine and country-style hospitality and service. Weekend brunch each fall.1342 Rang Double, Rougemont. lefruitdefendu.ca

3. Chez l’artisan : “Exceptional chef, authentic cuisine! Chef Éric enthusiastically supports local producers.” The restaurant has a daily menu of regional dishes and over 100 beers from Quebec microbreweries. 284 Chemin des Patriotes, Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu. chezlartisan.ca

Cheese shop

4. Ferme Mes Petits Caprices : A small producer of fresh, ripened and firm goat cheese. “It’s delicious on toast with red-wine jelly and washed down with still cider.” 4395 Rang des Étangs, Saint-Jean-Baptiste. Facebook – Ferme Mes Petits Caprices


5. Le Garde-manger de François : A combined artisanal bakery, pastry shop and fine-food store. “They’ve been baking bread and viennoiseries here for over a century. The chocolatines are delicious.” 2403 Bourgogne Avenue, Chambly. gardemanger.biz

Farmer’s market

6. Marché public de Chambly : “Open every Saturday, 15 or so local producers set up their stands along the Richelieu River. An enchanting sight!” Parc de la Commune, 1999 Bourgogne Avenue, Chambly. marchepublicchambly.com

Summer stock

7. Théâtre de Rougemont : “This beautiful summer theatre by the mountainside is Rougemont’s cultural pride!” Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 370 Rang de la Montagne, Rougemont. theatrederougemont.com

Cycling trail

La route des champs : “Formerly a railroad track, this trail runs from Chambly to Granby through fields and orchards – and two-thirds of it is now paved. Just the ticket for a nice family outing.” pistescyclables.ca

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