As the summer was winding down, we decided to take another vacation for a few days to Montreal, Quebec! We were both able to take a few extra days off work that were unexpected, so we took full advantage of it by getting away. Montreal is about a five to six hour drive away from home, making it an ideal destination to escape for a summer trip. Our entire vacation was three nights and four days in length, which was a great amount of time to see the city, but left us wanting more. Montreal is a fantastic city and hopefully we will return someday. Our vacation started with a relaxing retreat to a hotel and spa called Auberge Beaux Reves, or translated as Sweet Dreams Inn, in Sainte-Adele, Quebec.
We decided to stay in Sainte-Adele at this particular inn because we had received a Samba Days gift card that allowed us a one night’s stay at a hotel of our choosing along with a dinner package and some other perks, depending on the place we chose. There were some places a bit closer to home that we could have chosen, but we decided it would be way more fun to travel farther away and used it as a starting point for our Montreal vacation. Auberge Beaux Reves looked like a really nice place to stay and the gift card included many extras including: a one night stay at the hotel, dinner at a local restaurant, an hour long Swedish massage for each of us, a complimentary beer from a local brewery, and a buffet breakfast. It sounded amazing so we booked our stay there!
So, we left the apartment bright and early around 8:30am to hit the road! It was a fairly length drive to Quebec for our holiday so we wanted to give ourselves enough time to get there. Our first stop was in Kingston to grab lunch at Jack Astor’s. Ever since we ate there the week prior with my grandparents, Justin had been dreaming about their tofu fajitas! So, he got to eat them again, while I devoured an entire plate of bruschetta bread…yum!
From there, we continued our drive towards our destination. There was SO much road construction around Montreal! The traffic was so terrible and we even ended up going the wrong way a couple of times due to the GPS not responding well to the ripped apart roads and altered routes. Finally, we reached Sainte-Adele just before 5:30pm, which was perfect timing since our massages were scheduled for that time!
Our first impressions of Auberge Beaux Reves were great! The main section of the hotel was inside a large, two-story home that looked a bit like a huge rustic cabin indoors, with exposed wooden beams and staircases. There was a main communal area where you could relax by the fireplace, play board games, or enjoy a drink with friends. Connected to the living room was a large kitchen space with many tables where we could eat breakfast. There were large windows with views of the outdoor spa area – definitely the highlight of staying here! But, I’ll get to that later on!
Since we arrived a little later than we originally intended, we pretty much just put our bags in our rooms and immediately went to get our massages. It was actually the first time that Justin and I had ever had a massage before! It was an hour long Swedish massage. We were led by our two female masseuses outside to a separate cabin that was set up with two massage tables so we could have them side by side. It was very relaxing and perfect after spending so many hours in the car! They used lots of great smelling oils and we were totally pampered from head to toe! After the massage, we were both very hungry so we decided to choose a restaurant and head out for dinner. We were offered three different menus to view at the front desk. It was a little bit difficult to choose at first, since all of the menus were in French (and we know very little of the language, just remembering a few things from elementary school classes). The man at the front desk was helpful and assisted us in choosing a restaurant. We ended up going to the Italian-French restaurant since we knew there had to be some vegetarian choices there!
We definitely felt like we were on vacation at this point….staying at a nice inn at a quaint French town in Quebec…and now, we got to enjoy dinner at a fine dining restaurant! We were definitely spoiled. The restaurant, La Chitarrie, was located centrally in Sainte-Adele with some other restaurants and cafes nearby. Our table was indoors, but we were seated at an excellent spot by some large opened windows with a great view of the town. At La Chitarrie, we enjoyed some salad, pasta, and who could forget….bread! (We know how much Justin loves bread from our time back in Cleveland this summer).
By the end of the meal, we were both totally stuffed. This restaurant was great because we were able to enjoy each other’s conversation, but also able to people watch with a view of the street. Sainte-Adele looked like such a lovely town! By the time we were finished at dinner, the sun had set and day had turned to night.
When we got back to our room, it was getting late so we picked up our complimentary locally brewed beers in which we got to choose which flavor we wanted. We decided to try a blueberry beer and a peach beer because it isn’t every day that beer comes in those kinds of flavors! To be honest, they were a little bit weird tasting, but oh well…free booze can’t ever be a bad thing, right? They also had some strange labels on them…
The girl on the bottles looked a tad creepy. Anyway, back to our room with the beers…our room at Auberge Beaux Reves reminded me of a bed-and-breakfast inn. The room was tastefully decorated with some pictures, fake flowers, and lacy things. The bathroom looked to be newly renovated with a great walk-in shower. The best part of the room had to be the balcony. The balcony had a couple of chairs and table on it, and it had a wonderful view of the whole backyard Nordic spa. Behind the large hot tub were tons of trees and a river that flowed below. If it weren’t for the constant flowing water from the hot tub, we would have heard the rushing waters of the river. Despite the source of flowing water, it was really relaxing to hear it while we sat outside, and we ended up keeping the patio doors open at night so we could listen to it as we fell asleep.
It was such a great way to unwind at the end of the day! We sat out on the balcony and talked until it was time to get to sleep. There was another room that had a balcony beside ours, but either the room wasn’t occupied or the people had decided not to use their balcony. It was great for us as it felt like we were the only ones there! Since we didn’t have time to use the Nordic spa that day, we planned on waking up early the next morning to give ourselves enough time for breakfast and a quick dip in the hot tub! Stay tuned for the next post, where we’ll be traveling on to Montreal!
Read all about our full Montreal trip:
Aux Vivres Vegan Restaurant
La Panthere Verte Restaurant
Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium
Old Montreal and Old Port
Walking All Over the City
Cafe Verdure Vegan Restaurant
Outdoor Art in Montreal
Habitat 67 and Montreal Bagels