Coming to the end of the summer, my family and I took a mini vacation to Mont Tremblant; an upscale ski village in Québec, Canada. Mont Tremblant has a wonderful European flare. It is a charming ski village, with upscale adventure boutique shops and loads of activities for everyone in the family. We had an amazing road trip that included spending two nights in Mont Tremblant, and one night in Ottawa, which included a detour and quick stop at the luxurious Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello (the largest wood log building in the world). Our trip had a good mixture of kids activities (our son quite enjoyed all the fun things especially the Luge down the mountain), fancy dinners which my husband and I enjoyed (except for our son who had to sit through all of them 🙂 ), exploring the many walking trails and tourist attractions, wildlife sightings, and some afternoon naps for me 🙂 ; i didn’t realize how tired I was. Overall, we had an amazing time and hope to return next year.
The Ski Village
Accommodation – We stayed directly in the ski village at the Homewood Suites by Hilton. Our room over looked part of the village and one of the ski hills. The suite was a two story unit with a complete kitchen (stove, fridge, dish washer etc), with the bedroom situated on the upper level loft. Our suite also included a separate dining room and living room, and a staircase that leads to a separate bedroom. Our son quite enjoyed running up and down the stairs and was thrilled with having a bedroom overlooking the sitting room below. There was a queen-sized Murphy bed in the living room, plus a pull open sofabed; this suite could accommodate a large family. I wish we had planned for having a kitchen in our trip as it would have given us the option to prep our own lunches and hence reduce cost. Instead, we settled for very over-priced lunches in the village which were just average.
Kids Activities – Directly in the village were many actives for everyone. There was Luge down the mountain, bike rental, mini golf, a 30-foot high climbing tower, kids bungy jumping, suspension rope climbing, water park, etc. There were many activities for all ages.
Family & Adult Activities – Golf course, spa, many many walking and biking trails, beaches on the beautiful lake, gondolas (one of which was free), wild life sighting. There were also other on- going events that took place such as the Tonga Lumina which we skipped, as it was very late in the evening and well past our son’s bed time, plus it was cold in the evenings and we chose to stay in.
Food – The hotel breakfasts were included (above average, with four or five hot dishes). We mostly had lunches directly in the village which was mostly about convenience, but the food was just average. However, for dinners we went the fine dining route; we left the ski village and drove out to Le Cheval de Jade (French Restaurant), and also had dinner at the Fairmount Mont Tremblant (Choux Gras) which was next door to our hotel. One thing we would do differently the next time we visit, will be to take groceries to prep our own lunches. One main dish and 1 appetizer can cost over $50 for lunch (including taxes and tip).
Also, stay tuned for more posts on our trip as it is too much to cram into one post. Hope you enjoy.