For the past five years, we’ve taken a long-weekend trip in October. In many places, it’s the perfect time of year for a mini holiday — not too hot, not too cold, and promises of beautiful fall foliage.
This was nowhere more true than in the quaint town of Montebello, Quebec. Only an hour from Ottawa and Montreal, this village on the Outaouais River is home to the world’s largest log cabin — the Fairmont Chateau Montebello — as well as a delectable fromagerie, chocolatier, brewery, le Manoir Papineau, hiking trails and plenty of other recreation.
It was the perfect October three-day getaway. We rode horseback and hiked through the resort’s 156 acres among the burnt orange, bright red and autumn yellow leaves, sat by the waterfront, enjoyed brunch in the hotel’s stone-walled restaurant, sipped cocktails fireside in its expansive yet cozy lobby, toured the town and its gift and food shops , and swam laps in indoor heated the 75-ft. pool.
There is no lack of activities to occupy yourself at any time of year on the Chateau’s property, but we recommend fall as a must-visit season!
Check out some pics from our adventure below.