I love summer in Sutton. There is loads to see and do, including doing nothing, so to help you pick and choose here is my top ten list :
Hike on the Sutton massif. There are over 250km of trails and circuits of all types of difficulty and length. Trails are managed by a number of different organizations including PENS and Réserve naturelle des Montagnes-Vertes. Day passes are required which can be bought at the trail head, the Tourist office in the village or here at the B&B.
Visit a vineyard. Sutton is located on La Route des Vins – a signposted route linking 18 vineyards. Each has their own particular attraction but I particularly like Domaine des Côtes d’Ardoise for its beautiful outdoor sculpture exhibition, L’Orpailleur for its wine museum, Domaine Bresee (right on our doorstep) for its delicious rosé and Chapelle Ste Agnès for its breathtaking location. During the week it is worth checking the opening hours.
Cycle the Mont Sutton circuit. With its rolling hills Sutton is not for the faint of heart but keen cyclists flock to Sutton for the challenge of the Mont Sutton circuits and the Jay Peak circuit just over the US border. La Vie Dehors in the village has good bike rentals.
Drive the Townships Trail. This sign posted route will take you through some of the Townships loveliest scenery and lead you to some of its prettiest villages. From Sutton you can follow the Trail through Mansonville to the Abbaye de Sainte-Benoît-du-Lac where you can listen to the Gregorian chanting and buy some cheese! Afterwards continue on to Magog and return via Lac Brome (Knowlton).
Kayak the calm waters of the Missisquoi River. No experience is needed to spend a day floating along this beautiful river at your own pace. Kayak & Co as well as Au Diable Vert arrange day trips and I can help with reservations.
Relax at a Nordic spa. Spend an afternoon or evening enjoying a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. The Spa des Chutes de Bolton is a 40 minute drive and Balnea a 30 minute drive. Alternatively we have some excellent massage therapists here in Sutton.
Pedal through the trees. If you have a head for heights the treetop aerial adventure at the brand new attraction VéloVolant is not to be missed. Pedal a recumbent bicycle along a 1km suspended cable high in the treetops.
Shop for a picnic. In the middle of Sutton’s rue Principale, speciality store La Rumeur Affamée has a wonderful selection of local cheeses, cold cuts, breads, pies and pastries. Alternatively Chez Matis (inside the Atelier Bouffe kitchen store) has excellent pre-prepared dishes. Wash it all down with a bottle of wine from Domaine Bresee or try Domaine Pinnacle`s ice cider. Finish with some Belgian chocolates from chocolaterie Belge Muriel.
Visit an art gallery or exhibition. Sutton has a huge number of artists. You can see their works at the galleries along, and just off, rue Principale. In July the Tour des Arts gives you a chance to visit many local artists at home in their workshops. If you like sculpture don’t miss a visit to Domaine des Cotes d’Ardoise’s summer exhibition of sculpture in the vineyard.
Do NOTHING! Good places to do nothing include the terrasse of Le Cafetier, the rocks by the Witches Cauldron, the picnic tables at Domaine Bresee plus, of course, the verandah and pergola here at the B&B.