My Sutton top ten activities this winter

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Lynda on the terrace at the 840m chalet at Mont Sutton

My Sutton Top Ten for Winter

There is lots to see and do in and around Sutton. To help you pick and choose here is my list of Sutton top ten activities for the winter. This is followed by my summer Sutton top ten list.

Ski Mont SUTTON. Just a 4 minute drive is one of Quebec`s leading ski resorts. Renowned for its glade skiing the mountain has 60 trails and a 1500 foot vertical drop. We have excellent value Mont Sutton ski packages but there are all sorts of packages and specials so please ask me for advice. A free shuttle service to the ski hill passes in front of the B&B at weekends and during the main holiday periods.

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. Ask us for a recommendation.

Try fat biking at Plein Air Sutton. The pedalling season does not have to end with the snow! Rent one of these specially designed bikes and set off on beautiful trails – a new way to enjoy the winter. Tip: dress in layers.

Sample some artisan beers. A few minutes walk from the B&B are two excellent microbreweries: À l’Abordage and Auberge Sutton Brouerie. Both offer tasting flights and good food.

Visit a vineyard. Sutton is located on La Route des Vins – a signposted route linking 18 vineyards. Many are open in the winter and each has their own attraction but we particularly like L’Orpailleur for its wine museum and Domaine Bresee (right on our doorstep) for its delicious rosé. Domaine Pinnacle`s ice cider is not to be missed. Ask me for coupons for free tastings.

Drive the Townships Trail. This sign posted route will take you through some of the Townships loveliest winter scenery. From Sutton follow the signposted route to the Abbaye de Sainte-Benoît-du-Lac where you can listen to the Gregorian chanting and buy some cheese! Afterwards continue to Magog and return via Lac Brome (Knowlton). To add to your enjoyment, I can lend you a CD of Townships’ stories and history to play as you drive.

Go gourmet food shopping. In the middle of Sutton’s rue Principale, speciality store La Rumeur Affamée has a wonderful selection of local cheeses and patés. In addition to breads, La Valse des Pains, makes and sells maple and almond croissant. Chez Matis has excellent pre-prepared dishes. Don’t forget the Belgian chocolate from Muriel chocolate store and make a point of talking to Jonathan, the knowledgeable owner of Le Marchand du Thé.

Snowshoe, hike or cross country on the Sutton massif. There are over 200km of winter trails and circuits of all types of difficulty and length. Trails are managed by a number of different organizations including PENS, Plein Air Sutton, Au Diable Vert and Réserve naturelle des Montagnes-Vertes. Day passes are required and are available here at the B&B as well as maps and are included in our Sutton snowshoe and cross country ski packages. Equipment rental can also be arranged.

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 by following the Plein’art walking circuit.

Sip a hot chocolate! Good places to do this include by the fire in the parlour here at the B&B and on rue Principale at Le Cafetier, Muriel chocolate shop or Le Pleasant café.

My Sutton top ten for next summer

There are all sorts of things to see and do in the area but here is my own personal Sutton Top Ten in the summer:

  1. Hike the Sutton massif. There are over 250km of trails and circuits of all types of difficulty and length at Parc Sutton, Réserve naturelle des Montagnes-Vertes and Au Diable Vert. Day passes are required and are available here at the B&B as well as maps and picnic lunches – all of which are included in our Sutton hiking package.
  2. Visit a vineyard. Sutton is located on La Route des Vins – a signposted route linking 18 vineyards. Each has their own particular attraction but we 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.
  3. 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 (so dont forget your passport). Our cycling package has all you need to discover the area.
  4. Drive the Townships Trail. This signposted 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).
  5. 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. Our Sutton kayak package includes kayak rental and a picnic lunch.
  6. 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. Ask us for a recommendation.
  7. Zip through the trees. If you have a head for heights the new aerial adventure at Au Diable Vert is not to be missed.Glide through the treetops on a suspended recumbent bicycle which travels only as fast as your pedal strokes. VéloVolant is the highest of its kind, supported by towering maples and pines. The VéloVolant package gives our guests a 20% discount on the regular rate of $50.
  8. 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 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.
  9. 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 by following the new Plein’Art walking circuit. From 14 to 23 July 2017 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.
  10. Do NOTHING! Good places to do nothing include the verandah or the pergola here at the B&B, the terrasse of Le Cafetier, the rocks by the Witches Cauldron, the picnic tables at Domaine Bresee…