Auberge La Petite Cachée (translation: a small, hidden place) offers a soothing respite from the hustle and bustle of Mont Tremblant Village. Though the frontal view of the charming country inn with golden logs...Mont Tremblant, Quebec Auberge La Petite Cachée (translation: a small, hidden place) offers a soothing respite from the hustle and bustle of Mont Tremblant Village. Though the frontal view of the charming country inn with golden logs and green-trimmed peaked roofs makes it seem as if it sits snugly at the base of the slopes, the inn is actually a mile away from the busy resort.
Proprietors Normand and Emie Manon opened the Scandinavian-style B&B four years ago. They run it with genuine warmth and hospitality, inviting visitors to make themselves at home and enjoy the comfortable, country setting. When guests are not off skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice skating or otherwise partaking of the area's abundant snow-sports, they may be spotted lounging by the double-sided brick fireplace in the cozy living room or wandering along the nearby river (often accompanied by Sam, the resident black Labrador, who is especially fond of retrieving sticks).
Each of the 10 guest rooms has a distinctive charm. Some have graceful, four-poster beds with gingham canopies, whirlpool tubs, wood-trimmed fireplaces and balconies with mountain views. All are roomy, with wood floors, fluffy bedcoverings and full private baths with pedestal sinks and toasty, heated tile floors. A communal ski storage area, complete with a ski-tuning table and boot warmers, is provided as well.
Every morning, Normand prepares a full breakfast. His specialties include buckwheat pancakes with blueberries and buttery maple syrup and wild mushroom omelets with spinach, leeks and a dash of Dijon mustard. When the mood strikes, he'll serve up French toast or eggs Benedict. Generous helpings of homemade muffins, croissants and fresh fruit salad are de rigueur.
Rates begin at $89 (double occupancy, breakfast included).
Contact: 888-475-2654; 819-425-2654; fax 819-425-6892www.petitecachee.com.
In 1986, the volume of non-weekend travel was 36 percent greater than that of weekend travel. By 1996, it reversed. Now, weekend trips account for more than half of all U.S. travel. Source: Travel Industries Association.