And we’re back! Just settling back home in Ottawa following our little getaway to Lac Superior, just outside Mont Tremblant, Quebec. As the saying goes, there’s no place like home… no matter what little piece of paradise you may be visiting… but we had such a wonderful time together on our family vacation.
We stayed at Elysium Suites-Sur-Lac for the first time which I can only describe as a cottage-hotel hybrid. They are essentially condos on the water with wonderful cottage like amenities. You’re away from the touristy/busyness of Tremblant village but still close enough should you wish to visit, which is kind of perfect in my opinion. The views of the lake from the suites are nothing short of spectacular!
On day one, we were starved from our drive and lunch time was approaching so we decided to stop in the quaint little town of St. Jovite for a bite. We wanted to avoid the overpriced, underwhelming restaurants in the village (in my opinion) and had some great recommendations from friends for St. Jovite. The Vieux Four is where we ended up and it was lovely. They had wonderful wood fired pizzas, pastas, fabulous appetizers and much needed wine! We were so pleased, we actually re-visited for dinner another day but there were so many cute little patios and shops along the strip.
After our bellies were full, it was check-in time, so we headed to our hotel. Our suite was incredible… a 3-bedroom corner suite (they also have lofts, 1 and 2-bedrooms) equipped with kitchenettes and electric BBQs on the terrace. The 3-bedroom has two large balconies, one off the living area and one off the master bedroom with spectacular views! We were quite happy to spend this first evening on the patio taking in the views and had dinner in the condo.
Just steps away is a fabulous little market, L’Etalage Marche Gourmand with an SAQ within it, which accommodates this kind of night in very well. You can also order sandwiches and quick bites. Essentially all your food needs can be met there, whether it be prepared food or essentials to prepare your own. After dinner, we sat by one of the fire pits down by the lake with the Adirondack chairs. Lots of wood and seating available for camp fires… perfect for roasting marshmallows.
The next day was spent further exploring the grounds. They have tennis courts, a beautiful saltwater pool, a games room with foosball, complimentary usage of their paddleboats, canoes, kayaks and more! Lots of winter activities as well.
The Mont Tremblant National Park is just 10 minutes away and admission is included for free for guests of this hotel. We decided to visit one of their must-see attractions, the Diable Falls, which were just wow! The kids loved the hike up the mountain. I had no idea that this park is the oldest national park in Quebec and the largest in all of Quebec!
We spent part of one day in the Village. We toured around and took Jax on the bungee trampoline which only took 90 minutes in a line… OMG! Needless to say, I was happy to have some sangria with our lunch after that wait. Jax loved every minute of the bungee jump which was totally worth it but there was no way we were waiting in more lines after that. John and I took turns waiting in the line so we could keep Jax busy up and down the Gondola and exploring while my mom and her partner toured Hudson around. After a busy day, we were happy to leave and head back to a more peaceful setting at Elysium Sur-Le-Lac.
On our last night, we ventured 2 minutes up the road to wrap up our mini vacation at a fabulous little restaurant called Le Rustique and it did not disappoint. A beautiful log cabin with a gorgeous little patio full of string lights, super cute and it seemed to be quite the hot spot because it was absolutely packed. I suspect some travel from the Village for it and of course many of the patrons at Elysium with it being so close.
All in all, a fabulous family-friendly holiday, but an equally amazing place for adults as well. If you’re wanting to learn more, visit them at http://www.tremblantelysium.com/lodging/suites-sur-lac.html and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
What hidden gems have you discovered off the beaten path? I would love to hear your vacation stories!