Manoir Hovey, Eastern Townships

Overview: Set on 12 hectares overlooking Lac Massawippi, this Relais& Châteaux property 30 minutes south of Sherbrooke offers old-style destination luxury, perfect for a special occasion or just because.

Essence: Built in 1900 as the summer house for a wealthy American industrialist, the Manoir exudes the historic charm of an elegant, old-world country estate — mind you, one with all the mod cons. The 35 bright rooms feature sumptuous contemporary furnishings surrounded by a lively mix of patterns and textures. Nature-inspired cuisine is driven by sustainability, diversity and creativity.

Curricula: If you manage to drag yourself away from the fire in Le Tap Room, taste your way through the many local fromageries. Winter is also a wonderland of snowshoeing, skating and ice fishing, all guaranteed to build up an appetite.