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1. Edgar Hyperlodge

Grab a parasol-shaded table on the patio of this lodge-like brewpub at the foot of Mont Brome. Start with in-house microbrewery West Shefford’s moderately hoppy Cette Sorte-Là blonde before moving on to the nutty L’Autre Sorte red ale that’s also used in the batter for their homemade pogos. If you’re on a roll, add an order of meatballs stuffed with local Qualité Summum cheese curds to your next round of brews.

92, boul. de Bromont, 450-919-0691, edgarhyperlodge.com

2. Balnea

Hot, cold, rest, repeat – this is the order of things at Balnea, a thermal spa set on 400 forested acres. Schvitz in a dry sauna or hot tub, jump into Lake Gale to cool down, then relax on the mountain-facing deck or in cone-shaped “nature phones,” designed to am-plify forest sounds. End your day under Lumami’s cathedral ceilings, where chef Jay Gladue’s seasonal cuisine includes candy-sweet tomatoes and heritage pork from local farms.

319, ch. du Lac-Gale, 450-534-0604, balnea.ca

Beatnik Hotel

Photo: Daphné Caron

3. Beatnik Hotel

Driving up Lac-Gale Road, amid the region’s rolling hills, you’ll spot the sleek grey and white exterior of this summer camp turned nature getaway. Sylvain and Geneviève – the couple behind the 2016 conversion – were inspired by Jack Kerouac and 1950s Howard Johnson Motor Lodges, wanting to provide motel-room-style access to the outdoors. Take a seat on the fireside sectional in the lobby and pick up La vie est d’hommage, a collection of the Beat author’s writings in his native French, from the side table. On warm evenings, hang out on a lounge chair by the saltwater pool.

279, ch. du Lac-Gale, 450-534-2212, beatnikhotel.com

4. Vintage et Sucre à la Crème

Browse the first floor of this converted grain mill for pieces from the 1950s to the ’80s, like Le Creuset Dutch ovens, pink and gold highball glasses and Philippe Starck chairs. Francine Gadoury is the collector, while her sister handles all things sweet. Sample the sucre à la crème from Andrée’s counter before heading upstairs to check out her daughter’s selection of vintage clothes organized by decade, with Yves Saint Laurent pumps in the mix.

570, rue Shefford, 514-979-7222, facebook.com/vintageetsucrealacreme

5. Bromont Municipal Trails

For a leisurely walk, explore the Lac Gale nature reserve, where you might spot barred owls flying between golden-barked yellow birch trees. If you’re inclined towards something more intense, opt for the kilometre-long Grand Duc path that takes you to the Mont Gale summit. Before heading out, download the Ondago app to get offline access to a map catalogue that includes the Bromont trails, so you can stay on track outside of cell range.

201, ch. du Lac-Gale, sentiersbromont.org

Pie

3 more spots to sweeten the deal

Double down with a chocolate and almond croissant at Canaël, where Michaël Roger bakes French treats using Moulins de Chars organic flour imported from his home country of France.

1389, rue Shefford, 450-534-0244, canael.com

 

At Désirables Gâteries, housed in a quaint green 175-year-old heritage residence, the maple-syrup pie comes in three sizes. Enjoy a mini in the tree-filled backyard garden.

659, rue Shefford, 450-534-4785, desirablesgateries.com

 

Book a tour of Le Musée du Chocolat, which ends with a chocolate-making demonstration, and be sure to taste the ovals of milk chocolate filled with crunchy layers of Speculoos cookie.

679, rue Shefford, 450-534-3893, lemuseeduchocolatdelaconfiseriebromont.com

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