Uncut: The Eastern Townships, Canada

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For Money magazine’s September 2014 issue, I wrote about top leaf-peeping destinations. Here are more tips on what to see and do in the Eastern Townships, located in Quebec, Canada, when the fall foliage is at its best.

The Eastern Townships, Quebec

This pastoral countryside 20 minutes north of the Vermont border is reminiscent of New England. Still, it’s distinctly Quebecois thanks to friendly French speakers, Canadian flags, and meals that end with raw-milk cheeses.

Make North Hatley, located on the banks of Lake Massawippi, your jumping off point to explore the dozens of charm-loaded towns. Overnight at Manoir Hovey, where almost all of the 37 renovated rooms have water and colorful forest views (from $245). If you book after October 13, rates drop 30%.

While the hotel’s Hatley restaurant, serving locally sourced dishes such as Smoked Sockeye salmon and foie gras with a pepper marmalade, is worth the splurge (dinner: $65), concierge Marc-Andre Blais also suggests Restaurant Pinocchio, a French bistro in Sherbrooke, 26 minutes north, where a three-course Thursday special tallies up at $20.

For the published article in Money magazine, click here.

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