A few weeks back when we were visiting Eastern Townships and stayed at the beautiful Manoir Hovey, we spent a day driving around the scenic countryside, stopping into an apple orchard and a beautiful winery. The leaves were just starting to change, giving us our first taste of the fall season. Leaf peeping this time of year is my favorite, especially after our proper road trip through New England last year. We’re heading back out this weekend and I’m hoping to share the same experience with my mom and sister this time around.
Every year since I was a little girl, we’ve gone apple picking at the start of fall. I know it’s sort of a cliche thing to do now, but I still enjoy it so much! In the past, we’d drive up to Apple Hill to visit some of the u-pick farms and buy way too many apple cider donuts, hot cider and pumpkins. It’s the best way to get excited and festive for the season. It comes and goes so quickly- I can’t believe we’re already almost halfway through October (I need to start working on our Halloween costumes ASAP). We found a small orchard along our journey in Quebec and stopped by to pick a few apples for our car ride.
A bit of research on the area told us that Eastern Townships was known for some of their wineries, so of course we wanted to stop by one. We found Vignoble Domaine Bresee online and realized it was only a short drive from where we were, so we added it to our plans for the day. We arrived to a gorgeous property, lined with fall colored trees and rolling hills of ripe vineyards, just days away from harvest. Plump, juicy grapes sat on nearly every vine, just waiting to be plucked and creating a delicious aroma in the warm air. The visit made us miss our favorite Napa Valley, which we used to frequent almost every other weekend (and I’m so saddened and heartbroken to hear of the horrible fires that have been destroying the areas recently – if you do feel inclined, you can find out ways to help and donate here).