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A tasty trip for the whole family in the Eastern Townships
June 21, 2019Escapade
Marie-Ève, her partner and her 2 children, aged 5 and 8, have just bought a class C motorhome. In their quest to explore Quebec this summer, this "Adventure Family" were intrigued by the concept of Terego. They tell us about their experiences with various producers across the province throughout the summer on our blog. Ready to go?
On a sunny weekend in June, we decide at the last minute to go camping as a family. We wanted to break out of our routine, to celebrate the summer, that had finally shown its face. A quick search on the Terego website suggested the Domaine Ives Hill in Compton. A little food in the RV's refrigerator and some clothes in the closets and we were ready to go!
That's how we ended up trying some delicious products made with blackcurrant in the late afternoon. There were, of course, some alcoholic drinks for adults, but there were some jams and syrups for the children. In their store, they even have teas, vinegar, honey, chocolates, soaps and lotions made with goat's milk and blackcurrant, and more! The welcome is warm and the tastings generous.
We then got set up in the RV parking lawn, along with a nice retired couple, before setting out to explore the site. The Domaine Ives Hill is not only a shop and a parking lot; it also offers us a unique contact with nature. First we relaxed beside the river on some nice Adirondack chairs. We took this opportunity to toast the summer with a bottle of Cassigria, a superb alternative to sangria.
The children played beside the river while we savored this tranquil moment. At the end of the day, we were completely alone at this charming RV stop that includes a table for picnics in addition to the four chairs.
We returned to the motorhome for dinner, with a view over the field, waving under the gentle breeze. The kids enjoyed themselves running around while we washed the dishes. They also like to listen to "the talking lady", the short recorded story of a woman who lived on the site in the nineteenth century.
This stop along the "The Pioneers' Way", a cultural route covering the region of Coaticook, is pleasant with its stone benches and its impressive silhouette made of corten steel.
To end the evening, we took a path that winds through the fields to the top of the mountain. The sunset is beautiful from up there, between the young oaks and offered us a clear view throughout the descent Everyone then settled in for a restful country night in our RV.
How could we complete this family road trip?
Although a night at the estate is already worth the journey, you can easily add a little agrotourism! The region is full local produce, and the event of Comptonales takes place in the early autumn. By car or shuttle, you can take a gourmet trip with eight stops in the region, each with several producers. From June to November, you can also make a stop at the Wera or Groleau farms, a few minutes from the Domaine, to pick strawberries and fresh vegetables. Feel like some cheese? Head to the La Station cheese dairy, which creates unique certified organic cheeses made with raw cow milk. Are you going during apple season? Why not take the whole family to the Gros Pierre Orchard or the Ferland Orchard to stock up?
If you're a more athletic type, you also have several opportunities to get moving. A few minutes from the Domaine, you can get your clubs out for a pleasant game at the Milby Golf Club. For those who prefer two wheels, I recommend the beautiful cycle path that connects Lennoxville to North Hatley, part of the Grand Fourches network. It's the perfect opportunity for a picnic on the shores of Lake Massawippi and a visit to the Capelton mine, two must-see stops on this cycle path. Finally, hikers with (or without!) their dog will love the Johnville Ecoforest Park and its 6km of light trails.
Feel like getting out of the countryside for some city action? Get to Coaticook in less than 20 minutes, with its splendid Foresta Lumina or Sherbrooke routes, always buzzing with all kinds of events! Have a great trip!