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North Hatley, Quebec, Canada
In Quebec, a scenic hour-and-a-half drive east of Montreal brings you to this Lake Massawippi village that could easily be mistaken for a quaint spot in France. If the sound of locals speaking French doesn't charm you, North Hatley's picturesque churches, century-old homes, and quaint boutiques will. Do as the locals do: Sip coffee or wine and dine at one of the Eastern Townships' 16 little cafes de village, a concept patterned after the bistros in France. In winter, stop at a sugar shack for maple toffee after a sleigh ride through the forest or skiing the surrounding mountains.
Places We Love: The historic Manoir Hovey, named among TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Canada, is pricey, but you can lunch here without breaking the bank. Auberge La Chocolatierie is an affordable inn, and breakfast is served with a house-made chocolate drizzle. Try the to-die-for carrot cake at Saveurs et Gourmandises on the cafes de village trail.