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Treat Yourself to a Trip to Knowlton

© By Karen Rooney
  Among the many wonders to be found in Quebec's Eastern Townships is a quaint village that's nestled snugly next to a small lake surrounded by rolling hills. Knowlton's a real treasure waiting for you to discover on your next travel adventure. Whether you're the outdoorsy type ready to explore the hiking trails, golf, ski fabulous mountains, swim at Douglass beach, go sailing, canoeing or waterskiing on Brome Lake or if you're into shopping, a walk through a quaint village or the theater; Knowlton's got it all and more
     The village itself was first settled in 1802 by United Empire Loyalists from New England; by 1855, Knowlton had become the county seat. Voted one of the prettiest towns in Quebec and famous for its natural and man-made beauty on the regional, provincial and national level; Knowlton's an ideal holiday destination. Who can resist the lure of a location that's both a soothing summer getaway and a winter wonderland?
     Long the summer retreat for Montreal's wealthy to escape the heat; you'll find many gracious homes to dream about and even explore with the theater's annual House and Garden Tour. Knowlton's the commercial and cultural center of Ville de Lac Brome, only100 km away from the big city but worlds apart in relaxation and rejuvenation.
     Knowlton's fully equipped for your pleasure: with a vibrant Marina, countless golf courses including the prestigious Knowlton Golf Club, the Knowlton Boat Club, the Brome Lake Theater, biking trails, ski hills, sleigh rides, well-known boutiques, antique dealers, restaurants, cafés, country inns, B & B's, and is located on the wine route. Interesting events are scheduled for your enjoyment throughout the year like the Great Duck Festival featuring world-famous Brome Lake Duck (check out the Brome Lake Duck Farm, open 7 days a week) the Tour Des Arts which features numerous artists and artisans who open their studios for 10 glorious days to the public and of course, the Festival of Lights.

Coldbrook Park, center of town  Lights Festival  Tasting during the Duck Festival  Theate Lac Brome

     The Theatre La Brome has a full lineup with professional actors performing during the highly successful summer-theater run and lively amateurs comprising the Knowlton players who put on imaginative and fun shows during the winter months. The Tour Des Arts has been running for over 25 years and has created many like-minded art tours. The original boasts two weekends and a full week of activities, readings and dining events to celebrate the artistic talent that resides in Lac Brome.
     Voted in 2007 by "The Weather Channel" as the 4th best of the 10 leaf-peeping destinations in North America, you've simply got to set your sights on coming to Knowlton as soon as you possibly can. Stay at the Auberge Knowlton, right in the middle of town at the four corners, and not only will you luxuriate and dine in style but you'll be doing it in one of the most historic buildings in Knowlton.
     Now's the time to treat yourself to a well-earned vacation in one of Canada's most beautiful locales; tune out the noise and turn on to the blissful sounds of nature orchestrated for your personal pleasure. Check out what all the fuss is about and discover for yourself the enchanting village of Knowlton; we'll be expecting you.

Karen Rooney lives in Knowlton, and has travelled extensively in Europe, and the US. She has published a non-fiction book: Me And My Two Sons, 2004 Price-Patterson, and contributes newspaper and quarterly articles as well as to new web-sites now.

Photo Credits:
Art Knowlton (Theatre Lac Brome)
J. Laurent (Lights Festival)
Duck Festival (Tasting)
Eastern Townships Tourism (Colbrook Park)

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