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Auberge Ripplecove.
Auberge Ripplecove.

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WHERE TO EAT Café Inn 264 chemin de Knowlton, Knowlton; 450-243-0069; Open daily; try the thin-crust pizza for lunch. Restaurant de la Place 1 rue de l'Église, Frelighsburg; 450-298-5001. Open daily; pizzeria and convenience store.

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Art and antiques

Galerie Knowlton 49 rue Victoria, Knowlton; 1-450-242-1666; www.galerieknowlton.com. A Victorian mansion housing the works of Quebec and Eastern Townships artists, from ceramics and photography to jewellery and blown glass.

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Galerie Rouge 126 rue Principale, Cowansville; 1-450-815-0551; www.myspace.com/galerierouge. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Contemporary Quebec art in a showroom on the village main street.

Galerie Jeannine Blais 102 rue Main, North Hatley; 819-842-2784; www.galeriejeannineblais.com. Specializing in art naïf and folk styles.

Emporium Antique and Gift Shop 100 rue Main, North Hatley; 1-819-842-4233; www.emporiumnorthhatley.com. Cottage furnishings, collectibles and accessories, including antique painted shutters, baskets, weather vanes, quilts, toys, and one-of-a-kind porcelain teacups.

Food

Fromagerie des Cantons 441 boul. Normandie Nord, Farnham; 450-293-2498. Closed Mondays. La Brise des Vignerons and Le Zéphyr raw milk cheeses.

Les Sucreries de l'Erable 16 Rue Principale, Frelighsburg; 450-298-5181. Makes a coveted maple syrup pie.

Canards du Lac Brome 40 chemin Centre, Knowlton; 450-242-3825; www.canardsdulacbrome.com. The oldest and largest Peking duck producer in Quebec, celebrating its centennial in 2010. Fresh and frozen duck, pot pies and foie gras in the store, free icepacks for customers embarking on a long journey. Chocolats Colombe 116 Casimir, Ange-Gardien (15 minutes north of Farnham); 450-293-0129; www.chocolatscolombe.com . Fine chocolates, homemade fudge, nougat, Florentines.

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Aux Douces Heures 110 Rue du Collège, Dunham; 1-877-295-2476; www.inns-bb.com/doucesheures. Rooms from $80. As well as breakfast, these French bed and breakfast owners serve an exceptional Provencal dinner using local ingredients.

Auberge and Spa West Brome 128, route 139, West Brome; 1-888-902-7663; www.awb.ca. Rooms from $180. Circa-1880 farmhouse; now a destination spa and 26-room inn.

Manoir Hovey 575 chemin Hovey, North Hatley; 1-800-661-2421; www.manoirhovey.com. Rooms from $145. A Relais and Châteaux inn on Lac Massawippi. In summer, cottage activities (think paddleboats and touring bikes); in winter, snowshoeing, dogsledding and skating on the frozen lake.

Auberge Ripplecove 700 rue Ripplecove, Ayer's Cliff; 1-800-668-4296; www.ripplecove.com. Rooms from $133. A restored 1940s inn on 12 private acres edging Lake Massawippi, near North Hatley. The restaurant serves Quebec vintages from an enviable cellar, and an antiques-filled log cabin with private beach is available for longer stays.

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