Convenient Condo Living amid Mountain Splendor
The Laurentian Mountains are one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, and they look it. A certain untamed aura still hangs about the landscape, which has developed into its current state over 540 million years. At Cap Tremblant, the waters of Lac Mercier and 200 acres of undulating evergreens contribute to the wilderness vibe. Yet a stay at Cap Tremblant hardly constitutes roughing it. The sprawling main lodge harbors crackling fireplaces and a chandelier-crowned lobby, and scattered condominiums feature homey creature comforts and awe-inspiring views.
Each one-bedroom condo includes spacious sleeping chambers, a living room with a sofa bed, and a fully equipped kitchen. Percale bed linens and shining modern appliances impart a sense of comfortable domesticity, and rustic textures and hardwood furniture maintain a mountain-cabin feel without a mountain cabin's typical lumberjack infestations. A full arsenal of kitchenware helps you to whip up meals after a quick trip to the charming, adjacent old village for groceries.
Alternatively, French and Belgian chefs prepare variations on their native cuisines at il pinnacolo, where mussels, handmade pizzas, and grilled fillets complement 270-degree views on a glass-enclosed terrace. Among the three pool areas, a cool plunge pool at the Ocean Pavilion allows for outdoor dips year-round. Outdoor hot tubs are flanked by heated stone walkways. A pair of virtual-golf simulators ($25+ CAN/hour for each person) lets players tee off on 34 different courses without ever leaving the resort.
Mont-Tremblant, Quebec: Alpine Adventure and Scenic Villages
The Mont-Tremblant area is comprised of three distinct village settings: the downtown area of Saint-Jovite, Mont-Tremblant's old village, and the Tremblant pedestrian village. Located just downhill from the resort on the banks of Lac Mercier, the old village offers quaint shops and a worldly variety of fine- and casual-dining options. Mont-Tremblant's most bustling district is the pedestrian village—or "the resort," as locals call it—a playground for outdoor adventurers, gourmands, and nightlife seekers situated about 3 miles from Cap Tremblant. About 6 miles south of the old village lies downtown Saint-Jovite, where local boutiques mingle with neighborhood ice-cream shops and pubs with sprawling outdoor terraces. At night, local favorite Le Grill/Pub Saint-Georges pumps dance hits and pours a variety of draft beers on its pub side until 1 a.m. and serves upscale cuisine on its restaurant side until 10 p.m. Back at the resort village, much of the area's nightlife is concentrated at dancing and tippling outposts such as Bar Café D'Époque.