Vintage Cottage Vacation in Val-David
Last week, we got the opportunity to stay at the Swiss Village in Val-David and we were so enthusiastic about our experience that we wanted to share with you what this secret gem has to offer. The estate counts 10 vintage cottages on a 2-acre lot on Lac La Sapiniere, at the foot of Mount Condor. The old-fashioned feel goes back to the 1940s, when the City Dwellers used to board a small train to come enjoy the lakes of the Laurentians. The fireplace, the woodstove, and the general retro atmosphere go hand in hand with the modern comfort offered in the chalets.
When we first got there, we thought that the cabins might be too close to each other, but as we settled in the gorgeous wood-paneled courtyard, we realized that the cottages were actually cleverly angled in a way that removes any vis-à-vis. Inspired by European architecture (primarily French and Swiss), the chalets instantaneously made us feel at home. The stone walls combined with the profusion of windows allowed a cool breeze and only a trickle of the sun to get in. The jacuzzi is a beautiful addition to enjoy a relaxing time after an outdoor adventure. The somewhat proximity with the other travelers ended up making us enjoy our stay even more as they were laidback and exceptionally friendly.
If you find the motivation to leave your cozy, charming cottage; the lake offers a fun and adventurous canoe trip. There are two winding rivers that connect to the lake. If you want to venture below the bridge, you better be pretty good at paddling as there are a few rocks and shallow areas. The water is nice to take a quick dip, although you definitely have to be into minnows as you’ll be surrounded rather quickly. There is a stunning bike path along an old train rail called Le P’tit Train du Nord. From there, you can access a delightful beach on Lac Raymond (free access). Located on three different mountains, there are also plenty of hikes to satisfy the rambler in you.
The staff is eminently welcoming and accommodates every guest in the most convenient way. There’s a grocery store within a 10-minute walk into the village and enough restaurants to make every foodie’s head spin. Of all the delicacies we’ve tried, we recommend the poutine at Le Mouton Noir, the burgers at Le Rusé Renard, and brunch at Bistro Plein Air. Another place that made an impression on us was the local bar Le Baril Roulant, where we tasted exquisite cocktails and hand-crafted pizzas made live.
The Swiss Village is highly popular and books up all summer. They only have a few availabilities left in August so you better snag them fast!
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