Twenty nineteen. A year of adventure, of change, and of great memories.
Long time no see. The month of November through December are always harder and busier months for me, hence the lack of blog posts on this page recently. During the winter months, the inspiration to travel and go on adventures is much lower which makes it quite difficult to create content and put out interesting posts. With the new year though, I always like to do a recap of all the things I’ve accomplished over the past 365 days which not only helps me look back on everything but also helps me gain my inspiration back. With that being said, I hope you all had a great new year and all the best in this new decade.
Weekend in Quebec City
One of my favorite places on Earth and a place that I find myself gravitating towards year after year, is Quebec City. I got the chance the visit this beautiful city once again this year and even got to cross some new places off of my bucket list. Now while the city is beautiful regardless of the season, there is something extra magical in the air when you go during the cold, white winter months. During this trip out, we got the chance to visit now only the Montmorency Falls, which were frozen in time and covered in a white blanket of snow, but we also got to witness the only ice hotel found in North America.
Read also Quebec City Photo Diary | Winter Edition
Discovered My Newfound Love of Hiking
Over the past year, I’ve discovered a love of hiking and luckily enough, there are plenty of gorgeous mountains to climb in the area. From winter hikes through snowy wonderlands to hikes in the fall to chase the oranges and reds the trees have to offer, hiking is definitely something I’ll be doing more of in 2020 and something you’ll be seeing more on the blog.
Spent the Day at Verger Champetre
One of the most unique attractions to visit in Quebec, is the Verger Champetre. Found in the Eastern Townships area, which also happens to be my home, you will find one of the only places where you can take an alpaca out on a walk through farmland and pine tree forests. I had seen this place going around quite a bit on Instagram and other Quebec related blogs and it being so close to home, I figured I had to make the trip out to see what the fuss was all about. Not only was the alpaca walk an experience to remember, the rest of the farm and the animals were also great to see, so much so that we ended up making the trip out there twice this year.
Read also Discovering Verger Champetre
Celebrated my 24th Birthday on a Venise Cruise
2019 was the year that I turned the big 24. To celebrate this special day, I was gifted an afternoon cruise through Venise en Quebec and the surrounding villages to bring in a new year of life. It was one of my first times on a cruise of such sorts and it was honestly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Not only was the 2 hour trip around Venise and all the way through to Vermont fun, the staff aboard the boat made the experience that much more unforgettable.
Wandered Through Lavender Fields at Bleu Lavande
A great place to spend a peaceful and relaxing morning or afternoon, is the Bleu Lavande lavender fields. Found near the American border in Fitch Bay, this place is one of pure relaxation and heavenly smells. The first time I visited Bleu Lavande, the fields weren’t completely in bloom yet, so I knew that in 2019 I had to make the trip back out there when the flowers were out of hiding and the smell of lavender filled the air.
Discovered the Quaint Village of North Hatley
A place that I’ve seen often on Instagram and other Quebec related blogs, is North Hatley. A small, little village found near the Bleu Lavande fields, North Hatley is filled with antique shops brimming with unique items and water front restaurants for a great place to grab a bite to eat during the summer months. Though there isn’t a ton of things to do here activity wise, the beauty of the place and the surrounding mountains with the lake in the middle of town, are worth a stop regardless.
Hiked to Round Top at Mount Sutton
One of the harder hikes yet most rewarding hikes I did this year, was Round Top at Mont Sutton. A hike that felt like it lasted for hours upon hours, gave way to some of the most breath taking views in the Eastern Townships.
Saw the Ocean for the First Time in Hampton Beach
A little fun fact about myself, I’m not a huge fan of beaches or the ocean. While I think it’s pretty to look at and something to experience at least once in your life, you will never find me booking a vacation to lay on a beach for a week straight. That being said, a little family vacation with my fiance’s family, brought us to a weekend in Hampton Beach. Not only was this the first time I had seen the ocean, it was also the first time I stepped foot into the beautiful state that is New Hampshire and despite my preference of mountains and forests over the sand and the water, it was still one of my favorite memories of the year.
Crossed Salem Off of My Bucket List
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to go to the witch city and experience everything that Salem has to offer. During our weekend in Hampton Beach, we were able to make a detour out to Massachusetts to spend the day in the city most infamously known for their witch trials. Needless to say, with it’s abundance of quirky museums and historical landmarks as well as the overall feeling of it being Halloween all year round here, Salem did not disappoint in the slightest and was one of my favorite memories of 2019.
Visited the Ruins of an Abandoned Village
Another place I’ve had on my radar for a little while, was the ruins of a long abandoned village found in the Monteregie area of the province. I love anything to do with ghost towns and abandoned places, so I was glad that we were finally able to get out to explore what is left of Riviere de la Guerre.
Click here to read the full blog post about this long forgotten village
Went Away for the Weekend to Mont Tremblant
Something I knew I had absolutely had to get done this year was a weekend away with my little sister and what better place to do that than in Mont Tremblant, the land of colorful buildings and European vibes. During this trip, not only did we explore the famous pedestrian village, we also made the drive out to the Tremblant National Park, one of the prettiest hiking spots in the area.
Chased the Last Fall Colors at Mont St Gregoire
Fall is hands down my favorite time of year. With the bright oranges and reds adorning the trees to the cooler temperatures and pumpkin everything, it’s the best time of year to get out and discover new places. One of those spots that I discovered, was Mont St Gregoire. A great place for beginners in hiking and also the ideal place to get a bird’s eye view of all the vibrant autumn colors.
Spent the Weekend at Huttopia Sutton
Another place that’s been high up on my bucket list for a while now, is Huttopia. This camp ground in Sutton not only rents out ready to sleep tents, they also have the coziest cabins to hole up in for the weekend. My fiance and I made the trip out here for the weekend and it was honestly so relaxing and one of those places that we will definitely visit again.
Here’s to another year of amazing adventures, great memories, and discovering even more new places.