CABIN FEVER | OUR WEEKEND AT DIABLE VERT

CABIN FEVER  | OUR WEEKEND AT DIABLE VERT

If there’s anything I love in life, it’s escaping to the middle of the woods and hunkering down in an adorable log cabin for the weekend. I love being out in nature and hearing the forest slowly waking up for the day, or cozying up to a warm fire with a book while taking in the sights. Having moved to an apartment in a busier town a few years ago, I noticed that my need to explore more hidden cabins and accommodations in Quebec, intensified. I spent more time than ever before researching rustic log cabins and overall unique places to stay in my area, forever adding more and more places to my travel bucket list. Fast forward to a few weekends ago, I got the chance to spend a relaxing and well needed weekend away at the Diable Vert resort in the adorable village of Sutton. While the original plan was to spend the night in one of their treehouses, we ended up opting for a stay in a rustic cabin instead because of availability and it ended up being one of the best decisions we could’ve made. Keep on reading to discover more of this rustic yet charming cabin.

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5 SOCIAL DISTANCE FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS

5 SOCIAL DISTANCE FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS

Surprise! I haven’t fallen off the face of the Earth, never to be seen from again. I have however, been taking the time needed to adjust to a new way of life that is living through a worldwide pandemic. Like the majority of people living through these strange and uncertain times, this has been a weird and confusing time for me, hence the silence and lack of posts. While spending the majority of the year holed in up in quarantine, has taught me many things, having the time to reflect on the many beauties and wonders our own backyard offers, really inspired me even more to plan trips and outings within my own region, to step foot in tiny, villages dotted along the way and to discover the best kept hidden gems.

To commemorate my first blog post back and to show you the highlight reel of my summer, if you will, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite places to visit in the Eastern Townships, that are not only gorgeous and unique in their own ways, but also social distancing friendly destinations as well, so you can enjoy the last few days of good weather all while being safe and responsible.

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MOST HAUNTED PLACES TO VISIT IN SALEM

Also known as the ‘witch city’, Salem is notorious for being one of the most haunted cities in the United States. Found along the coast of Massachusetts, Salem has long been associated with it’s dark past involving the witch trials, which might just be the reason why this city is so full of paranormal activity. Having started as a peaceful little town, Salem quickly became infamous in 1692 when the witch hysteria swept through the city. Over 200 people were accused of participating in witchcraft and 20 innocent people were executed, including the first ‘witch’ Bridget Bishop as well as the only male victim known as Giles Corey. With a past as dark and macabre as Salem’s, it comes as no surprise that the city is filled with hot spots for paranormal activity and ghostly encounters, waiting to be explored.

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UNIVERSAL YUMS | TRYING SNACKS FROM INDONESIA

Consisting of over 17,000 islands, six official languages, and the most unique landscapes in the world, it’s no surprise that Indonesia is one of the most diverse countries out there. Located along the equator between Malaysia and Australia, Indonesia is a populous country with over 250 million inhabitants calling it their home. The country also has historic ties to other countries such as the Netherlands, Portugal, and India making it the culturally diverse place that it is today. With different religions and customs comes different cuisines, something that Indonesia is known for, with lots of the local dishes being influenced by food from many different countries, such as India. From grilled beef snacks and cheese wafers to sweeter options like milk gummies and cola burger candies, we’ll be getting a taste of just how different and unique the food and snacks are in beautiful Indonesia.

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A DAY ON THE FARM | DISCOVERING THE VERGER CHAMPÊTRE

A DAY ON THE FARM | DISCOVERING THE VERGER CHAMPÊTRE

Tucked away into a little corner of the Eastern Townships, is the Verger Champetre. Owned and operated by married couple Thèrese and Mario, the site consists of over 200 acres of farmland as well as multiple different orchards and gardens for visitors to explore. It is also one of the only places in Quebec that offers visitors the chance to walk with either a miniature horse or an alpaca along an interpretive trail. Along with that experience, there is an abundance of different activities to partake in and things to see, making the Verger Champetre the perfect nature lovers’ paradise.

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THE ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP PACKING LIST | SUMMER EDITION

THE ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP PACKING LIST | SUMMER EDITION

With the temperatures rising, days getting longer, and tan lines getting darker, that can only mean one thing; summer is officially at our doors. With the start of the summer months comes the unofficial start to road trip season, the perfect time to get out and explore your surroundings all the while discovering brand new places along the way. Road trips can be very exciting and are personally one of my favorite things to do in the summer but with all of that excitement can come a whole lot of problems if you’re not prepared. Because I’m a big list-making person and because it’s easy to forget important things when you’re overly excited and anxious to get on the road, I’ve put together a little packing list with all of the road trip essentials you may need for your upcoming summer road trips. Keep on reading to find out the best things to bring along with you, and drive safe!

Read also ‘How To Have The Most Stress Road Trip Possible‘ 

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HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF A SHORT TRIP

Let’s face it, we all want to travel and explore the world around us but with the vast majority of adult humans nowadays working 9-5 jobs Monday through Friday, that doesn’t leave very much to venture out. A solution to this problem would of course be to plan shorter trips instead rather than trying to find extra vacation days to go on a week long voyage which is a good way to make said trips more frequent. Though shorter trips may not seem appealing to everyone, as you do have much less time to get everything done, the greatest memories can also be made on these weekend getaways. Personally, I try to get in as many short little day trips or weekend adventures as possible throughout the year as a way to refresh and explore new surroundings, so to help you also have the best trip possible, here are a few tips and tricks to help achieve that.

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UNIVERSAL YUMS | TRYING SNACKS FROM UKRAINE

UNIVERSAL YUMS | TRYING SNACKS FROM UKRAINE

Ukraine, a country I never thought I would be trying snacks from, yet here we are. For the month of March, we’ll be heading off on a journey through Ukraine with Universal Yums where we’ll be taste testing things such as cheese and chocolate wafers as well as meat jelly flavored chips and fruit filled caramels. A bit of a backstory on this country before we hop into the snacks, the Ukraine has been ruled by many different nations throughout it’s existence as a country. First it was Poland who had control of this country followed by Austria-Hungary and then fell under the control of the USSR in 1912. Seventy years passed while Ukraine was powered by the Soviet Union until the USSR collapsed in 1991 and Ukraine finally gained its independence. While this resilient country has changed hands quite a few times throughout history, one thing that has remained is their way of life, with traditional celebrations and their one of a kind cuisine still remaining huge focal points about the country today.

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THE DIFFERENT WAYS COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD CELEBRATE EASTER

From chocolate bunnies and brightly colored eggs, Easter is at our doors once again. Once celebrated primarily by Christians looking to honor the life and death of Jesus Christ, the holiday today is much more commercialized and more widely celebrated across the globe. While Easter in places such as the United States and Canada may be synonym with Easter egg hunts and visits from the Easter bunny, in different places around the globe the Easter holiday looks a whole lot different. Here are some of the countries with the most unique Easter traditions and celebrations.

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UNIVERSAL YUMS | TRYING SNACKS FROM ITALY

UNIVERSAL YUMS | TRYING SNACKS FROM ITALY

From the leaning tower of Pisa and the Roman ruins that offer a step back into history to the watery canals of Venise, Italy is a place known for both it’s beautiful architecture and its delicious food. It is also a country that has heavily influenced the rest of the world not only due to the talented fashion designers such as Gucci and Versace but also for incredible artists like Leonardo da Vinci who paved for the way for the future of fine art. Food is also a huge thing that we can appreciate about Italy, think spaghetti and meatballs and pepperoni pizza, but this European country is also known for many other popular snacks ranging from black truffle chips and lemon pepper crackers to orange-carrot cake and a chocolate bar made only for the richest of the rich, all of which we’ll be getting a taste of this month.

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