An area ripe with magnificent mountains as much as it is with wide-open wilderness, the Saint-Sauveur Valley is the epitome of a meditative sanctuary. And, no matter what your idea of meditation is, whether it's hiking through raw, untouched landscapes - or curling up with an enticing paperback and a glass of Shiraz - it's all here. Hotel St-Sauveur is in the midst of the Valley, seamlessly blending into the surrounding environment with its hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings - reminiscent of the tall forests that shroud the region.
Meditation is personal. It's self contained, without interruption, much like the Queen Studios at the hotel. Fully equipped kitchens allow guests to turn out plates of their own, personal go-to pasta dishes, or comforting bowls of crunchy popcorn for late-night fixes. Bathrooms contain freestanding baths and separate showers. Balconies and fireplaces are perfect refuges to channel out tension and stress, and despite the Suites' natural reputation, flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi are there to keep you connected.
The St. Sauveur wilderness is enjoyed in several ways, depending on what time of the year you experience the region. Hiking and bike trails are networked throughout the Valley, and stopping for a rest on a vista may earn you a magazine-worthy shot of changing colours in the fall. Slower-paced walks are in and of themselves meditative, while breathing in the cleansing St. Sauveur air.
Of course, the outdoors isn't always for everyone. Les Factoreries Valee Saint-Sauveur is a worthy place to stop on your way out, or even during your escape. The biggest promenade of outlet stores in Quebec has all of the brands you want for lower prices; it's the ideal spot to satisfy your retail hunger. It is also open every day of the week (but closes at 5pm on the weekends).
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