December 3-5, 2022
Award-winning Canadian author Louise Penny will be releasing her latest novel, A World of Curiosities, in late November. To celebrate this exciting event, Travac has arranged to attend a special book launch with Louise Penny in the Eastern Townships. As one of the mystery genre’s all-time greats, tickets to Penny’s book signings are highly coveted and difficult to obtain. Travac has secured 40 spots for this special event which includes a question-and-answer session with Louise Penny herself and a signed copy of the new book. Also included are some of the attractions from our exceptionally popular “On the Trail of Louise Penny” tour: a lunch at Sapin Bistro; a visit to the Abbaye de St Benoit; a visit to the Louise Penny corner at Brome Lake Books; a wine tasting; and a visit to Sutton. Demand for places on this tour will be very high- early booking is your only guarantee. Travac cannot obtain more seats for this event.
This morning we will leave Ottawa and make our way to Knowlton, Quebec. Our first stop will be Knowlton, a town known to Penny for its pastoral beauty and the inspiration for Three Pines in her books. While in Knowlton we will visit the Brome County Historical Society Museum where you will find Jane’s painting from Still Life and take a short walk to Brome Lake Books. This small village bookstore has all the trappings of an early 20th century building with bookcases filled with both hardcovers and paperbacks. You can even leave a message for Louise Penny in a book dedicated to this purpose. While in Knowlton, you will have time for lunch and a bit of shopping. On our final stop for the day, we will visit Le Cep d’Argent winery, in Magog, for a tasting.
Our second day will start at Abbaye de Saint-Benoît-du-Lac. This abbey was the inspiration for Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups Abbey in A Beautiful Mystery. The abbey itself has a history that dates back to 1912. At the time of its construction, it was rather isolated, but in an incredibly beautiful locale. The Benedictine monks of the Saint-Benoit-du-Lac abbey are famous for and have been making cheeses since 1943. You will have the chance to purchase some of this incredible cheese. Leaving the abbey, we will return to Knowlton for your included lunch at Sapin Bistro, recommended by Louise herself. After that it will be time to go to the book launch. Returning to Sherbrooke, you will have the option of a dinner in downtown Sherbrooke.
We will begin our day in Magog, where we will visit the very popular lavender farm, Bleu Lavande. There you will be able to visit their interpretation centre and the immersive Chromatic Fields experience by Moment Factory. From Magog, we will continue on to Sutton where you will have a chance to visit the delicatessen (La Rumeur Affamée) on which Sarah’s Boulangerie was based and find lunch in one of the local bistros. After lunch, you will have an opportunity to visit the Sutton Christmas Market and taste some chocolate at a Chocolaterie that Louise visits when in town.
Itinerary subject to change.
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