Historic Vacation Rental Home in Georgeville, Quebec
Welcome to our new blog, which will feature news about The Old Mansion House, the village of Georgeville, and the Eastern Townships – starting with...

family cycle rideCycling is a great way to see the Eastern Townships, and you don't have to be super fit. CLICK HERE for examples of some lovely paths in the Townships that suit all levels of fitness and expertise, and will take you through wonderful landscapes with great views. 

Or you can take a leisurely bike ride to explore the local towns and villages and the treats on offer at friendly cafés, bakeries, farms, orchards and vineyards. The Old Mansion House makes a good base this kind of trip – and an ideal setting to try out recipes with fresh produce bought along the way.

One of our favourite treats is a trip to Laiterie de Coaticook – just follow the link and you'll see why! It's a tempting destination at any time of the year, but makes an especially good incentive for a bike ride in the warmer months.

If you're planning a stay at The Old Mansion House and either don't have a bike, or don't want to bring it with you, that's not a problem. CLICK HERE  for a list of places where you can rent a bike, for an outing or for a few days.

Cycling: not strictly for the birds...
With a little planning, it can be a treat for everyone.

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sugar seasonSugar maple trees thrive in Quebec – they like cold winters, and for the sap to flow in spring they need cold nights and sunny days, so the climate is perfect. Starting around the middle of March, as the sap begins to rise, the sugar season lasts for around 6 weeks. And if you love sweet things, it's a great time to visit!

Using traditional methods, syrup and sugar is produced in sugar shacks (cabanes à sucre), many of which are open to visitors throughout the season, with menus and activities offering a taste of the tradition.

Visiting a sugar shack makes a wonderful day out, and the extensive kitchen at The Old Mansion House is ideal for experimenting with recipes using maple syrup products.

CLICK HERE for a list of sugar shacks in the Eastern Townships.

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alexa à la campagneWe're delighted to learn from Instagram that talented local florist Alex has received a government award for her innovative company Alex à la Campagne. Using only locally produced, environmentally friendly flowers, foliage and materials, Alex creates beautiful decorations for home, gifts, and special events.

In June 2019 she helped guests to transform The Old Mansion House into a magical venue for a 50th Wedding Anniversary, with delicate, colourful table decorations and buttonholes for the guests, some of which are shown below.

You can find out more about Alex and her work on Instagram, @alexalacampagne

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