Lori Knowles

Correspondent

  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Lori Knowles is a correspondent who lives in Toronto and covers the surrounding provinces for Forbes Travel Guide. She’s also the editor of SNOW Magazine. Her writing interests include travel, profiles, arts and culture, as well as gear, resort and hotel reviews. In her spare time, Knowles freelances as a travel columnist for the daily Toronto Sun and as editor of SnowOnline.ca.

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    What is the scene like at La Quintessence Restaurant & Winebar?

    The scene at La Quintessence Restaurant & Winebar is sophisticated yet intimate. Warm fires burn in the hearth, soft lights glow from the wall chandeliers, and candles flicker at every table.

    The hotel’s French Chateau theme is evident in every room, including its restaurants. Walls of stone, floors of dark polished wood, and jazz fusion music sifting from the speakers set the scene.

    In summer, consider a table on the terrace, overlooking the clear blue water of Lac Tremblant and the Laurentian mountains beyond. During the winter, reserve a table by the window with a view of the snow or next to the fire in the Mont Tremblant restaurant’s adjacent cave-like Winebar.
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    When is La Quintessence Restaurant & Winebar open?

    La Quintessence Restaurant & Winebar is open year-round for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Housed inside Hôtel Quintessence, the French restaurant’s breakfast buffet is included in the rate of a night’s stay at the hotel. In the morning, peruse a spread of a hearty mix of muesli, yogurt, nuts, fruits, cheeses, eggs and crêpes you can sweeten with maple syrup. Breakfast is served between 7 and 10 a.m.

    In the evening, guests generally gather in the Winebar for an après-ski glass of wine between 5 and 7 p.m. Pull up a chair to the bar and ask what the sommelier is pouring. The Winebar offers more than 800 varieties in its 3,000-bottle cellar, plus five on-staff sommeliers who exude enthusiasm and knowledge.

    The Mont-Tremblant restaurant starts filling around 7 p.m. as waiters move into position to seat you at an intimate table for two by the window, next to the wine cellar or by Hotel Q’s signature fire.
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    Where is La Quintessence Restaurant & Winebar located?

    La Quintessence Restaurant & Winebar is the main dining establishment of Hôtel Quintessence, a boutique hotel on the wooded outskirts of Mont-Tremblant ski resort in the heart of the Canadian Laurentians. Tremblant Resort is situated two hours (about 80 miles) northwest of Montreal along Autoroute 15 North. You’ll find the French restaurant the bottom floor of the hotel, overlooking Lac Tremblant.

    In summer, when the weather is fine, consider a table on the terrace — Hotel Q’s position on a hill offers a photo-perfect view of the lake and its surrounding Laurentian mountains.

    If you visit during the winter, take an intimate table by the window to enjoy the same view. If you’re feeling a little less formal, request seating by the fire in the Winebar next door to the main dining space — the menu is identical.
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    What restaurants does Hôtel Quintessence have?

    Hôtel Quintessence’s La Quintessence Restaurant & Winebar is a joint two-venue spot presided over by chef Jean-Luc de la Bruère. The restaurant is one of Tremblant Resort’s most chic dining establishments, with a warm and sophisticated ambiance and one of the region’s most refined wine lists.

    The formal dining room, La Quintessence Restaurant, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overlooking the boutique hotel’s terrace, gardens and Lac Tremblant, the French restaurant offers an ambiance is tailored yet welcoming (tables are topped with white cloth and the wood and stone design of the space add warmth) and a menu that’s comforting yet surprising. Expect everything from a starter of foie gras ice cream with pink salt to an entrée of shepherd’s pie with deer and wild boar and foie gras butter sticks.

    Next door and serving the same dinner menu, the Mont-Tremblant hotel’s Winebar is more casual, with leather bar stools, deep arm chairs, the warm glow of candlelight and a roaring fire.
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    What’s the best time to visit Hôtel Quintessence?

    The holidays may be the most special time to visit Mont Tremblant’s Hôtel Quintessence. As general manager Michel Tremblay explains, “A stay here during the Christmas season is like visiting the lakeside home of a wealthy uncle.”

    Rich décor of red, green and gold cover the boutique hotel’s stone walls and doors. Poinsettias add ruby-red touches of holiday spirit. A 15-foot Christmas tree stands in the lobby, and on Hôtel Quintessence’s waterfront terrace, a 30-foot tree covered in white lights acts as the hotel’s beacon on the edge of the snowy, frozen lake.

    Santa Claus stops by during breakfast and brunch on Christmas Day to deliver presents to the children. Eggnog, hot chocolate and warm apple cider are served by the fire. And of course, the ski slopes of Tremblant are in full swing, with 95 trails for novice, intermediate and advanced skiers. If you can’t make it out for the holidays, the trails make the Mont Tremblant hotel a hot destination any time during the winter.
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    Where is Hôtel Quintessence located?

    Hôtel Quintessence — or as locals call it, “Hotel Q” — is located two hours (about 80 miles) northwest of Montreal in the Laurentians region of Quebec, Canada. The hotel occupies a quiet corner of Mont-Tremblant, a well-known ski destination established in the 1930s by Philadelphia magnate Joe Ryan. Its location on the edge of Lac Tremblant offers cool respite in summer; its proximity to the ski slopes and lifts on Mont-Tremblant (a five-minute walk) make this boutique hotel a luxurious portal to winter fun.

    Accessible year-round by car, shuttle and bus, Mont-Tremblant is situated along Quebec Autoroute 15 North. Rental cars and shuttles are available for booking from Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. In the winter months, direct flights from Boston, New York and Toronto via Porter Airlines access the Mont-Tremblant International Airport, located 45 minutes north of Hôtel Quintessence and accessible via free shuttle service.
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