Lakeside in Quebec in the tony ski town of Mont-Tremblant, you’ll uncover a fine-dining gem: La Quintessence Restaurant & Winebar, the main dining establishment of Hôtel Quintessence. The two-tiered restaurant is fronted by a full wall of windows and a terrace beyond that’s only steps from Lac Tremblant. Soft upholstered seating allows you to sink into an intimate, relaxing experience.

At La Quintessence, tables for two and four are candlelit and cozy. Separate rooms with a view offer privacy for larger groups. There’s a secluded atrium overlooking the hotel’s gardens that can be reserved for a couple’s romantic rendezvous.

But it’s the menu at the French restaurant that’s exceptional. Chef Georges Laurier, a Quebec native, incorporates both regional ingredients and inspiration from his travels into his take on Gallic cuisine. His courses are packed with flavor, from the Vidalia onion soup with dark beer and local Wabassee cheese to the Nordic venison medallions with Labrador tea, spinach purée, onion and apple confit, and pepper sauce. At dessert, go for the maple-soaked beignets. This is the Canadian Laurentians, after all, home of maple syrup.

For a less formal experience, reserve a table for two next door at the Hotel Q’s Winebar, where the menu is identical, but the fireside experience more casual. Curious about wine? Ask away — each waiter is a trained sommelier, ready and willing to educate you on the Mont Tremblant restaurant’s 4,000-bottle wine cellar.

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