If you go
The BEST WAY TO THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS
From LAX, nonstop service to Montreal is offered on Air Canada, and connecting service (change of planes) is offered on Delta, United, Continental and US Airways. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $471.
WHAT TO DO
The self-guided Route des Vins de Brome-Missisquoi, (888) 811-4928, http://www.laroutedesvins.ca/en, was developed by the region's wine industry and local governments and covers nearly all Eastern Townships wineries, farmers and restaurants serving area wines.
Four free, self-guided bicycle tours also were developed for the Route des Vins (see website). Or try a seven-day guided or self-guided bicycle tour, including two nights' accommodations at Manoir Hovey, organized by Freewheeling Adventures, 2070 Highway 329, Hubbards, Nova Scotia; (902) 857-3600; http://www.freewheeling.ca. Packages from $2,295.
Tired (or tipsy) cyclists can flag a Taxi-vélo, (877) 766-8356, to carry their bike from point to point along the Route des Vins. Cyclists can also shower, drop off gear or stay at Velo Camping, near Bedford; (450) 248-7416.
Les Pervenches, 150 Chemin Boulais, Farnham; (450) 293-8311, http://www.lespervenches.com. Open for visits Wednesday-Sunday, from June 20 to Oct. 12; off-season by appointment only. Biodynamic and Écocert Canada-certified organic Chardonnays and reds.
Val Caudalies, vignoble et cidrerie, 4921 Principale, Dunham; (450) 295-2333, http://www.valcaudalies.com. Open year-round. Tours, tastings, weddings, picnics, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and apple-picking complement the production of mostly Vidal-based wines.
Le Vignoble de l'Orpailleur, 1086 Rue Bruce, Dunham; (450) 295-2763, http://www.orpailleur.ca. Open year-round for tours, tasting and events. The second-oldest winery along the Route des Vins, with a popular restaurant for lunch.
WHERE TO STAY
Manoir Hovey, 575 Chemin Hovey, North Hatley; (800) 661-2421 or (819) 842-2421, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Townships' upper-crust inn, just east of the Route des Vins but worth a detour. In September, it will offer a tasting menu pairing its food with Les Pervenches wines.
Auberge des Vignobles (Aux Douces Heures), 110 Rue du Collège, Dunham; (450) 295-2476, http://www.inns-bb.com/doucesheures. Rooms from $80 a person. On the Route des Vins, this B&B's French owners serve a provençale-style dinner and breakfast using local ingredients.
Auberge & Spa West Brome, 128 Route 139, West Brome; (450) 266-7552; http://www.awb.ca. Rooms from $165. Circa 1880 farmhouse revamped in 2005 as a destination spa and 26-room inn.
WHERE TO EAT
Homei Bistro & Café, 3809 Rue Principale, Dunham; (450) 284-0522, http://www.homeibistro.com. Open daily for lunch, Thursday to Sunday for dinner. Asian-inspired, with a weekly featured local wine.
Le Tire-Bouchon de l'Orpailleur, Le Vignoble de l'Orpailleur, Dunham; (450) 295-2763, http://www.orpailleur.ca. Open daily for lunch, late June to mid-October.
Café Inn, 264 Chemin de Knowlton, Knowlton; (450) 243-0069. Open daily. Head to the patio, overlooking a pond, for breakfast, coffee or a thin-crust pizza.
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