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Hôtel Quintessence

Stone facades, turrets, and cathedral ceilings provide an elaborate frame for the casual après-ski atmosphere within this château-style boutique hotel. The ground floor backs onto an outdoor, all-season hot tub and infinity pool that look out over Lac Tremblant. On winter evenings, an ethereal blue glow surrounds the tub as steam envelops bathers who take in the view: giant evergreens with boughs straining under the fresh snowfall, a frozen lake, and lights twinkling from the chalets across the way. Accommodations Suites that range from 700 to 1,726 square feet, all with balconies overlooking Lac Tremblant. Recreation Mont-Tremblant offers some of the best skiing in the East each winter, while summer is for fly-fishing and golf (at Le Géant, Le Diable, and Le Maître). Dining French technique with Quebecois flair at La Quintessence, where a snack may consist of local cheeses paired with duck confit, pâté, figs, and dates. Worthy Diversion Get behind the wheel of a Ferrari F430 or Lamborghini Gallardo at the Circuit Mont-Tremblant track. Rates From $240 to $1,840.

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