Day 1 – Christmas Cheer in Montreal
When I announced a “Christmas Themed” Journey to Stowe, VT it sold-out in record time. Vermont is a perfect Christmas holiday destination.
There are 90 of us on this getaway. We enjoyed a turkey dinner with all of the trimmings and an overnight stay at the Quality Inn, Woodstock the night before this “Travel With Bradley” departure.
After a hearty breakfast we were ready to depart. I’m pleased to have Bonnie hosting one of the coaches. She has traveled the World with groups and is just as excited about this journey as I am. Paul and Kevin are our professional coach drivers.
We stopped in the small community of Napanee, ON for an old-fashioned luncheon smorgasbord. What a spread – turkey, roast beef, red snapper, pasta, variety of homemade salads, real mashed potatoes – the list goes on and one…. The dessert table was so tempting – it was filled with freshly baked tortes and cakes. Thanks to this family run operation for opening especially for us on a Sunday morning.
Surpringly we have more snow at home than they do in the Montreal area, where there is just a dusting of the white stuff on the ground. The temperatures are cold but we are dressed for it.
The boutique hotel that I hand selected for our stay is an exceptional one. Our suite accommodations dazzled my passengers. All rooms are unique so it was “open house” for a while as my passengers checked out each other’s accommodations.
My passengers then dressed in their festive finery for our Welcome Banquet which reminded me of wedding reception – without a bride and groom….
The surroundings in the elegant banquet space was ideal for this festive occasion and the delicious dinner was perfect!
The staff at this family run, boutique property are so professional. Its a pleasure dealing with them. I’ll look forward to bringing them more groups.
After dinner some enjoyed the large indoor pool, others strolled and took pricture of the beautiful Christmas displays. Everyone eventually relaxed in the beautiful accommodations.