With international travel still a far away dream, we can't get over how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place that makes domestic travel the envy of many. The best part? You don’t even have to travel that far! Such is the case of Château Taillefer Lafon, less than an hour from Montreal in Laval.
Though it's not yet open for visits, the vineyard has us dreaming of an escape from the city.
Dating back to the 1800s, Château Taillefer Lafon is considered the first vineyard authorized to call itself such.
The term “château” was previously held for larger, European properties, but when you gaze upon the stunning estate, you’ll see how and why it got the honour.
According to the vineyard’s website, its mission is to, “focus on local innovation in order to offer our customers a unique experience.”
And a unique experience they deliver, indeed. Visitors can enjoy an abundance of sceneries and settings, from serene nature on the back terrace, to the extravagant Louis XVI style lounge, to the romantic medieval style cellar room.
As for keeping it local, the vineyard’s circular economy works to maximize existing resources, as opposed to outsourcing new ones.
Everything from apple cores to wine barrels gets upcycled, recycled, and composted to give back to the land that the team at Château Taillefer Lafon is are so grateful for.
But of course, nothing says royalty quite like silver and gold. In just one year after its first harvest, Château Taillefer Lafon won gold for its ice wine and silver for its ice cider at the World Wine Selections 2004 — not bad for a first harvest and going up against 2,300 products from over 30 countries.
And for those who aren’t ice wine and ice cider connoisseurs, the Château has a wide range of products, including red, white, rose, and cider.
Those looking to be treated like royalty beyond royalty may want to join the wine club.
Be welcomed with open arms to reserved tables on the terrace, prestigious wine selections, private wine tours and, of course, discounts on the award-winning wines.
As the province and businesses begin to reopen, visitors should call ahead to guarantee the vineyard is open to the public.
Château Taillefer Lafon
Where: 1500, Montée Champagne, Ste-Dorothée, Laval
When: Call ahead for the latest opening times or make a reservation online.
Why You Need To Go: To find the royal treatment right near Montreal.
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Are you the kind of person whose friends always say you live in a bubble? Well now is your time to actually, physically live in a bubble and drive them wild with jealousy.
There are a lot of bubble tents available for rent in Quebec and on Airbnb. But this is no mere tent.
This is BubbleLand! This is Bubble utopia. There is a bubble for sleeping with a clear roof so you can stare up at the summer sky before dozing off, there is a bubble raft where you can float down the river, and there is a bubble spa to soak the night away in.
The main bubble comes equipped with a single bed, pillows, and blankets and can fit up to three people cozily. It's kept inflated by a motor that the owner likens to the hum of a plane - the perfect white noise background. At night you can even choose the color of your bubble depending on your mood!
While the roof is seethrough, we're assured that the tent is still private.
And honestly, we were pretty surprised at the price. It's only $77 per night for such a unique escape.
BubbleLand has access to a private camping site with the usual camping things like a BBQ, chairs and a hammock to relax in . And for me the pièce de résistance - the floating bubble raft!
Just imagine lazily floating down the river, feeling like a whimsical sphere version of Huck Finn. You can even pull the shade down to keep out of the sun or for a little more privacy.
The bathroom, complete with shower and sink, is shared with the family who owns the land. But according to Airbnb, 100% of recent guests gave Bubbleland a 5-star rating so it doesn't seem like it's a big deal.
It's recommended kids stay home as it's right on the river and there is no protective fence. But that sounds like the perfect excuse to escape with just you and your partner! I think we're going to have to book this right away.
Check out the complete Airbnb listing and availability here.
WHAT: Airbnb Giant Bubble Tent and Spa
WHERE: Laval, Québec, Canada
COST: $77 per night