This boutique property has all the elements of the big city you’d want in a hotel, magically combined with a rural Quebec location just a short walk from the very charming town of Baie-Saint-Paul.
Charlevoix is a region of Quebec northeast of Quebec City and on the north side of the St. Laurence River. The area is famous for belugas and other whales swimming in the river, delicious local foods, and is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Once the summer retreat for Quebec City’s riche, Charlevoix — especially Baie-Saint-Paul — is now where the artists and entrepreneurs from the big city are choosing to live.
Le Germain Charlevoix is an ideal place to stay if you’re combining a relaxation stay with a ski trip to Le Massif (a Club Med will open there in 2020), if you’re journeying further east to go whale watching, or if you want to enjoy small-town charms just an hour from Quebec City. The hotel is right next to the tiny train station in the town of Baie-Saint-Paul.
Le Spa Nordique Le Germain is a highlight of a stay here. It can be added to your stay for a fee of $27 Canadian or it’s included when you book a massage or body treatment. Heat up in the Finnish sauna or the eucalyptus steam bath; cool down in the Nordic shower, outdoor plunge pool or with the snow fountain; and rest in the relaxation area or in the outdoor warm and hot pools.
At the spa, gaze out at the lavender fields and grazing land, complete with long-horned Highland cattle, cute alpacas, and fluffy sheep. You can wander through the fields as well and also see the 15 honey bee hives, chickens, ducks, geese, and rabbits.
Dining is exceptional at Le Germain. The more casual restaurant is Le Bercail, which has a menu of gourmet pizzas and traditional Quebec dishes like tartare, confit and local cheese. Upstairs for breakfast and dinner is Les Labours. It has an open kitchen with a seasonal menu highlighting local products such as pheasant, lamb pancetta, and organic chicken. Try not to sleep in too late or you’ll miss the exceptional breakfast buffet with eggs cooked to order.
Rooms are in several buildings dotted throughout the grounds with different decor in each. Choose from family rooms with bunk beds, studios with barn door walls, lofts with floor-to-ceiling windows, and superior rooms with luxe bathtubs or a terrasse. They’re all as charmant as the hotel, the town, and the whole region of Charlevoix.