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What My Knitting and I Did on Summer Vacation

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What My Knitting and I Did on Summer Vacation

Hi friends, Over the long weekend I had the fantastic opportunity to take a little trip to Tremblant. Now, I'm not so much of a skier as a faller-downer, so I'd never thought of Tremblant as a holiday destination, but when the snow melts and the sun comes out, the resort is all about summer fun. Outdoor patios, concerts, hiking, biking and mini-golf? Sounds good to me! I packed up my knitting and away we went. The trip takes just an hour and fifteen minutes from downtown Toronto on Porter Air – it's comfortable and fast and a million times better than sweltering on the 401 in bumper-to-bumper traffic. plane-knitting The flight was long enough for me to get four or five rows knitted on my sweater, plus a snack break. Mm, airplane cookie! knitting-quoi-faire A shuttle conveyed us from the airport to the Fairmont Tremblant in about 45 minutes (more knitting time, excellent!). There we settled in with " Quoi Faire" to review how to use my activity pass. There is a lot to choose from at Tremblant in the summer – you can relax at the beach, go for a hike or a bike ride, play tennis or golf...and that's just the beginning. knitting-gondola-up I took the Panorama Gondola up to the top of Mont Tremblant to have a look around. With an elevation of 875 m, you can see for miles. At this time of year the snow drifts have been replaced by fields of wildflowers; the skiers by bikers and hikers. But the chair lifts are still there. knitting-and-north-face-chair-lift Look at those Laurentians! knitting-gondola-down The ride down provided an amazing view out over Lake Tremblant. The weather was perfect all weekend: hot, sunny, with a few fluffy clouds in the sky and a bit of a breeze to cool us down when it started to get hot. Of course, there was some time for fun and games, too. Like a giant outdoor Tremblant-themed version of Snakes and Ladders... knitting-snakes-and-ladders ...the luge (a cross between sledding and go-carting that has you take the chairlift up the mountain and then zoom down on a curving hairpin track. It was So.Much.Fun!!)... knitting-luge ...and a variety of activities that involve hanging in the air from bungee cords. Yipes! knitting-bungee (OK, so I'm a bit big for the bungee experience, but it looked like lots of fun for the under-12 set.) We also enjoyed a cruise on Lake Tremblant. The sparkling water and cool breezes – and views of amazing bazillion-dollar cottages – made for a very entertaining afternoon. cruise-2 Lest you think it was all fun and games, there was all sorts of great food and drink to be enjoyed, too. From foie gras and filet mignon at La Forge to the best shrimp and tenderest pork chop I've ever eaten at Aux Truffes, to a crêpe-as-big-as-my-head at Crêperie Catherine, the food was divine and the wine flowed freely. We ended the weekend with a Mexican feast. knitting-and-guacamole I think that was the best guacamole I've ever eaten. Soon enough, it was time to pack up and head back to the airport, yawning a bit and sporting a new tan for me and a few more inches in length for the sweater. knitting-tremblant-airport Another hour-and-a-bit in the air, another four or five rows of knitting, another airplane cookie... home-sweet-home Home, sweet home. (With thanks to Catherine Lacasse of Mont Tremblant/Intrawest for organizing the trip; to Fairmont Tremblant for the amazing hospitality; and to Porter Air for the awesome flight.)
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