I opted for a dinner that represented the quality and creative talents of Gallant gourmet greatness. Neil, together with sommelier Thomas Le Guilly and Maitre d’ Mario Menard, have won countless prestigious awards. The Neige Superstar, an aperitif of pear and apple ciders with a star of anise floating inside won top awards in a contest created by Hôtellerie Champêtre which involved creating a drink made from a special apple from Hemmingford, Quebec. Auberge des Gallant beat out 20 other hotels, and now this delicate drink is exclusive to the inn.
The lamb shank I ordered was out of this world. The cooking reduction technique created tenderness and delicate flavouring.
This main course was paired with a tangy Shiraz 2006 Raices from Spain. The crispy, onion and ginger jumbo shrimp was my awesome appetizer. It was complemented by a glass of white refreshingly flavored Bordeaux. I chose the maple crème brulée for dessert. It was heavenly.
I spent three hours trying to walk off half of the meal. It was a truly enjoyable way to trick myself into thinking I had shed a pound. Instead, I felt stiff the next morning.
Massotherapist, Véronique Bélanger gave me the most sublime Swedish massage – even adding extra time to my 50 minutes of heaven. She was determined I not leave with knots still lingering in my shoulder blades. She used a tapping technique for each trouble spot. She tapped away for 15 minutes, but she still had the energy to give me a full body massage.
Her gentle manner lulled me into a state of great relaxation. My aches were gone.
Wedding bells and conferences
There are a variety of weddings packages. The simple No Stress one got my attention. Pizzazz picks up in the Vegas Style Package. It offers lots of pampering, including makeup application for both bride and groom, a massage, an event planner, a wedding officiant and witness – not to mention oodles of romantic perks.
Of course the gourmet food and wines can be enjoyed right on the premises. By the way, there’s a helicopter landing pad for those arriving by air, but as Linda says:
Because the inn has five gleaming white conference rooms, including two grand salons, the sky’s the limit for event planning.
Three of the rooms are cozy and charming. But all rooms come with a fireplace and TV. Sweet private sitting areas off hallways are demurely romantic. The one near the entrance was my favorite. It was cozy and utterly charming. I could see myself hosting a tea party there. The huge pub-style room downstairs was perfect for casual birthday parties.