November’s cold weather and rain can easily make you feel gloomy. Not to mention the shorter days. But what if we turned this gloominess on its head, and gave November back the glory it deserves? After the heat of summer and the spectacular fall colours, November’s grey and dreary weather can be just the little break you need before winter. So let’s reinvent the cottage weekend. Here are our top things to do at the cottage for a memorable stay and to escape the November blues. 

Relaxing in front of the fireplace is a quintessential cottage activity

We all know someone who wants to show off their Scout skills and build us the perfect fire. And rightly so! A beautiful roaring fire will brighten the mood and set the tone for a cozy weekend in. And don’t forget the amazing smell and sounds of crackling wood. When evening sets in, turn off the lights and bask in the glow of the flames. Sweeten up your evening with marshmallows or S’mores for dessert. Kids and adults alike will love it. 

Show off your chef’s skills for fun and exciting cottage meals

Whether you’re spending time with your partner, family, or friends, a shared meal brings people together. While the sit-down meal is always a treat, why not try a buffet for a change? Everyone can serve themselves what and how much they like. The buffet also creates a convivial atmosphere where everyone can lend a hand preparing the meals. For example, you can serve a brunch in the morning with all the classics: eggs, fruit, muffins, croissants, chocolatines, and, of course, bacon. For dinner, consider, a pasta or pizza bar. Do all the prep work in advance in the afternoon. Then come dinner time, place it on the counter and let everyone customize their dish and cook it. If you have children with you at the cottage, get them involved in meal preparation. Cooking is always a fun activity to do on a grey, rainy day!   

Game night is another classic cottage activity for the whole family

Our city routine is often hectic and fast paced. When is the last time you took a moment to kick back, have fun, and play? A weekend at the cottage is the perfect time for a game of darts, foosball, or ping pong. In addition, a cottage weekend is great for hosting a game night. Bring out the classic board games, which are always a hit: Monopoly, Scrabble, Toc or even a game of Clue. A game of cards or simply dice can also brighten up an afternoon and set a festive mood. In the evening, let your singing talents shine with Karaoke. Everyone will have their five minutes of fame. Laughter guaranteed!

Practise dolce far niente

The Italian phrase “dolce far niente” literally translates as “sweet doing nothing.” It is pleasant relaxation in carefree idleness. Rediscover the pleasures of an afternoon nap on the couch under a cozy comforter. Or the well-being of dozing off in front of an old movie you’ve seen a thousand times. Put away the tablet and phone and immerse yourself in reading a good novel. Obviously, you’ll need the perfect lounging outfit: think soft and comfy joggers or leggings and a cozy sweatshirt. Makeup not required. After all, today is all about comfort. And for the kids, why not make it a pyjama party? 

Crafting, colouring and DIY

Wellness is also synonymous with creativity! Whatever your talents, let your creative juices flow! The forest is full of treasures that you could use to make beautiful winter decorations. For example, you could make a conifer wreath, a pinecone mobile, or a birch-bark piece. Perfect little gifts to give to loved ones or as stocking stuffers for the holidays.To keep things simple, all you need is good colouring pencils and a bit of imagination. Or clear your mind with mandalas. Colouring isn’t just for kids. There are some beautiful colouring books available for adults too.

Host a gin or craft beer tasting

In recent years, craft beers and even gins have made their way onto the Quebec market. Take this opportunity to discover new microbrews or share your favourite gin with friends. Prepare a variety of tapas to pair with your discoveries and to bring out the flavours. Local artisanal shops and markets also have delicious products for your tasting. For example, homemade sausages and sauerkraut go perfectly with a good beer. A stay at the cottage is synonymous with well-being and rest. Take advantage of this gloomy season to rest and spend quality time with your loved ones. No routine, no electronics, no commitment. Experience the joys of slowing things down while you’re at the chalet.   Considering buying a cottage? Schedule an appointment to visit our gorgeous estate, an amazing place to discover the beauty of all four seasons. You can also rent a chalet and experience what it would be like to be a Kanata owner. Contact Kanata Tremblant today to visit our Laurentian estate.  

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