AUBERGE CELEBRATES LONG HISTORY

2009-07-10, from Member

KNOWLTON, QC. -1849 was an auspicious year in Quebec.

The Montreal Annexation Manifesto was published calling for Canada's annexation by the United States. It was even signed by Paul Holland Knowlton, the namesake of the village of Knowlton.
The Rebellion Losses Bill was enacted causing the Montreal Riots and culminating in the burning of the Parliament building that was then in Montreal
And in sleepy Knowlton, Auberge Knowlton was built under the name of Blinn’s Inn.
Much has changed in 160 years and much has not.

Still operating and offering lodging and food to weary travellers who now arrive by car or bus rather than by Mr. Pickle’s trusty stagecoach, Auberge Knowlton has modernized while keeping the cachet that has kept it in good stead for oh-so-many decades.


Now a hotel with 12 tastefully decorated rooms, with all the amenities a modern traveller demands, Auberge Knowlton also boasts a 90-seat restaurant (Le Relais) with 60-seat summer terrace. The building also houses several boutiques and a real estate office.

“We see ourselves as guardians of a fascinating historic building that has always been
the center of village life,” says Signy Stephenson, owner of the Auberge with her husband Michel Gabereau. “There have been many owners since 1849, each adding their own particular cachet, each reacting to the demands of the times but each always with an eye on the past.”

The Sherbrooke Historical Society, in fact, honoured the building in 2002 in a photographic exposition showing different sites in the Eastern Townships and how they had changed or guarded their historical significance. As well, this year will see Auberge Knowlton highlighted on the “Townships Trail”, a route that takes visitors on an architectural and natural heritage trip through the Eastern Townships.


To celebrate this auspicious and important anniversary, the Auberge owners are planning
a gala invitation-only event in July. Staff and guests will wear period costumes and the
Brome Carriage Club will be out in force with some their many antique horse-drawn carriages.“Even Edward and Agatha Blinn, the hotel first owners will be here,” jokes Stephenson.“We have channeled them and they have said they would be delighted to come and see the changes made to their historic building. It should be interesting.”

Notwithstanding being the oldest continuously operating hotel in the Eastern Townships, Auberge Knowlton has kept up with the times. It has been cited by Fodor’s Travel, a leading travel publisher in the U.S., as “Fodor’s Choice” yearly since 2006 and it is recommended by such travel heavyweights as Ulysses, Petit Futé and Lonely Planet.

It is member of Agricotours as an ”Auberge du Passant”, of VeloQuebec as an inn suited to the needs of cyclists and of the Brome Missisquoi Wine Route as a “Friend” that promotes and serves the excellent wines of the region.

The Auberge Knowlton website is: www.aubergeknowlton.ca

Auberge Knowlton is located in the center of the village of Knowlton in the municipality of Brome Lake. From Monteal (Champlain Bridge), Knowlton can be reached by taking
the Eastern Townships Autoroute 10 to Exit 90 (Lac Brome), then right on Route 243 South for 10 km. From Vermont, Route 89 North to the border, then follow 133 North to Bedford, 202 East to Cowansville and 104 East to Knowlton. The Auberge is at the intersection of Routes 243 and 104.


Source:
Signy Stephenson
Innkeeper
450-242-6886
signy@aubergeknowlton.ca  

 
 

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