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Tuesday, 01 March 2022

Auberge Bruine Océane, Matane, Quebec

Written by Christina Bolton
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Sonia, owner of Auberge Bruine Océane, gave us a warm welcome and we managed to understand everything she said due to her expressiveness and patience even though she was mostly speaking French (and we have limited French).

 

The inn is a heritage house and beautifully painted on the outside – perfect for a B&B. The bathrooms are updated and the furnishings are period. It is on the main street but was not noisy, so the windows must be good. There is a view of the St. Laurence river which is across the road and you can walk to the restaurants and cafes in town.

 

Our suite, Éphémère, was huge and had a comfy bed, an antique desk, a spa bath, and even a mini kitchenette. The spa bath had a large walk in shower with multiple massaging shower heads and a whirlpool tub big enough for two with candles resting on each corner and a jar of bath salts to soak in – and soak we did. The luxurious tub was calling and we decided to skip going out for dinner in order to stay and enjoy it (Ever try taking a bath after a large meal? For me its one or the other!). Plus there was a fridge and microwave in the room and even a toaster and a few dishes so we were able to heat up some soup and toast. I would definitely pay the small supplement for one of the suites with the Jacuzzi's – it was well worth it.

Chambre Lephemere

Lephemere 

Lit Ephemere 2

Sonia is very organized and sent us a long text in the morning of our arrival with directions, check-in info, the breakfast details, and links to all the restaurants in town she recommended so we could make reservations there in advance if we liked which was all very helpful.

Lavabo Ephemere 

Douche Ephemere

Breakfast is not included, but is a must do! It was 3 courses – the first being fruit and yogurt followed by an omelet of your choice with toast and completed by a waffle with caramelized apples and maple syrup. It was one of the biggest breakfasts we'd had on the trip and also delicious. She even altered the dessert for my husband so he could eat it with his allergies. At $12 each it was a good value too. The only downside is the limited hours. You need to arrive between 8-8:45 to sit down, which was a little early for us on vacation, so we did go right at the end at 8:45 and it was a leisurely meal - she's not trying to rush you out.

Salle A Manger2 

If you're headed up to the Gaspé peninsula this is a great stopover point between Quebec City and Gaspésie National Park and also not far from Parc National du Bic.

 

Sonia was the perfect host and this was one of our favorite places to stay on our trip, so we'd highly recommend it and hope to return someday.

 

 

©Christina Bolton

 

For more info, including reservations:

http://bruineoceane.ca/

 

 

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