by Melanie Willard
Special to The Review
Nestled in the heart of Alexandria, Auberge Glengarry Inn is a century home that has just been transformed into a chic oasis retreat.
Although it has only been open for two months, the inn has already hosted couples, girls’ weekend getaways and corporate retreats. There are also six wedding parties already booked for this coming summer.
Dr. Lucie Lajoie, who runs a family practice in Alexandria, and Nathalie Crack, who left her lifelong career as an insurance broker, are the duo responsible for this new addition to the community. The inspiration for the lofty project came as a result of a trip they took to Italy in 2019.
“The villa where we stayed, the food, the beauty, and the pace of life, birthed in us a dream to create a similar experience at home,” Crack explains.
“Our town is ready for tourism but has lacked accommodations – it’s time to put Alexandria on the map!” Lajoie adds.
There’s a movement started by local female entrepreneurs on Main Street that’s creating a definite vibe in Alexandria, say the two owners and they want to be part of it. The goal is to provide a memorable experience and not just a hotel accommodation. To that end, the owners of Auberge Glengarry Inn went the extra mile by adding a gym, a hot tub, and a shared fireside lounge – complete with classic vinyl records and an acoustic guitar for guests to enjoy.
“We hope that the ambiance created by the love and intricate details will give our guests a feel-good and meaningful stay,” Crack says.
The inn’s motto is: “You don’t have to go far to get away!” Alexandria is perfectly situated to cater to anyone from Montreal to Toronto and anywhere in between. Having the train station within walking distance is also an added bonus.
The feeling of small-town closeness is also reflected in the décor and amenities provided at Auberge Glengarry Inn.
“Everything from the fabrics we used, the soaps, the paintings and the food are all sourced from local artisans and professionals.” Lajoie says proudly. “As small businesses, it’s important that we encourage one another! We take great pride in supporting our own talent and resources.”
The four-room inn can accommodate up to nine guests and overnight stays include a gourmet breakfast. Each room is uniquely designed, with it’s own style and elegant charm. Guests can also rent the entire home and have dinner provided in-house by local caterers or private chefs.
With only one room left to complete, (which will be wheelchair accessible), Auberge Glengarry Inn will be hosting an open house within the next month or two. Stay tuned for details on the official grand opening.