Just recently the hubby and I ran away for a night at the Hunter Valley. It was mostly to celebrate our 5th wedding Anniversary but was also to just escape, relax, unwind and not change any shitty nappies or hear the words 'Mum' or 'Dad' for a least 24 hours.
Driving into the region it is so lovely with the picturesque vineyard views all around you, going from seaside to the gorgeous country side in only a short trip. We checked into the very impressive Crowne Plaza Resort. It was everything and a little more that a resort should be, comfy, clean room complete with white robes which is a little luxury I quite enjoy, and a little welcome gift of chocolates too (score!).
So the first thing we did was jump onto a wine tasting tour, mini bus style (with Vineyard Shuttle Service) they picked us up right from the front door of the resort. Actually this wasn't just a wine tasting tour, it include cheese and chocolate tasting too. Now I must say I'm not much of a wine drinker and either is my other half but that's why we wanted to do a tour so we could taste many different wines and find ones that we really enjoy. Here are a few pictures of the places we stopped by...
We went to two wine vineyards and to the Hunter Distillery. This was at Peacock Hill Vineyard, our host (and owner) Silvi was not only informative but she was such a hoot, a real charming lady.
Yes that is a storage room FULL of cheese! You can pretty much taste everything you see. This is the Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop. Right next door is Pokolbin Chocolate Company. Both of these places are located within Pokolbin Village.
That chocolate mint fudge is to die for, I should have bought more.
Sunday brought the best buffet breakfast I think I have ever indulged in, maybe it was just the fact I didn't have to share any of my food with any small people that made it taste so fantastic. We went for a small drive around the area before heading home.
Ivanhoe Wines award winning cellar door was open so we popped in to taste some of their reds and admire the estate's beautiful views of Brokenback Range.
Our last stop Hope Estate. This place is a 'must view'. Seriously heading back here to go to a concert, they pull some of the biggest names like Elton John and Fleetwood Mac. The place has an amazing vibe and I could just picture ourselves sitting with a picnic enjoying a magical evening. Whilst we were a little 'wine tasting' weary by this stage of our trip, I did admire just walking around their cellar door picturing what it would be like to attend a wedding here, just stunning.
While it was a short stay at The Hunter, it was so relaxing and the perfect place to celebrate, and enjoy some quality time together just the two of us. Thank you Hunter Valley!