Our Tips for a Relaxing Hunter Valley Escape
There’s nothing like surrounding yourself with natural beauty to help you ease into holiday mode. With the world full of constant connectivity and constant pressure to be somewhere, a holiday to the Hunter Valley Wine Country is a shining beacon; a much-needed breath of air. Here are our top tips to help you relax and enjoy your upcoming Hunter Valley holiday.
Tour the Hunter Valley Gardens
In the heart of the Hunter Vineyards Wine Country, at the foothills of the Brokenback Range, you’ll discover the wonderful Hunter Valley Gardens. An easy two minute drive from Hermitage Lodge the Hunter Valley Gardens offer visitors the chance explore 60 acres of well-manicured gardens with 10 uniquely different gardens to enjoy. Take your pick from the Rose Garden, Oriental Garden, the amazing Lake Walk and the ever popular Storybook Garden delighting all ages. If you’re thinking you could use a relaxing stroll surrounded by the glorious scents and blooms of nature, then the Hunter Valley Garden should certainly feature on your must-do list.
Taste the Hunter Valley
The Hunter Valley is renown for being one of Australia’s best food bowls, producing a range of quality produce and artisan products. Visit one of the 150 cellar doors (most within a 30 minute drive of Hermitage Lodge), visit an olive grove, sample some of the finest dairy products made from local dairies, from hard cheeses to sweet ice creams, gelatos and yoghurts or visit the Smokehouse Gourmet Pantry and sample pates and relishes. There are also regular markets featuring local produce and local hand-made products. Looking for something closer to your Hermitage Lodge accommodation? Reserve a table in the ever popular Il Cacciatore Restaurant and enjoy the award winning Italian inspired cuisine. Imagine taking in the sunset on the deck of your room at Hermitage Lodge, enjoying some local olives and cheeses while sipping on a fine local wine. Sounds relaxing right? Come experience the Hunter Valley lifestyle. You may not want to leave!
Explore the Hunter Valley
Feeling adventurous? There’s nothing like trying a new experience or taking a moment by yourselves to indulge in a bit of excitement. The Hunter Valley is home to breathtaking scenery - a natural landscape that just begs you to explore and leave your worries behind. One of the best ways to take in the Hunter Valley is by bicycle or horse back riding. For a truly unique experience try a Hot Air Balloon or joy flight. There’s also plenty of bush walks, mountain biking trails or just head off for a drive and explore the rich history of this region from convict relics to mining and beyond to the traditional owners of the land. In the Hunter Valley, there is so much to explore. The Hunter Valley is the place to invigorate and experience the nature by getting right amongst it.
Head to a Hunter Valley Day Spa
Food, gardens and exploration are great for relaxation but to feel those knots of tensions truly disappear, there’s nothing like the ultimate indulgence of a Day Spa. It’s time to spoil yourself! Offering a number of different day spas, the Hunter Valley region has your ultimate pampering package sorted. Try full body massages, body wraps, hot stone therapies, facials and pedicure treatments. Try the hydro-lounge at Chateau Elan Day Spa, enjoy a day away at the Spa Elysia or a half day of beauty and indulgence at Reflections Day Spa. Hermitage Lodge can also arrange an in-suite massage for you, for that ultimate relaxation.