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Things to do in the Hunter Valley

There are always lots of exciting things to do in the Hunter Valley and May is no exception.
Here’s a sneak peek of things to do
, so you can start planning your next trip: 

  • The First Annual Smoke Off 2021
  • Art N Sip in the Vines
  • Sutton Estate Hunter Valley Wine Escape Room
  • Sutton Estate Hunter Valley Smash Room (coming soon)
  • Golfing in the Hunter Valley
  • Hermitage Lodge Winter Fireside Escape Package

The First Annual Smoke Off 2021 

At Royal Federal Hotel Branxton
Sunday 2nd May
11am- 3pm  

You’re invited to the first annual Smoke Off 2021 hosted by The Royal Federal Hotel Branxton in partnership with the Smokin Hot & Saucy. If you’re a lover of all things BBQ, then this event is for you. Watch two teams battle it out over five smoked heats for the coveted Smoke Off trophy. And enjoy a family-friendly day full of barbequed smoked meat, cold beer, live music from Outlaw Ave & Finnian Johnson and activities for the kids too. The First Annual Smoke Off is a 15-minute drive from Hermitage Lodge.  

Art N Sip in the Vines 

At Greenway Wines ‘Red Barn’ Cellar Door and Vineyard
Friday 26th March – Friday 17th December
$150 per person

If you’re feeling creative and looking for an art experience with a difference, treat yourself to Art N Sip in the Vines. Held on Fridays at Greenway Wines; enjoy a vineyard tour, wine tasting, cheese and charcuterie plates, and the experience of painting a masterpiece amongst the vines. All materials are provided. And no experience is necessary.   

Sutton Estate Hunter Valley Wine Escape Room

At Sutton Estate Hunter Valley
Wine Escape Room
$50 per person for 2, $40 per person for 3 or more, up to 8 guests

Visit Sutton Estate’s Wine Escape Room and spend an hour solving challenges and puzzles in order to complete your mission and ‘escape the room’. Challenges include a wine tasting activity and wine smelling of some of the best wines in the Hunter Valley. The Wine Escape Room is suitable for couples and small groups and is a perfect blend of wine experience and ingenuity.

Sutton Estate Hunter Valley Smash Room

Coming soon to Sutton Estate is the highly anticipated Hunter Valley Smash Room. A place where you can release your anger in the confines of the Smash Room and break all the wine bottles you want. The broken glass will be put to good use by a local artist who will turn it into beautiful mosaic art, and you leave feeling liberated and anger free. Win-Win! Find out more about the Hunter Valley Smash Room plans

Golfing in the Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley offers some of the best golf courses in the country. The rolling countryside and wide-open spaces make for perfect playing conditions, and there are a variety of championship courses to choose from, such as The Vintage Golf Club designed by Greg Norman, Hunter Valley Golf & Country Club, or Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club. There’s even Aqua Golf and Putt Putt where you can hit floating golf balls into the lake at the Hunter Valley Gardens.

Where to stay 

If you’re searching for Hunter Valley accommodation, Pokolbin is right in the heart of the wine-growing region. 

Hermitage Lodge – Immerse yourself in the heart of the Hunter Valley 

Hermitage Lodge is a boutique hotel nestled amongst the vines of a tranquil 20-hectare property. Choose from twenty rooms and seven different room types. Why not make it even more special with our Winter Fireside Escape Package.  

609 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin
Info and reservations: Ph +61 2 4998 7639 

Hermitage Lodge – Winter Fireside Escape Package 

Are you craving a cosy couples holiday away this Winter? Hermitage Lodge is pleased to announce its Winter Fireside Escape Package, starting from just $629.00!  Enjoy two blissful nights away, between June 1st and August 31st, and you and your partner can cosy up by the fire in luxury accommodation in the heart of the Hunter Valley and enjoy the benefits of this special offer. Find out more about the Winter Fireside Escape Package here.

To claim this offer, please  Email or call us and mention this promotion to reserve your room. This offer is only valid for new and direct bookings and is subject to availability. 

Where to eat 

Il Cacciatore, Hermitage Lodge’s award-winning restaurant 

Treat your tastebuds to delicious Northern Italian inspired cuisine.Il Cacciatore delivers authentic Italian food made from fresh local ingredients in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. It’s no surprise it’s a popular choice of Hunter Valley locals and visitors alike. Open for dinner seven nights from 6 pm; Lunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 pm and takeaway is available nightly from 5 pm and weekends from noon.  

Restaurant Reservations: +61 2 4998 7639
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