Our little getaway before Xmas, 3 days in the Beechworth area. Wine tasting, vanilla slices and enjoying the countryside was to be had :)
I’d bought Rish a gift voucher for two nights at Barnsley House in a package that included:
- 2 night’s weekend accommodation (Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun) in romantic Elizabeth Retreat, with King size spa, open fire, LCD TV
- Bottle of local wine on arrival
- Full breakfasts each morning
- A two course dinner plus glass of wine each at Gigi’s restaurant one evening
- Antipasto platter from Beechworth Pantry one evening to enjoy in the comfort of Barnsley House
- 2 x 45 minute relaxation massages at nearby ‘Reflective Soles’
Our first stop after afternoon tea was to Toni at Reflective Soles for a massage each :) Had some decent tension in my neck ;)
Then back for dinner on our porch – an Antipasto Platter from Beechworth Pantry, a bottle of wine and then back in for a spa :)
And off for a good sleep!
Woke up the next day, and on the recommendation of another couple, decided to head up to Mount Beauty. Unfortunately the weather was against us (to the point of no visibility on the cliff face roads), so we hit the Milawa and Beechworth wineries instead.
First stop though – “lunch” in Myrtleford!
In honour of the Tobacco farmers. There used to be a giant stack painted to look like a cigarette, at least there was 6 years ago when I was in the area for a placement doing brain injury rehab. I wonder if it’s still about since the tobacco farms have shut down?
Rose Hill Estate Wines – came away with a bottle of Durif.
Wood park wines – came away with a sparkling
Next it was off the Brown Brothers, which we were a little skeptical of heading to a bigger winery, as maybe it would be less personal that the little ones, but we get a really chatting older man to walk us through our tastings, with stories to tell galore!
The Grand Tokay tickled our tastebuds, and being cellar-door only, we had to get a bottle ;)
Disappointingly, there was a breath testing cop just outside of Wangaratta, and they didn’t pull be over! :( I’d been so diligent in spitting in my designated driver role and all!
Stopped at a couple more places on the way home, and bought a fortified wine from Pennyweight wines. It awaits drinking ;)
I’d have to say that, overall, the meals appeared to be priced to be exclusive – ie they get people in as this is the only restaurant of that price range in Beechworth. Oh well. Another glass of wine helped me finish ;) They weren’t all bad, just overpriced and perhaps not as tasty as they looked.
The waitress kept asking if we wanted our water glasses topped up. Honestly, it’s water, don’t interrupt our meal/conversation for a question that the response will be duh, of course. If we don’t want the water, we’ll not drink it. Silly.
On the Sunday morning, we let Rish loose on the Beechworth Bakery once more, where he went another vanilla slice, and I had a rather awful soy latte. Yes, I used the feedback form. The Vanilla Slices got multiple smiley faces, and the coffee got a sad face complete with tear.
Then, to the Beechworth Courthouse, stood in the dock, in the cells, looked at the armour.
Time to start making our way home, via the Woolshed Falls:
And a good feed in Chiltern (mum tells me we broke down in Chiltern when was little kid, stayed in the caravan park, ate at the pub, and caught the train back to Albury)
Soon enough it was back on the road to Canberra, listening to Australia losing some cricket. For something different!