In my own experience, I consider the perfect Hunter Valley holiday to be one which engages with the unique aspects of place and its produce. I want to literally taste the Hunter Valley on my lips via food and drink possibilities. I do not want to go to the Hunter and consume the same victuals that I eat at home. What is the point of travel, if you do not do as the Romans do in Rome? This part of NSW is full of award winning wine growers, food producers, restaurants, hotels and natural features to explore.
Taste the Crisp Grape Tingle on Your tongue
Think of Maitland, Singleton, Cessnock, Paterson, Pokolbin, Wollombi, Rothbury and Lovedale, and you can almost taste the crisp grape tingle on your tongue. Love is a finely crafted glass vessel full of verve and surprise. You can, even, take a balloon ride above the vineyards, to survey the splendour beneath you. There are terrific golf courses, if a good walk spoiled is your cup of tea. Greg Norman, Jack Newton, the names of champions and course designers, just, drip off the tongue. Take a swing through the vineyards and putt your way to a vintage or two.
Herbs That Heal Are on the Menu
Alternatively, you may like to spa your way through the Hunter Valley, and I do not refer to the pugilistic meaning of the word. Rather, you can stretch, bathe, and be gently pummelled by massage therapists bearing essential oils and hot rocks. The day spa exploration may open a golden door or two to peace and tranquillity. Sipping elegant wines in spa tubs and indulging in clouds of aromatherapy can only be good for the soul after all. Herbs that heal are, also, on the menu at these superior spa facilities in the Hunter.
Cooking Up a Storm to Soothe the Savage Beast
Culinary creativity is a big part of the perfect Hunter Valley holiday in my book. For those getting away from leadership spills in Canberra, it is the perfect getaway. Cooking up a storm to soothe the savage beast of a conservative’s coal mine fantasy is an appropriate alternative. The local produce is world’s best and fresher than fresh. Artisan cheeses, chocolates, game meats, smoked fish, olive oils and more, will please your palate and have you asking for more. Sup on culinary treats and sip the wines of the rural gods.