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We loved that their first stop was Pokolbin’s The Smelly Cheese Shop, home to all things deliciously dairy. But you can never have too much cheese, so there they were at it again with an Epic Tasting Experience at Hungerford Hill Winery complete with matched wines and tasting bites by Muse Restaurant itself. Upon checking in at our Resort and in a Spa Suite, the team were able to live that luxe life with spacious lounge, dining and bedroom areas.
You’ve never seen the sun rise the way it does from a hot air balloon vantage point, The Urban List can testify to seemingly endless views of the region and they have the Beyond Ballooning in-flight photos to prove it. A champagne buffet breakfast at the end, courtesy of Redsalt Restaurant, wrapped up their perfect morning.
The team also rolled with the best wines after jumping aboard our Lovedale Bus Tour but not before sampling a pint or two from our in-house Lovedale Brewery. This packed schedule of eating, drinking and more eating doesn’t stop here. A tasting menu at EXP had their name on it that night with delicious local produce prepared by Frank Fawkner himself.
Sunday’s are certified lazy days and what better way for the team to have spent it than by taking a slow stroll through the Hunter Valley Gardens. They were able to release their inner kid by riding down with the mega ice toboggan and by being key instigators behind snow fights. With so many diverse experiences to be had at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, our friends at The Urban List can verify that indeed, one night is not enough.
Travel educates the mind, enriches the soul and strengthens bonds between family members. Winter in the Hunter Valley is the perfect excuse to tackle all of the above. Bundle the kids into the car straight from school and away you go. Your mini entourage might be most at home at one of Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley’s two bedroom villas. It’s a triple threat of comfort, luxury and privacy with separate lounge and dining areas, two modern bathrooms and an outdoor terrace.
Dress yourselves and your usual Friday nights in with a family dinner out at the award-winning Redsalt Restaurant. It’s renowned for its fresh, local ingredients, fine wines and innovative cuisine. Kids at Redsalt even get the VIP treatment with a kids-only menu that boasts the likes of grilled lamb chops and fillet steak, served with the all important confit vegetables. Treat it as an education in Hunter produce and in delicious dining that even the pickiest of eaters couldn’t say no to.
After a restful night’s sleep and everyone is (finally) dressed, head on down to Redsalt Restaurant once more to fuel up buffet items such as pancakes from our pancake machine and eggs from our egg station. The little one in the family is going to need it to keep up on the off road segway tour by NSW Segway that you’ve arranged in advance. The adventure begins at Hunter Valley Resort and ends with a venture through the vineyards.
For your afternoon activity, have a lazy one together in our games room which features a variety of arcade games from first-person shooters to claw machines. Or get active and stretch your legs at the icy wonderland that is the Hunter Valley Gardens’ Snow Time. Skate their rink, ride their mega toboggan or start a snowball fight, we won’t tell anyone.
It’s your last day here and you’re after a bit of one-on-one time with your significant other, so you’re both headed to Hunter Valley Golf to tee-off a 9 hole game. Meanwhile the kids are having a good time at the supervised Water Dragons Kids Club. With such an enriching weekend of activities for everyone, it’s no wonder that one night is not enough.
Nothing quite rekindles the flames of love like a surprise Winter escape to the Hunter Valley. Pick up your significant other from work on a Friday afternoon with bags sneakily packed and head straight for check-in at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. Relax in contemporary comfort and chic in an indulgent spa suite, designed to reflect the peaceful, laid back atmosphere of its surrounds. If you don’t believe us, try looking out at Hunter serenity from your private balcony, instant zen.
You’ll both be up bright and early the next morning because you’re catching the first sight of sunrise with Beyond Ballooning. Their Daily Balloon Flight special will have you quite literally walking amongst the clouds and taking in views like you’ve never seen before. Once the hour is up, it’s time for a soft landing and a champagne buffet breakfast back at Redsalt Restaurant. It’s still morning so it will all feel like a dream, but don’t worry, you’ll have the digital in-flight photos to remember it.
You’ll both need a nap after that somewhat strenuous morning. Take an insider tip from us, there isn’t a better place in the Hunter Valley for a bit of a lie down than Ubika Spa, an intimate sanctuary surrounded by picturesque vineyards and golf greens. A 50-minute Aromatherapy Massage for two is just what you’ll both need. You’ll be at the mercy of the Spa’s highly qualified therapists who will utilise Swedish techniques to relieve muscle tension and dissolve all your stresses away.
Come dinner time, the two of you will be pleased to unwind at The Lovedale Bar, our casual little eatery located on-site. Indulge in comfort foods such as burgers, pizza and beers that have been brewed right next door. The team’s personal favourite is our namesake, the Lovedale Lager. A fancy cocktail or two at the Vista Bar might be needed after this (are you thinking Semillon Sours, Blackberry Espresso or Tiki Rum Punch?) but it’s looking like an early night. With such an adventure packed weekend of activities, it’s no wonder that one night is not enough
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The Urban List girls took a day off to give themselves a complete long weekend up in the Hunter Valley. They opted for our 2-bedroom villa accommodation which comes with expansive living areas, bedrooms and kitchen area. This was the perfect choice to get everyone staying together for one big luxurious slumber party.
After settling in, they took a self-guided tour on wheels of the Hunter region by renting our bikes available at our Concierge. If you’re not feeling up to the peddle, take it easy with one of our Lovedale Bus tours that will whisk you away to some of the best wineries in the region. True wine lovers should save the date and make a trip up during the Hunter Valley Wine Festival on June 24 where the region’s best wine will all come to you.
Feasting is synonymous with the Hunter Valley as the girls were soon to learn. They were truly spoiled for choice with the likes of EXP touting five-course and eight-course lunches, Muse, and our very own Lovedale Bar and Restaurant’s pizzas and salads tempting them at every meal. Whether it’s a long lunch or a longer dinner degustation, make sure you’re prepared to loosen those belts as it’s guaranteed to be a bountiful meal.
Sunday’s are typically lazy days and there’s no reason it should be any different up in wine country. The girls took a break at Ubika Spa, opting for a variety of treatments from facials to massages. A good alternative could be a relaxing game of golf at Hunter Valley Golf, even absolute beginners should take a swing with help from our experienced academy instructors. After that they went up on a helicopter tour and saw the region from a completely different perspective. If you are heights-adverse, take the road less travelled instead by way of a segway tour where you will hopefully spot a kangaroo or two. With so many options and so little time, one night is not enough.