Where we stayed.
It was mid renovation but the only inconvenience was trying to park our eight-seater fun bus we hired for the weekend. That said, we gladly handed the keys to reception who attended to valet parking off-site. Four inter-connecting family rooms later and we had the perfect set up.
Where we went.
One of my favourite things to do in a new destination is to get up and go for an early morning walk…not because I’m overly fitness minded but because you get to see beautiful sites like the morning sun on Salamanca Pier. Glorious.
Next up Nant Distillery for a whisky tour and sampling.
Do not eat breakfast Saturday morning. Instead, load up at the Salamanca Market. You must try the fried potatoes from The Porky Duck and the award winning triple cream brie from Coal River Farm. So. Freaking. Good.
To combat the cold I found this fabulous alpaca fleece scarf from Wharncliffe Alpacas, gin from McHenry Distillery and the best truffle honey from Tasmanian Truffles. Saturday afternoon saw us head up Mount Wellington to experience the biting cold that Hobart has to offer. Trust me, the scarf came in handy. Both the temperature and the view were breathtaking.
Sunday saw us at MONA where I very quickly discovered that I am not the biggest fan of modern art. I am however appreciative of antiquities, architecture and interiors so there was plenty of all three to get me through the museum.
I will admit there were some portions I did at a dead run just to get through the sucker…
Come Monday it was time to depart. Having stocked up on picnic provisions we navigated our way out of Hobart’s one way streets towards Richmond .We took in a wine tasting at Riversdale Estate before buying yet more brie to accompany our other supplies and headed to Puddleduck Vineyard for a “reverse BYO” lunch. In short, we bought our own food and then bought our beverages onsite. Lunch was divine but it was the $1.00 duck food that caused the real feeding frenzy. Our final foray was to Sullivans Cove Whisky (conveniently located right next to the airport) before we poured ourselves into our ride home.
Where we ate.
Everything and everywhere. Cleary.
Arriving late Thursday night we struggled to find a place that was open. Having already taken advantage of the in-flight beverage service we arrived a little inebriated at Jack Green at Salamanca Place. A few rounds of shots later and having downed a fabulous southern fried chicken burger with deliciously peppery chips we were sated.
Friday night saw us at the New Sydney Hotel. Don’t be distracted by the bar menu. Hone straight in on the scorched wagyu with bread and dripping and then follow up with the pork rack share platter.
Finally, for picnic provisions you want go past Salamanca Fresh. A huge array of local produce
What I wore.
Many, many layers. Particularly up the mountain. The best purchase on tour, aside from my fluffy scarf, was my Smitten Merino long sleeve top which I wore under pretty much everything.
Jackets from Siricco, Uniqlo and Zara, jumper and pants from Scanlan Theodore, t-shirts from Decjuba and Saba, jeans from Current Elliott, active wear from The Upside and accessories from Alexander Wang, Givenchy, Habbot, Tony Bianco and Nike.