Well after a couple of relaxing days spent in Hobart, we now have to get back to the task at hand. Our research for our bed and breakfast idea is really going well. We are taking little ideas from each one we frequent on our travels. Once we put it all together back home, we will really have a stunning bed and breakfast of our own.
Adelaide Hills, baby blankets and a girl crush?
So for the next part of our trip we were off to Adelaide Hills. I was told that this is an excellent wine producing region in Australia so we have to see for ourself. Our first stop was Shaw and Smith. This wine farm was started by two cousin in around 1989 and has proved to be one of the top wine producers in Australia. Of course, the wine was top notch, in fact I have yet to find one that I do not enjoy.
We spent a nice lazy day on the farm, taking in its natural scenic beauty as well as the wines on offer. We even met another couple from the States. Tom and Nancy were visiting friends in the city and had decided to take a break and come out to Adelaide Hills. They were having a picnic on the lawns and invited us to join them. They have a daughter, Lia. She is 18 months old and as cute as a button. She would not go anywhere without her baby blanket, which to be fair, I understand. Her blanket has a massive picture of Winnie the Pooh on it, He is my favorite cartoon bear and I just loved the blanket. When myself and Chad have kids, I will definitely be getting one of them!
Myself and Nancy really hit it off and spent hours in conversation. She is so down to earth and certainly very stylish, just like me! She was wearing a very simple blue dress with one of the most stunning choker necklaces I have ever seen. It had a simple black silk band, but it was the blue heart shaped jewel hanging off it that I really loved. We got on like a house on fire and in fact, when we said our goodbyes, Chad joked that I had developed a girl crush! He is such a fool sometimes. I am sure I blushed a lot, it felt like it.
Our next stop is McLaren Vale. We will take a week to explore the area as we want to finalize a few more ideas for back home. This trip really has been something else, certainly the best holiday I have ever undertaken.
Although I love Australian wines, I think we have been overdoing it slightly the last couple of days. So we made a few changes to our travel plans. Nothing too serious however.
It’s been dressing gowns, cushions and too much snoring!
We decided to take an unscheduled stop on our Australian tour. How did that come about, I hear you ask? There we were sitting in our hotel at the end of another long hard day of incredible landscapes, hot Australian sun and fantastic wine. I was in full rest and relaxation mode. The little bed and breakfast that we are staying in provided a dressing gown and slippers. I love these small touches. The robe was especially decadent and so thick and soft. Prefect for drinking a nice hot cup of tea.
Chad had assumed his favorite position. Lying on the couch, head on a fluffy cushion, snoring away. He says he is tired, but we all know it’s the beautiful wine! Anyway, before he left me for dreamland he had changed the TV channel to a documentary on Tasmania. I was fascinated and decided there and then that we would make a short stop on the island. Chad didn’t need too much convincing when he woke up.
Where’s the Tasmanian Devil?
We found a quaint little bed and breakfast establishment on the outskirts of Hobart. I am so glad that we came here. It has been a great way to just relax and recharge our batteries.
For the first day we didn’t even set foot outside the bed and breakfast we were staying in. It is such a stunning, old home. I spent most of the day in my dressing gown in our room. Our bed had these massive, comfy cushions on it, it was the perfect place to laze the day away. The outdoor veranda had a two-seater swing chair with a cushion collection arranged on it. Both Chad and I loved it so much that we definitely want some for our bed and breakfast when we open it. I really loved the old style charm of the whole place, it has given me a number of great ideas to use back home.
We couldn’t spend all our time indoors so we the next day we travelled through Hobart. It is a beautiful little city, filled with some great restaurants. We had a delightful lunch at a little Italian place followed by the most massive scones I have ever eaten for afternoon tea. We also spent some time at the local zoo. I really wanted to see a Tasmanian devil, but they were not playing along and refused to come out of their enclosure.
Anyway, our time in Hobart and Tasmania had come to an end. Back to the wine tasting as our next stop is Adelaide Hills. I can’t wait to see more of this incredible country and its friendly people.
Our next Australian stop is in the McLaren Vale region in South Australia. It is a few miles outside of Adelaide. Chad and I have now really started to formulate a great idea of what we want for our bed and breakfast when we return home to the winery.
We are hoping to get a few more ideas in McLaren Vale, specifically with regards to hosting weddings. We really have more than enough space to hosts weddings at the winery, plus we have such a stunning backdrop. The fact that we would also have a bed and breakfast would make a great incentive for guests to stay over as well. Chad is not so sure about the idea as it means will we will need to build a venue to host wedding receptions, but I am hoping this trip will change his mind.
Chad, should we brooch the subject of weddings?
I have planned ahead, a little without Chad’s knowledge. I had arranged to meet with Lisa, a wedding planner in the area. I told her our story and she said that she was sure she could show us a few wine farms that host weddings and that would win Chad over.
We met with Lisa that Saturday. She was a short, petite girl and quite beautiful. She was wearing a stunning brooch that I immediately fell in love with. I really didn’t want to ask her where she got it from, but in the end I just blurted the question out. She ended up showing me where she had purchased it and the site has the most stunning brooches I have ever seen.
Lisa took us to Rosemount Estate, a beautiful wine farm that also hosts weddings. Although Lisa was not planning this wedding, her good friend Sarah was. I was glad as this gave us much more time to pick Lisa’s brain without her having to worry about wedding matters.
Winning Chad over
You could see Lisa was an organised individual. She produced pages and pages of notes that she had printed for us. All of them detailed the venues in the McLaren Vale region so that we could continue to do our research throughout the week.
Lisa passed on some valuable information and I think Chad is really coming around to the idea. It is a way to generate more visitors to the farm, a way to ensure our bed and breakfast is used often and finally a way to sell wine!
I can’t wait to learn more during the rest of the week. We have set up more meetings with a number of Lisa’s contacts in the region. I am sure as we see more wedding venues on the various farms we will start to get an idea of how we could make it work back home.