What better excuse for a long weekend in the country than Good Sir Dilly Dally’s birthday! I decided to surprise him with a three day break in the beautiful old historic township of Mudgee, about 3.5 hours drive from Sydney.
Early Saturday morning we loaded up the newly washed car, turned up the tunes and set off on our mystery adventure.
I thought a brunch stop would be a nice way to break up the long drive. Always well researched and prepared, I had heard about a place that did good coffee… Anonymous Cafe. So we pulled into the suburb of Blackheath just near the highest point in the Blue Mountains.
First things first… Coffee!
Followed by delicious toasted sourdough with homemade raspberry and blueberry jam.
I got major food envy when Good Sir Dilly Dally’s cheese and tomato toastie came out (as did the gentleman at the neighbouring table who changed his order when he saw it).
Suitably refreshed we jumped back in the car for the final long leg of the drive… made longer by the fact we almost ran out of petrol and had to make an emergency detour to Rylstone where we filled up 59.9L of a 60L tank (seriously!). It got very quiet and tense during this part of the journeyas we both had visions of having to get out and walk the rest of the way in the 35C heat.
It was around 1pm when we finally rolled into town. Good Sir Dilly Dally was suitably impressed by his birthday present, two nights at the Perry Street Hotel, a modern boutique hotel in the historic Mechanics Institute Building constructed in 1862.
We were staying in the Library Suite.
Apparently the interior styling and decor was inspired by the colours and architecture of Berlin…
Its the small details that make your stay that little bit more special and luxurious, like offering a range of our favourite teas, good quality toiletteries and robes to lounge around in…
Having checked into our suite we were now ready to check out all that Mudgee had to offer! Unfortunately, I had forgotten about the differences between city and country, the main being opening hours… All the shops were shut! So we walked through the empty streets of the central business district and took in all the grand old architecture.
We had well and truly worked up and appetite and thought it was high time we got stuck into the food and wine which this area was so famous for. Our first stop was The Shop by Botobolar (the only shop open along the main street) where we picked up a cold crisp riesling from Australia’s oldest certified organic winery.
Next stop, High Valley Wine & Cheese Co. We were originally only there for the cheese tasting but ended up being persuaded to do some wine tasting too.
We walked out with two red, a white and three cheeses and headed back to our hotel for a late lunch and chilled for the rest of the afternoon.
Later that night we headed out for dinner and drinks at Roth’s Wine Bar, one of Australia’s oldest wine bar established in 1923.
We had a table in the front room of the bar, and watched as people came and went. As it was still very warm outside we cooled down with a local rosé.
When Good Sir Dilly Dally spotted the bartender making some espresso martini’s there was no question what we would be having for dessert!
Stay tuned for part two of our weekend in Mudgee!