Whale Town Weekend

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I started writing this post mid-December but they don’t call it the Silly Season for nothing! With friends visiting from overseas, Christmas, family birthdays and two impromptu trips up the West Coast, it was suddenly 2017 and this post was left sitting in my drafts folder! Anyway, despite hoping to have this up for the for the holidays, it is still summer and a weekend getaway is always a good idea 🙂

Last year ended off with a manic few weeks of travel and work went rather moggy. While my husband is usually the one with the crazy travel schedule, I found myself racking up a good few air miles with back-to-back trips to Joberg for five weeks in a row, with Christmas dinners and farewell thrown in between, so to say I was exhausted was an under statement (which also explains why I’ve been a little quite on the blog front) So a family weekend away just before my last trip of the year was what I needed (even if it meant going straight from the airport to Hermanus and then having a crazy quick turnaround on the Sunday night before flying out on the red-eye again!) But somehow it all worked out and the weekend away was just the best slip away from reality… The weather was beyond perfect with no wind (which is highly unusual for this time of the year!) which meant lots of family time on the beach and long, lazy braais in the evenings. While I could ramble on about our weekend of doing lots of nothingness, since Hermanus is one of my favourite spots to head to for a long weekend, I thought I’d put together my favourite spots to visit in this gem of a seaside town.

Lemon Butta: This is one of my absolute favourite places to eat in Hermanus! The sushi is phenomenal and I cannot get enough of it when I’m there. I know there is one at Willowbridge in Durbanville but as that is very far from my neck of the woods, I’ve only ever eaten there once. My husband and I celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary in May with a weekend away and they had a great winter menu so if sushi is not your thing, the main menu dishes are also well worth tasting. The restaurant itself is situated right next to the Village Square and has prime spot of the beautiful ocean views and if you lucky, a spot of whale watching.

Gelto Mania: Now I know there are a couple of Gelato Mania’s dotted around Cape Town but the location of this one in Hermanus means that you just cannot pass by without indulging in a deliciously creamy scoop or two of gelato (and let’s be serious, with the number of flavours to choose from, it will be two without a doubt!) This gelatoria is known for using an age-old traditional gelato recipe which means they’ve nailed  the flavour and transport you straight back to Italy with one lick (well just about anyway!) Also based at the Village Square, after a long morning of shopping or lazy afternoon by the sea, this is one spot you don’t want to miss 🙂

Creation Wines: There’s nothing better than spending a lazy afternoon wine tasting while away for a weekend – you can unwind and enjoy the farms and then slip back to your hotel for a much needed afternoon nap and not feel remotely guilty about it! The wine farms on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge have the most spectacular views and I love that you can look over from one side of the valley to the other and see the beautiful vineyards stretched out in front of you. Creation was the first wine farm to be planted on the ridge and has prime position right at the end of the valley. The tasting room offers heavenly views and sitting under the trees while sipping on a chilled glass of white, took my breath away! While I haven’t eaten there, when we went wine tasting we enjoyed a delicious cheese platter with crackers and condiments which complimented our wine tasting and was the perfect afternoon snack. The Tasting Room also offers a number of different pairing options from a tapas pairing, chocolate pairing and a secret wine and food pairing. This is well worth a visit even if it’s just for the views! 

Cliff Walks: For those of you who are regular readers of Boots or follow me on Instagram, know that I love to exercise and be active. When away for a weekend though, I am ALL about relaxing so while I don’t usually get my sweat on, I love to do lots of walking. Hermanus has such beautiful walks and I love strolling along the cliffs enjoying the vynbos and wildlife along the way. The walking paths have been well maintained which makes it easy to follow the route along the coast line which stretches for 12 kilometeres! One of my favourite walks, is starting at the Old Harbour and following the path that runs along Westcliff Road, past Fick’s pool and all the way along the coast until you reach the end and then slowly stroll back. I love the undulating terrain and bridges and stairs that take you closer to the water and rocks and then back up again. Which ever direction you walk though, you really can’t go wrong as it  is just so serene and beautiful.

Harbour House Hotel: You can’t beat the location of this hotel! Right on the corner of the Village Square overlooking the sea and Old Harbour, it’s prime spot for watching the sunset. I’ve stayed at this hotel twice (although both times were in winter so I haven’t made use of the swimming pool) and it is wonderfully luxurious and a real treat. Both times we stayed in the New Wing with a balcony overlooking the Village Square. I loved sitting outside in the morning with a delicious, frothy cuppachino and then in the evening, with a glass of wine (and a spot of Lemon Butta sushi!) watching the sun go down. The rooms are modern and fresh with fluffy towels and a thick, soft duvet to sink in to. The hotel also offers bicycle rentals and the last time we were there we hired these very cool retro cruisers and took a leisurely ride around the town – such fun! 

Nanny’s beach (Kammabaai): We were so lucky with the weather on our family weekend and the Saturday was perfect beach weather. This beach is a lovely, intimate little beach and is quieter than Voelklip or Grotto. The beach is split into two by a rocky outcrop and there are lots of little tidal pools so it was the perfect spot to spend the morning, tucked away behind the rocks. It also meant that Wellington could play and not disturb any of the other beach goers since technically he was meant to be on a lead! It apparently gets very busy in peak season and is affected by the tides (we left when the tide came up) but as we were there just before the festive season crowds, it was relatively quiet.

I hope you all had a wonderful festive season and are ready to take on the new year. I wish you all a year of health, happiness and adventures!

 xxx Cat

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