Sometimes you just need to get away, even if it’s just for one night. Although you promise yourself you’ll relax, there are always so many distractions at home.
Loads of washing that need doing, clothes you need to cull, jobs you’ve been putting off for months (years?). I find I can never really switch off at home.
So recently we decided to take a little whirlwind trip to the gorgeous village of Berry in NSW. Planned entirely by my hubby I didn’t even know where we were going until we were almost there.
If you’ve not been, Berry is a quaintly rustic village surrounded by dairy farms and stretches of coast. It’s quite simply a foodie heaven with beautiful local markets, award winning restaurants and providores galore.
Set an easy 2.5 hour scenic drive from Sydney or Melbourne, it’s a beautiful little getaway when you’re wanting to escape your busy life.
The main street, Queen Street, is home to many boutique gift stores and foodie delights including a cute tea shop, chocolate store, gelato shop made with local The Pines Kiama milk and an especially exciting doughnut van serving fresh, warm cinnamon doughnuts to hungry fiends.
If it’s antiques you’re after, there are lots of second hand stores that beg to be rummaged. From French provincial finishings to antique cuckoo clocks, you could lose yourself for hours in the maze of wares.
We spent the weekend pottering the shops, stopping frequently for fuel of the caffeine or chocolate variety. It’s nice to not really have a plan or anywhere to be, you can just roam lesuirely without a care in the world.
A long lazy lunch was spent at the local pub, sampling one of NSW’s top 6 burgers, their famed alpaca burger. It was a unique twist on of my favourite lunch time fares. Their barramundi fish & chips were also outstanding.
If it’s fancy fare you’re after, you can’t go past South on Albany, a cosy fine dining restaurant with a European flavour. Their wine list is very extensive featuring local wines and many from the Canberra region (made me rather proud).
We stayed at Jasmine Cottage, an adorable B&B a minute drive from town. The little loft cabin was a complete sanctuary with a beautiful claw foot bath to soak the afternoon away.
Berry is teeming with B&Bs, boutique hotels and farmhouse accommodation. There’s something there for every taste.
I’m always taking opportunity to improve my photography and I loved capturing my favourite frames from the weekend, I hope you like them too. Don’t forget to scroll down for the scoop on where to stay, eat and shop.
~ Breakfast & Coffee ~
~ Lunch & Dinner ~
Emporium Food Co (Deli)
Hungry Duck (Modern asian)
South on Albany (European casual fine dining)
Mezzadellas (Pizza + Tapas)
Berry Hotel (Try the alpaca burger + barramundi fish & chips)
~ Foodie Heaven ~
South Coast Providores (beautiful chutney, relishes, picked, fruit conserves & the most delicious quince and red wine paste)
~ Shopping ~
Don’t forget to hashtag #dinewiththemacadames on your culinary adventures travel pictures – We love to see where you’re exploring!
Anisa – The Macadames. xx