Valentine’s Day isn’t something hubby and I usually pay much attention to. I’m more of a show-your-love-every-damn-day-of-the-year kinda girl. Plus we’ve been married for a gazillion years. So when my hubby surprised me late last year with a blissful kid-free 2 night break in Tassie, he pretty much filled his romance quota for the entire year right there.
Last time I’d been to Tassie I was 7 months pregnant, swollen, cranky and over it. I was not my best self. I couldn’t sample the local wines and cheeses, I didn’t want to explore the countryside and I for sure didn’t feel like pushing my belly through the markets in the blistering cold.
Oh my Hobart, you’ve changed! Perhaps it’s just that I’m no longer cranky and pregnant. Maybe it’s that I can now freely eat my body weight in cheese. Whatever it is, I’m in love.
The iconic Henry Jones Hotel set the tone for our weekend: sleek modern design meets luxury and relaxation. Located on Hobart’s stunning waterfront, this former Jam factory dating back to 1804 has been sensitively restored and reimagined into a remarkable 5 star hotel. Another feature of this hotel is the contemporary Tasmanian art showcased on the corridor walls which I really enjoyed exploring. We stayed in one of the Oriental Suites which feature a overflowing spa.
Rotalift Helicopters helped make it a weekend to remember. My hubby organised a custom scenic helicopter flight to lunch and then to explore some local wineries. We felt like celebrities flying into Bangor Oyster Shed and the scenery was just spectacular. We were greeted at Frogmore Creek wines by a round of applause when our helicopter landed – I think I could get used to this!!
Salamanca Market was great for a morning stroll and shop. The bacon and egg roll hit the spot on a frosty Sat morn (there was snow on Mt Wellington!) and we enjoyed perusing the local wares.
MONA is an experience you’ll never forget. We set aside a whole day to absorb the wonders of the Museum of Old and New Art. The ferry from Hobart was a relaxing journey down the river. The ferries themselves are works of art with bright contemporary interiors and fully functional cafe on board to satisfy your coffee cravings.
Dinner at Henry’s restaurant at the hotel was romantic and intimate. Great food and a fabulous wine selection coupled with impeccable service.
The feast we had Bangor Oyster Shed was unbelievable. I don’t eat seafood (I know, I know!) but my hubby made up for it by downing two dozen oysters.
The Wine Bar at MONA is great for a feed after you’ve explored the museum. We sat on the verandah and soaked up some sunshine while eating delicious share plates.
IXL Long Bar at the Henry Jones Hotel is such a cool little space. Great cocktails and a huge wine list, the atmosphere in here makes for a great start to your Sat night.
Tavern 42 Degrees South is located at Elizabeth Street pier right on the water. We enjoyed a nice Tassie wine overlooking the tall ships at sunset. A spectacular start to the evening.
We did a wine tasting at Frogmore Creek Wines and my favourite part was sitting in the big comfy chairs overlooking the vines, sipping on a delicious glass on Pinot. Not too far from Hobart, you definitely have to add this winery to your itinerary.
All in all, it was a pretty romantic little weekend away. Do you celebrate Valentine’s day? Whats your favourite place to explore with your partner?