Hunter Valley getaway for 2!

The Hubby and I got away for a night and it was soooooo good!

After taking the kids to their Saturday morning sports, the kids were picked up by my sister-in-law for a sleepover and we made our way to the Hunter Valley!

Hubby is a fan of the band L I V E. Through our relationship I have grown to really enjoy their music too. After taking a break for seven years, they have finally come back together and are touring again. Once we received word we quickly booked accommodation (not soon enough as all that was left at a reasonable price was a motel) and waited for tickets to come on sale. Tickets were purchased and we had something to look forward to. Couple time in the Hunter Valley and a concert. Hip Hip Hooray!

We headed straight to the Motel (Cessnock Vintage Motor Inn), got ready and made our way to The Roche Estate, the concert venue. Parking was pretty easy. Now you can’t take anything in with you food or drink wise. Even water bottles had to be emptied and refilled inside. We had low profile chairs, picnic rug, ponchos and jackets. Thank goodness for the ponchos. The beginning of the night saw me looking like this, trying to protect our bag and cheese platter. 😳

On the food front – we purchased a Camembert and a Smoked Dutch made by The Smelly Cheese Shop, a delicious basil and pecorino dip and some biscuits and a bread stick. The wine on offer was from Tempus Two and we had the Moscato Rosa.

I picked on Hubby when I found out L I V E were performing at a winery in the Hunter and not somewhere in Sydney. Had they gotten old and developed a taste for red wine? What a great location though!  If they do perform in Sydney next time, I hope its at a venue like the Domain where you’d be able to create the same type of atmosphere.

After doing my best to manage and navigate my way through many tantrums from my 4 year old I was ready to unwind and have some fun. Hubby and I managed that. We sang our heart out to every song, either hand in hand or arms wrapped around each other, dancing away. The best!

Ed (the lead singer) mentioned they’d be back in March next year. Can’t wait!!!

Sunday morning saw Hubby enjoy a sleep-in (why can’t I sleep in anymore?!?!?!) and brunch at Peterson House in their Restaurant, Cuvée. We enjoyed the Bubbly Breakfast which includes bacon, eggs, mushrooms, potato rosti, spinach and tomatoes. It was all so lovely but the rosti with rosemary and seeded mustard was delicious!!! We had a little walk around (how gorgeous is the sandstone on the building!) and bought the kids a little chocolate treat from the chocolate shop onsite and made our way home. I was too tired to visit other wineries and do any tastings, and we’ve also been there several times in the past, so home it was.


The trip home saw us reunited with the kids and three loads of washing and preparations for the week ahead, ready to start a new week.

How was your weekend? Have you been to the Hunter? Where’s your favourite place to go?

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