One of the things our friends who are also parents kept suggesting to my husband and I when we announced we were expecting our first child was to make the most of our time together and take a holiday.
The trend of ‘Babymoons’ seems to have become a popular part of pregnancy with more and more people taking some time out before a new baby arrives for some much needed rest and relaxation.
We decided to combine our third wedding anniversary with a little getaway and time out from all the baby preparations. But we really wanted a relaxed break without too much travel or stress. Our solution? A long weekend in the Southern Highlands.
Living in Canberra the Southern Highlands was a convenient choice, just a two-hour drive north of home. We also hadn’t really spent much time in the area before so it’s was still a bit new and exciting to explore. Throw in some beautiful scenery and a bunch of picturesque towns and it offered plenty of things to see and do on a relaxed weekend away.
Accommodation: Peppers Manor House
We stayed at the picturesque Peppers Manor House in Sutton Forest where we got upgraded to spacious Garden Wing Suite.
Romantic dinner: Biota
A special dinner was booked in weeks in advance at the award-winning Biota to enjoy the decadent tasting menu. What a meal! Every course was better than the last. We were sat close to the action of the kitchen and enjoyed watching the chefs hard at work creating sensational seasonal dishes.
Outdoor activity: Fitzroy Falls
No matter how much I enjoy relaxing, eating and sleeping, it is always nice to get out and about and explore a new place. We spotted Fitzroy Falls on a map and decided to go for a little drive. We took the easy walk to the top of the falls before venturing a little further on the trails to see them from a different perspective.
Shopping: Boutiques and markets
It was also lovely exploring towns like Bowral and doing some window shopping at the different boutiques. We picked up a few little gifts for the bump, some clothes and even some of my favourite doughnuts from Canberra market regular, Bombolini Doughnuts, at a buzzing market at the Bowral school.
Winery: Centennial Vineyard
Before we left the Southern Highlands we dropped into a local winery – Centennial Vineyard – to pick up a few bottles of red that my husband had tried at Biota, including the 2013 Reserve Tempranillo. Nothing says romance like a trip to a winery!
I’d love to know how you spent your Babymoon or if you’ve got one planned.