TAKING TIME OUT IN HOBART
My partner and I decided that after so many incredible overseas holidays, it was time to start exploring the destinations at our doorstep, so we decided to take a few days break and head to Hobart. We scoped out the best restaurants, things to do and of course the best place to stay, The Islington Hotel.
We flew down from Melbourne on Sunday afternoon, arriving to the gorgeous Islington Hotel to a foyer stocked with collectables, including an original Andy Warhol which I was in awe standing in front of. The rooms are filled with gold and tan leather, making them feel beyond luxe, and the bath tub was where I spent a few hours, covered in bubbles and taking some time out. There are several sitting and games rooms each decorated individually and to a theme, filled to the brim with beautiful artefacts collected from the owners travels.
We started the trip with a local cheese board and wine from the region, before having the best nights sleep we’d had in a long time, in a king sized bed.
Waking up with the view of Mount Wellington peeking out from behind the flower garden, which was in full Spring bloom, we arrived at breakfast soon after in the complete glass extension of the restaurant. The menu seems small but they create everything you could want, from breakfast pasta to chia pudding’s, everything produced within the hotel, or locally sourced makes up the seasonal menu.
Monday morning meant a day at the MONA museum, immersing ourselves in the worlds most controversial works, which has always been an absolute dream of mine. Following with lunch at the Cascade Brewery, one of several local breweries who of course serve the best beer battered fish. After a drive and walk around the top of Mount Wellington, it was time to head to dinner, where we discovered Ti Ama (read more here) for the best Italian.
On day two, we headed to Bangor Vineyard and Oyster-shed for a long lunch overlooking the coastline of Hobart, to yet again try more local food and wine. The vineyards and distillery’s are gorgeous in Hobart, and definitely a must see, you could fill an entire day just eating and drinking, well I know I could.