For our anniversary in November, we decided to take a few days off for a quick city escape. We were keen to visit a new location, and decided to check out the charms of the beautiful country town of Mudgee, NSW. With a two-night stay, we had one full day to explore the area, which gave us a brief introduction to the town. But we felt that our time there was too short, and we will most definitely arrange a longer stay next time!
We stayed at the Perry St hotel in Mudgee. Starting life as a Mechanics Institute in 1862, the building has been converted into a beautiful boutique hotel. It was our kind of place – we love to see beautiful buildings being restored and used in new creative ways. And it is a very short walk into town if you are interested in eating locally.
Take the opportunity to stroll around the town... enjoy a few of the many cafe's along the main streets (cool or quaint, take your pick) and admire the beautiful buildings (Anglican Church shown above). And if you love homewares or vintage shopping (like me!), then you might like visiting Cedar Cicada and Mrs Skinners Stable.
If you want a change from all the wine tasting... try beer tasting instead, at the Mudgee Brewing Company. We enjoyed lunch here, with a beer tasting paddle.
Take one of the tourist drives out of town, and take in the pretty countryside along the way. You will also find numerous wineries just out of town, with cellar doors for tastings.
We enjoyed a sample of wines at The Cellar by Gilbert, and couldn't resist buying a few bottles to take home.