Hi guys have been blogging about the Knysna Oyster Festival over the past few weeks, which is happening next month from the 28th June to the 7th July! Well I am excited to let you know I have two tickets, worth R100 each, to giveaway to one lucky reader for the Knysna Wine Festival!
The Knysna Wine Festival is the Garden Routes, Premier Wine Event and will once again be taking place during the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival on the 1st and 2nd of July. The event will showcase up to 50 of South Africa’s best wine producers and promises to be bigger and better than any of the previous events to date. These wines will all be available for tasting and purchasing at special event prices.
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I am spending the weekend, with the family, in the stunning Walkerbay area at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, which is approximately 13km outside of Stanford. The reserve offers not only luxury accomodation but a host of great activities for guests of all ages, from exploring the natural wonders of the reserve to shark cage diving!
I will be doing a more in-depth post when I return home but I thought I would share a few photographs of the amazing view.
The West Coast – My favourite spot up the West Coast, Jacobsbaai, is probably a bit of a biased choice, as it is where our family holiday house is but the West Coast is such a magical, unspoiled piece of Coast line you cannot help but love it! Spending just a few days there is wonderfully relaxing and good for the soul! Jacobsbaai is approximately an hour outside of Cape Town, in the direction of Vredenberg. As I mentioned we have a beautiful family holiday home there, decorated in distinctly beach style decor, which allows the space to be both tranquil and luxurious! It truly is a beach-lovers paradise and wonderful for family holidays. It is also the place you will witness the most stunning sunsets! Other popular holiday spots up the West Coast are Langebaan and Paternoster.
Franschhoek – Is one of my favourite holiday destinations in the Western Cape. It is approximately an hour’s drive, travelling on the N1, from Cape Town. “Franschhoek” meaning ‘French corner’, is a beautiful town steeped in history and renowned for good food and wine. It is wonderfully romantic and the perfect spot for a weekend away to reconnect with a loved one but equally good for a family holiday. Accommodation in the area is plentiful, with many quaint guest houses, self-catering cottages as well as luxurious boutique hotels; offering travelers many options when visiting the area. One of the most enjoyable places we have stayed at, was Rose Cottage, on the most picturesque Burgundy Bourgogne Estate. The cottage is four-star, self-catering luxury; it has an open plan kitchen, lounge dining room and an exquisite master suite.
Hermanus – Is a beautiful sea-side town, in the Overberg, which forms part of what is more commonly known as the “Whale Coast”. We love visiting the area and if you are lucky you may even get to see a few whales while you are there. If you are planning a trip to Hermanus, the end of September is a good time to go. You can enjoy the renowned annual Whale Festival, which is a great deal of fun! It can get very busy during this time of year, so pre-booking accommodation is essential. There are many great restaurants to choose from – most of them, with a view of the sea.
Knysna - The Majestic Garden Route is definitely a very popular holiday destination in South Africa, especially for families. Knysna is one of our favourite Garden Route spots and is approximately six hours by road. Although a long trip, the Garden Route is wonderfully scenic and there are lots of things to see along the way. We enjoy staying on Leisure Isle when we are holidaying there and if you are fortunate enough, you can rent a home directly on the Knysna Lagoon. It offers the peaceful tranquility of island style living, with the most amazing views and the town is a mere 10 minutes away by car. The area is great for families – children can happily bike ride around the island or potter on the Lagoon when the tide is out. Another popular location in Knysna is Thesen Island, a Martha’s Vineyard style development and a very popular choice for holiday rental. We have stayed there in the past but I still prefer the peace and tranquility that Leisure Isle offers. The marina on Thesen Island sports many wonderful shops and restaurants and a boutique Hotel, catering to a holiday makers every need.
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Last weekend we decided to pop over to the other side of the mountain and enjoy a bit of lunch in the quaint fishing village of Kalk Bay, which is on the False Bay Coast of Cape Town. We have not ventured to part of the coast in a while, due to major road reconstruction that has been on the go for quite a while now, although there was still a stop-go traffic situation we were in no hurry and just meandered our way through.
We settled on Sirocco for lunch, which is situated on the Main Road in Kalk Bay, right next to the Train Station. Sirocco is a casual out-door cafe, with white washed tables and lovely bright decor. The restaurant is quite exposed to the elements and can be a bit chilly, so be sure to take a jacket along.
Lunch was absolutely delish, my grilled calamari which is also one of their signature dishes was to die for – it was quite spicy but very fresh, accompanied by a wonderful savoury rice, caper berries and olives. Mr had the line fish which was served with roast potatoes, artichokes and grapefruit segments – yum. The girls both had the Hake & Chips, which was wonderfully fresh. The service was excellent and I loved the cafe vibe, so needless to say we will definitely be going back.
I am Fiona, a Capetonian with a passion for all things beautiful and creative. Inspired Living, is a melting pot of things that inspire me from beauty to fashion & photography. I love to cook & family is super important to me! I hope you stay a while & please do come back! Thank you for visiting my blog! Please follow me on Facebook & Twitter to keep up to date with future posts... Read more