>> Monday, December 28, 2009 – Where to Eat Tasmania
Well the mayhem of Christmas is behind us and The Girl With A Suitcase is already organising my next weekend getaway. I've developed an obsession with fresh local produce and beverages (cheers!) so in the next few weeks I'll be scouting out the best locations to experience some of these delicacies.
Southern Tasmania has some of the most incredible food experiences on offer (wine, cheese, seafood, beer) and has quickly become a gastronomic extravaganza for those in the know! Hobart is the perfect place to drop anchor and then explore the surrounding area.
My recommendations for a quick visit?
Grandvewe Cheese Factory in Birchs Bay. Australia's only Sheep Milk Cheesery. You can experience up to 15 different cheeses, visit the sheep farm and enjoy platters overlooking the spectacular D'Entrecasteaux Channel.
MeadowBank Winery/ Restaurant in Cambridge. Just 15 minutes drive from Hobart puts you on the doorstep of this multi-award winning restaurant and cellar door, it's surrounded by a sea of vines and overlooks Coal River Valley.
Next? The Lark Distillery in Davey Street, Hobart. The cellar door and whiskey bar overlook Mawson Place and give you the chance to sit outside and enjoy your favourite drink whilst overlooking the Derwent.
After all that booze culinary delight, you'll need somewhere comfortable to lay your head each night and recuperate, before the next days adventure.
I like to stay someplace that is full of old world charm but full of the latest modern convenience.
Here I can relax on the private balcony, sipping a James- Boag (yes, more booze but it's Tasmanian)...
and watch the boats sail in.
Upon a good friends recommendation I stay in Hobart at Kinvara House. It was built in the 1890s but has undergone ultra- modern renovations to create a unique and spacious house with unsurpassed views of the city and Derwent River.
It offers fully self-contained luxury accommodation for up to 10 people. That's fantastic for getting a group of good friends together or for the family. It is designed for those who appreciate quality and privacy, with all the feel of a century old home with all the modern additions.
All located within walking distance to the city centre and famous Salamanca Place.
When you're not visiting all the gastronomic delights in the surrounding Tasmanian area, Salamanca Place is the place to go, with its daytime shopping, galleries and its evening restaurants. It is in one of the most picturesque areas of Hobart and if you are in Hobart on a Saturday, you can't miss the Salamanca Market.
Regardless of the weather it is the place to visit for odds and ends and to taste Tasmania's famous local produce. Food, more food.
(Insert Homer Simpson drool).
More Tasmaninan experiences to come.