There’s nothing better than a mid week break. There are so many benefits for health, mind and body.
We love to hop on the net, and do a search on Google for mid week breaks. I might also type in words like midweek deals, or weekend lodge breaks, or last minute short breaks, or short break holidays, or even cheap short breaks and see what comes up to give me inspiration.
Why we’ve just taken a mid week break
They say moving is one of the most stressful things you can do.
Well, yes, it is! I agree with that. And to be honest, we should know by now.
As a family we’ve moved 21 times, 11 of those moves international moves.
Recently we completed yet another move as we headed back to the south west after spending 3 enjoyable years getting to know Perth, a wonderful city, but that’s another story.
Tired and jaded after dealing with all the things you have to do and organise during a re-location, we were feeling exhausted. With a move there’s not only all the physical things you need to find energy for, but there’s a mental transition you go through about the actual ‘leaving’ and letting go, as well as coming to terms with your new home and territories.
For us coming heading south from Perth to somewhere we were previously quite familiar with has been relatively easy. We’ve been lucky to reconnect with familiar faces, a family doctor, and a host of other things that we didn’t really have to relearn. This was a real blessing.
But none the less it was a tiring process and a couple of weeks ago, Dave and I looked at each other and said:
“We’re tired, and we need to get away for a few days because we have a hectic few months looming ahead.”
“How about Bali? “I said because it’s the closest (and least expensive) international destination from Perth.
“Hmm, that sounds nice,” said Dave, “And I know this sounds terrible because Bali is lovely, but we’ve been there a couple of times, so perhaps we should be more adventurous and go somewhere new like Vietnam?”
“Yes that would be great, but you know … flights … transfers … waiting around at airports ,” I mused.
And so our conversation went on. First world problems, I know.
We talked around in circles. And finally we looked at each other and said:
“Hey why don’t we get re-acquainted with the south west? We do love it after all. It’s on our doorstep. It has the most amazing biodiversity and there are tons of things to do. The weather’s looking good. We’d have no flights to worry about. Oh and the spring flowers are just starting to bloom.”
Where to stay on our Mid Week Break?
So I did a quick search on the net and saw one of our all time favourite lodges was doing a mid week special. That decided it!
We were off to Cape Lodge for a midweek break in the Margaret River region, and our lake view room was along an idyllic petal strewn path, overlooking the … you guessed it – Lake 🙂
Things to do on a short break in Margaret River
A few weeks ago we’d been put in touch with Adam from Margaret River Tours (by a good friend of ours).
We called Adam and he said, “Hey why not join our tour tomorrow? We have a great bunch of people on board and we’ll be visiting some of the very best wineries in the region.”
The tour was fabulous. It took all day from 10am to 5pm and we took in 6 wineries, a cheese and chocolate factory, as well as a gourmet lunch. While we chatted about what else we would do over the next couple of days, Dave and I got chatting about why a short break is good for you …
Why take a short break in your backyard, and why it’s good for you.
- The distance you have to travel will be minimal.
- No waiting around at airports or stressful flights.
- If you book a midweek mini-break out of season you’re likely to get some very good prices.
- It’s likely to be quieter.
- We’ve reached a time in our lives when a midweek break is more possible – less crowds, less families with children.
- You can concentrate on quality ‘me’ time, alone or with your partner.
- A short break is a great way to get away from work hassles or domestic chores.
- You are likely to feel refreshed and renewed after a few days away from home.
- If you go on a longer holiday, sometimes your enthusiasm for all the things it offers can wane after a few days as your energy for ‘new’ depletes.
- Psychologically, a short break is probably going to make you as happy as a longer one.
And we’re off!
To give you an idea of how much you can do in a few days … and to lure you to the South West of Australia (obviously!) here are some of the things we did which you could fit into a 3 day itinerary.
Wow, this is the way to travel on holiday, we thought. Just too easy!
Drew, the Cape Lodge General Manager gave us a very warm welcome and we were shown to our gorgeous Lake View room by the friendly receptionist. Soon we were settled and ready to head out on a wine tasting tour.
A pioneer of wine tasting tours
Adam gave us a rundown of the history of his business Margaret River Tours. He actually pioneered wine tasting tours in Margaret River 23 years ago and his insights about the region back then and how much it’s changed in the ensuing period were fascinating.
I’ve written more about Adam and the wine tasting tour we went on (including the iconic wineries we visited) on my Western Australian travel blog ZigaZag.
The Margaret River Wine Tour
We joined the tour at around 10am and met Andrew our guide for the day. Andrew’s also a stalwart of the Margaret River wine industry, having been in the region for more than 20 years. It was a privilege to have him look after us for the day and we learned so much about the places we were visiting and the history of the area.
After visiting acclaimed wineries and enjoying a gourmet lunch at Watershed Winery, we were served a complimentary vineyard platter between destinations onboard the bus. We also visited the Margaret River Dairy Company and the Margaret River Chocolate Company for some free tastings and we bought gifts for me to take back to friends and family in the UK.
Why take a wine tour?
First of all it’s fun! You get to meet new people, and learn about different wines. You’ll most likely see some stunning scenery and beautiful cellar doors. Taking a wine tour is really a great way to visit the cellar doors – much better than doing it alone because you have someone ‘in the know’ to give you information as you drive around, and also you don’t have to worry about driving (or drinking – those little tasters soon add up).
Walks and ambles
We walked to the beautiful Quinninup Falls which are about half an hour from Moses Rock on the Cape to Cape Track.
… spent a couple of hours on a beautiful morning walking along the coastal cliffs looking down onto Contos Beach, and admiring the wild flowers along the track.
… had a wonderful three course lunch at the oldest winery in the region: Vasse Felix.
… enjoyed a fabulous ‘fine dining’ dinner at Cape Lodge, along with a Harvest Supper on another night (part of a wonderful off season deal on offer).
… stopped at a fabulous gallery – Boranup Gallery – had a coffee outside in the forest then headed for another walk along the coast.
… drove to beautiful Canal Rocks near Smiths Beach near Yallingup for some early morning photography. Dave dropped his lens cap in the (ffffreezing cold) sea while taking photos from a small jetty, and tried to retrieve it – no luck!
… had a gourmet lunch at Watershed Winery and gazed at the sea of vines outside the beautiful restaurant.
… visited Hamelin Bay, and enjoyed walking around the interpretative boardwalks and short limestone cliff walk, looking out across the aquamarine blue sea that day.
… poodled around the area enjoying the beautiful lush scenery and flowers.
We stopped at Amelia Park wines for a fabulous cellar door experience – look at that view!
Then we headed home – refreshed, renewed, a little fatter – oh and minus a lens cap!
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, and my tour with ‘Margaret River Tours’ was complimentary.