Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Bowral Beckoned and Bloomed

For my birthday (back in September) Bobby took me to the Blue Mountains for two days of relaxation and fun, of which we still have not posted the photos!

For his birthday, I wanted to treat Bobby to a similar experience so I chose Bowral as our two day getaway location.  I had never been to Bowral, so this could have been a disaster waiting to happen.  My gamble paid off.  Bowral is one of the most beautiful and scenic places in NSW that I have been to in the past 11 years.  I felt as though we had driven 1.5 hours straight out of Australia to some other lush country which was plump with love and hospitality.  It's always a little worrying when you book a hotel that looks good on paper (web) but you just don't know exactly what you're getting yourself in for until you actually get there.  Gibraltar Hotel did not disappoint.  From the spacious rooms to the plush king-sized bed, to the heated indoor spa pool.  Delightful.

Biota Dining was one of the highlights of the trip.  Sustainable resourced food in such a tranquil setting, we truly were treated as special customers by the staff and especially our waiter, Mark.  We didn't feel we were at a restaurant per se, but rather dining at the house of someone who valued our thoughts and time.  Truly a fabulous location and I highly recommend anyone passing through Bowral to visit Biota Dining.

After what was almost 3 hours at the restaurant, I asked the waiter if there was a forest nearby that he could recommend for us to explore...and he quickly put to rest my idea of the Belanglo State Forest (I knew it sounded familiar when I saw it on the map!!  phew!)

We ended up at Penrose State Forest and couldn't have been more blown away with the magical surroundings.  I know that Bobby and I can't wait to take another trip down to Bowral and beyond to explore more of what it has to offer.

My wonderful husband, I hope you had a glorious intro to your first birthday in Australia.
Here are just a few frames from our time in The Shire x


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