Hump Day in Wine Country
Avid wine lovers are in on the knowledge that Wednesday ‘Hump Day’ and indeed the entire midweek has a few secrets to spill.
Here’s what you need to know about what makes escaping to Granite Belt Wine Country different in the middle of the week:
1. The secret to savings and freebies
Cosying up by the fireplace in a vineyard villa or country cottage is a must-do during the cool autumn and frosty winter months around Stanthorpe and Ballandean. Escaping mid-week can make that experience all the sweeter, with discount prices, free extra nights and bonus food & wine offers to enjoy at many of the accommodation spots from Monday to Thursday. View the Granite Belts cool autumn cool deals.
Tip: Look out for stay the third night free offers, because once you’re in wine country with dozens of cellar doors and foodie indulgences you’ll be thankful for another night.
2. De-stress is best midweek
We’re all guilty of it and the research studies are clear - we aren’t using up our holiday time owing, even when we’re overworked and overwhelmed.
A midweek escape is the ticket to shedding stress, because a proper holiday break is good for your mental and physical health…and you come back more productive and effective. It's a win-win.
The jury is out and a rushed weekender just won’t do it. Time to put your needs first and escape to the quiet and slow pace of midweek in wine country. Put in for that holiday time and see you soon in wine country.
3. Every day is wine day!
There’s no shortage of things to see and do every day in wine country – there’s a list of must-do’s all open for business midweek.
Joining a guided wine tour is the easiest and most fun way to find where to wine taste and sightsee midweek or arm yourself with the Strange Bird Wine Trail Map and away you go!
For a world class food and wine experience, lunch is served daily at Varias Restaurant at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism in Stanthorpe.
The natural wonders of the Granite Belt never rest, so every day is a great day hiking to the spectacular balancing boulders of Girraween National Park, or the shorter walk to Donnelly’s Castle lookout, boulders and crevices.
Just down the road from Ballandean on the QLD/NSW border the historic Wallangarra Railway Station Museum and Café is a top spot for railway buffs or anyone with an appreciation for coffee with a most serene railway and countryside view.
4. Do peak ‘Brass Monkey’ season and still find a bed
There’s no doubt heading into the cooler months, especially the iconic winter ‘Brass Monkey Season’ that accommodation around Stanthorpe and Ballandean is booking out. The secret’s out and it’s no surprise everyone wants a part of it!
But there’s no need to miss out, or forego your favourite choice, because you can be pretty sure to book what you’re looking for if you are flexible to travel midweek. Plan your midweek escape to the frosty high country with these accommodation spots to love.
5. Wine tasting one-on-one
Escaping midweek is just the ticket to getting a more personal cellar door experience, where often it’s just you and the winemaker or experienced tastings guide.
Granite Belt cellar doors are a hot spot to be on weekends, but during the week there’s a quieter pace and that’s when you’ll find the winery owners lingering longer and sharing their wine passion one-on-one. It varies from cellar door to cellar door who pours your glass, but the boutique size of the industry here means it’s most often the winery owners themselves (who can also be the winemaker).
The Granite Belt Strange Bird wine trail map makes it easy to find lots of cellar doors open mid-week.
This article was written by our good friends at Granite Belt Wine Tourism
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