Today we drove 45 minutes from Cape Town out into wine country. The drive took us along small highways winding through local farms – so close to Cape Town, and yet such a different experience than the bustle of the concentrated city. When we got to the hotel our jaws dropped – truly the most stunning and decadent place you can imagine. Our room went above and beyond, with a bathroom the size of the bedroom and views overlooking a pond and mountains.
We went to lunch at a nearby vineyard. The hotel readily drops you off so you can indulge yourself and enjoy a few glasses of wine. From there, we went on a bicycle ride to another local vineyard nearby to do a wine tasting. While sitting in the tasting room, I dared Jeff to add a certain element to a chalk board with a drawing of a face - you can see below how he took to the challenge.
We bicycled back before witnessing the most beautiful sunset we have ever seen. With wine in hand and peacocks, baby geese, and ducks just below our balcony, we watched the sun go down over the mountains. Just incredible – I don’t know how we could ever forget such a moment. That night when we returned from dinner, the hotel had drawn a bubble bath with roses! Seriously, this place is just like a little slice of heaven.
The next morning, the weather was cloudy with a chance of rain. Luckily for us, the rain stayed away. We drove to a few of the vineyards the hotel recommended, and even got to tour a champagne house in the process of labeling their bottles. One of the vineyards had a lovely lavender accent around the windows and on the doors – we fell in love.
In the afternoon, the hotel drove us to a majestic vineyard and hotel/restaurant called Del Aire in the next door town of Stellenbosch. The place was extremely chic and artistic, with a famous chef behind the decadence of the menu. It truly was a five star meal and experience – and it was just lunch!
After we returned to the hotel, we went swimming and drew a bubble bath. I know – such a strenuous Tuesday! Our entire experience at the La Residence hotel and in the Franschenhoek wine valley was just fabulous, and I hope these pictures do it just a little bit of justice! Many good stories to tell when we are back.
In the morning we leave for Kruger National Park – almost safari time!