When someone says ‘weekend away’, 25 year old me says…hell yeah im in…30 something mother in me says… what the hell would I wear, what happens to the kids and should we be spending any money!
So I was pretty grateful when Chris simply said we’re heading to Newcastle for the weekend you have no choice!
2 and a half years after having our twin sons I’m almost ashamed to say this was our first night (both together) away from the boys, but I felt super confident as we hit the highway and headed south.
I love the water, I am born and bred water babe which is ironic seeing I keep moving away from it! However I love the minute you clap eyes back on the sparkling blue and as we drove into Honeysuckle, Newcastle was looking a delight!
We chose to stay at our fave hotel the now Rydges in Honeysuckle (previously the crown plaza)! The staff are always friendly, the valet is super quick and before we knew it we were sipping our first drinks in the hotel room while the porter delivered the bags!
The rooms have a great lay out with the bathroom joining the bedroom with a glass window so you know if you like to watch to other person on the loo you can open the blind haha! The sitting room and kitchenette are well spaced and was a great place to hang once our friends joined us for pre-dinner drinks!
A quick change (into no clothes as it turns out I can’t pack for myself either), and we were can bound to McDonald Jones Stadium to watch the Knights play! A bit of traffic and a few too many room drinks and we rocked up to the game at half time (whoops)!
I’m not a massive footy fan but I must say there’s something nice about making your way into a corporate box (probably the fact that it’s warm and has a lot of alcohol!)
We were being hosted by the James Hardie team and it was a cracking place to watch the Knights um…no do very well, but it was nice either way!
Back in a cab and we hightailed it back to Honeysuckle and The Squire’s Maiden was our place of choice! Still peckish we picked on delish pizza, cheesy garlic cob and chicken bites while we sipped a great NZ sav and the bloods downed a few beverages of choice!
As others headed out, old mum headed back to the hotel for a good snooze!
I’m not sure what it is about hotel beds it’s like they have some sort of built in structure that makes you unable to get up because they are so bloody comfy! However knowing what awaited us at breakfast we dragged ourselves out and downstairs!
Having had a lot of hotel breakfasts I love it when I find one that excites me, and it’s often in the presentation as much as the food! The Rydges breakfast is entertainingly presented which engages you In their extensive range of pastries, cooked breakfast items and more. An egg station, fruits and cereals and you will leave ready for more sleep, a swim in the pool or in our case a walk along the water.
It was a delightful morning exploring the suburbs in around the honeysuckle area. I’m amazed how many amazing coffee places have popped up all very Sydney style not to mention the extensive development! It really is a happening place!
A quick bite of lunch (because we needed more food!) at the Brewery sitting out over the water made it hard for us to leave however time was fast running out and before I knew it we were back on the freeway heading country way!
Newcastle is the perfect 1 or 2 night getaway for your kid free getaway! The Rydges has everything you need for a luxurious night of spoiling combined with the honeysuckle location which has one of everything flavour wise! I’ll be back soon…I hope