Got some time off this Easter? Here are our tips for what to do in the McLaren Vale region. We have a listed of our picks of attractions open in 2016.
Good Friday can traditionally be a tricky day for those on holidays as the 'shops are shut.'
We have some good news! Hugh Hamilton Wines, Fox Creek Wines and Magpie Springs - wine.art.coffee are OPEN! All great locations for a wine and family day out. Make sure to book though.
In the evening why not book a table at INDOMEX, Indian for us, why not for you? It is open for dinner til late.
Saturday: Why not start the day with a walk along the beach? Our favourite is starting at Port Willunga and walking north along the shore and cliff edges towards Maslins Beach.
For lunch why not visit Waywood Wines. Then you can either visit Olivers Taranga (wine bar), Beach Road (magnificently family friendly), Maxwell Wines or Bekkers Wines (both producers of some of our regions flagship wines) all of which are a short distance from each other.
If you want to have a relaxed dinner, head back to the beach this time Aldinga and pick up some Indian takeway from Arbind at The Aldinga Bay Cafe (The Esplanade Aldinga Beach). Eat it on the beach as the sun goes down.
Easter Sunday: Ditch the car and hire bikes for the day (Oxygen cycles, Main Rd McLaren Vale). You can travel up the Shiraz Way bike path in the morning and shoot up to Pertaringa Wines on Rifle Range Rd.
Pertaringa offers a natural setting among gum trees with views and outdoor picnic facilities. They can put together a platter so you don't have to carry any food with you.
For dinner The BARN is open.
Easter Monday: Take your car up to Kuitpo for a bush walk and then come and relax at either Lazy Ballerina, K1 by Geoff Hardy or Top Note to end your weekend. All of these are a short drive from the forest. All recommended!
Tip: Remember if you are buying wine and don't want to lug it around. Cellar doors are very accommodating with shipping your wine to you. Just explain your situation and the staff will work out a solution for you.
Tell them that James & Miri sent you!