Wednesday, June 1, 2016

McLaren Vale Getaway: Itinerary and Budget Breakdown

For our first wedding anniversary, K and I drove down south of Adelaide to McLaren Vale for a holiday. Because our anniversary fell on a weekday, the internet wasn't too helpful when I googled "what to do in McLaren Vale" since all the events were held during the weekend. But since we had already booked our stay and we would be happy exploring on our own anyway, we pushed through. So if you're looking for a guide of where to stay, what to do (on weekdays and other days), and how much you can expect to spend, read on.

Where To Stay

As typical as it may be, we stayed at Serafino with absolutely no regrets. We loved it for its picturesque views, immediate access to the Shiraz trail, and large and quiet rooms (they don't assure a noise-free environment especially during weekends but it was quiet when we were there). They also have a swimming pool across where the rooms are - I would have loved to go for a swim but it was getting too cold as we were in the middle of autumn. Now, here's how you can save: opt to go on a weekday - saved us $80, book the room through Trip Advisor's Tingo - saved us another $80, opt for the no breakfast rate - saved us about $60. So our overnight stay only cost us $140.31!
McLaren Vale - Where To Stay (clockwise): Serafino's reception area, beautiful pond with plenty of geese, the hotel grounds entry, and our large standard room for two.
What To Do
  1. Start your trip by stopping by the McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Visitor Centre (open from 9 am-5 pm). Here, you can begin wine tasting for free, have a coffee, and sit outside overlooking a relaxing view.
    McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Visitor Centre
  2. Walk or cycle the Shiraz Trail. We started at Serafino where we grabbed a map from reception, entered the trail from near the hotel's parking area, played at the playground which is part of the trail, and walked back to the hotel when we got tired.
    McLaren Vale Shiraz Trail
  3. Go wine tasting. But of course, what are you doing at a wine region if you don't go wine tasting, hey? Well to be honest, we're not huge wine lovers so we were happy to have tried the wine at the visitor centre, stopped by Angove's Winery, looked around at Tintara Winery, and sampled and bought a bottle from Serafino Wines.
    The beautiful entrance to Serafino's cellar door. Outfit: Maxi dress and sandals - Forever 21, Floppy hat - Topshop, Bag- Michael Kors
  4. Unwind and savor your wine with some chocolate while enjoying a bubble bath. This has got to be my favorite part whenever I'm checked in at a hotel. Bought my bath bomb from Lush but The Almond Train actually had some bath bombs on special so don't fret if you forgot to pack a bath bomb.
    Serafino wine, The Almond Train almonds, Lush bath bomb
  5. Go on a food trip. This is something we have always loved to do as a couple - spending quality time over good food. So check out 'Where to Eat' below!
Where to Eat (and the best thing is the restaurants are almost just right next to each other on the Main Road).
  1. We started our food trip with brunch at The Cottage Bakery. I had the beef burgundy pie while K had the best cappucino and lamb & rosemary pie.
    The Cottage Bakery
  2. Stopped by The Almond Train and got our pick of almonds. We got to try samples from the complimentary cashew and almond tasting and my favorite was the hot & spicy one.
    The Almond Train
  3. We had our anniversary dinner at Oscars, which has quite a lot of positive reviews, but personally, we were quite disappointed with our Mexican pizza, bruschetta and lasagne.
    Oscars: Bruschetta, Lasagne, Mexican Pizza
  4. Remember how we saved $60 from opting out of breakfast at the hotel? We had breakfast at Bracegirdles the next day - which was absolutely delicious: vintage breakfast, spicy chicken turkish bread and a cappucino (except the cappucino wasn't as spectacular as the one at The Cottage Bakery).
    Breakfast at Bracegirdles
How Much To Spend

Now, I'm always a wise spender and you can be assured of budget-friendly travel posts on this blog so here's the budget breakdown:
$140.31 Serafino Hotel
$15.40 The Cottage Bakery brunch
$4.50 The Almond Train almonds
$6.50 Lush bath bomb
$49.50 Oscars dinner
$18 Serafino wine
$36.60 Bracegirdles breakfast
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TOTAL $270.81

Not bad for a quick holiday! The hubby and I thoroughly enjoyed our time in this little town. I can't wait for our next staycation/vacation.


So I hope you guys enjoyed this post and let me know how you guys celebrate your anniversary with your loved ones in the comment section below.


Always,
Jeanne
 
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102 comments:

  1. you guys are so cute, how romantic
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  2. Congrats on your first wedding anniversary! Ah, it's like you took us with you guys!! <3

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  3. Happy Anniversary to both of you the images are divine.

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  4. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary - how exciting!! You two look so happy and I'm loving all the beautiful places you two went to!!

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  5. Sounds like it was the perfect wedding anniversary! All the food you guys ate looks so delish :) Congrats on one year of marriage!

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  6. Beautiful photos! The food looks delicious.
    Happy Anniversary.
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  7. This sounds like such a fun trip, and the views are amazing. I also love your stripy maxi dress, it really flatters your figure and looks lovely. Happy One Year Anniversary to you both!

    Saba x

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  8. Happy anniversary to you both! Looks like you had an amazing trip
    xx

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  9. It looks like you had such a fun trip! Congrats on one year of marriage :)

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  10. What a great time away; love the food and the views!

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  11. Looks like so much fun! All the food looks incredible and you can't beat the price of the whole trip! Happy belated anniversary :)

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  12. How lovely! Travel post are some of my favorite post. <3, Sharon
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  13. Happy wedding anniversary! It looks like the perfect way to celebrate it! :) xx

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  14. You both look so sweet!
    Happy anniversary...

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  15. This looks like a such amazing trip! I love wine country!

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  16. Happy wedding anniversary! That place look so beautiful and you look great!
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  17. You look so pretty, I absolutely love your outfit! And the place looks really awesome! :)

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  18. Looks like a wonderful place, such gorgeous pictures! Congrats on your first wedding anniversary :) x

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  19. Looks like an amazing holiday destination, Jeanne! You look gorgeous in this post and enjoying delectable chocolates in the tub is AWESOME! Have a great week :)


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  20. Happy wedding anniversary, looks so fun! Love the dress.
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    1. Happy wedding anniversary! Really nice pic of you <3
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  22. Wow the place looks stunning (: x hope you are having a fun time there.

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  23. Stunning photos, I wonder, did you have someone take your photos? Coz their perfect. Love how you shared your itinerary and budget. Would love to have our own Ausie escape in the future too!

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    1. We actually just used a tripod! Thanks though! :)

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  24. Looks great! Really like the pictures.

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  25. Congratulations! Sounds like a beautiful trip :)

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  26. Happy anniversary lovely!! How wonderful. It looks like you had the most amazing time.

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  27. This looks amazing! Happy anniversary :)
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  28. Looks like the perfect place to celebrate your anniversary!

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  29. Aw happy anniversary! This looks like such a sweet getaway, and those treats looked so delish!

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  30. This is such a great getaway.
    Happy anniv to both of you.

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  31. Happy wedding anniversary to you guys! A wine tasting trip sounds like such an amazing way to celebrate :) Looks like you had fun

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  32. Looks like so Much fun already . Glad u had fun.
    The food looks great and also the location is fab.
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  33. i love a good place with a tub. so perfect to relax in and use lush bath bombs haha

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  34. Looks like an amazing place! And the food looks so good too! It's making me hungry haha :P

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  35. Happy Anniversary to you two! Ours is in just a couple of weeks, so thanks so much for sharing your getaway experience and giving me ideas:)

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  36. Aw, it sounds like you had an incredible time! Also, happy anniversary! x

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  37. Happy Anniversary!! Looks like you had an amazing time!
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  38. Happy anniversary! Love how you spend the quality time together :)

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  39. What a great way to celebrate your anniversary! Sounds like you guys had an incredible time!

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  40. Happy anniversary, looks like you had a wonderful time. Gemma x
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  41. It must have been lovely! :)

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  42. Great post as always!! It's been awhile... Hope you had a wonderful week!!
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  43. Happy anniversary, Looks like you had a wonderful time. x

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  44. Amazing, looks like a lot of fun!

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  45. Nice mini-getaway, I also like exploring different places to eat too. I like this kind of post and your dresses.

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  46. Such a cute and nice giveaway! Happy anniversary to both of you: wish you the best :)
    xx

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  47. Fun travel photos! You look so happy!

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  48. Oh my word this looks absolutely perfect!! Happy anniversary to you guys.

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  49. What a lovely place to visit! Happy anniversary :)

    I really like your striped maxi dress too :)


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  50. My hubbs would love the almond spot and who wouldn't like being in the wine region? That striped dress was lovely too!

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  51. what a lovely post my dear
    your style is so amazing and inspiring
    simply love it!
    lovely :)
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  52. Happy Wedding Anniversary! Keep the love everyday.
    Thanks for sharing these useful tips on what to do on an anniversary day.
    Lovely post, indeed.

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  53. wonderful post! love the chocolates and wine in the tub :) I also really like the section on budgeting, very nifty to have in a post!

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  54. looks like an amazing time here *_*
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  55. This looks like an amazing pace to stay! Love this striped dress you are wearing in the last pic. So chic!

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  56. I try to at least have a night out or something similar, but staycations are next to impossible with two small children.

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  57. Thanks my dear :D I really think the same :D

    Great tips and guide :d This place look so relaxed and your photos are amazing :D

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  58. Very nice pics! Glad you had a wonderful time
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  59. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary !! lovely pictures :)
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  60. What a lovely place to visit!

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  61. Oh wow! Love your vacation shots & your outfits too, dear! xoxo

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  62. great photos !

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  63. This looks magical! And I love that you did a budget breakdown - so important to consider when it comes to little getaways
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  64. Happy anniversary to you both!
    Have a great weekend.

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  65. Wonderful :)
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  66. Happy anniversary :) It looks like you guys had an amazing time... The food looks pretty amazing, even though you weren't as impressed :D I hope you get a chance to go somewhere soon :) x

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  67. so cute, love your outfit with those cute stripes and looks like so much fun :)
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  68. It's a pity swimming at your hotel wasn't an option due to the time of year, though the accommodation looks very nice :) Mmm, breakfast at Bracegirdles looks SO tasty!!

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  69. How nice to enjoy time with your hubs!!


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  70. Sounds like you both had a lovely time in that place, it's truly beautiful! :)

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  71. Wow, such beautiful photographs. Looks like you had an amazing time.

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  72. Gorgeous pictures, I'd love to go there. The chocolates looked delicious too!

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  73. Such beautiful photos and moments! :D
    And I'm following you, sweety! I'll be waiting for you on my blog.

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  74. These are such lovely photos, Christine. Congratulations to y'all and wishng y'all more beautiful years. :)

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  75. Seems like a really nice trip !
    And nice tips.
    Love your dress !
    xx,
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  76. ohh, it was a beutiful day for sure! <3

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  77. so so great post- full of great tips and pictures xx

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  78. great photos

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  79. that looks so awesome! You guys look adorable :) congrats on your anniversary. The food is making me hungry! I can always go for some flavored almonds.

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  80. Cool post- so informative! and cute pictures!!


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  81. Happy Anniversary to both of you. This seems like such a fun trip.
    Food, travel, wine, chocolates and bath bombs. What more can you ask for at that price!
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  82. looks like a fun trip <3 and the price point is so worth it!

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  83. Wow, I love your amazing pictures :)

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  84. What a wonderful getaway and I love all your outfits!

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  85. Wow! Stunning place and this is a helpful post for those who have a tight budget. Thanks for your wonderful comment on Qing's Style Please always keep in touch, I would love to hear from you!

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  86. Happy Anniversary and best wishes for future.
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  87. Belated happy 1st anniversary!!! *throws confetti* :)

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  88. That is a great travel post. Next on my list......
    you look fab girl...im assuming the weather was still warm there compared to Melbourne

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