Starting the weekend early

Back in October, on a particularly gloomy day, I booked us a long weekend break over in Greytown over in the Wairarapa. We both love this part of New Zealand – just check back over the years posts about Martinborough and indeed Greytown. Monday is a public holiday (Wellington Anniversary weekend), and we added on Friday for an extra long weekend.

Greytown was New Zealand’s first planned inland town, and was established in 1854 by settlers from Wellington, who were looking for some land to farm. It has the country’s most complete main street of Victorian wooden buildings, and lots of great wee shops.

We left Wellington late Friday morning, and stopped off at The Village Cafe in Martinborough for lunch (the always good Caesar salad for me and the smoked salmon sandwich for Karl, which comes with an excellent pickle that I always snatch for myself).  In Greytown, we stayed at the Westwood Pool House, a lovely bed and breakfast in the heart of the town.

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A warm welcome
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The swimming pool

We enjoyed a very relaxed afternoon, reading, taking a stroll around the shops (picking up some almond butter from Food Forest Organics) and enjoying the sun. Karl even took a dip in the heated pool.

For dinner on Friday, we went to the highly recommended Saluté. The food is mostly tapas, but they also do gourmet pizza and main dishes. If you are a meat eater, do try the chargrilled medium rare sirloin with kalamata olive and parsley butter and crispy kale. I can also recommend the Sebastiani Zinfandel – it had been ages since I had wine from the US. All in all, a great start to the weekend.

Booked our accommodation through Destination Wairarapa http://www.wairarapanz.com

(Apologies for odd formatting of the old post…what happens when you redesign!)

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