| HideAway Haven has had the pleasure of hosting some gorgeous couples the last few weeks. We love it when guests make the most of our facilities and enjoy our breakfasts. Watching eyes light up when we deliver their breakfast makes us smile. We had a local couple couple staying with us this weekend. They wanted a BreakAway without having to drive a far distance and said this was "the shortest trip to Paradise". As they live in Albany, they have just been relaxing in the common room, getting into the Jacuzzi every night, cooking their own meals and staying in their robes all day. They said this is "the most relaxed" they have felt in a very long time. Here are some of the dishes they enjoyed.
Many guests ask us to recommend a restaurant to visit during their stay in Albany. We don't like recommending if we haven't eaten there, so headed off to Joop Thai. Wow what can we say!! Thai cuisine is known for its balance of flavours and its use of fresh herbs and spices and Joop Thai gets 10/10 from us for flavour, presentation and service. The meals are so generous and but we were too full to try the amazing dessert menu. Apparently they don't sell many
On Saturday we attended the Inaugral Emerge French Provincial Long Table Dinner, featuring two local chefs. We were served local fresh oysters, a variety of canapes, main and a dessert to die for. It was fun watching the chef's at work. It was a great night! I bid in my first auction and won a beautiful arrangement of native Wild Flowers, all proceeds supporting Albany Hospice.
Spring is here!!
We are enjoying the brilliant colours of Spring and this week there was an brillant full moon we enjoyed from our deck. Birds are busy building their nests. We even have one being built under our deck. The guests love watching the 32 different variety of birds around the Haven.
What's on in Albany?
Albany Wildflower Exhibition 2011
The Albany Branch of the Wildflower Society of WA will be holding their annual Wildflower Exhibition from Wednesday September 28 to Saturday October 1. This event is a major attraction for Albany and will be showcasing the amazing diversity of the region's native flora. The Exhibition will have on display named specimens of wildflowers from home gardens and bushland reserves in the Albany Region. Previous years have seen over 600 species of wildflowers, including over 80 species of native orchids on display. Knowledgeable wildflower enthusiasts will be on hand to answer questions. This year sees the 43rd anniversary of the Albany Wildflower Exhibition being held at St John's Hall, a major achievement for an event put on by volunteers. The Albany Wildflower Society looks forward to seeing you at our Exhibition, so drop in and have a look and why not stay for a relaxing morning tea or lunch, which will be available. Entry: $3 adults, children free For further information, ring Peter on (08) 9842 5121 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the Albany Regional Herbarium on (08) 9842 4545 or email@example.com
Wednesday 28 September – Saturday 1 October
Venue: St John's Hall, York Street, Albany
2011 Bendigo Bank Southern Art & Craft Trail
The 2011 Bendigo Bank Southern Art & Craft Trail features a trail through the Great Southern region of Western Australia of more than 60 exhibitions in studios, galleries, wineries, restaurants, community halls, retail outlets and even a studio in a water tank! The event will be held between 1st & 16th October and visitors to the many exhibitions will see paintings, pottery, glass, jewellery, sculpture, textile art, mixed media, photography and much, much more. In addition, there will be a trail of public artworks, which will focus on sculpture and installations in the public sphere which have, in the main, been commissioned by local and state governments. Many artists and craft practitioners will present demonstrations of their work during the event and visitors will be able to call in to studios, which are not normally open to the public. There will be no charge at any of the exhibition venues. For more information, phone: 9844 7914
Saturday 1 October – Sunday 16 October
Don't forget that Albany is the guest town at the Royal Show. Visit the pavilion and enter the raffle to be in the draw to win a $10,000.00 luxury package!! Also HideAway Haven has a two night package so make sure YOU win!
I am off to have surgery on my right hand this week...so Becki will be typing the next newsletter ~ so don't hold your breath....it could be a while. Please wish us the best as Becki will be do all the cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing, marketing, accounts etc.
Till next time~
Becki & Maggie