When In-Laws Come To Visit
WHEN IN-LAWS COME TO STAY: A 48-hour itinerary to keep the outlaws busy and you (relatively) sane.
Whether you moved to The Highlands to escape your in-laws or not, you know that at some point they will roll up, set up camp in the spare room and look to you to play tourist guide.
Because we know how busy you are, especially as your house is turning into a B&B for the weekend, we’ve popped together an itinerary to keep the in-laws busy, you delightfully witty and engaging at all times, and the grandkids entertained.
Drinking in the sunset (literally) with a quick pre-dinner tipple on the stunning deck of Bowral Golf Club is a darn good way to kick off a weekend with the in-laws, we reckon. Then take your pick of fab restaurants and pubs for dinner. So many options here in The Highlands, how lucky are we?!
You could head to the new look Robbo Inn - now called Robertson Public House & Kitchen - for a delicious schnitty? Or head to Fire Drum in Mittagong for some wood fired pork belly? Mmmmmm.....pork belly. They also have a great kids menu. Or if an Italian restaurant with an ambient atmosphere is more their style, head to Onesta Cucina with a delicious menu that's always a winner. Check out all of our choices, so many choices!
If the in-laws are lucky enough to be here on one of the weekends the stunning Retford Park is open to the public, this is a must-see. The gardens are open on the first weekend of every month, with house tours and special events available throughout the year.
Sutton Forest’s Red Cow Farm is paradise for green thumbs (or black thumbs pretending to be green thumbs). Stroll through the beech walk, cottage garden, woodland, orchard, the walled sanctuary and the kitchen garden, or by the lake. Open from late September to May, Red Cow Farm is a horticultural marvel.
Or if your strategy is to divide and conquer, while the green thumbs wander around Red Cow Farm, you can send the golfers to Mount Broughton Golf and Country Club - also in Sutton Forest - a beautiful course where visitors are welcome. Perfect for a quick nine holes.
Head back into Bowral for some lunch and a wander through the shops, galleries and antique stores this town is so well known for. Pop into Harry's On Green Lane for a crisp white wine and plate of Harry’s salad or a bowl of crab linguine (so yum!). If the weather is nice, sit outside for a bit of alfresco action in the citrus grove.
Walk off the linguine with a mosey through the iconic Highlands shopping experience that is Dirty Janes Emporium, then work your way up Bong Bong Street for some serious retail action and window shopping. Duck into Flour Water Salt for some brekkie supplies for Sunday – organic, hand crafted artisan sourdough and housemade jams for breakfast anyone? You will die and go to heaven…. because…. bread is life. Ironically….
Bowral’s art galleries are also worth a sneaky peak if your in-laws prefer to peruse paintings rather than shop windows. They'll get their fix from any of our fab galleries; from Bowral District and Art Society gallery through to Alan Walsh’s Gallery in The Grand Arcade. In fact, there are always interesting exhibitions on around The Highlands, so it's worth a look here to plan an afternoon touring the galleries. Bliss!
And if your in-laws are cricket fans, swing by the Bradman Museum. To celebrate the highly competitive Indian cricket team's tour of Australia this summer, the Bradman Museum is hosting the Kapil to Kohli Cricket Exhibition until the end of February. Definitely work a look.
How does a relaxed, country dinner sound? The Highlands best-kept secret is tucked away in the stunning grounds of Peppers Manor House at Sutton Forest. Katers Restaurant offers up a quintessential country dining experience. The food showcases seasonal and local produce and is the perfect combo of contemporary and traditional. Honest, delicious food done right with friendly service. It'll be a hit!
After your yummy breakfast of goodies from Flour Water Salt – we told you their sourdough was the business, didn’t we?? – pop the in-laws into the car and head out to the historical village of Berrima. This place is a bustling hive of activity on weekends thanks to the wonderfully quirky stores, kickbutt cafes, fine dining spots for foodies and traditional architecture.
Wander around Harper’s Mansion, a colonial Georgian residence built in 1835 surrounded by two acres of rose bushes, fruit and vegetable gardens and a woodland walk. Plus a maze!
Now, you know how grandparents are allowed to buy the kidlets billions of lollies even though you grew up on Vita-Weats? Direct them into the Lolly Swagman, a traditional lolly store literally bursting at the seams with anything and everything sweet and delicious. Let the sugar rush commence in 3….2…..1…. then over to the marketplace park so they can burn off that sugar.
Lots of lovely shops for them to browse. There's everything from antiques through to clothes; it's all there in Berrima, including lots of yummy stuff for the foodies. Pop in to Mrs Oldbucks Pantry so the in-laws can take some delicious jams and relishes home with them. A tip? Do not leave Berrima without picking up some of Hand Stirred’s Aussie Gentleman’s sauce. Thick, chunky and crazy delicious sauce that you need in your life – stat.
If you’ve worked up an appetite, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants in Berrima. Again, all the choices! Magpie’s homemade pies and soups are good for a hearty lunch. Josh’s Café is also a crowd favourite; cosy with a whole lot of atmosphere, if it's good weather, nip out the back into the courtyard. Pop into Stones Patisserie for a slice of Paris in the Highlands and park yourself in front of the fire in the colder months. The Courtyard Café and Berrima General Store & Café are also worth a visit. So many choices!
Send them up (or down) the Hume after lunch…and then duck into Australia’s oldest continuously licensed pub – The Surveyor General Inn – for a stiff drink. Just for you!
You've earned it......