HOLIDAYS, Port Stephens, Uncategorized PORT STEPHENS HOLIDAY: day 1 7 October 2006

The Port Stephens holiday was just… blimmin’ fantastic! A perfect getaway that was both really fun and active, yet relaxing at the same time. Just lovely. We spent 24/7 together and loved every moment of it.. it was just wonderful πŸ™‚ I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, and will post each day in a separate entry ‘cos we took hundreds of photos, haha.

Port Stephens Day 1


Bon Voyage! Driving along the coastline to Port Stephens

The obligatory rest-stop at McDonalds.. mmm…..

Decided to stopover at Hunter Valley, land of wine.
Passed tons of vineyards and did wine-tasting

Peacock Hill wine was THE BEST.
We bought the middle bottle – 2003 Top Block Chardonnay.
I don’t love wine normally, but boy, I LOVE THIS ONE!

At the Hunter Valley Gardens!

Okaaaaaay, I’ll be normal

Peppers Anchorage Resort – right on the water and beautiful as anything

The living room in our Loft Suite

Upstairs

The lounge

View from our balcony

Taking a walk along the harbour, with Chris being a bit strange



Hogs Breath Cafe
Shop 16, Upper D’Albora Marina
Teramby Road
Nelson Bay, NSW 2315
$$$$-

After unpacking, relaxing in the room and such.. it was off to Hogs Breath for dinner!

I was ravenous!!

Seared Prime Rib with mushroom sauce

Flame grilled sticky back ribs smothered in Hickory Smoked
BBQ sauce, served on Cajun rice & salad

My bibs says “I LOVE MY RIBS”, haha! Was merrily eating by holding a rib
in my left hand and my right hand holding a fork stuck into the steak, gnawing at it.
Chris was highly amused at my “cave-woman eating” πŸ˜‰

Mississippi Mud Cake served with cream & ice cream
One of the best fudgey liquid chocolate cakes I’ve had in my life. Had it
10 years ago and haven’t found a better chocolate cake since!


And that was Day 1. Didn’t really do much sight-seeing, etc.. as most of the time was spent driving to Port Stephens and also wine-tasting at Hunter Valley. But had a lovely filling dinner and an early night, so we could wake up early the next day!

A video of our view at breakfast
http://www.youtube.com/v/wlT4RLsJOYY

72 Comments

  • protozone posted on October 7, 2006 at 10:10 am

    There should be a seafood restaurant near Hogsbreath somewhere. Up the top, like Hogsbreath. Did you go to it? πŸ˜›

    (if I remember correctly, it would be opposite an ice cream store)

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:24 pm

      Rock Lobster? We went there, will post pics soon πŸ˜€

      Reply
      • protozone posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:34 pm

        Ahh yes. I think that was it. I liked that place.

        Reply
  • eviltofu posted on October 7, 2006 at 10:13 am

    You look sooooooooooo happy in the pictures!!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:26 pm

      Was so blissed out all 5 days, hehe!

      Reply
  • bisoumoi posted on October 7, 2006 at 10:53 am

    I spot a very lovely leopard print top and you look gorgeous in it!!! The others I’ve seen are pretty trashy!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:26 pm

      Awww thanks! It’s actually a PJ top, believe it or not – I like it because it’s *insanely* soft, made of viscose. I got it from peteralexander.com.au

      Reply
  • preci0us_dreams posted on October 7, 2006 at 1:03 pm

    Woah! Fab pics!!! The food is making me sooo hungry!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:27 pm

      We had a terrific time pigging out all day long.. hehe. Will post more pics later!

      Reply
  • valska posted on October 7, 2006 at 1:23 pm

    The hotel looks so divine!

    We’ve Hog’s Breath Cafe here too! It’s not too bad, although I’ve had better prime rib elsewhere.

    Looks like you guys are having such a wonderful time!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:31 pm

      It was such a gorgeous room.. I really loved it πŸ™‚

      The prime rib I had was yum – all tender and juicy.. mmmm. Prime Steakhouse is probably still better yet but double the price!

      Reply
  • blairwitch posted on October 7, 2006 at 1:44 pm

    Wow!!! That looks so fun! I’m glad you had such a great time πŸ™‚

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:34 pm

      Thanks! It was a lovely holiday.. really enjoyed it. More pics to come, it’s taking a while, haha

      Reply
  • hyperion1 posted on October 7, 2006 at 2:04 pm

    great photos! it looks so nice there πŸ™‚ so peaceful & relaxing

    yes, I know what you mean. in Las Vegas/Grand Canyon we took hundreds of phtoos too, so I also had to post many entries hehe we are photo addicts! πŸ˜› did you see my Grand Canyon pics? that place was incredible!

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    • beverly posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:35 pm

      Hehe yeah, trying to sort them all out and weed out the lousy ones!

      I did see your pics that you sent, just gorgeous! I was so young when we visited the Grand Canyon I don’t remember much of it so it was nice to re-live through your photos πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • l_i_z posted on October 7, 2006 at 2:59 pm

    Ooh you got some really pretty photos. That mudcake looks delicious!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:40 pm

      I wish that it was still light outside when our dessert came out.. the flash on my digicam is always wonky. Still though, that dessert was amazzzzzzing!

      Reply
  • medlabtech posted on October 7, 2006 at 3:27 pm

    What did you get at McDonald’s? I don’t recognize it.

    That pic of you getting ready to devour your ribs is hilarious!

    Reply
    • protozone posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:36 pm

      Scones with jam and cream.

      Reply
      • beverly posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:41 pm

        Ya it’s from mcCafe.. and also a Vanilla Latte, was yum!

        Reply
  • protozone posted on October 7, 2006 at 10:10 am

    There should be a seafood restaurant near Hogsbreath somewhere. Up the top, like Hogsbreath. Did you go to it? πŸ˜›

    (if I remember correctly, it would be opposite an ice cream store)

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:24 pm

      Rock Lobster? We went there, will post pics soon πŸ˜€

      Reply
      • protozone posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:34 pm

        Ahh yes. I think that was it. I liked that place.

        Reply
  • eviltofu posted on October 7, 2006 at 10:13 am

    You look sooooooooooo happy in the pictures!!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:26 pm

      Was so blissed out all 5 days, hehe!

      Reply
  • bisoumoi posted on October 7, 2006 at 10:53 am

    I spot a very lovely leopard print top and you look gorgeous in it!!! The others I’ve seen are pretty trashy!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:26 pm

      Awww thanks! It’s actually a PJ top, believe it or not – I like it because it’s *insanely* soft, made of viscose. I got it from peteralexander.com.au

      Reply
  • blueeyezz posted on October 7, 2006 at 8:31 pm

    OH man…I need a vacation…that room is awesome!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:44 pm

      We hardly go away, so when we do, it’s really special πŸ™‚ I just loved it!

      Reply
  • preci0us_dreams posted on October 7, 2006 at 1:03 pm

    Woah! Fab pics!!! The food is making me sooo hungry!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:27 pm

      We had a terrific time pigging out all day long.. hehe. Will post more pics later!

      Reply
  • valska posted on October 7, 2006 at 1:23 pm

    The hotel looks so divine!

    We’ve Hog’s Breath Cafe here too! It’s not too bad, although I’ve had better prime rib elsewhere.

    Looks like you guys are having such a wonderful time!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:31 pm

      It was such a gorgeous room.. I really loved it πŸ™‚

      The prime rib I had was yum – all tender and juicy.. mmmm. Prime Steakhouse is probably still better yet but double the price!

      Reply
  • blairwitch posted on October 7, 2006 at 1:44 pm

    Wow!!! That looks so fun! I’m glad you had such a great time πŸ™‚

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:34 pm

      Thanks! It was a lovely holiday.. really enjoyed it. More pics to come, it’s taking a while, haha

      Reply
  • hyperion1 posted on October 7, 2006 at 2:04 pm

    great photos! it looks so nice there πŸ™‚ so peaceful & relaxing

    yes, I know what you mean. in Las Vegas/Grand Canyon we took hundreds of phtoos too, so I also had to post many entries hehe we are photo addicts! πŸ˜› did you see my Grand Canyon pics? that place was incredible!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:35 pm

      Hehe yeah, trying to sort them all out and weed out the lousy ones!

      I did see your pics that you sent, just gorgeous! I was so young when we visited the Grand Canyon I don’t remember much of it so it was nice to re-live through your photos πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • l_i_z posted on October 7, 2006 at 2:59 pm

    Ooh you got some really pretty photos. That mudcake looks delicious!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:40 pm

      I wish that it was still light outside when our dessert came out.. the flash on my digicam is always wonky. Still though, that dessert was amazzzzzzing!

      Reply
  • medlabtech posted on October 7, 2006 at 3:27 pm

    What did you get at McDonald’s? I don’t recognize it.

    That pic of you getting ready to devour your ribs is hilarious!

    Reply
    • protozone posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:36 pm

      Scones with jam and cream.

      Reply
      • beverly posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:41 pm

        Ya it’s from mcCafe.. and also a Vanilla Latte, was yum!

        Reply
  • babyflite posted on October 8, 2006 at 12:45 am

    Looks like a lovely place for a short break, definitely have to keep it in mind for when we wanna go somewhere for a special trip. Btw, we still gotta catch up! Sorry I didn’t get back to your last email, all the moving and unpacking is driving me crazy!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 8, 2006 at 8:09 am

      I’d def recommend Peppers Resort.. it’s the nicest one as the other places are just regular hotels or motels.

      Let’s go to that AH sale this week! Is it still on? Hope you’re all unpacked and settled in πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • princesszhing posted on October 8, 2006 at 3:29 am

    i eat my ribs like that too!! very very bootiful hotel room! =)

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 8, 2006 at 8:09 am

      Hah yeah, I can be a real pig if I’m hungry πŸ˜›

      Reply
      • princesszhing posted on October 12, 2006 at 8:04 pm

        im a complete grouch & bitch when sleepy and hungry.. =)

        Reply
  • silver_crv posted on October 8, 2006 at 4:19 am

    the loft suite is nice… great view!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 8, 2006 at 8:10 am

      I was def impressed with the suite.. totally worth it IMHO!

      Reply
  • blueeyezz posted on October 7, 2006 at 8:31 pm

    OH man…I need a vacation…that room is awesome!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 7, 2006 at 11:44 pm

      We hardly go away, so when we do, it’s really special πŸ™‚ I just loved it!

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on October 8, 2006 at 4:39 am

    Your McDonald’s packaging in Australia is so classy. Not loud and bright. I think your leopard print top is very funky. Your hotel looks fabulous. I love the amount of space you got. All the food at Hog’s Breath looks very good, but calling a restaurant Hog’s Breath seems counterintuitive, no?

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    • beverly posted on October 8, 2006 at 8:14 am

      Oooo actually our packaging is the same as yours, it’s just that this is McCafe which has cakes and pastries and such, so their packaging is different. Great food there.

      Hog’s Breath is so good, hehe. I thought it was American but maybe it’s Australian?

      Reply
  • finding_tricia posted on October 8, 2006 at 7:59 am

    Thought you won’t be bloggin while on vacation. Guess I was wrong! πŸ˜› The shades look really great on you… and ooohh Hog’s Breath! They have 2 outlets in Sg I think.

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    • beverly posted on October 8, 2006 at 8:15 am

      Hee no I’m back! I got back yesterday, but blogging it all slowly whilst I get all the photos/entries written up πŸ˜›

      I didn’t realise Hog’s Breath was in SG! They are SO GOOD

      Reply
  • babyflite posted on October 8, 2006 at 12:45 am

    Looks like a lovely place for a short break, definitely have to keep it in mind for when we wanna go somewhere for a special trip. Btw, we still gotta catch up! Sorry I didn’t get back to your last email, all the moving and unpacking is driving me crazy!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 8, 2006 at 8:09 am

      I’d def recommend Peppers Resort.. it’s the nicest one as the other places are just regular hotels or motels.

      Let’s go to that AH sale this week! Is it still on? Hope you’re all unpacked and settled in πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • princesszhing posted on October 8, 2006 at 3:29 am

    i eat my ribs like that too!! very very bootiful hotel room! =)

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 8, 2006 at 8:09 am

      Hah yeah, I can be a real pig if I’m hungry πŸ˜›

      Reply
      • princesszhing posted on October 12, 2006 at 8:04 pm

        im a complete grouch & bitch when sleepy and hungry.. =)

        Reply
  • silver_crv posted on October 8, 2006 at 4:19 am

    the loft suite is nice… great view!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 8, 2006 at 8:10 am

      I was def impressed with the suite.. totally worth it IMHO!

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on October 8, 2006 at 4:39 am

    Your McDonald’s packaging in Australia is so classy. Not loud and bright. I think your leopard print top is very funky. Your hotel looks fabulous. I love the amount of space you got. All the food at Hog’s Breath looks very good, but calling a restaurant Hog’s Breath seems counterintuitive, no?

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 8, 2006 at 8:14 am

      Oooo actually our packaging is the same as yours, it’s just that this is McCafe which has cakes and pastries and such, so their packaging is different. Great food there.

      Hog’s Breath is so good, hehe. I thought it was American but maybe it’s Australian?

      Reply
  • finding_tricia posted on October 8, 2006 at 7:59 am

    Thought you won’t be bloggin while on vacation. Guess I was wrong! πŸ˜› The shades look really great on you… and ooohh Hog’s Breath! They have 2 outlets in Sg I think.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 8, 2006 at 8:15 am

      Hee no I’m back! I got back yesterday, but blogging it all slowly whilst I get all the photos/entries written up πŸ˜›

      I didn’t realise Hog’s Breath was in SG! They are SO GOOD

      Reply
  • misskesha24 posted on October 8, 2006 at 7:52 pm

    Okay…now after looking at the pictures now i really want to come there!

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    • beverly posted on October 8, 2006 at 9:34 pm

      It def makes a great holiday getaway! Sun, surf and sea πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • misskesha24 posted on October 8, 2006 at 7:52 pm

    Okay…now after looking at the pictures now i really want to come there!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 8, 2006 at 9:34 pm

      It def makes a great holiday getaway! Sun, surf and sea πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • popcorn_feet posted on October 15, 2006 at 7:32 pm

    what a fabulous place!

    Reply
  • popcorn_feet posted on October 15, 2006 at 7:32 pm

    what a fabulous place!

    Reply
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