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Seven romantic things to do in the Hunter Valley

Timeless romance awaits you here in the Hunter Valley. Wether your planning for a significant milestone or simply seeking a spontaneous date idea, there are plenty of options to express the hopeless romantic side of you. Here are seven romantic things to do in the Hunter Valley with your loved one. 

1. Private Hot air balloon ride

The allure of a private hot air balloon ride lies not just in the gentle ascent into the skies but also in the quiet intimacy it affords. Floating effortlessly above the patchwork of vineyards, the tranquillity of the morning is punctuated only by the occasional whisper of the wind and the distant calls of waking wildlife. This serene atmosphere creates a cocoon of romantic seclusion, making the balloon ride a perfect setting for couples seeking an intimate moment together. Organise your flight with one of our award winning operators such as Beyond Ballooning or Balloon Aloft. 

hot air ballooning

2. Book a cosy cottage or hidden hideaway 

Escape to your own private haven at one of our many secluded, romantic retreats. Light the candles, prepare a charcuterie board with delicious local produce & settle into the intimacy of your home away from home with a glass of wine in hand with your loved one. The Edge Villa is a luxurious tri-level, open plan nest located on a creek within the hidden hills of Mount View. Purpose-built as a couple’s retreat, this unique space is well known for its large private verandah that overlooks the creek bed whilst perfectly framing the mountain views as well as its spacious spa bath with mountain views. With three stand alone Santa Fe inspired villas, enjoy the quiet ambience of Casa La Vina, an adults only retreat. Ideal for romantic occasions, each Villa's courtyard features a large private spa in view of the outdoor wood fireplace, perfect for fireside romance. Another cottage to consider when planning your next romantic getaway is the Mistress Block Vineyard studio. This little slice of heaven boasts sweeping views of the historic Mistress Vineyard and wider Hunter Valley, even from the spa bath. Jindalee Estate offers plenty of intimate rooms for a group getaway with lovers. From the main house with quaint cosy feel and sweeping views, to the two self contained cottages, this property is a great option for a group of couples retreat. 

romantic accommodation

LEFT: The Edge Villa RIGHT: Mistress Block VIneyard

3. Private picnic among the vines

Savour the tranquillity and romance with your loved one and indulge in a picnic among the vines. A Hunter Valley vineyard picnic isn't complete without a basket filled with gourmet delights. Local cheese, artisanal bread, fresh fruits, and perhaps some handpicked chocolates create a palate-pleasing feast. Pairing these delectable treats with a bottle of the region's finest wine adds an extra layer of indulgence to the experience. Plan your picnic with one of our wineries who offer the experience including Audrey Wilkinson or Tyrrell’s Wines. Or, pack your own and find a hidden lookout in the Mount Bright area. 

4. Romantic candle lit dinner

Unveil a sophisticated blend of culinary mastery with your loved one in the Hunter Valley at one of our many restaurants. From intimate candlelit dinners in charming winery restaurants to alluring alfresco dining, boasting panoramic views, there are plenty of options to turn up the heat. Click here to discover all of our restaurants and eateries. 

5. Spa day

Relax and rejuvenate with your loved one at one of our tranquil day spas. Immerse yourselves in a sanctuary of relaxation and rejuvenation as you indulge in a variety of spa treatments tailored to soothe your body and soul. From invigorating massages to pampering facials and serene hydrotherapy sessions, every moment is crafted to nurture your bond and ignite your senses. Visit one of our many award winning spas including the Spa at Chateau Elan, Ubika Spa at Rydges Resort, or Elysia Wellness Retreat located within Cypress Lakes. 


6. Cycle through the Vineyards

For those leading a more active lifestyle, consider some two wheeled fun to explore our vineyards and wineries. Take to each wine tasting at your own pace, all whilst taking in the picturesque surroundings of lush vineyards framed with the Brokenback Mountain Ranges. Check out Sutton Estate E-Bike hire and cycle the Around Hermitage cycle-track, Mistletoe Lane is a must-do for killer views.

7. Chocolate and Wine Pairing 

If you’re looking for something unique and special, why not opt in for a romantic wine and chocolate pairing date? With over 150 wineries, there’s plenty of vino options on offer to be carefully paired and matched with a range of local, decadent chocolates. The combination of bold reds and delicate whites with rich, creamy chocolates will no doubt create a memorable experience with that special someone. Discover the pleasures of chocolate and wine at Glandore Wines, Saltire Estate or Tulloch Wines - delicious! 


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