Why you should add a trip to Adelaide to your list. Checking into The Watson for an overnight stay and making a day of it down to the Barossa Valley.
Never been to Adelaide? Why visit?
I get the reaction from so many people that they never had a second thought cross their minds about Adelaide, ever. I get it now, but when I first moved, or spent any great amount of time outside of SA I was offended that so many people would laugh at me when I told them Adelaide was worth checking out. I mean it.
Some well known individuals are from or lived for a significant time in Adelaide. Christine Centenera, Sia Furler, Anthony La Paglia, Teresa Palmer, Lleyton Hewitt, Julia Gillard, Mel Gibson, Kylie Minogue, Rupert Murdoch, Scott Hicks… etc (and yes, before you ask, it is such a small place that I have met a few of them too.) Actually being a small place, you are generally given a bit more time to meet and chat with people if they are in town for an event of some sort, so if you are lucky, it is a pretty solid place to network.
Note that down.
It is not all about celeb spotting though, (actually I generally have no idea who anyone is – I’ll go back under my rock after I finish this article), Adelaide is home to the best festival and cultural events, there are world class wine regions in every direction, the food is a well kept secret and the renewed small bar scene can and will have you hopping from one spot to another all night. Being a smallish town, there is a good chance you will either meet or run into someone you know and be invited to continue on with them for the rest of the evening. Plus the beaches provide perfect swimming (without monster winds) and incredible sunsets. If you follow my Instagram you may have seen a bit of this action a couple of weeks back on our trip. If you want to check out an example of these beaches, see my day trip guide to the Fleurieu Peninsula here.
Though I do usually stay with my family when I come to visit, they live REALLY far away from
civilisation the city, where I tend to spend a lot of time, so we decided to check in for at least one night to the new Art Series Hotel The Watson. We actually scored a really good deal with Qantas Holidays, that was better than my industry discount (the company I work for own the Art Series Hotel chain- though through a separate department). In my experience it is worth checking out the deals that Qantas offer- I was pretty chuffed to add to my points balance and get a good deal on the stay. Winning!
Seriously though, if my folks did live closer to the CBD it wouldn’t have a pool like this anyway, let’s face it, that is what drew me in.
Would you take a look at that pool?! Designed by Olympic swimmer Michael Klim (the stunning Lindy Klim‘s husband- I LOVE THAT WOMAN) it is one place I would happily dive into. (*disclaimer: it is too shallow to actually dive into, but you get what I mean)
As each of the Art Series hotels devotes itself to a different Australian artist, The Watson is designed to embody one of Australia’s greatest living Indigenous painters, Tommy Watson. The Boutique hotel is located just north of the Adelaide CBD in Walkerville, in a quiet suburban area overlooking the foothills on one side and the CBD on the other. With plenty of parking and a cafe downstairs, it makes for a quiet base where you can either head into town or make a day of it down to the Barossa Valley. We took a day trip out that way and visited a number of spots, including Yalumba, which was my absolute favourite.
Now you have been caught up on Adelaide, I am expecting no excuses! Enjoy. xx