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12 Feb 2020
weekends-away, local-tips, summer, romance

The Blue Mountains: Valentine's Day Edition

Is it just us or does Valentine's Day come out of the blue every year? 
Don’t panic if you're stuck for a last-minute gift, instead head to the beautiful Blue Mountains for a romantic getaway. 

Whether your special someone is a fabulous foodie or an adventure seeker, we've got you covered with some of our favourite Blue Mountains stays, eats and experiences for this Valentine's Day!

Places To Rest Your Head

Blue Mountains YHA 
If you're on a budget this Valentine's Day look no further than Blue Mountains YHA. This award-winning YHA is located right in the heart of Katoomba, making it easy to explore the township and the surrounding National Park — all without breaking the bank. This hostel does offer private rooms with ensuites in addition to the standard share rooms, you won't be disappointed by the vibrant atmosphere of this local gem!

Mountain Heritage 
Enjoy the charm and romance of a European-style country retreat at the Mountain Heritage! This historic hotel offers premium accommodation, panoramic views of the Jamison Valley and a central Katoomba location. For the ultimate indulgence, book one of its fireplace and spa rooms along with the special Valentine's Day menu at their in house Jamison Views restaurant.  

The Hydro Majestic 
For an amazing Valentine's Day weekend that you'll both never forget, head to The Hydro Majestic. The famous and revitalised Hydro Majestic is a seamless blend of art deco inspired design with a modern twist. Spoil your loved one to the Valentine's Day special in their iconic Wintergarden restaurant with amazing panoramic views of the Megalong Valley.  

If Air BnB is more of your vibe, check out some of our locally owned favourites HERE.

Date Night Eats

Napoli Corner, Lawson 
Authentic woodfired Napoli-style pizza right here in the Blue Mountains, yes please! 
Family-owned and operated, Napoli Corner celebrates the Italian tradition of eating together. The menu is inspired by both street food and home cooking keeping the dishes uncomplicated and using only the best ingredients. Added bonus, their wine list is pure perfection! 

Bootlegger Bar, Katoomba
Speakeasy vibes with a stacked bar and cocktail menu to match, the Bootlegger Bar is amping up the nightlife in Katoomba. Located in the infamous Niagara Building, you'll find exquisite smoked meats, chunky grills, succulent sides and a range of over 20 unique and specialty cocktails. With live music most weekends, you can't go past the Bootlegger Bar for some good old-fashioned fun!

Avalon, Katoomba 
You'll be transported back in time when you enter the Avalon's glamourous art deco dining room. Both the restaurant and cocktail bar combines playful charm with hearty meals and casual dining. Although there are regular daily specials, the main menu is so well established and loved by their guests that it's hardly changed in 30 years! Our top picks are the filo pastry halloumi and spinach cigars, and the black wattle seed crusted Atlantic salmon.

If none of these options tickles your fancy, check out our favourite brunch spotshigh teaspizza placessweet treat connoisseurs and date night venues

Things To Do

The adventurous couple will love a day exploring Scenic World and the surrounding bushwalks of the Blue Mountains National Park
Arrive at Scenic World early, park your car for free all day, grab a Discovery Pass to experience all of the rides as many times as you like. Catch the Scenic Skyway to the East Station for the Prince Henry Cliff Walk. A leisurely walk with spectacular views! 
From the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, take the Furber Steps down into the Jamison Valley - there are a lot of stairs, but it's all downhill with amazing views of Katoomba Falls and the Three Sisters. Make your way along the track to the Scenic Railway bottom platform for a ride back up on the steepest train in the world!

The cultured couple will love the Blue Mountains' art scene.
The Street Art walk in Katoomba is an outdoor art gallery features the work of aerosol artists from around the world and is an excellent example of how street art can be harnessed to bring neglected urban spaces back to life. This community-driven cultural treasure was created by Street Art Murals Australia (SAMA) in partnership with the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.
Showcasing diverse and interactive exhibitions, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is excellent for providing that artistic fix while visiting the mountains. Don't forget to grab a coffee from the Gallery Café and take in dazzling landscapes of the Jamison Valley from the viewing platform. Check out their website to see what's on during your visit.

The foodie couple will need to pack an #EmptyEsky for their Blue Mountains visit.
The Megalong Valley wineries are a wine lovers dream! In the lush Megalong Valley, surrounded by stunning sandstone cliffs, you'll find Dryridge Estate and the Megalong Creek Estate cellar doors. These boutique wineries are local favourites and perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine and cheese platter on a lovely Summer afternoon.
If beer is your poison of choice, pop into the Blue Mountains owned and brewed Mountain Culture Beer Co. Pull up a seat on the deck and relax with a burger and beer.
No foodie visit to the mountains is complete without experiencing The Carrington Cellars. You'll be spoilt for choice with floor to ceiling gourmet deli goods such as cheese, meat, condiments and sweets, as well as a massive selection of fine wines and craft beers.

Check out some of our other Blue Mountains foodie favourites HERE.