Where to eat, sleep and slay in Dullstroom…
Dullstroom is basically the winter travel destination of your dreams. And it’s only like 2.5 hours out of Joburg. Weekend whiskey tasting vacay, check, romantic fishing getaway, check, hiking exercise excursion, check. It’s got it all, plus a chocolate shop.
I’ve been there a couple of times this year so I’ve given a bit of a breakdown on my favourite things to do.
Eat (click the restaurant names for their Zomato page)
- The Art of Food (fine dining) – a concept dinner experience where the menu changes on the daily. Customers are seated upstairs (downstairs is just open for breakfast) and are told the menu by their waiter. We tried the pork three ways as a main as well as the sirloin and then cheesecake and vanilla panna cotta for dessert. The food was sensational except for the starter, which was just good but not amazing. Cost for 3 course x 2 people and a bottle of wine approx R750. I would highly recommend going but book first.
- Mayfly (Casual meal) – went there for a light dinner, we booked but it didn’t seem totally necessary. Had the trout and calamary, which were both great. Approx R350 with drinks.
- Mrs Simpson (contemporary) – I didn’t actually get to go here because it was fully booked for daays. But everyone raves about it and says it’s a must.
- Rose Cottage In (breakfast) – quaint store with a fireplace inside, if you sit outside it feels like you’re in a garden (even though you’re right next to the main road). Great for breakfast, not for lunch, lunch was average. They also have a friendly parrot who chats to you if you’re nice enough 🙂 No need to book. There’s a little store next door that sells great rusks, jams, koeksisters and biscuits – get the choc chip ones!! Approx R200 for 2 people with coffee.
- Milly’s (takeaway) – the pies, the pies, they’re pretty great. Get some to take back to Joburg, the trout pies are quite renowned.
- Waffle & Co (dessert) – If you’re craving something sweet and want to try something different (ricotta cheese in a waffle with dark chocolate and berries maybe?).. Personally I wish I went for the simple waffle and ice cream, didn’t taste that fresh when all the add-ons were topped. Approx R200 for two.
Sleep (Click the links for the TripAdvisor page)
They’re only like a bajillion B&Bs in Dullstroom, when I went for a long weekend a lot of them were booked, but I get the sense they’re all of a similar standard.
- Rose Cottage – This is the place we stayed for a long weekend in Dullstroom. We got the Hawthorn Cottage, which was surprisingly nice, the pictures online didn’t tell us much. It’s a loft cottage, the bedroom upstairs with a window that looks over a forrest area. Downstairs is a little kitchen, lounge and bathroom with a private entrance. Very quaint. Breakfast was included and they offer lunch/dinner but I would recommend exploring the town instead. There’s a spa on site but we didn’t use it. Approx R3000 for two people sharing over a long weekend.
- Walkersons Hotel & Spa – This is if you want a serious luxurious getaway, I haven’t been here but I’ve heard it’s amazing. It’s located slightly off the main road so it’s very private with incredible views. Approx R2000 per night (apparently if you book in advance and research they do specials).
Slay – as in fun things to do in the area
- Whiskey tasting – omg, the best thing to do, especially if it’s cold outside. Wild About Whiskey has the biggest selection in the southern hemisphere and the second biggest in the world. Their tasting menu has a large variety of Irish, Scottish and American whiskeys. They even do a chocolate and whiskey pairing. They go through each step of the tasting with you and tell you a bit about the process. If you’re not into whiskey, like me, then there’s also an awesome gin tasting, which pairs the gin with the subtle flavours (fruits, flowers and herbs). Do it, it’s the most fun and super cosy on a cold afternoon.
- Hike – A couple of hidden trails to walk along, although quite tough to find. We went into the nature reserve estate where the lake is and walked around that are. Really beautiful.
- Fishing – Dullstroom is famous for their trout so fishing is very big in the region. You can rent gear from the tourism shop on the main road.
- Beer tasting – There’s a brewery in Dullstroom called the Anvil Ale Brewery where you can sit and do a tasting of their locally produced beers or ales. It’s pretty cool and it’s free.
- Chocolate shopping – A cute little shop that sells great chocolate, it’s not fancy packaging but it really tastes great.
Besides for the great food and drinks in Dullstroom it’s generally just a beautiful place to hang out, have a braai, go for a walk and take in the surroundings. Would highly recommend taking a trip there for a weekend and now is the perfect time, cuddle up!
If you have any new things to do in Dullstroom, let me know and I’ll add them in 🙂