Have a look at some of my most favourite places to stop over whenever I have to travel between the beautiful Garden Route and the historic Overberg.
Coffee @ Work
To kick start my trip, I stopped at my favourite coffee shop in Mossel Bay for a cup of Java before hitting the road. Coffee@Work won my heart (and taste buds) over instantly when they opened their doors in May 2015.
Besides serving some of the best coffees I’ve ever tasted, they also offer mouth-watering quick and healthy meals from breakfast to lunch. The coffee shop has a unique atmosphere and you can look forward to some interesting finds on their retail shelves.
Owned and managed by a passionate husband-and-wife team, Hennie and Soney, Coffee@Work has won numerous awards including the Mossel Bay Small Business of the year Award in 2017.
Be sure to pop in at 65 Marsh Street in Mossel Bay or visit their website at www.coffeeatwork.co.za.
Tip:Their Cappuccino with condensed milk on a cold rainy day will instantly take the winter blues away.
My next stop was Kasselshoop – a working dairy and cheese farm just a few hundred meters off the N2 on the road to Still Bay. A definite must if you live in the Garden Route or if you’re ever passing by.
Here you can enjoy a cheese tasting like no other for as little as R100.
Kasselshoop is owned by Kassie and Liesel Kasselman, who began crafting and curing traditional hard cheeses in 2002 and speciality flavoured cheeses in 2009.
Their flavoured Cheddar cheeses include black salt, olive, Pepper Thom, pepper, pickled onion and nettle while their flavoured Gouda cheeses include a chilli and, my ultimate favourite, smoked flavoured Gouda.
Using only their own Jersey milk, they distribute their cheeses and cheese spreads to retail outlets in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Southern Cape and Johannesburg.
Pairing each of the cheeses with wines from the area ensures an unforgettable experience that everyone will enjoy.
Ikigai Coffee Bar & Deli
Ikigai, situated on the N2 as you pass through Riversdale, has become my favourite mid-way stop when heading to and from Hermanus.
Their menu includes a variety of eats and treats. My favourite remains the gourmet sandwiches – whether you decide on the pulled pork, Greek lamb, grilled chicken, bacon or creamy mozzarella; you will not be disappointed. And to top it all off, they make a mean cup of coffee to keep you awake for the road ahead.
Their Curio shop is stocked with everything from handbags to an assortment of teas and gifts and in March this year, Ikigai opened a second café in the beautiful town of Swellendam (about 90km further).
I’ve always been a wine-lover, which is why a wine and olive oil tasting at Baleia Wines was high on my priority list on this trip. Conveniently located next to the N2, just before Riversdale, Baleia Wines is owned and run by the passionate Joubert family.
With a glass in hand, I was armed for what happened to be one of the best wine tastings I’ve had thus far. From their Sauvignon Blanc and Inge Chardonnay to their Sebastian, Rosé and Tempranillo – it’s one big taste sensation.
My favourites included the Erhard Pinot Noir as well as the 2015 Syrah with its notes of chocolate and roasted cinnamon!
Since Baleia also produces Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil, I decided to give it a try. Smooth at first with a stronger peppery aftertaste, this buttery olive oil has distinctive aromas of green tomatoes and artichokes with lemon.
My wine and olive oil tasting at Baleia Winery was an experience that I will remember for years to come and I ensured that my wine cabinet was stocked by the time I left. For more information, contact them at 028 713 1214 or visit www.baleiawines.com.
Witsand – a place where time stands still, where all your worries melt away and absolute tranquillity washes over you. This small coastal town at the mouth of the Breede River is popular for its fishing as well as kite and wind-surfing.
I therefore couldn’t pass on the opportunity to stay over for a night at Breedezicht Estate – a new property development with picturesque views of the sea, mountains and river. Both completed houses as well as stands are for sale.
There are a variety of house plans to choose from, including Cape Heritage, Modern Beach, New England and Vermont. Attention to the finest detail ensures that each design is as authentic as possible.
I stayed in a traditional Fisherman’s Cottage with charming features and rustic finishes. The kitchen is definitely the heart of this design with the outdoor stoep promising many nights of chatter and chilling around the fire place.
Breedezicht Estate is fully-serviced and well-managed making it the perfect lock-up-and-go holiday house and a fantastic investment opportunity. For more information, contact Hugo la Grange at 082 823 9777 or visit www.breedezicht.co.za
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