We love the Hills…. all 1000 of them….
The Hills are alive with the sound of music
With songs they have sung for a thousand years
The hills fill my heart with the sound of music
My heart wants to sing every song it hears …
So sang Julie Andrews famously in The Sound of Music – although it could just have easily been inspired by 1000 Hills. Not quite as grand as the Austrian Alps perhaps, but every bit as evocative, humbling, calming and beautiful.
So to honour February, the month of magnanimous universal love, we are reminded why we love the hills …. all thousand of them.
This month – we are running a regular feature across our social media platforms reminding us exactly why we love the hills so much: Some of the things we especially love are coffee and breakfasts – without which it is difficult to face a new day; we love lazy lunches… and all good food which we have in abundance in the hills. They say that you can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a beer. And that is kind of the same thing. 1000 Hills supports craft beer breweries and small scale distillers
We love the fabulous events which take place – next up is MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon, from 17 – 19 February. We love the great outdoors and the possibility of taking refuge from the busyness and stresses of life and spend time in nature to replenish your soul.
We love roses – especially on February 7 known as “Rose Day” ahead of the Valentine’s season – so a trip to Ludwig’s Roses is suggested. We love and honour our natural heritage and our diverse and rich cultural heritage too. We love a spot of retail therapy and look to the shops and markets for some treasures and bargains. The flagship market in the area is of course the weekly Saturday morning Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market, and worth a visit is the monthly Inchanga Craft Market and Tea Garden.
The 1000 Hills prides itself in its selection of art and crafts, so we consider some of the options available for the lovers of art. Being February, we of course look at our love of romance, weddings and relaxation and urge lovers and romantics to be inspired by the beautiful 1000 hills.
And lastly we love our children – and are reminder of all the activities and destinations which are family friendly in 1000 Hills.
Independent on Saturday Competition
We are also running a fabulous competition with Independent on Saturday newspaper – one lucky couple can win a bespoke luxury Valentine’s pamper package to spend a romantic weekend in the beautiful Valley of 1000 Hills, courtesy of 1000 Hills Community Tourism Organisation.
Macnut Farm picnic
One lucky couple will win a romantic meal for two (valued at R650) at Independent on Saturday ; one night’s accommodation with breakfast for two at Lindisfarne; Tickets on the Umgeni Stream Train, for two; a hand and arm massage, for two at Talloula Garden Spa; a Rose Bush from Ludwig’s Roses and a handmade rose from Woza Moya.
So pick up a copy of the Independent on Saturday for the next two Saturdays to stand in line to win yourself a fab romantic package.
Couples can book to enjoy a romantic al-fresco champagne a harvest platter meal for two on the grounds of the beautiful Macnut Farm in Assagay on Sunday 13 February – either on a picnic blanket by the river, in the shade of a tree, or a shady table for two. The delicious harvest platter menu comprises: prawn cocktail, cold meats, cheeses, artisanal breads, pates, condiments and sides, top-deck chocolate mousse dessert, a bottle of wine or bubbles.
Good to Know
Valentine’s picnic Valentine’s Picnic on the Lawn in 1000 Hills
Macnut Farm: Sun 13 Feb – lunch time
Sunday 13 February
Phone Hannah – 074 603 0000 / email email@example.com
Macnut Farm is 13 Lello Road
They are running a “We love the Hills…. all 1000 of them” feature over February – featuring some of the activities, events, attractions and places to stay in the area.
Check out their FB and website for more details: http://www.1000hillstourism.co.za/