Do you love a good story? Will a great book stay with you long after you finish it? Retracing travel memories are some of the most common conversation starters used among friends and strangers. But did you know some of our hotels have such big personalities, they could earn a charming conversation starter on their own?
Fancy climbing mountains conquered by larger-than-life characters before you? Here’s a few movie locations in Australia and New Zealand where you can walk in the footsteps of the stars. Read more about ‘Footsteps of the Stars: 3 Movie Towns’
From Melbourne to Perth, Auckland to Queenstown, and Asia to the UK, one thing remains constant – our desire to travel.
Mark Twain said it best: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Read more about ‘Why do you travel?’
Going to Canberra on a school excursion when you’re nine years old isn’t exciting. You get carted around to Parliament House, the War Memorial and as much as you liked being away from your parents, it was much more fun to play Hangman with your friends on the bus ride. Read more about ‘How I learnt to love Canberra’
Joan and Laurie Appleby are celebrating their retirements this month. Joan, the former housekeeper at Best Western Banjo Paterson Motor Inn for 35 years, and Laurie, the former manager at Great Lakes Airport for 28 years, said it’s time to see Australia.
“We’re planning to get a Winnebago and drive around Australia,” Joan said. “It’s quite daunting, this will be the first big trip we’ve taken together after being in Lakes Entrance so long.” Read more about ‘Checking out of Lakes Entrance after 35 years’
Heading away on a ski trip certainly takes a lot more planning than jetting off on your usual holiday (trust me, it’s easier to learn from someone else’s mistakes!).
From my experience of these trips, mostly during overseas travel, I’ve learned there’s a lot to think about before you get anywhere close to the mountain. Read more about ‘Planning a snow adventure – as easy as one, two, ski!’
My idea of a good holiday involves plenty of good food and wine, so combining culinary festivals with trips around Australia sounds like absolute heaven to me. Unfortunately they can dry up around winter, but this is the time when I most feel like venturing out in search of some warm, comforting food and exquisite wine. Thank goodness for the following festivals! Read more about ‘Food and wine festivals not to miss this winter’
If you love wine and gourmet food like my husband and I do, then you’ll want to hear all about our trip to New Zealand.
It’s such a short journey to our neighbouring country that we thought – why not? A relaxing holiday full of good food and wine was just what the doctor ordered. Read more about ‘Savouring the wine regions of New Zealand’
Sometimes when I’m on holiday I want a touch of tradition. That’s when I know it’s time to seek out a fabulous high tea experience, just like those my mother used to host. Luckily, the high tea trend is finally picking up in Australia, and our beautiful country is now full of unique holiday locations where you can enjoy a cup of Earl Grey and a scone or two. Read more about ‘The best high tea experiences in Australia’
Bringing you the latest #MHKR recipes, blow-ups and stories from our Best Western hotels.
Gordon Ramsay scholar and our Newcastle executive chef, David Cross knows how to pick the perfect pear. His restaurant, Babbingtons Bar and Grill at Best Western Plus Apollo International Hotel in Charlestown, New South Wales has just been named the Australian Pear Month Restaurant of the Year in celebration of Australian Pear Month in March. Read more about ‘MHKR: My Hotel Kitchen Rules with David Cross’