Who doesn’t love a little weekend away? and if you live anywhere in or around Cheshire, you are spoilt for choice with fabulous towns, city’s and forgotten places to visit within that all-important hour and a half drive time.
I am a firm believer that a change is as good as a rest, and I enjoy nothing more than planning a last minute trip for a little adventure, to discover somewhere that I haven’t been before, or rediscover a special place that I haven’t visited for a lifetime.
So, when we found ourselves with a free weekend recently – we decided to take off for a night, somewhere that neither of us had been to for many years but under an hour’s drive away, somewhere by the sea with some good old-fashioned seaside charm.
Llandudno ticked all of the boxes for us – and seeing as it’s just a hop, skip and a jump from home, it was the obvious choice for a last minute staycation. Llandudno really does offer a little something of everything, and a walk along the beach suits me whatever the weather. I find the idea of wrapping up warm and heading out along the promenade incredibly romantic.
Our trip was made all the more exciting as our good friend Phil Newmarch has recently taken over the running of the iconic St Georges Hotel – so we booked into one of their brand new Roof Top bedrooms and headed off.
We had plenty of time to stop off for lunch, and arrived mid afternoon to a lovely, warm welcome from the St Georges team. After checking in, we were taken up to our room – and WOW! These have got to be the best bedrooms in North Wales! Massive rooms with massive beds, double bathrooms, large balcony, snuggly blankets, stunning views, über-cool design and complete luxurious comfort.
After a long over-due catch up with Mr Newmarch (it was so exciting to hear his plans for the hotel including new spa and general refurbishment) we headed out for our romantic walk. It was dusky, a little bit chilly but dry, and plenty of other people clearly had the same idea, with families and dog walkers enjoying the promenade, the pier and the sight and sound of the sea. Perfect!
We also struck it lucky as it was the Cambrian Rally – so the streets of Llandudno were bustling with rally cars and enthusiasts, making our weekend even more special. We found a lovely, traditional pub called The Kings Head next to the tram station and spent a very relaxing couple of hours meeting the locals with a couple of glasses of red – heavenly!
There are many jewels along the North Wales coast and throughout the region, with so many fabulous attractions throughout Snowdonia whatever the weather. Abersoch and Pwhelli are always great fun and buzzing throughout the summer. I think Spring is the time to get out for some mini UK adventures before these special places start bursting with tourists – and if you’re heading to Llandudno, make sure you book into St Georges Hotel – we guarantee you’ll be very well looked after (and the breakfast is great too).