The island of Tasmania is one of Australia's best-kept secrets. This unique region offers dramatic mountain peaks, waterfalls, abundant native wildlife, and is becoming increasingly known for their production of premium wines, pristine seafood and Wagyu beef, cheeses, honey and other culinary specialties. Whether you are a foodie that loves adventure, or an adventurer that loves food, come join us and enjoy this unforgettable experience!
The Red Feather Inn is a charming place to relax, share, enjoy, and meet your every need as a luxury retreat from the hustle of everyday life. Explore the region and enjoy unique dining experiences showcasing the very best seasonal Tasmanian produce on offer. Red Feather Inn is fully licensed with a cellar of local cool climate Tasmanian and Australian wines. All suites and rooms are beautifully appointed, overlooking the secluded garden each featuring superior quality beds, state of the art bathrooms, gas log fires and much more.
Certainly, the Red Feather Inn is a collection of notable historic sandstone buildings located in Hadspen, VIII miles from Launceston, Australias third oldest city. Famed colonial Georgian architect John Sprunt built the Inn with convict labour circa 1842. First licensed in 1844, it was one of Van Diemens Land first coaching Inns. Later on, proprietor Lydia Nettlefold reinvented the Red Feather Inn in her vision of Georgian dancing with French provincial. This, combined with the ultimate in modern comforts creates a unique atmosphere in this endemic Tasmanian heritage treasure: the perfect luxury retreat for intimate getaways or very special gatherings.
Saffire moments are so precious youll remember every single one. Moments as complex as the luxurious pleasures of a day spa experience, or as simple as toes feeling the squeaky white sand. As inspiring as the sunset splashed across the Hazards, and as intimate as the morning sun creeping up the wall of your suite, the moments can be as unique as wading out to partake fresh oysters in the waters of a nearby estuary, or as surprising as realizing your wine glass hasnt been empty since sitting down to dinner. Only Saffire Freycinet has these moments.
The Henry Jones Art Hotel is a fusion of history and modernity, art and design, indulgence and discovery. Australias first dedicated art hotel, The Henry Jones merges one of Tasmanias most significant industrial heritage sites, with modern design and contemporary art to create a luxurious accommodation experience. Every individually designed room and suite at the Henry Jones possesses its own character, and tells its own chapter of the Henry Jones story. Historic and contemporary qualities are finely balanced: original heritage features are celebrated and complemented by innovative design elements, hand cut sandstone walls and compelling works of modern art, and rough-hewn timbers frame sparkling views of the harbour and city. The Henry Jones is Australias first dedicated art hotel, and one of a handful of art hotels in the world.
Also, created within Hobarts oldest waterfront warehouses, the Henry Jones Art Hotel merges historic and modern, blending the original 19th century architecture of the city with ultra-modern design and contemporary art. Located on Hobarts waterfront, the Henry Jones site dates back to 1804 and was once the location of one of Australias most successful companies. By the late 1990s, the property was abandoned and languishing in neglect, until award winning architects Morris Nunn and Associates won the right to revive the historic site. By 2004, this former jam factory had been transformed into a sensitively re-imagined, distinctive, five star hotel.
Art and design are woven into the fabric of the Henry Jones. The hotel partners with a diverse range of Tasmanian artists to present a continuously changing exhibition of over 400 artworks. Every space is a canvas for artistic expression - from the art itself to exquisite furniture design and award-winning architectural elements - creating a singular environment and experience in which art is the focus. The hotels 56 individually designed rooms and suites reflect Henry Jones characteristic fusion of art, heritage, tradition and nature. Sleek modernity complements untouched heritage features, nineteenth century sandstone walls frame contemporary artworks, and original windows reveal views of Hobarts harbour, city, mountains and built history. Coupled with the Henry Jones Art Hotels award-winning restaurants and bars, prime waterfront location and easy access to Hobarts best attractions, the hotel offers an unparalleled experience that is far more than just five star luxury accommodation.
Begin your tour in Launceston with winemaker Natalie Fryar for sparkling wine tastings at the Jansz winery in Pipers Brook. Overnight, enjoy the charming luxury retreat Red Feather Inn. Then travel south, two hours to Saffire Freycinet: a luxury ecolodge surrounded by ocean, beaches and granite outcrops. Afterwards, enjoy Le Pique Nique - a guided 5 kilometers walk, taking you to the crystal white sands and azure waters of South Hazards Beach. You'll be greeted by one of Saffire's chefs with a picnic of locally sourced produce: charcuterie, local oysters, barbequed seafood and free-range meats, farmhouse cheese and petit desserts, before being sailed back via the peninsula's spectacular, fiery red coastline. Complete your culinary discovery at the Moorilla Estate Winery while staying at the Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart.
The island of Tasmania will be your home during this culinary holiday.
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"Perfect girlfriends' getaway! From Michigan, Illinois and Indiana, we all met for Tour de Forks Hampton culinary adventure and had a wonderful time. Just the right amount of cooking lessons with charming and talented Chef Arie, dinning on delicious food from breakfast to lunch and dinner and visits to a winery and creamery. The Bridgehampton Inn catered to our every need. We laughed, ate, drank and shopped until we dropped. I had never been to The Hamptons so this vacation was a perfect way to see it while enjoying my passion of cooking, food and being with my friends"."
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"It was an amazing trip. We had a sensational time. Our train journey to and from Bologna was seamless with our drivers always on time, friendly and helpful. Our walking tour of Parma with Melanie was a collection of fascinating stories and background information of days gone by. She was wealth of information, very entertaining, personable and how great it was to have her as our own special guide! We had a very smooth trip up to Modena and met Davide, who was a generous host. Lunch with the wonderful balsamic (of which we bought several bottles) featuring in each course, served in our own private marquee. Bliss! Thank you so much Melissa for your attention to detail, great suggestions and the pace of the itinerary you planned. Nothing was rushed, everyone knew we were coming and everything had been organized prior to our arrival, which made for a very relaxing holiday. Your organization was seamless and we absolutely loved the tour. I have raved to friends and family about Tour de Forks and will definitely contact you again to plan my next trip!"."
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"I'd recommend Tour de Forks for all serious foodies and food professionals if I could, so they all would experience the fresh new ideas of 'Mod Oz' (modern Australian cuisine: a cutting edge, urban cuisine influenced by nearby Asia), and the exceptional cheeses, wines, meat and produce from that continent. If you go on your own, try not to miss a private plane ride over the "12 Apostles"-12 stunning rock formations off the south-eastern coast on the way to King Island, home to award winning cheeses, fabulous seafood and fantastic beach views. Also don't miss the wild kangaroos that hang out in the golf courses on the way to Sunnybrae George Biron's home farm, and former restaurant in some of the most beautiful, unspoiled countryside left in the world. And don't forget to take a boat ride with local dolphins on your way back to Melbourne from wine tastings at local vineyards. Or, just sign up for the tour, relax, and let Meera, George and Melissa guide you through a trip to remember."
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