Beach and Vino – Days 4 & 5

I’m not quite sure I can say that I have a favorite day from the 8 that we were in Cape Town, but these two were pretty good ones.

Day 4:

We decided to take a day to just relax and spend sometime close to our Airbnb apartment. My one request for the trip was that I would get to spend at least one day at the beach. So, day 4, I got what I wanted.

My brother and I drove over to Camps Bay (about a 5 minute drive from the apartment), and while he went to one of the restaurants across the street to read and relax, I went to the beach to fry in the sun. Unfortunately, there were some panhandlers wandering the beach, but it wasn’t terrible to deal with. If you wanted a chair and umbrella, one of the locals would gladly set them up for you for a small fee. There were also a few vendors roaming with drinks and “ice-lollies” which I soon realized are popsicles. I much prefer the South African name.

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That evening, we stayed on Kloof Street and walked over to Hudson’s. I spotted it a few days before and it looked like an interesting place with a lot of people, so I knew it had to be good. And I was right. It’s a burger joint and I decided to go with the slider plate. I was not disappointed! They were very friendly and service was great. Please go there if you find yourself in Cape Town.

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Day 5:

I really loved day 5. This was wine day. We started out the day at Ernie Els Winery in Stellenbosh, and I have to say, we started out with the best. All of the vineyards we visited were great, but this was my favorite. Our server was absolutely hilarious (he described one of the wines as, “It starts out a bit sweet, gets confusing in the middle, but turns out alright in the end”), the wine was fantastic, the food was great, and the view, oh the view, was absolutely incredible.

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After enjoying some time there, we drove to Delaire Graff for round 2. This estate was absolutely stunning. The drive onto the property is lined with trees and other beautiful flowers and bushes before you reach the parking lot to walk toward the building, where you have another amazing view of Table Mountain. The only reason I would say this was not my favorite is because we didn’t get the panoramic view that we had at Ernie Els. I really don’t have anything bad to say about it. Again, the wine was great. We had three tastings for about $5/person as it was at the Els Winery. I even bought a bottle here as a souvenir for some friends.

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The last stop was at Jordan — which was for my brother’s namesake. We HAD to go. Again, the drive out through the vineyards was beautiful. Seriously not ever a bad view in/around this place. Their tasting room was set at the end of the road next to a pond among a few other vineyards. Almost like an oasis, hidden away. I really enjoyed our server there, and again, have nothing bad to say. I bought a bottle of their rose that I finally opened just recently. Just as good as I remembered!

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I highly suggest taking time to spend a day in Stellenbosh to visit a few wineries. And it is definitely best to have a designated driver after doing 3 tastings in one day 🙂

More to come!

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