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Yule love winter in the Blue Mountains

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By Ellen Hill for Escarpment Group                Photos: David Hill

Tis the season for fresh mountain air, toasty log fires, indulgent dining and even snow at the original Blue Mountains party palace this winter.

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Each Friday and Saturday throughout July, visitors to the Hydro Majestic Hotel can indulge in a decadent high tea featuring festive flavours such as ginger, cranberry and roast pork.

Alternatively, dine on the sumptuous five-course degustation with a lobster bisque and cream fraiche micro chive amuse, entrée tasting plate, a turkey main course, gin and tonic granita cleanser and traditional plum pudding dessert.

The exquisite experience begins on arrival as guests are wowed with the grandeur of the Casino Lobby featuring the iconic domed roof with spectacular chandelier before walking through the understated elegance and warm ambience of the Wintergarden Restaurant overlooking magical mist-filled valleys.


Hydro Majestic Hotel head chef Mate Herceg with the Yulefest degustation in the Wintergarden Restaurant

Hydro Majestic Hotel head chef Mate Herceg with the Yulefest degustation in the Wintergarden Restaurant

Hydro Majestic Hotel head chef Mate Herceg said Yulefest had been a tradition in the area since 1980 and today, winter was the season for which the Blue Mountains was most famous.

It gets us into the festive season twice a year and really, who doesn’t like Christmas?’’ Mr Herceg said.It’s a time to come together, eat, drink warming beverages and share stories.’’

Escarpment Group general manager Ralf Bruegger encouraged guests to fully immerse themselves in the festive atmosphere by staying at least one night at the luxurious Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges at nearby Blackheath.

Yulefest in the Blue Mountains offers the European-style atmosphere people associate with Christmas with a frosty landscape outside and cosiness inside complete with roaring fires, hot food and drinks, traditional decorations and festive music that December really can’t match here, and it’s all just 90 minutes from Sydney.’’


Book your winter escape today at Phone (02) 4782 6885 for more information.

* Escarpment Group is a commercial client of Deep Hill Media

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Blue Mountains: milestone year for region’s oldest art show

Art Show pic (low res)By Ellen Hill for Springwood Art Show              Photos: David Hill

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original Blue Mountains art show at Springwood from August 26 to 28.

The first and longest running art show in the Blue Mountains, which helped establish the Blue Mountains’ reputation as an arts hub and recognised “city of the arts’’, will once again showcase the best established and emerging talent in the area.

Pic2Held at Springwood High School and co-ordinated by the Parents & Citizens Association (P&C), the event directly supports students of the school with 25 per cent of all sales including admission, café, raffle and artworks used to buy educational resources.

Art show committee member Xandro Lombardi said: “The art show is a great expression of community inclusion and is particularly appropriate for us because the Blue Mountains community welcomes visitors from all over the world every day.

“Not only is it a fantastic indoor activity option, the art show is an opportunity to invest in affordable quality art and explore the lower Blue Mountains (we’re just around the corner from Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, the Corridor of Oaks trees planted by our prime ministers and the grave of Sir Henry Parkes, the `Father of Federation’).’’

P&C president Philip Crosse said: “Thank you in advance for supporting our children. It is an added bonus that the art show fits nicely with the wider community interest in the arts.’’

Pic4Visitors can snag a world-class piece from a mature artist or make a shrewd long-term investment with an artwork from fresh talent, selecting from approximately 400 pieces of original art from more than 100 predominantly local artists. The art show also includes a range of quality artisan crafts such as leather handbags, jewellery, woodwork and textiles.

School principal Dr Mark Howie urged visitors to pay special attention to the many talented student artworks: “Sales of student works have routinely been part of the art show over the past 40 years.’’

The Springwood Art Show will be held at Springwood High School, Grose Rd, Faulconbridge, from August 26 to 28, with an official opening program on the Friday evening and activities and a café throughout the weekend.

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