During the June/ July school holidays we were lucky enough to be invited to join a 2 other blogging families on a weekend away in McGregor.
The first stop on our tour of this tiny little town was actually not in the town at all, but rather in neighbouring Bonnievale.
Now, we’d visited Bonnievale a few months back when on a camping trip with friends, but at the time we didn’t do much sightseeing in the town…. to be honest we didn’t know what there was to do as our drive in and out showed us a rather sleepy little spot…
So when we were told to meet the other bloggers at Karins On Main in Bonnievale for lunch we didn’t quite know what to expect. And what a pleasant surprise!
Unfortunately due to work commitments that prevented us from leaving Cape Town before lunch, we missed the other bloggers – they were driving out as we were driving in – but the very kind Karin was super welcoming and happy to feed our starving children (and us) a pizza for lunch – after 4pm. What epic pizzas!
After our late lunch that definitely hit the spot, I spent some time seeing what else is on offer at Karins…
Besides the wonderful wood-fired pizzas, this beautifully restored building with quirky decor also offers delicious deli items including freshly baked breads, ready-made meals, fresh herbs, homemade rusks, cheese, cold meats plus flowers, home decor items, second hand books and a separate cocktail lounge/ sports bar for those looking for a cold beer make this a real small town treasure!
An added bonus is that Karins on Main also offers accommodation just upstairs and I popped in to get a sense of what the 9 rooms are like… each space is individually decorated to honour a character or an era from the fifties, the decade in which the former hotel was originally opened. – think Ernest Hemingway, Tretchikoff, Hollywood, Jazz, Frida Kahlo, Jozi, 46664, Coco Chanel and The Shack – a unique room for a truly authentic South African stay…
And then, as dusk was taking over, it was time to say goodbye to Bonnievale and head back past scenic country scenes to McGregor to check in to our accommodation for the night… But we’ll be back. In fact our next camping trip to Bonnievale has already been booked and at least we now know that should all else fail we’ll have great pizza on our doorstep – that’s if tents have doorsteps??
Over the next 3 weeks I’ll be posting more about family-friendly things to do in the triad towns of Bonnievale, Robertson and McGregor so be sure to come back soon to find out more about what we got up to.
Images: Kathryn Rossiter