This weekend I’ve been planning my Escape to Jersey. It’ll be springtime break that includes all the ingredients for my perfect weekend getaway; walking along cliff paths by the sea and plenty of delicious local food (well after all that walking I’ll deserve it!). There’s be a stroll around some historic houses and gardens and of course a lovely hotel to return to at the end of our days of exploring.
This Escape to Jersey is all in my imagination at the moment but it was inspired by the video that I created at the EscapetoJersey.com website, putting in my preferences to create my own individual getaway – you can try it here too. Let me tell you what I’m imagining as my own Escape to Jersey, to see if I can tempt you.
Let’s go hiking on Jersey
Walking and hiking is one of my favourite weekend activities and in the spring I’ll look forward to trying out some of the numerous coastal walks that Jersey has to offer, taking advantage of Jersey’s sunny, mild climate. While there are many walks through quiet green lanes and unspoiled countryside, I’m drawn to the northern coastline for wild coastal walks along the clifftops to blow the cobwebs away. Not only will I get views of the ocean from the cliffs, but the paths will lead me down to some of the most beautiful bays at Grève de Lecq, Bonne Nuit, Bouley Bay and Rozel, for a walk along the beach.
If you like walking in a group, there are plenty of guided walks on offer with qualified guides (more information here) and the Spring Walking Week on Jersey 5-14 May also offers opportunities to explore the lesser known walking trails on Jersey, with over 40 guided walks available.
Some delicious food to look out for on Jersey
Eating delicious, locally produce food is certainly something I’ll look forward to on my Escape to Jersey and since Jersey is surrounded by sea it’s not surprising that seafood will be on the menu. I’ll be looking out for the oysters and mussels that are farmed in the Bay of Grouville and the lobsters that are fished sustainably all around the island.
Then there’s the humble potato, elevated on Jersey to something really special in the Jersey Royals that are at their best in the spring and early summer. They are grown on sloping fields overlooking the sea, fertilised with seaweed and tended by hand to create a waxy texture and nutty flavour that is prized by those who enjoy good food.
Of course with the Jersey cows producing their rich, creamy milk I feel sure that a cream tea with some of the Jersey clotted cream may feature or perhaps an ice cream from one of the beach kiosks that we pass on our walks.
If you happen to plan your Jersey Escape during the Food Festival 21-25 May, you’ll have an opportunity to try many of the local specialities, meet local producers on special farm and dairy tours and taste everything from cider to chocolate.
If you’re already tempted, head over to EscapetoJersey.com to create your own perfect break.
Dreamy places to stay on Jersey
So where will we staying for our weekend break on Jersey? As you know I’m a fan of boutique hotels that offer stylish character and a relaxed but elegant experience and I think I’ve found the perfect place to stay on Jersey at Hotel La Place. Set in beautiful countryside, a short drive from the island’s capital of St Helier, I like the relaxed modern style of the hotel and if you want more space, it has 12 luxury cottages set around a courtyard. Prices at Hotel La Place are from £130 per night for a weekend break in the spring.
If I was looking for something really luxurious for our weekend break, the hotel I’d choose for its glorious location overlooking the sea, is The Atlantic Hotel. This luxury hotel has a sleek, modern look and is set in six acres of grounds overlooking the wild beach and dunes of St Ouen’s bay. I’d love to stay in one of their comfortable, contemporary style rooms overlooking the sea and of course dine on the best local Jersey produce in their Michelin star restaurant. The Atlantic Hotel offers rooms from £250 per night for a weekend break in the spring.
Delightful gardens and heritage on Jersey
On our weekend breaks we enjoy visiting historic hosues and gardens, so I’d explore a bit more of the culture and heritage of Jersey at one of beautiful manor houses such as Samarès Manor. The gardens were created in the 1920s by wealthy shipping owner, Sir James Knott and the herb garden incorporates fragrent herbs, lavender and roses.
The historian in me would love to visit the National Trust owned Georgian House at 16 New Street which showcases the elegant Regency furnishings and taste of 18th century Jersey.
Here’s how you can create your perfect Escape to Jersey
If you are tempted to create your own weekend break, go to the Escape to Jersey website at EscapetoJersey.com. You can decide whether you want to be relaxed or energetic, sleep 5 star or under the stars, and create your perfect Escape to Jersey video.
This article by Heather Cowper is originally published at Heatheronhertravels.com – Read the original article here. This article is brought to you in partnership with EscapetoJersey.com and I was compensated for my time to write it.
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