Being pioneers of Special Places, the Sawday’s office is always full of chatter about weekend plans and wanderlust. With the Easter bank holiday looming, we asked for some inspiration on where to escape – being an eclectic bunch this post takes you from Edinburgh to Milan so buckle up your seatbelt (or tighten your walking boots) and get some inspiration for your next adventure…
Why go now? Enjoy the quieter months in Edinburgh before the city becomes crowded with festival goers. Renowned as the ‘windy city’… it will be cold but… but this is a good excuse to sample the city’s coffee shops and independent boutiques while exploring.
Stay at Wallace’s Art House in Edinburgh’s up-and-coming dockside, a world of casual minimalism, modern art, jazz and humour – brainchild of a fashion designer host.
We’ve just spent a glorious weekend in Edinburgh staying at Wallace’s Art House – a great base for exploring the city.
Kate Soar, Membership Team
Why go now? Somerset will be waking up for spring, the perfect time to spend the weekend meandering through the countryside on foot or bike.
Don’t miss The Strawberry Line path for walkers and cyclists which runs through beautiful apple orchards in blossom around April/May; the aroma of the orchards and a bit of sunshine really show off the sheer beauty of the Somerset countryside.
Eat at The Royal Oak Inn, a marvellous pub with fabulous food, perfect for a post-ride pint and lunch; there’s a warren of rooms and even a record player at the back with vinyl to play.
I’ll be heading out to bike the Quantock Hills and Exmoor. Every ride is followed by (at least) a pint and lunch.
Gwen Vonthron, Sawday’s Pubs
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Why go now? Because it’s Paris, but also spring is a quieter time of year to visit the city. Parisians are gearing up for tourist season, temperatures are milder and the city comes into bloom – the perfect time to pace the pretty streets.
Don’t miss The classic Parisian architecture found all over the city. Budding photographers may want to slip off the well-trodden tourist tracks of the Champs-Élysées to discover the city’s most extraordinary buildings – the capital’s most beautiful mosque is tucked away just behind the Jardin des Plantes.
Stay at Botanical Garden, a cosy retreat after a long day taking in the sights. Owner Catherine knows all the places to go, from restaurants and delis to Notre Dame and the Jardin des Plantes, just two minutes away.
“I’m planning a long weekend in Paris; we intend to dine on local delicacies, stroll along the Champs-Élysées and explore the streets photographing classic Parisian architecture.”
Sarah Nutall, Sawday’s Pubs
Why go now? During Easter the more commercial side of Milan shuts down, offering visitors a unique atmosphere while strolling the city streets.
Don’t miss A day trip to the Superga church. Although a 1.5-hour drive, the church has a breathtaking view over Turin, the Po river and the Western Alps.
Stay at Pied à Terre and live like a Milanese, aperitivo in hand, gazing over the city from your rooftop terrace. It’s a 20-minute walk to the big sights such as the Duomo and owner Gillian is on hand for advice and tips on where to eat.
I’ll be spending Easter in Milan, enjoying lunch with family on Sunday, while Easter Monday traditionally involves a picnic followed by a walk in the mountains.
Vanessa Zerilli, Italy Membership Team
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