Not everyone loves summer. The approach of winter can be a great prompt for a tree-change holiday where you head up to the hills and explore local undisturbed bushland. Here are some things to look for in a motel for a cosy winter getaway.
Electric Blankets and Snuggly Heaters
While the frosty mornings and foggy landscapes can be romantic to look at, you'll enjoy not having an ice-cold bed as well! Look for motels with electric blankets in each bed and good heaters in the bedrooms. Fires in shared rooms and restaurants can add a charming ambience and are perfect places to snuggle in close for hot chocolate and red wine! In room spas can also be a great place to warm up and relax after a day of hiking or exploring local wineries.
Proximity to Nature
If you love hiking and the outdoors activities that winter is so great for, look for a motel that is nice and close to hiking trails that are good for winter hiking. In Australia you can often get more hiking done in winter due to the lower bushfire risk, but it's important to check the local fire service website before you head down as the winter is a popular time to do 'back burning' (preventive lighting of low fires due winter to reduce the ground level fuel load). Back burning can limit your access to certain trails.
Before you head off on any hikes, be sure to let the motel staff (like the staff at Burswood Lodge) where you are going and when you expect to get back so that they can let authorities know if you don't return as planned.
If you are heading up to a small town, having a knowledgeable owner who can advise on the best local restaurants and attractions can help turn a ordinary weekend away into a memorable trip you can tell all of your friends about. While in large cities a lot of information is online, smaller town are not always as good about keeping their websites updated so talking to locals is a great way to make sure you don't spend half a day driving to somewhere that shut three months ago.
Winter is a great time to explore the hills and tree lined walks, with smaller crowds. Make the most of the opportunity to explore the local environment and have a romantic tree change weekend with your sweetie.