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Australian Walkabout Inn
Welcome to www.weloveourlife.com. This is our page dedicated to our experiences while staying at The Australian Walkabout Inn.
The Australian Walkabout Inn has new owners since we stayed there in 1999.
We have been told that the food is much better now, but we can't say
that from experience. Hopefully, we will be able to stay there again
and then we will update this page with our new experiences.
This is simply a bed and breakfast, not a large fancy inn. There are gardens outside for sitting and relaxing. There is a dining room in the main house where breakfast is served. We opted to have the innkeeper's wife deliver our breakfast to our suite the following morning.
The food was decidedly Australian. (Good, if you are a fan of Australian food.) We nibbled on ours and picked up bagels on the way home.
There is no bar or lounge area. We brought our own champagne for the hot tub.
The innkeepers are Richard Mason (a native Australian) and his American wife, Maggie. They are extremely friendly and talkative. They told us their most famous guest was F. Murray Abraham, who stayed at their inn while he was in the area (they will be happy to show you his picture). They told us he was fond of Honey Brown beer and they kept him well-lubricated during his stay. There are no phones in the rooms; they will be happy to help you make a reservation at any nearby restaurant and provide you with a local map. They also have local menus available to aid in choosing restaurants. They would have been happy to spend hours talking with us, but we were seeking peace and quiet, and retreated to our suite.
We went to Lancaster to visit a couple local wineries. These wineries are quiet, charming, and provide another picture of life in Lancaster County:
Twin Brook Winery - 5697 Strasburg Road, Gap, PA 17527, (717) 442-4915
Twin Brook Winery is a small winery housed in a beautiful barn. They are open every day of the week except in January through March when they are closed on Monday. We like Twin Brook wines because this winery is one of the few in Pennsylvania we feel makes a truly fine dry white wine. We are partial to their Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, and their red wines weren't bad either. We make a point of going out to Twin Brook (about 60 minutes west of Philadelphia) a couple times a year to pick up a case of wine. They will be happy to let you taste any bottle they have available (at no cost).
Lancaster County Winery - Rawlinsville Road, Willow Street, PA (717) 462-3555
Note that Willow Street is the name of a town 4 miles south of Lancaster (Rawlinsville is the road on which it is located). Call ahead for hours of business and directions. This winery is also housed in a barn. They will be happy to let you taste any bottle they have available (at no cost). Although we like white wines, we were partial to their reds, especially a red they kept refrigerated (believe it or not).
The Olde Greenfield Inn - 595 Greenfield Road, Lancaster, PA 717-393-0668
C'mon - this is Lancaster, a very religious area. You don't go here for the nightlife, although there are some bars with live music in downtown Lancaster. We were there to relax.
Lancaster is located an hour west of Philadelphia, and the weather is much the same (with a bit more snow in the winter). Summer is high season, and families with children tend to visit Dutch Wonderland. We prefer the spring and fall - a bit quieter and more scenic (and not as hot), but still very nice.
This is a religious area, so most places are closed on Sundays. Call ahead to verify stores, restaurants, etc. are open if you are visiting on a Sunday.