What To Do During a Weekend in McGregor.
Picture whitewashed, thatched cottages, quiet, dusty streets, wine estates, mountains, locals greeting each other as they pass by, ringing church bells signifying the time - and you've already got a good sense of daily life in McGregor. Roughly two hours from Cape Town and just 20km outside of Robertson off Route 62. This little village with it's Karoo landscapes perfectly embodies what it means to escape the crowds and city life, allowing you to truly unwind as you ease into the town's relaxed pace.
Where To Stay
Originally built in the 1860s, this historic house is the perfect spot if you're looking for a small family or couples getaway. It's within walking distance of all shops and restaurants, situated on a massive 4500sqm plot in the heart of the village.
The house is purposely not equipped with distractions such as TV or stereo, but with the spacious patio, large braai area, huge garden, cosy indoor fireplace and small lei water dam for swimming, I guarantee you won't even miss technology.
The main bedroom sleeps two and the second bedroom has a single bed and pull-out mattress. There’s one spacious bathroom with a bath and shower and the fully equipped kitchen will have you itching to create a gorgeous meal with locally produced goods from the deli. Pets are allowed on request and should you choose, daily housekeeping.
Where To Eat
A country-style pub with winter fires and summer gardens. A great place for pizza, with an ever-changing menu otherwise.
Find them here:
on Voortrekker Road
tel. 082 786 4888
A combination of a family's love of beer, tasty homemade food and the gathering of people to share their stories. Jimmy's started as a passion project by mom-daughter duo, Debbie and Pixie, and is now one of the liveliest evening spots in town.
The two-option menu changes daily, ranging from burgers and pizzas to various kinds of pasta and curries, always including a vegetarian option. On the evening of our visit, the options were Butter Chicken or Vegan Korma and we loved both! Think hearty homemade food, cold beer and daily cocktail specials, served by laughing strangers who quickly feel like old friends.
Find them here:
46 Voortrekker Street, McGregor, Western Cape
A trendy spot with delicious coffee and cakes, open from breakfast to dinner. Bookings are essential though.
We popped by for breakfast, a delicious build-your-own-plate style with simple classics done perfectly, served with their iconic freshly baked sourdough bread.
Find them here:
51 Voortrekker Street
What To Do
There’s plenty to do for the whole family with events, attractions and outdoor activities all set in stunningly beautiful scenery on the famous Route 62, the longest wine route in the world. However, the locals might recommend just enjoying the quiet - it’s why they love it. Essentially, if it’s relaxation, nature, good living, food and wine you are after, McGregor is the perfect place to spend a weekend.
There are a few little shops to browse through on your meander about town. Marlen’s the sweetest collectibles store, selling secondhand books and various thrifted homeware pieces. How Bazaar, situated just down the road, offers light lunches, coffee, and cake, plus there’s a shop to browse for gifts.
Be sure to pop in at Made in McGregor and stock up on locally-produced essentials to create something incredible back at your weekend home. This little deli has become a store of convenience from which the people of McGregor and surrounds can both buy most of their daily needs and sell their creative products.
Expect healthy takeaway meals, superior produce from cheese, vegan-cheeses, free-range healthy meats, grass-fed dairy products, local raw honey, ethically grown produce from their gardens, and beautiful locally produced self-created goods..from cushions, bags, artwork, plants, and books.
As mentioned, the Route 62 wine route is the longest in the world, so naturally, we had to sample some of the wines from the surrounding boutique farms.
My favourites include:
Pop by the McGregor Tourism Bureau which can be found on Voortrekker Street, just across from the Dutch Reformed Church and grab one of their maps containing useful local information about the wine route, good places to eat and much more!
For more information about the town and some additional things to do or places to visit, head on over to McGregor Tourism.
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