Sitting on Route 62, is the small Western Cape town of Montagu.
It has a lot of charm, character and romance. It is quiet, yet awake. Subtle, yet bold. Surrounded by the Langeberg mountain ranges, the town sits in this little nest Mother Nature has lovingly protected over the years. Kept secret, almost.
Now, many young families are moving into this old town, as new developments are popping up all over, like Piet Se Pad.
Montagu is pretty with its historic and white-washed buildings and is clean (so clean and pristine!). Go for a coffee at one of the many spots dotted around town or visit the Saturday market for some friendly people are old school church bazaar-type handmade goods, like fudge.
It's nostalgia all the way, baby.
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Part of the Cape Country Routes is the 4-star, Art Deco Montagu Country Hotel. Its 32 hotel rooms are all uniquely decorated in a retro luxury style. Also expect truly exceptional breakfast, lunch and dinner with premium service. Have the scrambled eggs - so creamy!
The original hotel, built in 1875 was a popular overnight stop for travellers wanting to rest their weary horses between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town; the present day hotel transports you to a bygone era of elegance and space. The hotel is within easy reach of the Klein Karoo Winelands, three golf courses are just minutes away from the hotel, and there are various scenic walking/cycling routes.
Venture from here for wine tasting at Van Loveren, Springfield or Graham Beck or go lunching in Robertson.
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An exciting new attraction offered by the hotel is the American Dream Car Tour – it offers a special way of showcasing Montagu and the surrounding areas as you are able to be driven in style to a wine tasting or to the mountains for a sunset glass of bubbly.
The American Dream Cars 'fleet' has a 1956 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, 1964 Cadillac Sedan DeVille and a 1956 De Soto Fireflight Sportsman.
True class all the way. It's like going back in time, only this time, your time-machine is a Cadillac.
Other activities include hikes in the mountains, or morning strolls in the valley close to the springs.
(Aasvoelkrans hiking trail. PHOTO: Marisa Crous)
Do the Loverswalk, walk along the banks of the Keisie river and below Kanonkop, through to Joubertpark. This valley really makes you want to go to the Grand Canyon, as in the morning, the combo of mountains and the sun firmly projecting itself onto it, is dreamy.
From the town, to the hotel and the dream cars, this truly is a town where you feel like you've been transported back in time. And charm and romance are always in the mix.
The nostalgia is so good, it makes you smile because not only are you removed from the rat-race, and your everyday environment, but you feel a sense of wonderment. In a place like this, with such a unique character, you can't help but dream.
Dream a little dream of Montagu next time you're in the Western Cape, and I promise they'll all come true.
(ALL PHOTOS: Marisa Crous)
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