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Autumn Weekend Breaks in Edinburgh

07 October 2014

The autumn season is often overlooked as we try to hold on to summer as long as we can before the madness of the festive season kicks off and the dark and cosy winter nights draw in.

Autumn can be a beautiful time of year particularly in cities well populated with trees and foliage bearing stunning rustic colours, as does Edinburgh.

In our latest blog, The Luxury Editor are offering an insight into some of the best autumn luxury experiences that can be enjoyed in our fair city - perfect for weekend breaks or for a day out in Edinburgh. What better way than to start with one of our favourite pass times - shopping. 

Shopping

Multrees Walk

As we move from flimsy t-shirts and exposed sandals to the more enveloping trends of soft winter wools there is no better place to find the latest designer looks than a stroll through Multrees Walk. With brands such as Michael Kors, Mulberry, Louis Vuitton, Kurt Geiger and if course Harvey Nics, to name but a few, you'll be inspired by the window displays and left in awe of the clothes rails.

Thistle Street

However, if supporting indy's and opting for a more bespoke look is your style then head to Thistle Street for a great range of unique labels. One of our personal favourites is the stylish and quirky Kakao by K. Katrina the Danish owner will always offer a warm welcome and when you try on the latest creations from Scandinavian designers you'd be forgiven if you think you're actually at home in your own private boutique!

Food and Drink

After a hard day hitting the shops a little revitalisation will be required. Here are our top food and drink must do's this season.

Afternoon Tea

To celebrate chocolate week (13th-19th Oct) One Square at The Sheraton Hotel have crafted an indulgent chocolate and orange themed afternoon tea special which showcases both sweet and savoury flavours. There are a choice of fine teas and infusions for all guests but the piece de resistance is the Chocolate Orange Martini (should you fancy an alcoholic tipple). The delectable beverage features Sloane's premium Dutch gin, Cointreau, crème de cacao blanc and garnished with an orange twist. Heavenly we know!!

This special afternoon tea is only available from 1st Oct - 30th Nov so do ink it into your autumn diary of indulgent must do's.

Why not treat yourself to this gourmet afternoon tea experience

Taste-Pairing Evenings

If you're not familiar with Innis & Gunn then please let me introduce you; they are an award winning craft brewer with a stunning Georgian town house accommodating their HQ in Edinburgh. Within this five storey building of period elegance I&G have cleverly transformed part of the expansive ground two floors into a unique event space, including a beautiful Georgian Drawing Room, Dining Room, Meeting Space and the aptly named Beer Kitchen which features their very own pub. They regularly play host to a variety of gatherings for suppliers, clients, employees and friends alike, offering beer tastings, hosted pairing sessions and even have a fantastic Chef, Russell Smith, on site to create superb private dining experiences.

After some successful tasting evenings after opening to the public last year they've now scheduled their autumn events which we whole heartedly recommend and there is a forthcoming exclusive opportunity to dine with the Chef where he will showcase a delicious four course menu made with the best of Scottish produce, including Innis & Gunn.

Further details for this event and others can be found on their website

Home Feast

Or if a cosy evening in is more your style (particularly after a hard day's shopping!) then why not visit some of the premium foodie retailers en route home and treat yourself to an Autumnal themed indoor picnic. Crombies of Edinburgh (located on Broughton Street) is renowned for their award winning sausages, using only high quality meat cuts as their sausage base and adding seasonal ingredients to create their delicious flavour. With over 40 different varieties to choose from plus their monthly special you really are spoilt for choice. Our personal favourites include Rum & Ale Pork, Whisky, Hog & Wild Thyme and The One O'Clock Banger.

Compliment your meat feast with the unique flavours of farmhouse cheeses by artisan cheese monger Iain Mellis. With three stores in Edinburgh you should be able to sniff them out and with a huge variety of English, Scottish, French, Spanish, Irish and Italian be sure to leave yourselves plenty of time to take in the entire experience. New to cheese? Never fear the well informed team will be able to help you choose the cheese to make your taste buds smile.

An evening of meat and cheese treats just wouldn't be complete without a warming glass of red to wash it all down with. One of our favourite wine specialists is Spirited Wines centrally located on Frederick Street. Friendly and highly knowledgeable staff will help guide you through the grape journey (if you need it!) as they have a vast selection of wines from around the world for all occasions and appellations.

The Scenic Route

And as we first mentioned Autumn can present some natural beauty in the simplicity of the rustic colours around us. Wrap up and take a stroll through Princes Street Gardens to just enjoy the simple luxuries of life. And if there is a slight chill in the air then head to Cannonball House (just below Edinburgh Castle Esplanade) for some Scottish history (look out for the actual cannonball in the wall) and a traditional Italian hot chocolate or strong caffeine kick from Contini Caffe.

Make sure you enjoy your autumnal weekend breaks in Edinburgh before Christmas besets you!!

Recommendations from Chrystal Webster from The Luxury Editor

This is Edinburgh: Luxury weekend breaks in Edinburgh, a perfect destination whatever the time of year.