Hotel to Heart: Castle Bloemendal in Vaals

Last week I blogged about the exiting weekend trip to Limburg in the south of the Netherlands. Today, I would like to share more about that little escape that left me so rejuvenated. What makes or breaks a perfect getaway is in my opinion the hotel. And boy, we stayed in a hidden gem! The Kasteel Bloemendal, also known as the Hotel Van der Valk Vaals, is a gorgeous castle set in a green haven of tranquility. Driving up towards the hotel instantly makes you feel like nobility. An impressive white … [Read more...]

Autumnal Weekend Escape to Limburg

Sometimes you don't have to travel far to have a rejuvenating weekend full of new discoveries. It had been over 20 years since my last visit to the most southern spot of the Netherlands; Vaals. Although it is only a three hour drive from my home, somehow I just never felt compelled to travel to one of the most beautiful provinces of my own country, Limburg. My loss, because it really is gorgeous! But after last week's autumnal weekend escape I have made a vow to do it more often. A weekend in … [Read more...]

Weekendtip: Blossom tour

Each year in spring I plan a walking or bike tour to enjoy the blossoming trees. Last year I blogged about the walking tour I created myself of 10 km, starting at Estate Landgoed Marienwaerdt in Beesd. But there are so many tours and areas in the Netherlands. The Betuwe is extensive, and the perfect area with all the fruit orchards. In our most southern province Limburg you can also walk or cycle a route with mostly tall fruit trees. And best is to tour in Belgium in the area of Hasselt which is … [Read more...]