Amy and I love a race-cation, but we also love travelling for food, fun and adventure! Confession – in this case we did actually go for a race, but it would have been a great long weekend of adventuring nevertheless. Guernsey is small, small enough to run around and only a short flight or ferry away from the UK. Enough to gain a couple of degrees in warmth.
One of my favourite things about going to the Channel Islands is how much it feels like going back in time. It reminds me of visits to the seaside with my Gran in the 90s. Less digital malarkey, more chatting to people, interactions and the kindness of strangers.
We stayed at the Blue Horizon Hotel whilst in Guernsey, and brought the average age down quite substantially. We were perhaps not their normal hotel guests and Blue Horizon not our normal choice of hotel, but their incredible warmth and hospitality made our weekend. The Blue Horizon is perfectly situated for walking (or running) around Guernsey and you can see the sea from breakfast/dinner/the bar/some of the rooms. It very close to Sausmarez Manor which has a cute little market on a Saturday morning.
En route I had scoured TripAdvisor and similar sites for a good restaurant and we hit the jackpot. We walked to Buho, a snazzy little Mexican restaurant, which was packed to the rafters, they let us squeeze in at the last table next to the door and it was the best Tex Mex I’ve had in a very long time (photo above). A great atmosphere and a lovely way to start our weekend in Guernsey, surrounded by locals having a great time. Amy, they even had vegan options!
Saturday morning, we did what we always do and headed out to Parkrun, slightly underestimating the lack of public transport our hotel owner gave us a lift to the start. The whole team were friendly and warm, we made a friend in the cafe and got a lift back. We headed back to try and catch the end of the market at Sausmarez Manor, unfortunately the baked goods were almost all gone, but we stumbled into the lovely cafe and sat in the sun with scones and jam for the next few hours then wandered around the garden (photo below).
Sunday we spent adventuring Guernsey’s coastline which I can highly recommend whether you are walking, cycling or running. The history of the island is present everywhere and the flora and fauna lively too. If you haven’t read The Guernsey Potato Peel Pie Society, it’s a must read before your trip.
Finally, on Monday morning after the race, we got to experience Blue Horizon’s fabulous (award-winning) breakfast. Full English for him, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs for me, oodles of toast, the best Guernsey butter and a fruit and yoghurt breakfast dessert. For two hungry ultra runners, it was a dream!