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The Hunter Valley has a great climate to thank for all the superb wine it produces, but that doesn’t mean the region never experiences the odd rainy day. If you wake up to grey skies during your stay at our family hotel Rutherford, there are plenty of fun and fascinating attractions to keep you entertained until the clouds clear. Here’s just a small selection of the rainy day activities close by.

Maitland Gaol

Situated not far from our Rutherford NSW accommodation, Maitland Gaol boasts a rich history spanning over 150 years. The building was once home to some of the country’s most infamous criminals, but has now opened its doors to the public. Visitors can venture along the dark, narrow corridors, peer into the cells and learn about the characters that were once locked up here and their daring attempts to escape to freedom. Take a self guided audio tour, explore by torchlight or, if you’re feeling really brave, settle in for a group overnight sleepover.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery

Even if you do not explore the exhibitions, it’s worth visiting the Maitland Regional Art Gallery to admire its awe-inspiring federation gothic architecture. Inside, you’ll find more than 2800 artworks, including paintings sculptures and photographs created by artists from all over the world. The gallery is within easy reach from our family hotel Rutherford. Don’t forget to check it out!

Australian Woodwork

Situated in Nulkaba, within easy reach of our Hunter Valley winery accommodation, this gallery is all about showing off the finest Australian-made wood products, all made using only native timbers. The family owned business sells gifts, sculptures and furniture, hand-crafted by master craftsmen and accredited by the Australian Made Campaign certification.

Book your stay at our family hotel Rutherford now and start planning your break today!