“Spring is in the air- everywhere I look around! Spring is in the air- every sight and every sound”.

I love this time of year! The evenings are getting longer. Flowers are in bloom. One cannot help but feel in a better mood these days as the world comes alive again. Here at Hotel Isaacs, we are super excited about the arrival of spring and have put together a list of the top five things that will help put a spring in your step.

A trip out to Fota Wildlife Park

A mere 17km drive from Hotel Isaacs (or an even easier 10 minute train journey) will bring you to Cork’s very own animal kingdom. Lions, tigers, monkeys, lizards, penguins and a whole host of animal friends are waiting to greet you. The perfect family day out or for those (no doubt) returning for a repeat visit, why not book a tailored guided tour of the park to see it from a different perspective with options to feed the penguins or see behind the scenes in the giraffe house!

Savour local specialities at the Blackrock Village Sunday Market

We love the English Market but if you need your market fix on a Sunday, why not take a refreshing Sunday morning riverside walk out to the local Blackrock Village market? Cheese, fruit, vegetables, fresh fish and best of all, delicious cakes- round the trip off with a coffee by the boat club overlooking Cork City Harbour or wander that little bit further for a spot of lunch at Blackrock Castle.

A spring time stroll in Fitzgerald’s Park

A pretty pond, countless benches to sit and while away an afternoon, endless green space, a sky garden and a new state-of-the-art playground: lovers, families, corporate contacts, teenagers, friends- who doesn’t delight in a spring evening in Fitzgerald’s Park? For those in search of a longer stroll, why not extend your walk to the nearby Lee Fields: a calming riverside walk and one of Cork City’s best kept secrets.

An orchard tour and tasting at Longueville House

Dating back to 1720 and set on an estate of 500 acres, this tour encompasses a little bit of history, a little bit of gardening and a walk and talk through the orchard and the estate’s process of making its very own cider and double-distilled apple brandy. Situated 38kms from our boutique city-centre hotel, this tour is well worth the detour north and works perfectly with a day tour to Blarney Castle and Gardens.

A sunrise/sunset encounter at the Lough

Who doesn’t love the feeling of waking up to springtime sunshine streaming through their curtains? Who doesn’t want to end their day with a relaxing walk around Cork’s wildfowl preserve? Admire the local fishermen’s endless patience whilst awaiting their catch, feed the ducks or simply sit and watch the world go by. A personal form of heaven!

All of the above seem like too much effort? Look right on your door-step!

Take the lift downstairs and enjoy a refreshing glass of prosecco in our award-winning Greenes Restaurant overlooking Cork City’s only waterfall, or while away a spring evening in our courtyard sipping on one of Cask’s many cocktails. Sure to get you in the mood for spring if none of the above tickle your fancy!

About The Author

Colette is a hotel receptionist working at Hotel Isaacs Cork. Her favourite part of the job is meeting the many guests coming from all corners of the globe and sharing with them all the wonders that Cork City and County has to offer. One of her great passions is travelling and exploring new places especially museums, galleries and castles. "One of the things I feel very strongly about is how so many people in Ireland are completely unaware of some of the hidden treasures right on their door-steps. When people go abroad, they push themselves to see all the cultural delights on offer but too often, they have no idea how great what is right in front of them, readily available every day is. I came to Cork as a student in 2008 and I too limited myself and didn't push myself to explore. It took a friend to take me off and show me how truly amazing this city and county is and this is what I want to share with my guests and readers.

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