Well it appears spring has finally come upon us and if last week was anything to go by, then it looks like there may be a silver lining to the harsh winter we have had, as it looks like summer may come early judging by the beautiful sunny few days we have been experiencing. It is often when the sun comes out and the air gets a nice spring and summer feel, that one feels the need to get out and about and take in the many scenic delights of the surrounding countryside away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is also the time when we often stop to notice the many undiscovered delights just within our reach in the surrounding areas just outside of Cork City and our Cork Hotel.

If the last few spring days may have had one thinking about heading to the nearest beach or scenic coastal region and taking advantage of the uncharacteristically fine days with a lunchtime break and drive out the city then why not consider the many scenic locations with their own attractions and restaurants close at hand to Cork City. And located just a short drive from the city Cork Harbour, its surrounds and the Fota Island hotel in Cork which in particular comes with a lot of outdoor and indoor scenic and gourmet attractions for visitors needing a temporary reprieve from the city.

After a day touring the many scenic sights of Cork harbour and scenic east cork one can sure work up an appetite. Luckily along with stunning scenery and a variety of diverse attractions and activities that the city and county also has some of the best Cork restaurants and eating establishments in the country. Amongst the many places to note for a great dining experience is our own set of restaurants, Fota Restaurant for the very best in luxury fine dining complimented by the more casual surrounding so the Amber Lounge where visitors can indulge in some scrumptious lunchtime snacks or our ever popular Afternoon Tea. The Spike Bar located in the clubhouse of our luxury golf resort and host venue of the 2014 Irish Open provides hearty Sunday lunches and traditional family dinners.

So if the brighter and sunnier days of spring has you wishing to make a trip out of the city surrounds then the scenic settings and many attractions of Fota Island Hotel in Cork and the teatime and lunchtime treats within our luxury golf hotel give ample opportunity to take advantage of the weather and prepare for the approaching late spring and summer season.