Step 10: Celebrate in Gibsons
You don't really want to rush back to the 'Big Smoke' now do you? You've paid that inflated ferry fare — so get the maximum value out of it! Relax in the unique atmosphere of the Sunshine Coast. It's party time! This is why you run half marathons, isn't it?
A new local favourite is The 101 Brewhouse + Distillery in Upper Gibsons, a short walk from the Garden Hotel. Awesome made-right-there beverages and food. Be sure to try the Mahan Trail Blonde Ale. A great trail and a great beer.
OR, head down to Gibsons Landing and celebrate with fellow runners or even total strangers at Gibsons Tapworks, Gramma's Pub, or Molly's Reach (of Beachcombers fame). Take in the panoramic harbour view. Have a beer. See the real Persephone on display across the road. Have another beer.
Another great spot for post-race celebration is Persephone Brewing, a beer farm/craft brewery located near the top of the bypass on the way to the ferry from Upper Gibsons. Live music from 2-4pm, and the Farm to Feast food truck will be open.
Catch a later ferry when you're ready to head back to the big city (if ever). Here's the bus schedule. (You're NOT driving after all that beer. Hmmm, maybe book another night at the Cedars Inn — it's only $49!)