Here are our top picks for that perfect mini break that includes both the absolute essentials and some of those all-important hidden gems.
In fact, there is so much that we have had to split it into bite sized chunks for you. Over the next three instalments we are going to share our top picks for that perfect mini break. There is sure to be things that will become “that special find” that you can tell your friends about on your return.
In the first instalment of our ’48 hours on the Mornington Peninsula’ series we want to talk about one of our favorite topics….all things culinary.
The Mornington Peninsula has a flourishing wine, food and farmgate scene and an abundance of top notch restaurants. It doesn’t matter where you wander to on the Peninsula you are bound to find that perfect spot to enjoy your down-time whilst feeding your passion for culinary delights. Read on to discover the essentials as well as those hidden gems that will have you crowing about that perfect taste, sip or plate you has whilst on the Peninsula.
With multiple chefs hatted restaurants you can take your pick from; Montalto, Paringa Estate, RACV Cape Schanck, Laura at Pt Leo Estate, Rare Hare Wine and Food Store or Doot Doot Doot at Jackalope (pictured)
For a winery lunch try somewhere different like: Stumpy Gully Vineyard, Trofeo Estate, T’Gallant Winemakers, Blue Range Estate (pictured), Yabby Lake Vineyard... or for some southern style hospitality; Red Gum BBQ, or with a view of olives and vines; Green Olive at Red Hill
No time on the Mornington Peninsula would be completed without some of the exceptional wine, food and farmgate experiences.
From the amazing chocolate fondue strawberries at the famous Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, to the famous Vanilla Slice Café Sorrento, and the delicious and decadent Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie & Icecreamery (pictured) where you just can’t choose a favourite!
For wonderful wines: Stonier Wines, Foxeys Hangout Winery, Elan Vineyard, Main Ridge Estate, or Tucks (pictured).
For fabulous fresh produce: Benton Rise Farm, Hawkes Farmgate, Kings Market Garden, Torello Farm, Main Ridge Dairy, Ripe n Ready Cherry Farm or Red Hill Cherry Farm
For your protein fix: Hillock Downs, Woolumbi Farm or Peninsula Fresh Seafood
Jump on the Beer, Cider, Spirits Trail and visit breweries like; Red Hill Brewery, Mornington Peninsula Brewery, Hickinbotham of Dromana or new kids on the block St Andrews Beach Brewery (pictured).
Find a new favourites at Two Bays Brewing Co, Jetty Road Brewery, Smart Brothers Brewing, or Dainton (pictured). Then there are cider-makers like Harts Farm,or Mock Red Hill, and distilleries like Chiefs Son Distillery, Bass and Flinders Distillery, or Jimmy Rum
... or for another type of trail check out the 6.5km Red Hill Rail trail – suitable for walking, mountain biking, or even horse riding, dog friendly and coffee stops at both ends!
No matter what you love to do, with a list this rich you can plan several mini breaks and not do the same thing twice. Stay tuned for our next feature which will cover more great things to get up to when wandering the Peninsula.
We hope you will enjoy our three-part series on the things you can do on a Mornington Peninsula mini break and are inspired to give it a try. We would love to hear from you about your experiences. Use our hashtag #FindYourWayMorningtonPeninsula, or tag us on Facebook @MorningtonPeninsula or Instagram @OfficialMorningtonPeninsula
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and the third installment HERE>>>