1. Sit by the fire
Sit by the fire and savour a sip or two of a Pinot or Chardonnay at Main Ridge Estate. Their larder is open for lunch every weekend with a set lunch menu perfect to share that begins with a wine tasting of four delicious choices. Be tempted by the cheese boards showcasing a dream line up for cheese lovers to indulge. Spend some time sitting in front of the open fire or book a stable room outside and cosy up with friends, blankets and heaters while you enjoy a few brews and great food at St Andrews Beach Brewery (pictured), and it is kid friendly too!
2. Rustic charm
Hickinbotham of Dromana and Hix Brewery gives you a relaxed rustic ambiance in front of the open fire as you enjoy a pot or a paddle of their brews, or a glass of wine! The team source their produce from local farmers and neighbouring small businesses to help give customers the best quality food possible. By supporting local growers and artisan food producers, they are committed to reducing land miles while supporting local community. With rustic country vibes, fine local wines, exceptional craft beer on tap and the best Aussie-smoked, American-style barbecue this side of the equator- find Mornington Peninsula’s barbecue and beer Hall – Red Gum BBQ (pictured) this winter. Their signature hot sauces will keep you warm while you revel in their delicious menu shared with friends.
3. Cheeky cocktails and mulled gin
Jimmy Rum Distillery (pictured) has you sorted for winter warmth if you want to stop by to enjoy one of their 30+ cocktails and devour their new food menu. The cellar door is also open for free tastings. Limited places available per session, so best to reserve your tasting with their team. Perfect for winter sipping, turn up the thermostat and kick the cold out with a lightly spiced, aromatic and spirit-warming Mulled Gin at Bass and Flinders Distillery. The team can serve you up a cheeky cocktail too, or a gin paddle with their Distillery doors now open to welcome you back.
4. Ignite your passion for the arts
At Manyung Gallery Mt Eliza, Flinders or Sorrento find your way to contemporary and traditional works of art by established and emerging visual artists and sculptors who are sourced Australia-wide. As you meander their warm gallery spaces, fall in love with a painting, fine art print, sterling silver jewellery, mixed media sculpture or photography. It might be grey outside, but as you step into the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (pictured) your senses will be inspired – explore MPRG: FIFTY, a regionally significant exhibition formed by a kaleidoscope of colour with the greatest number of works from the collection ever on display together. The show inspires fresh connections and a new understanding and appreciation for the anniversary of the remarkable and evolving collection.
5. Relax and recharge
Relax and recharge at the Woodman Estate Spa. This beautiful space offers a full range of tailored massages and wellness treatments, as well as a delicious place to relish Farmer’s Produce Platters, High Teas, fine dining, a la carte and casual veranda spreads as you dine on the magic made by three clever chefs committed to sourcing fresh and seasonal produce direct from local growers. Book in for a luxury weekend stay (pictured) for a total pampering experience with a bestie, loved one or just for some well-deserved ‘me’ time, they will take care of you. Endota Spas are located across the peninsula at Mornington, Red Hill, Frankston and Moorooduc, and offer a range of relax and recharge treatments that will nourish mind, body and soul. Designed to rejuvenate, One Spa at Cape Schanck Resort, provides luxurious treatments that awaken, revive and promote balance within the body. In the comfortable and relaxing surrounds of RACV Cape Schanck Resort. What better way to spend a rainy afternoon than being pampered?
Winter looks a lot warmer on the Mornington Peninsula. Come explore the delicious flavours found amongst the local producers and recharge with a new appreciation of the winter landscape and experiences from the warmth of an open fireplace.
To make it easier to find your way to a Mornington Peninsula experience we have developed two new stamps:
As you start to plan for winter, the businesses that are welcoming visitors or offering takeaway will show these stamps on our website. Or you can click on the stamp to find out more
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Looking for what’s on, check out winter activities HERE