Kick the winter blues by soaking up some of the blissful comforts on offer in and around Geelong and The Bellarine.
Comfortably cosy, wonderfully warming and sensationally snug. (Just don't call them 'winter warmers').
(Cheers to @bhaylock for the cover shot!)
Have a glass of warming red wine at Jack Rabbit Vineyard
Fill your glass and thanks winter for coming to Jack Rabbit Vineyard. Perfectly placed on the Bellarine Peninsula, Jack Rabbit offers unrivaled views across the bay to Geelong, the You Yangs and Melbourne. You can take in the magnificent hues as you sip on their award winning cool climate wines; Bronze medal winners for their 2017 Pinot Noir, Shiraz AND Cabernet Shiraz at the prestigious International Cool Climate Wine Show 2018. Accompany a bottle with a platter of fine cheeses, for maximum satisfaction.
Don some warming woolly apparel from National Wool Museum
The National Wool Museum is renowned for their diverse and captivating range of exhibitions but did you know they also stock very warm and extremely cosy apparel items, made from wool of course! The National Wool Museum Shop offers a high quality, broad range of woollen goods. Located just inside the doors of the Museum and open 7 days a week, enjoy browsing (and buying) some winter woollies; EMU slippers and boots, hats, booties, footwarmers, rugs, and socks (knitted on the Museum's very own Komet Sock Knitter).
A warming stay @ Lon Retreat & Spa
There is nothing quite like snuggling up under a duvet, opening up your favourite book and settling in for a winter’s day of relaxation. Lon Retreat & Spa definitely have that covered plus so much more. With seven luxury suites spread throughout the sandstone retreat, each room has been individually designed to ooze character, connect you to the surrounding environment and serve as your personal sanctuary. Not to mention the mineral spa and massage options waiting just downstairs.
A warm and gratifying gin from The Whiskery
Sip and savour a glass of The Bellarine’s very own distilled gin, Teddy and the Fox, at The Whiskery. Located within the Bellarine Distillery, this cellar door and café showcases (and pours) not only their own award winning gin (Gold in the Contemporary Gin Category 2 at the 2019 Australian Gin Awards) but also a wide selection of small batch gins, whiskies, local wines, beers and ciders. Converted from a farm shed, the Whiskery has been tastefully renovated to yield a warm and inviting space for you and your mates to sit, sip and escape the chill of Winter.
Recline in front of a warm open Fireplace @ Geelong Cellar Door
There is nothing quite like the ambiance and warmth of an open fireplace, add a couple of glasses of local vino and you have yourself the perfect winter pairing. Sink into a plush leather Chesterfield couch by a crackling open fire with a full-bodied cabernet. Priding themselves on showcasing premium cool climate wines produced in the Geelong region, Geelong Cellar Door provide the wine, the wisdom and the welcoming environment.
Award-winning reds, cosy clothes, luxe accommodation, award winning gin and crackling firesides; there is a lot to love about Geelong and the Bellarine in Winter.