You know what I absolutely love about Mornington? I’ve been three times in the last year and a bit and I have never done the same thing!
This time? Well, it was a Hen’s weekend away for the Australia Day long weekend, yes another girls trip – amazing!
This time? I didn’t have to organise a thing and it was incredible! Shout out to Eliza for your hard work, god it was fun.
So we arrived on the Saturday for lunch in Red Hill. Red Hill is a small community on the Peninsula and is known for great bushland scenery and wineries. Our lunch destination wasn’t a winery, but it was better! A smokehouse. Red Gum BBQ was delicious and definitely for those who loved smoked meats, even the salads were amazing!
They do say a meat and a side would fill one person, but if you’re going for lunch and aren’t extremely hungry, a meat, fries and two salads will be plenty to share for two! Also, beware the loaded fries are amazing and massive in portion size! The service was great, which is always a bonus.
So where did 13 of us stay for the weekend? In an amazing beach modern house in Blairgowrie, it was seriously beautiful! If you’re looking to hire it, you will find it on Trip Advisor!
The host even left as a big packet of chips, some bread – which was handy one drunken night – tim tams (yes I nearly ate all of them on my own) and some coffee along with a few other goodies – how sweet!
The house had a huge deck, which was perfect for our amazing cocktail and grazing board party, which was actually a wake because yes we had a Hen’s funeral – mourning the loss of the maiden name, but celebrating the new surname and married life, which will be taken by the bride soon!
But where do you go out on the Peninsula? Well, there are a few places, but our first night’s destination was the Portsea Pub, which has just been renovated and is amazing, you can’t beat the view from the back of the venue!
Hot tip – vodka red bulls are only $10, same price as vodka, soda or whatever else, that is a bargain!
After a certain time, the DJ starts and it turns into a mini nightclub, so good! Definitely, recommend the Portsea Pub so any different reason. Whether it is going out for dinner, having a quiet drink or having 10 not so quiet drinks, it is a great place!
Our second day of adventures led us to St Andrews Beach Brewery, the stables of Lee Freedman. We had our own private stable, the one of Miss Andretti for cheese and drinks – even if the first two sips were average.
Shout out to Garry for driving us around for the day, it was a great way to get around with a large group!
Next destination Cup Estate Winery for a wine tasting. My favourites included Cups Cuvee and their sparkling Shiraz – and I don’t usually like red wine. Then it was onto the lawn for more cheese, meat, wine and a view of the beautiful vineyard and olive trees, their olives were amazing too!
Last stop for the day? Sorrento Hotel – again beautiful! A very old pub with great ocean views and a lot of different areas to drink and be merry!
For dinner, we had our own board room to enjoy the last few songs of the Triple J’s Hottest 100 and the duck special was amazing!
Again like the Portsea Pub, Sorrento Hotel has a DJ playing later in the night for those who want to kick on – but wait there is more! Downstairs they have a mini nightclub playing great music! That was definitely our find of the night.
Hot tip, when leaving the Sorrento Hotel, don’t try to ask the bouncers for a lift home in the courtesy, they won’t do it. But do start singing goodbye to everyone as they leave with this song, they will leave 100% happier and it was proven to stop fights.
Then it was home to make amazing discoveries, well mainly one. Fairy toast! With the bread left by our amazing our host and the fact, they also had 100’s and 1000’s in the cupboard so we made fairy toast, not bread – if you don’t know what fairy bread is, google it. What a way to end the night!
Before leaving the beautiful Blairgowrie, make sure you head to the water, it is so close to this house in both directions.
What an amazing weekend with amazing people – that is what road trips and weekends away are about!
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