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Travel

Staycation at Bellarine Estate

We enjoyed a stunning staycation (David & Samantha) at Bellarine Estate on the Bellarine Peninsula, including glamping with Coastal Glamp, Texas BBQ lunch at Bellarine Estate restaurant with stunning wines, cellar door wine and gin tasting with General Manager James Kenny, dinner and live concert, breakfast in the morning, and a special rum barrel tasting with Peter Kenny (Owner) and son Julian Kenny (Head Winemaker). 

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Henry Sugar Launches Henry Home

Henry Sugar has launched Henry Home and we were invited along to celebrate the new opening.
The community and culture that Rathdowne Street Wine Bar and Restaurant, Henry Sugar, has nurtured since it opened in 2016 has grown further with the addition of thoughtfully designed and detailed boutique accommodation above the restaurant, called Henry Home.

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Staycation at Eclectic The Motley Hotel in Richmond

The Motley Hotel in Richmond is a hotel that inspires with its artistic, eclectic and vibrant accommodation, rooftop bar Threads, and standout restaurant Ms Parker. First impressions count, and when you approach The Motley from Bridge Rd Richmond you are struck by the heritage terrace facade, and then the stunning lobby/foyer upon entry. We were invited for a staycation (David and Sam) at this impressive new Melbourne hotel. 

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Stunning transformation of iconic Rydges Melbourne

The transformation of landmark Melbourne hotel Rydges Melbourne is striking, featuring a full scale refit, local art, stylish design with warm and earthy tones, top notch facilities including a fitness studio and rooftop pool, stunning Bossley dining and bar, and large conference and event spaces. We were invited to enjoy a staycation at Rydges Melbourne and experience it's delights.

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Travel, Arts

Must-Visit Botanik and Kabinett in Kyneton

Botanik Kyneton is a luscious cocktail lounge and bottle shop that specialises in aromatised wines, vermouths, aperitivi and amari, almost all of which won’t be found at mainstream bottle shops.

This is a must-visit in stunning Kyneton, and a place which offers new experiences and adventure. Guests can expect the largest collection of aromatised wines in Victoria available for tasting, with a unique experience for lovers of these underrepresented wine varieties, and for those yet to be initiated.

We were invited to Botanik Kyneton, as well as connected Kabinett to experience this unique and exciting offering. Thanks to Botanik we also stayed in Kyneton Springs Motel and had a delicious dinner at Spaghetti Bar in Piper St (see my social posts).

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Food

Jin Bar Launch at Dorsett Melbourne

Fun night at launch of Jin Bar at the new Dorsett Hotel in West Side Place in the Melbourne CBD. Freshly shucked oysters at our table from Melbourne Oyster Butlers, Bass and Flinders gin cocktails (with Director/Head Distiller Holly on hand), and superb canapés.

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Stylish Pullman Melbourne & Blossom Bar staycation

Pullman Melbourne Swanston is the perfect place to stay in the Melbourne CBD, and has recently launched Blossom Bar, Melbourne's highest rooftop bar. Featuring Bottomless pizza parties and live music, as well as sweeping CBD views from Level 14, Blossom Bar at Pullman Melbourne has become a popular destination. We were invited for a staycation at Pullman Melbourne and to experience it's attractions.

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Lifestyle, Fashion, Things To Do

Best Melbourne Second Hand and Op Shops

Op-shops, or thrift stores, have become increasingly popular in Melbourne as a way to find unique and affordable clothing, furniture, and household items. These stores offer a wide variety of items at a fraction of the cost of retail stores, making them a great option for those looking to save money or add some unique pieces to their wardrobe or home. In this essay, we will take a look at some of the best op-shops in Melbourne.

Here are our Top Melbourne Second Hand Shops and Op Shops for range, price, ambience and "charitability".

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Lifestyle

LIV Munro by Moonlight Event - A New Way to Live in Melbourne

LIV Munro is a game-changing Build-to-Rent development by Mirvac Group, and is a totally new, secure and exciting way to live and rent in the Melbourne CBD adjacent to Queen Victoria Market (QVM). Early adopter renters are able to shape a new community at one of the most vibrant locations in Melbourne. Image credit cover: Bates Smart.

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