There’s a buzz in the air in the Mornington Peninsula, and it comes in the form of a contemporary cutting edge designer hotel, formal restaurant, smart bar, casual dining experience and cellar door. The name is Jackalope – and it’s the new home of Willow Creek Vineyard Wines. So what is a Jackalope? A Jackalope is a mythical North American folklore character – a rabbit with antlers – and this mythical symbol has been brought to life with a breathtaking sculpture by Emily Floyd, a Melbourne artist who is most famous for The Bird and the Worm on Eastlink. This seven-metre magnificent Jackalope sculpture proudly sits in the forecourt of the property. Extraordinary, contemporary and bold, the Jackalope property is indeed a unique environment from a design point of view. There is so much more to cover, but the focus of this postcard is Rare Hare - a casual environment, with a food offering that is generous, honest and great value.
When we tell you that Blane Paton from Paton Estate Agents in Balnarring is the epitome of your Peninsula farmer, it’s the truth. If seeking advice on what to look out for in this neck of the woods we value his opinion and experience greatly. If your thoughts move you to covet a beautiful rural property or beach house on the Peninsula, then speaking to Paton Estate Agents first could be your best move. After 50 summers, Paton Estate Agents have seen many changes from the time when orchards, dairy & sheep farms were numerous.
James Vercoe loves wine. He is also extremely knowledgeable about all things vinous. As Paringa Restaurant Manager, he’s always on hand to offer help and advice. Our wine list now includes a selection of imported drops, as well as current and back vintages from Paringa.
To be creative means to be in love with life and if this is the measure then Montalto is one of the most loved regional destinations. Founded in 2002 by the Mitchell Family, Montalto is centred around a beautiful building that blends with the landscape.
In the heart of rural Merricks, surrounded by towering Eucalypts and dappled light; a sumptuous space lies hidden amongst the vines of Tanglewood Estate. It was here 40 strangers met for a feast unlike any other. The inaugural 'Small Batch' Speakeasy event saw Husband and Wife team Brad and Roong Holtz, of Finesse Catering Group, partner with Mornington Peninsula Brewery, Main Ridge Olive Oil, Commonfolk Coffee and Tanglewood Wines to exhibit of some of the best the Pen has to offer.
Main Ridge Olive Oil Company was launched in February of 2017, when Tim and Michelle Jupp decided to make the most of an offer to take on the consignment of two olive oil farms that had olives ready for picking.
Did you know that our dolphins share their precious home with over 4 million people who live around Port Phillip and Western Port ? Did you know that there is a Mornington Peninsula based organisation that is a leading provider of research (major health studies of our bays’ dolphins), champions education (to value dolphins and reduce pollution flowing into our bays), and provides much needed leadership (working with governments for constructive and sustainable actions)?
Well for starters this is a place people come from near and afar to enjoy. You can eat in, take out or take home a delectable array of local fresh produce, local and imported deli or cellar items home.
Butterfly Retreats in Red Hill is a getaway experience for the whole family. Set on four acres of cleared grassland with mature European trees, fruit trees and an olive grove, there is something special to experience everywhere you wander throughout this picturesque property.
Wow is the three letter word that we believe would be spoken every time a guest steps out of their car and breathes in the view at Blue Range Estate. It is indeed unexpected, a delightful surprise, and breath-taking.
It’s winter on the Mornington Peninsula and there’s nothing better than finding a welcome escape from the wild weather. Step through the doors of Antipodes Bookshop & Gallery and feel the cosy calm wash over you.