By Natasha Bongiorno
2021 is flying by and, after the multitude of lockdowns, it’s well and truly time to get excited about things that are happing in our own backyard again.
I’ve compiled a few of the best events and activities that you can enjoy this winter all around Victoria.
Explore the Yarra Valley – Staycation at The Sebel Melbourne Ringwood
I love getting away to the Yarra Valley to explore the wineries with friends and family. I do however find securing accommodation in the area difficult and who wants to be a designated driver home after a day in the Valley – not me! Which is why the idea of a staycation at the new premium hotel, The Sebel Melbourne Ringwood is so great. Located at the gateway to the Yarra Valley, the hotel is full of premium rooms and apartments each containing Biology Skincare products, De’longhi espresso machines and Australian made Luxury pillow top beds by Sleepmaker.
My favourite wineries in that region would have to be Chandon, Rochford Wines and De Bortoli each offering incredible views and the most amazing food and wines. The hotel can also arrange transfers to and from the hotel, making a day in the Yarra Valley super easy and enjoyable.
Book your night here.
Bougee date night at Village Cinemas Gold Class
We’ve all spent way too much time on the couch with Netflix and Stan the last 12 months. It’s time for an old school date with your partner or girls night out at the cinema for a thrill that can’t be replicated at home. Plus how good is the smell of fresh cinema popcorn.
My closest cinema is Village Cinemas Jam Factory, and I love nothing more than treating myself to Gold Class with the reclining seats and fancy menu. The beetroot quinoa burger is delish, too. Highly recommend.
Head here to see what’s playing.
Make like a kid again at Jurassic World by Brickman
So, while LEGO isn’t exactly my go-to, I know a few youthful family members who are obsessed, Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught from TV Show LegoMasters (we watch this when we’re feeling like we need wholesome vibes) has unveiled an epic, world-first exhibition at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). You can take your kids/nieces/nephews to this immersive exhibition which is the largest LEGO experience in Australian history. It’s fun for adults too… taking your mind off adult problems for the session and making some LEGO – have I convinced you yet?
Book your session now, here.
Sunset rooftop sips at Public House
Before a footy game in my family, it’s tradition to head for a quick snack and a drink at Richmond’s Public House, which recently had an epic makeover.
What it now offers is the most amazing sunset views from two rooftop levels. Highly recommend checking this out with your friends for a night out, with each of the four levels serving up a slightly different scene. Seriously, check out these views!