The Murray to Mountains Rail Trail is a great way to see Rutherglen’s wineries, producers and countryside on a leisurely flat ride. If staying for a few days in Rutherglen as a base this is perfect to access the many sections of the trail and explore the region further. Today I completed another section of the M2M with a group of buddies. We parked our vehicles at Gapsted Winery & enjoyed a caffe in the winter sunshine before a leisurely ride to the eastern end Myrtleford (Happy Valley) for lunch at Lupo’s Kiln Cafe (9.9kms). Following lunch, a short pedal further on brought us to the Happy Valley Hotel in Ovens (1.5kms), for a refreshing ale before an express cycle back to Gapsted. We started off at 1pm and returned at 4.30pm. A fab way to fill in the shorter winter daylight hours.
This foodie week at the B&B we’re not sure what we are? Little bit Sicilian with blood orange juice freshly squeezed, little bit Roman with a winter biscotti of white chocolate, apricot and almond, a little bit French with madeleines being prepared in the La Maison St Arnaud kitchen for the annual TdF dinner. And for good measure an experimental zucchini and lemon loaf cake!
Just 30 minutes drive from Rutherglen is Beechworth. Worthy of a stop on the way is The Woolshed Falls. For the more adventurous hike the Gorge from the falls carpark to Beechworth.
Amazing! Winter Warmer Spa package at Circa 1936 in Corowa. https://www.facebook.com/1075347125810896/posts/1950480034964263/
As a couple, we were indulged! Refreshing herbal tea with footbath to start then a relaxing full body massage! Finally, a relaxing glass of vino in front of the fireplace. So relaxing, and romantic.
wonderful addition to our walking / cycling paths are these water fountains for humans and fur-kids! Well done Indigo Shire!
Arrrhhhh me mateys, Dawn & Samantha thoroughly enjoyed their 3 night stay at La Maison over the Queens Birthday weekend a.k.a Winery Walkabout in Rutherglen.
A couple of months ago it was announced I was one of the fourteen diverse local enterprises selected to feature as representatives of the strength, breadth and diversity of Indigo Shire businesses. I have been featured with photographs and an interview on Facebook, the Indigo Shire website and in a range of Indigo Shire publications. Indigo Shire small businesses are not only a vital part of our economy, they provide the rich and unique fabric which helps define our region as the special place it has become for our residents and visitors alike. I couldn't agree more. Here is the link to the Shire interview if interested to learn more..
Bet that got your attention! Yes, several times through the year I go over to the Gapsted Big Shed Wine Sale and there are plenty of bargains to bag (or bottle). Visit the Gapsted Winery website for dates, then contact me and book a room or two for a couple of nights. Multiple night stays at La Maison earn guests a complimentary bottle of red or white wine. Can highly recommend lunch at Gapsted Winery too, excellent food, views and service.
The Buller family’s new Cellar Door at historic Cannobie Est. 1858, is owned and operated by third generation winemaker Andrew Buller. Cannobie Homestead is located within Rutherglen’s winemaking precinct just 2.5 km from the town centre. The rail trail will get you there by bike, and its an easy walk too when the weather is good.
The homestead and gardens allow visitors to relax and enjoy the rural vistas from the homestead’s sweeping veranda and majestic 100 year old shade trees, an open fire welcomes guests in the cooler months. My friend Alan and I enjoyed brilliant winter sunshine whilst enjoying a Rutherglen red, caramelised figs (by Wicked Virgin Olives) and a creamy blue cheese.
The new bike, walking path and landscaping around the Wine Bottle commenced on the 10th April 201 and wow what a difference it has made. I, like my many guests, have enjoyed the new path and cannot wait to see all the crepe myrtles in flower next summer.
With the cooler months now upon us is there nothing better than a big bowl of warming soup and crusty bread to replenish the soul! My friend Melissa and I enjoyed a big bowl of Laurel's cauliflower, pear and blue cheese soup a couple of weeks ago after a 12km walk in preparation for our Camino (Frances) in Spain in a few months time. It hit the spot!
This week I discovered a new area to enjoy my pre-Camino preparation walks. Convenient to a local cafe it makes for a wonderful pre or post lunch stroll. Ask me when you book in for the location, happy to map it for you, or join you!
When I had property settlement back in 2011 I planted two manzanilla olive trees to grace my front yard, provide shade from the hot western sun and provide organically grown olive fruit for my personal enjoyment. Little did I know at the time just how bountiful these two trees would be! This is my third harvest and what a joy it is to harvest, brine and eat my own produce.
Elise chose La Maison St Arnaud B&B for her wedding weekend with her bridesmaids, then her new husband Paul on their wedding night and the following night. Morning of the wedding there was a riot of a time getting ready with makeup artists, hair stylists, family and friends dropping in, and lots of food and wine. Catering was done onsite by La Maison and all went off beautifully!
Been awhile since I was serenaded but I liked it! Peter, just get that George Harrison 'All Things Must Pass' in your repertoire.
Ive said it before, we are truly blessed living in NE Victoria...spoilt too! With great pub bistros, restaurants and the wineries we have plenty of dining options. Today, and once again, I was totally satisfied with the offerings at Plough Inn, Tarrawingee. The new chef Eli is Nepalese and he turned out a great curry! We loved it...oh the love...so much love.....life sure is good!
With lots of love at La Maison St Arnaud, flowers are usually for all to enjoy!
Just one of the fab things to do whilst in Rutherglen is enjoy a long, leisurely lunch out. Today I dined with my lovely friend, so got the best of both worlds, a delicious companion and a delicious lunch, oh la la almost a French romp!
Jones Cafe restaurant offers my B&B guests the chance to relax and enjoy a guided cellar door tasting before enjoying a lunch a lovely French inspired lunch accompanied with their wines.
Your host Kellie-Anne