Starting in beautiful Bright on 24 November riders will take in the very best of Victoria's high country experiencing a taste of the Mountains, then the Murray region. From Bright riders winded their way through Beechworth, Tallangatta and up to Rutherglen for their rest day.
La Maison was lucky to host the stay of Marasol & Brett (and pit crew member Sonya) for 2 nights before seeing them off at 6.30am for the next stage to Yarrawonga Via Mulwala (NSW).
Their journey will conclude on 2 December in Benalla.The 2019 GVBR routing has been announced, and its a beauty! Robe (SA) to Torquay.Full details can be seen at bicyclenetwork.com.au
Rutherglen and NSW neighbour Corowa have an amazingly beautiful show of roses this year. My own garden here at the B&B is about to have a second flush but enjoy the pic here taken in Corowa this week.
Jelly enjoyed her Melbourne Cup weekend with the chihuahuas at the B&B. She is a most delightful nature and was very well behaved, the model fur-guest.
With plenty of events on the go over the weekend in and around Rutherglen the B&B is fully booked.
Before guest arrivals though getting the place Cup worthy is the ticket to a great few days.
The garden at the B&B is brimming with roses and the fridge is stocked with lovely ingredients for those leisurely breakfasts and welcome drinks.
so excited to learn, whilst I’m overseas holidaying, that my fig jam was awarded 1st prize at the Rutherglen Agricultural Show over the weekend!
The fig jam is for guest enjoyment so make your booking now to avoid missing out!
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Just a short drive south of Rutherglen is some beautiful walking and hiking. If driving up from Melbourne for your stay maybe drop into Warby Ovens NP to enjoy a hike before late afternoon arrival at the B&B.
Headed out for a few hours walk in the Mt Pilot NP in gorgeous Rutherglen sunshine today and was rewarded with some early wattle burst. Against the winter blue sky it was a treat!
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!
Your host Kellie-Anne