I am truly blessed with amazing guests at the B&B. Recent returning guests Jill & David took the time to post me a lovely letter outlining their ‘unforgettable stay’ and admiration of my achievements! They even enclosed a gorgeous photograph of my boys, the chihuahuas Chiche & Feliz. Thanks from the bottom of my appreciative heart, my cup runneth over.
You would have to wonder why after a big night before you find yourself once again at a winery, to recover no less. Well, the cafe food & live music is great!
New Years Eve was a fun affair at the Black & Gold All Saints Winery Ball. Lots of dancing!
What a wonderful group of fur-kids come to enjoy the B&B with their human parents in December & January.
And so, as certain as the sunrises in the east, Christmas is once again imminent.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks decorating the tree, drinking Andrew Buller Sparkling white, making shortbread, baking Christmas festive cake, drinking Andrew Buller Sparkling white....oops, said that (hic!).
Guests are enjoying the festive spirit at the B&B and some local sparkling to celebrate their Rutherglen visit.
Your host Kellie and her daughter road tested the new menu at Lake Moodemere Estate Vineyard. With full time chefs now in the kitchen at LMVE it is obviously paying off! The menu is in transition and new offerings chosen on the day did not disappoint. Well done LMVE, we will be back to dine again soon!
When the phone rings (or email pings) and it’s the VIP guests wishing to return I get mega excited! My mind races with new breakfast ideas, which new foodie places to recommend and activities, don’t get me started!
My most regular returning guests are Raia & Neil. Referring to them as guests isn’t quite apt any longer either, they’ve become firm friends as well.
Just prior my Camino in Spain they hiked The Kumano Kodo on the Kii Peninsula in Japan. They were a wonderful help when I was negotiating the mine field that is equipment to walk a 1000km pilgrimage!
Early December they visited and we hit the walking paths of Rutherglen. Weather was perfect, food amazing and the walking, glorious!
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!
visit my Buen Camino blog if you’re interested in learning more about my Camino.
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!
Your host Kellie-Anne