with @ladydrewniak & @bykirstyirwin
With us both feeling a little stressed in the city, this Ballarat Wellbeing Weekend seemed like just the thing. But if you’re thinking detox, don’t be silly. Instead we were after some serious pampering.
The first thing we noticed about The Provincial Hotel was the room styling. Gorgeous! And take it from both of us, such comfortable beds.
At The Lost Ones, you can order cocktails, sit around the piano, play hoopla, among other games, or pat the resident cat. It’s a totally quirky venue that was perfect for a night out on the town.
Dinner was at Moon and Mountain where we opted for the ‘Feed Me’ menu. Half moon meant small serves. Full moon for large ones. We feasted on colourful, fresh ingredients, with interesting twists, like the DIY spring rolls. Oh, and be sure to order more cocktails.
The next day we hung around The Provincial Hotel and had breakfast at their renowned restaurant ‘Lola’. Then it was off to the Art Gallery of Ballarat. It’s the largest and oldest in regional Victoria and its handle is @artgalbal if you want to check it out.
Kittelty’s Cafe is part of the gallery. Here food is handmade daily from local produce, so each dish is like an artform in itself.
With our minds and bodies replenished, it was time to soothe the soul at the Ballarat Sanctuary Day Spa. Such a zen space, tucked into a tiny valley, with nature all around. So lush, green and serene we had to take a photo. Also a call out to the staff who just added to the whole experience.
Did someone say wine hour. I think we did. So it was off to Mitchell Harris Wines, where the grape is grown. What they do with it after that is certainly worthy of your tasting.
Next up was Underbar. We couldn’t believe that a place like this existed. If you’re a foodie, highly recommend sitting at the chef’s table for a progressive menu. Every single morsel is delicious.
First thing Sunday we were at Websters Market and Café. We’d been looking forward to going to Lake Wendouree where there is this amazing farmer’s market. But it’s only on certain weekends. So we’ll have to do that next time.
Think fine bone china, champagne flutes, scones, petite fours and finger sandwiches. With a high tea, served in these sumptuous surrounds, our sense of wellbeing was complete. In all, it was a weekend we could get used to. For sure, anyone could!