With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there’s no time like the present to start planning a surprise to your significant other. To help you get started, we’ve listed five ways to spend the special day on the Treasure Trail – from romantic dinners in the vines to a Galentine’s Day roadtrip and new date ideas for both Valentine’s Day and beyond.
Start the weekend celebrating the special women or men in your life with a celebratory Galentine’s Day lunch or dinner at one of the wineries of the region, Contentious Character, Norton Road Wines and Lark Hill, which are all offering special menus across the weekend accompanied by plenty of bubbles to go around.
If you’re keen to make a day out of it, round up your gal pals and take the Wineries Exploration: Half Day Drive, which will take you through all three wineries, finishing up in Bungendore for a bit of retail therapy – but remember to book in advance.
Wine & Dine
There are plenty of options when it comes to sharing a special lunch or dinner with your loved one over the Valentine’s Day weekend, all just a 30 mins drive from Canberrra in beautiful Bungendore.
Surprise your special someone with a romantic lunch à la Chef Christophe Gregoire of Le Tres Bon. Their special menu is complete with full five courses of exquisite French cuisine with a champagne cocktail on arrival.
Alternatively, take in the beautiful views and live acoustic music overlooking the vines at Norton Road Wines’ Valentine’s Day lunch. The menu boasts three courses, each true to Biggies BBQ’s style of traditional Texas and Southern style cooking, as well as a glass of Canberra district sparkling wine or craft beer on arrival.
Or, if a romantic dinner setting is what you’re after, it doesn’t get much better than dining in the vines at Contentious Character or D&K Kitchen at Lark Hill.
Contentious Character’s Love in the Vines Valentine’s Day Dinner features white linen tablecloths, candles, live music by the renowned Alex Rapauch and the restaurant’s new Summer Tasting Menu. You also have the choice to select a pre-paid menu and add bubbles and oysters or a wine tasting to make your night extra special.
D&K Kitchen at Lark Hill are also offering a 5 course set menu with matching wines in the gorgeous setting of their elegant restaurant set above the grapevines of Lark Hill Winery. Why not book a seated wine tasting at the winery next door to really take your time to enjoy the wines on offer?
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A special stay in the countryside
For those with more time to spare, take the time to go on a special country getaway across the Treasure Trail, staying the night at one of the region’s heritage-inspired boutique hotels or colonial homesteads, such as Bedervale or Mona Farm, or camp out under a clear sky surrounded by beautiful bushland. Or, treat your Valentine to a cosy, private stay at one of the tiny houses in the area, such as the Saddle Camp’s Tiny Houses in Braidwood. For more ideas on where to stay, check out our accommodation pages.
High tea & a show
If entertainment is what you’re after, indulge your senses with a Turkish high tea in the beautiful surrounds of The Queanbeyan Hive whilst listening to the most beautiful songs of love, including Love Hurts (Everly Brothers), Desert Rose (Sting), Operatic arias, world music and sensual belly dancing, at the Hive’s Heart Music event in the afternoon of the 14th Feb.
Try something new
Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to think outside the box and try something new and fun together. Why not try the popular Holy Trinity Cheesemaking, Cooking & Pairing class at Contentious Character on the 13th Feb, where you can learn how to make your own mozzarella and ricotta hands-on, while enjoying a tasting plate of camembert, blue vein and havarti with a range of wines to match. The class also includes a lunch and something sweet to finish.
If you can’t make Contentious Character’s class on the 13th, fear not, as there are plenty of other cooking classes and events on offer throughout the year. For instance, the next Le Tres Bon cooking class and long table lunch will take place the following weekend, on the 20th of February. After all, you can still treat the important people in your life to something special, whether it’s Valentine’s Day or not.
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