Taste the difference of a country brunch
Set off early for your romantic Kyneton getaway, located just over an hour from Melbourne’s CBD.
Meander along historic Piper Street and you are guaranteed a killer brekkie (and good coffee). Many brunch cafes feature ‘locally laid’ eggs on their menu, laid by very happy, truly free-range country chooks. You can really taste the difference!
PS. Monsieur Pierre open 7 days, The Town Roaster open on weekdays.
Treat yourself to a spot of retail therapy
With a relaxed brekkie and coffee under the belt, it’s time for a spot of retail therapy.
Kyneton is the shopping mecca of the Macedon Ranges, with the majority of retailers situated along Piper Street, followed by Mollison Street and some absolute gems tucked away on High Street.
You can easily spend hours wandering in and out of character-filled old buildings brimming with new and vintage clothing, millinery, homewares, art, antiques, plants and more.
Tip: Time your romantic getaway with the Kyneton Farmers’ Market, held on the second Saturday of the month.
Go on a romantic stroll or a wine tasting adventure
Once you’ve had your fill of shopping, check into your accommodation for the night. The afternoon can then be spent getting to know Kyneton on foot.
A leisurely stroll along the peaceful Campaspe River is a good place to start.
The residential streets leading to the river are also beautiful, with old bluestone buildings, rustic cottages and established gardens dotted along the way.
Alternatively, if bushwalking is more your cup of tea, head to Black Hill Reserve on the outskirts of Kyneton for a hike. The reserve is home to a variety of wildlife as well as fascinating granite boulder formations. The views are rather fabulous too. Pack a thermos for a hot cuppa along the way.
If the weather doesn’t permit for lazy strolls and bush walks, you can always head on a mini wine safari to nearby cellar doors. Check out Kyneton’s very own urban cellar door, Musk Lane Wines. Or pay a visit to the fantastic Kyneton Ridge Estate Cellar Door and Cafe (only a hop and a skip away from Black Hill Reserve).
Musk Lane Wines: Friday 3-10pm, Weekends 12-10pm, Monday 12-6pm (lunch, dinner and snacks).
Kyneton Ridge Estate: Weekends 11.30-5.30pm (lunch and snacks).
Please note: All cellar doors and restaurants currently require advance bookings. Hours of operation may differ.
G&Ts and a romantic dinner for two
Spend some time languishing in your B&B, then its time for a cheeky appertif.
If gin is your thing, a late arvo cocktail is in order. Kyneton is home to Animus Gin Distillery, Bar and Cocktail Lounge, famous for their small-batch, award-winning artisan gin distilled on the premises.
Or cosy up at The Royal George Hotel’s Botanik Bar for a gin or vino.
Feeling a little tipsy? Or just giddy with love? Then it’s time for some eye gazing across the table at one of our delectable restaurants for dinner.
There are many options all within walking distance of cosy B&B’s, so you don’t have to worry about driving or taxis.
Whatever tickles your fancy
You have two options today.
Stay put. Cook up a lazy breakfast with locally grown and laid provisions. And soak up the ambiance of your gorgeous accommodation.
Or… if you are up for more couple-y adventures, here’s some options to ‘choose your own adventure’.
Vintage Horse Carriage Ride
This is a super romantic, fun experience with the lovely Rose and her horse Patrick. Go on a one hour ride through the backcountry along the old Cobb & Co stagecoach route in a vintage horse-drawn carriage. Rose will even organise a romantic picnic on request. During winter there’s plenty of blankets to snuggle under too.
Horse Riding Adventure
If you prefer to get out into nature and enjoy horse riding, Silver Brumby Trails is a glorious way to spend an invigorating two hours recapturing the pioneering rural atmosphere of the 1800’s.