In her new Shepparton News online blog, Tourism Greater Shepparton president Cheryl Hammer gives her tips for a great weekend as we head into spring.By Cheryl Hammer
Here are my top 5 tips for a cosy, scrumptious, relaxing weekend.
1. There is still a chill in the air so why not stay indoors near a cosy fire? Take a short drive to the Tatura Hotel where you can sit by the open fire and enjoy a heart warming beverage, or dine in the renovated bistro which is a very popular meeting spot on weekends. (Tip: The beer garden is a great place to while away the hours in warmer weather.)
2. If it is a bone warming fire you are after, then head to Tallis Wines in Dookie for an afternoon of relaxation and breathtaking views of the Dookie region. Seating by the fire and glass walls to enhance the 360-degree views from the hill top mean you won't want to leave. Top it off with award winning wines, regional produce platters or lunches, hot drinks and sweet treats.
3. A trip to Murchison's Wagner Brothers Fine Food Store will not disappoint. It is recommended for breakfast and pretty good coffee. The interior is quirky and the shop's aim is to connect Victorian farmers and food producers with the community, so all round it is a feel good place to visit.
4. After all that food, consider a browse through Shepparton's award winning art museum, SAM, to both surprise and delight you with some of Australia's most significant collections. Thousands of people flocked to SAM to see Sam Jinks' Woman and Child sculpture, and since the art museum continues to arouse visitor's curiosity for art in all forms.
5. And lastly, but not least, change it up, rug up and take a stroll along the magnificent Goulburn River between Shepparton and Mooroopna. The Aboriginal walk, with informative signage, is known as The Flats and is a popular walking track with locals and visitors. End up at The Connection at Kidstown for all day breakfast, or another great cup of coffee.
Note: Cheryl Hammer is President of Tourism Greater Shepparton, a local tourism operator and journalist.
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