It’s coming and there’s no escaping it. Valentine’s Day – equally revered and feared. My memories of Valentine’s Day range from a sweet boy in primary school baking me heart shaped biscuits – to my husband and I sharing a last supper of sorts before our first baby arrived seven years ago – to toasting myself with a bottle of bubble because, well, we’ve all been single on Valentine’s Day, right? If you’re one who dreads this day, as I did in my early twenties, then you might want to look away now. Or just take your best buddy because these Valentine’s treats are pretty bloody special not to share with someone!
Regardless of your personality or how you like to impress you loved one, the Mornington Peninsula has something for everyone. Here’s our pick of six of the best.
JUST RELAX | Peninsula Hot Springs – Fingal
Enjoy one of the hot springs dining packages for the full relaxing, romantic experience. From breakfast to dinner, they have a package for any time of the day.
$52pp – $220pp | peninsulahotsprings.com | 03 59508777
ELEGANT | Woodman Estate – Moorooduc
Indulge yourselves in a 5 course degustation dinner at Woodman Estate. Includes Woodman Estate Sparkling, dinner, coffee, estate chocolates and romantic rose gift. *They also do a Valentine’s Day breakfast and high tea.
$139pp-$159pp | woodmanestate.com
PERFECT PICNIC | Platters On The Peninsula – Mount Eliza
Order the Valentine’s Sweet Box and whisk your lover to any of the stunning beaches on the peninsula to watch the sun set over the bay. A perfect setting and a boxed packed with cookies, meringues, marshmallows, strawberries, edible flowers and lots of other sweetness = good books!
$45 | peninsulaplatters.com
WINERY FINERY | Max’s at Red Hill Estate – Red Hill South
Spoil that special someone in your life at Max’s Valentine’s Day Dinner. Enjoy a three course dinner from their a la carte menu.
$90pp | For more information or bookings go to maxsrestaurant.com.au
ADVENTURE SEEKER | The Eagle at Arthurs Seat
Enjoy the tree top view over Port Phillip Bay while you take the scenic ride on the Eagle to the summit where you will experience live music + nibbles at the Summit Stations Café.
$48 per two adults | aseagle.com.au
ALL CLASS | Jackalope Hotels, Doot Doot Doot Restaurant – Merricks North
Here’s cheers to champagne on arrival before six sumptuous courses from Doot Doot Doot’s hatted kitchen.
Matched with wines $245pp, accompanied by cocktails $265pp or with non-alcoholic beverages $205pp – or you can always pop in for a cheeky cocktail at Flaggerdoot Cocktail Lounge at Jackalope Hotels before heading home.