We have recently returned from a fabulous two-week holiday exploring everything Portugal has to offer, and are itching to share our fabulous memories! From experiencing the great hospitality and generosity of the Portuguese people, to eating the freshest seafood simply grilled on the open coals - we feel that we have truly been able to embrace Portuguese culture, life, and food.
Seeing the various villages of untouched beauty and tasting specialty dishes from all regions made us feel like we were stepping back in time, and Portugal's stunning ...
Discover the lesser known cellar doors we love
Taking a wine tour is one of the top things to do when visiting the Margaret River region. And while there are over 200 wineries and countless executive-level wine estates, there are also many boutique wineries around Margaret River.
To help in your search for a nice drop at smaller, more intimate cellar doors, we've put together this list of our favourite and best boutique wineries. Cheers and enjoy.
Set in the bushland, off the beaten track, is a charming little winery called Arimia. As you drive ...
Jazz By The Bay - hundreds of different events over 3 days - from 5pm Friday 1st June until 8pm Monday 4th June.
Go to jazzbythebay.com.au for the full programme and get in to the swing!!!
Head to the Bay for The Cool Sounds of Jazz
We would argue that the South West is the place to be on any weekend - what could be more ideal.
Nevertheless, once every year it exceeds even its own expectations and becomes the only place to be for jazz lovers everywhere, as the now famous annual Jazz by the Bay event swings round. It all begins on Friday 1st June ...
This is a fabulous event absolutely worth attending - no matter how far you have to travel! Artists open their studios to the public from 9th - 24th April 2016. It's a fantastic opportunity to meet local artists in their own studio or home, such as Leon Pericles (pictured). At the time of writing we still have accommodation available for most of the event duration.
Plan ahead to enjoy this gorgeous arrival platter, using Classic Concierge, a local business that we are happy to recommend. They use local ingredients including Yallingup Cheese Company, Yallingup Wood-Fired Bread, Gaby's Muesli, Margaret River Free Range Eggs. Previous guests have been extremely happy with the quality and quantity of the produce, and the exceptional service. Refer to their website - www.classicconcierge.com.au
Blue wrens, honeyeaters and black cockatoos - here's where to find them
Watching and listening to birds in their natural habitat is a relaxing way to re-connect with nature.
For visitors, birdwatching in Margaret River may not rank as highly as spotting a kangaroo but one thing's for sure, there's plenty of opportunity to view Australia's feathered fauna here.
Spotting the birds of the South West is a fun way to get out and about in the great outdoors. On a bird walk not only will you encounter the avifauna (galahs, wrens, cockatoos) you'll experience the beauti...
Delectable treats for your loved one(s)!
Valentine's Day is just round the corner, and the best gift is one made with love. A dinner, a box of home made truffles, or (for all the mums with little kids) - a sleep in would be amazing!
These truffles are wonderfully simple to make. The kids always help me with the scooping and rolling - I'm sure they devour half the mixture as they work!
We wish you, and your loved ones, a fantastic Valentines Day!
60 g butter
380g milk chocolate
100g salted peanuts, ...
Hiking is a great way to discover the Margaret River region
Photos by Jennifer Morton
The Margaret River region is a Mecca for nature lovers who enjoy spending a day (or more) in the Great Outdoors. When holidaying in Yallingup, you're spoiled for choice of walking trails that will allow you to discover the region's natural beauty.
From short bush walks to multi-day treks along the coast, walking the trails near Yallingup and Dunsborough is an activity for just about everyone. Here are a few of our favourites walk trails in and around Yallingup to inspire you to ...
It's usually the first question returning guests ask us, "are there any new restaurants... really amazing ones?"
Absolutely. 2017 has been good to us (we've been in a good paddock, so the saying goes) with six excellent new restaurants we'd happily recommend to you.
We have just finished this year's tours. We have met some wonderful people, and hope that they enjoyed their time with us as much as enjoyed showing them our Bella Tuscany.
During our time off, we have been able to explore different regions of Italy, including the rolling hills of Marche. The Olive all' Ascolana in the following blog are from this region.
And the Crostini with a Peperonata Salsa is to die for!
Follow these up with the Slow Braised Pork Ribs and Finnocchi Gratinata. Buonissimo!!
Crostini with a Peperonata Salsa
Serves 6 as a canapé