posted on 01 Jun 22 | by Explore Bendigo

Our Top Picks For Sitting Fireside This Winter...

Feeling the chill? With winter settling in early this year, we're seeking out the warmest places to hang out this winter. And is there anything better than a fireplace, a glass of red and a heart winter dish? Here's the inside scoop on our favourite places to cosy up to a fireplace in the cooler months. 

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Cosy Cellar Doors

If a glass of wine and a cosy fireplace is on your wish list, we've got you covered. We have a beautiful selection of wineries and cellar doors with wood and open fireplaces to sit down and enjoy a glass of local red. 

In the Bendigo region, venture out to Sutton Grange Winery to relax in front of the rustic open fireplace and enjoy a tasting and views over the lake. Head to Killiecrankie Wines for a boutique cellar door with an open fireplace, and a quirky arts space - inside and out for relaxing with a glass of wine. Step into the tasting room at Sandhurst Ridge with expansive views of the vineyard and native bushland beyond from their huge burgundy-framed windows, tasting bench and fireplace. 

Venture out a little further to the Heathcote wine region to Munari Wines for a rustic cellar door experience with a fireplace surrounded by cosy armchairs perfect winter days. Silver Spoon Estate's recently renovated off-grid cellar door includes a wood fireplace, cosy velvet armchairs and a winter warmers menu to match. And a little further north, the team at The Shiraz Republic have an awesome selection of wine, craft beer and pizzas on the menu, plus an indoor fireplace and outdoor fire barrels - the perfect combo!   

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Ultimate Pub Vibes

If you're looking for those family-friendly, cosy pub feels with added character, big open fireplaces and great local pub food, look no further. 

The Old Boundary Hotel is jam-packed with history, you only need to look at the walls to understand what we're talking about, plus it has some of the cosiest pub vibes in Bendigo.

The Rifle Brigade Hotel is set in the heart of Bendigo on View Street with picturesque views, modern charm and a great social atmosphere.

If you're looking for a change of scenery and a pub with awesome vibes and an open fireplace, check out the Bridgewater Hotel, sitting on the Loddon River.

One thing is for sure, all of these pubs will have you coming back for more.

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Gorgeous Wine Bars

Calling all wine lovers! Bendigo is home to two gorgeous wine bars with cosy fireplaces for a beautiful evening out.

New to the Bendigo wine scene, Hargreaves Bendigo is located on the bustling Hargreaves street, but offers a cosy refuge from which you can watch cosmopolitan Bendigo go by. The best part, you can enjoy the region's best vino in the comfort of your own booth or by the fireplace.

Operating from a heritage-listed bank building in the heart of Bendigo, the Wine Bank on View is home to an extensive range of local, regional, and Australian wines. Enjoy a tasting and food in their gorgeous heritage building by the inviting open fire.

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Dining Out

If you're chasing a fun night out with friends or looking for somewhere to go for a hot date, check out GPO. With cosy open fireplace, lounges and dining it's sure to be a hit! It's definitely a winner for us with its awesome share menu and cocktails.

If you're looking to treat yourself and a loved one this winter, be sure to place the award-wining restaurant, The Woodhouse, at the top of your list. Not only does is offer the cosiest open fireplace going around, it has incredible local and seasonal produce, wine, beer and spirits to choose from on the menu. 

There's a cosy fireplace for every occasion. 

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Snug Stays

What better way to finish the end of the day then snuggling up to a fire on a cold winter's night. Our favourites include...

Heart of Gold Vineyard to experience the charm of The Stables, an 1860’s historic sandstone cottage transformed with vaulted ceilings, huge open fireplace and French inspired décor. 

Home Flat House for a boutique rural retreat. This farm stay is located on a working cattle and merino property, guests are welcome to explore  surrounding paddocks or simply relax in this beautifully furnished house complete with a wood fireplace.