Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mooching in McCrae

Mr Rosanna and I decided to rent an apartment for the Australia Day long weekend and we're sure glad we did.  We stayed at the newly opened McCrae Apartment Retreat in the McCrae hillside owned by some friends of ours - Mary and Michael.  Michael works in the building industry and Mary has a design background - the two bedroom self-contained apartment has been fully kitted out underneath the main 1970s beach house (which can also be rented out) with separate access.  It was fantastic to stay somewhere so modern and beautifully designed in a peaceful and quiet bushland setting, where the only things to be heard were the birds and the ocean.  The boys loved being able to kick the soccer ball out the front while we enjoyed eating outside on the deck and reading books in the afternoon sunshine looking out onto the ocean.

And while Mary recommended a number of places to go including Red Hill Epicurean (Italian), Merricks General Store (wine), Dee's Kitchen in Dromana for breakfast/middle eastern/vegetarian, Mornington Peninsula Chocolates and the Somers General Store, Mr R and I were pretty happy just to stay put in McCrae itself which has a village feel being based between some of the bigger peninsula suburbs like Dromana and Rosebud.

The beach itself is lovely - not too crowded and I loved the beautiful bathing boxes.  It was relaxing just watching the cargo ships sail by as well as children having sailing lessons in the bay.  McCrae has a gorgeous group of shops and cafes including The Pavilion - a more upmarket place for drinks and meals, the family-friendly McCrae General Pizzeria as well as The Lighthouse Cafe which serves fantastic Thai food.

We did take the boys to the Dromana Drive-In again, this time sitting outside in the smaller open air cinema with radio headsets to watch Big Hero 6 (take blankets and warm clothes if you go!).  On our last morning there, we also drove to Red Hill stopping in at the newly opened The Gorgelicious Store for coffee and toast - it's one of the latest places to go and quite the white bread, monied crowd - there were a number of European luxury vehicles parked out the front when we arrived although I think the funniest sight I saw on the way to the peninsula was a broken down Porsche on the side of the Peninsula Link freeway being attended to by a tow truck.

The boys' cousins were also down on the peninsula for the weekend so we caught up with them for lunch before walking to the not-so-secret but very private Portsea Recreational Reserve and Dog Park (which has its own cricket pitch and tennis court) off Blair Road overlooked by a community centre that holds yoga classes on weekend mornings.  A number of people were walking their dogs who came and stole the cricket ball a number of times from us.
I hope you had a wonderful Australia Day weekend and are getting back into the groove of the new year.

Nb. If you are interested in staying at the McCrae Apartment Retreat, contact Mary on 0413 900 100 or designergraphics@iprimus.com.au for more information - rates from $230 - $265 per night.

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