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The Jackalope in Mornington Peninsula

Ian and Linda Swain of Swain Destinations traveled to the Jackalope in the rolling hills of the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria to see if the hotel lived up to its mythical namesake. They were not disappointed.
 

Jackalope Vineyard | Photo Credit: Jackalope

Jackalope Vineyard | Photo Credit: Jackalope

Jackalope Hotel

Appropriately, a large sculpture of the part-hare, part-deer mythical creature greeted Linda and Ian when they arrived at the Jackalope Hotel. The property, set amid a lush vineyard and green hills, is where such a creature would thrive. The views from the pool and bar were breathtaking. Linda and Ian lingered there, enjoying bar service and watching the sunset. They headed back to their room where the views were just as remarkable. Be sure to book one of the rooms overlooking the vineyard or consider one their larger “Lair” suites.

 

Rare Hare | Photo Credit: Jackalope

Rare Hare | Photo Credit: Jackalope

 
There are are two outstanding restaurants to choose from; the Doot, Doot, Doot and the Rare Hare. The Doot, Doot, Doot, which means a herd of Jackalopes, offers a 5 course tasting menu featuring local produce and wines. The Rare Hare provides casual fare in a relaxed atmosphere. They chose Doot, Doot, Doot for their first night and sipped on some cocktails at the elaborately decked out bar.
 
 

Mornington Peninsula | Photo Credit: Visit Victoria

Mornington Peninsula | Photo Credit: Visit Victoria

Mornington Peninsula

The next morning, they left with their guide from Melbourne Private Tours to enjoy a Foodies Journey through the Mornington Peninsula. Starting at the Green Olive, they met with the chef/owners Greg and Sue who walked them around the property as they picked the ingredients for their lunch. And then it was back to the kitchen to find a bottle of wine from local labels the Old Apple Shed and Ten Minutes by Tractor. They rolled out dough and made some fantastic pizzas that were absolutely delicious. After, they hit the road for two more wine tastings and some dramatic views of Port Phillip Bay.

They concluded their stay at the Jackalope with a meal at the Rare Hare the following night. Large communal benches comprise the seating at the Rare Hare which makes conversation easy. They enjoyed their small, casual dishes and chatted with some new acquaintances. In the end, they were sad to bid farewell to their friendly Jackalope before they headed into town.

 

Jackalope | Photo Credit: Jackalope

Jackalope | Photo Credit: Jackalope

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