A perfect weekend in Sorrento

Photo: supplied

Photo: supplied

A relaxing weekend by the ocean: it may not seem like the ideal mini-break when the weather is colder, but oceanside destinations, such as Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula, are popular shoulder-season holiday spots.

And there are quite a few reasons Sorrento has become Melbourne’s winter getaway of choice. The Peninsula Hot Springs are a mere 15 minutes from Sorrento, offering visitors massages, spa treatments and a soak in the natural springs that will warm even the coldest of bodies on a winter’s day.

Likewise, some of Victoria’s best wineries with gourmet restaurants are just off the beaten track (or freeway) from Sorrento.

The township offers gorgeous views, including those from the Sorrento back beach, which are as beautiful in winter as they are in summer. Adding to the appeal, Sorrento has several winter activities for visitors who make the trip on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway. With day spas, historic walks and luxe shopping, Sorrento has something for friends on a fun trip, couples looking for a romantic break or families during school holidays.

Photo: supplied

Photo: supplied

Don’t miss: The Sorrento makers market is held on the first Saturday of the month during winter. It features homegrown, homemade food and crafts sure to warm the cockles of your heart. The market is held at Sorrento village (Ocean Beach Road). 10am – 3pm, June 2, July 7 and August 4.

Food: Sorrento visitors and locals are spoilt for gourmet choice when it comes to restaurants and cafes. One of the most popular is Fish Fetish on Ocean Beach Road. This shop not only has some of the tastiest fresh fish, calamari and other delicious fried treats, it also serves sweet potato chips. Open daily, 27 Ocean Beach Road.

Ice skating: First there was the ice-skating rink at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. Now there’s Sorrento’s smaller, but no less impressive, pop-up rink on the foreshore. The rink, on Point Nepean Road, is next to the water, meaning you can skate and take in the scenery. The rink will be open for the school holidays; June 23 – July 15.

Photo: Karon Photography

Photo: Karon Photography

Get there: By car, Sorrento is 90 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD. Or, put your car on the ferry from Queenscliff, which runs from 6am daily. Tickets are $120 return, including driver (extra for passengers).

Stay: Built on a clifftop overlooking Port Phillip Bay, Hotel Sorrento is historic and luxurious. It has several options for weekends away, including heritage or garden suites and hill apartments. Hotel Sorrento also boasts a restaurant with an open fire.

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