Depending on which way you look at it, the good news is that winter is definitely on its way! Us Sunny - note the adjective - Coasters live in fear of winter - you know those freezing cold days when the temperatures hit 22 degrees Celsius and the wind factor drops it another notch or two, and we need to pull out faux fur coats, beanies and hip-length boots! Well, according to those in the know, we're well and truly going to be feeling the 'chill' any day soon.
So, to compensate for those really 'chilly' days, here's my list of restaurants WITH toasty fireplaces on the Sunshine Coast to help ease us into the 'pain' of any Arctic weather that might be on its way. For ease of reference, I've chosen to do them alphabetically.
Bohemian Bungalow Restaurant and Bar
Where: 69 Memorial Drive, Eumundi Call: (07) 5442-8679
Unconventional, a little different, a little Bohemian - Image: Elaine de Wet
Bohemian Bungalow or The Boho for short, was one of my all-time favourite restaurants to visit last year, with its funky, creative decor and stunningly vibrant colours. Not forgetting, of course, that I've always fancied myself to be a bit of a flower child and love everything Bohemian - a hippy of the relevant era!
The Bohemian Bungalow - unconventional, a little different, a little Bohemian - loves any excuse to bring regulars, locals and friends together for a fun night out and what better way to celebrate than in front of a floor-to-ceiling rustic stone fireplace. The warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you walk through the door and the unpretentious service will immediately ensure you feel right at home and ready to overindulge in the hearty food and beer on tap. You might be so comfy, you'll wish you'd come dressed in your fluffy slippers and onesie!
Cosy up to the rustic stone fireplace - Image: Elaine de Wet
Embassy XO at Sunshine Beach overlooks the spectacular surf beach and picturesque village, with soft lighting and exotic contemporary decor. Yes, Sunny Coasters, we can have it all - beach views and fireplaces!
Imagine sipping a cocktail in the lounge bar, enjoying the warmth of the fireplace, whilst still having sensational beach views - life doesn't get much better than that! The Embassy XO's menu is a fusion of modern Asian and Chinese fine dining, serving up a variety of unique dishes. Yum Cha is available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12noon until 2.00pm.
A new Bar Menu with $5 bar snacks is available from at Embassy XO from Wednesdays to Sundays from 3.00pm to 6.00pm, in the lounge bar - a perfect excuse to snuggle back, enjoy a wine (or two) in front of the mesmerising flames.
Flame Hill Vineyard Where: 249 Western Avenue, Montville
Call: (07) 5478-5920
Flame Hill Vineyard is nestled in the Blackall Range - Image: Elaine de Wet
Another one of my favourite go-to spots is Flame Hill Vineyard in Montville, but in saying this, I've never actually had a meal here - one definitely has to pre-book - but have managed a spot or two of wine-tasting and, of course, have attended their famous Annual Grape Stomp.
Flame Hill Vineyard, nestled into the Blackall Range, boasts wood-burner fireplaces, guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart, whilst enjoying the stunning views towards the ocean. Flame Hill Vineyard pride themselves on their own kitchen garden and offer a paddock-to-plate experience to diners with estate-grown wines to match.
A wood-burner fireplace in the 'tasting' lounge of Flame Hill Vineyard, adds to the allure and ambience of a wine-tasting session - perfect for those chilly days on the Sunshine Coast! And, yes the temperatures do drop slightly lower up in Montville than what we experience down on the Coast.
A wood-burner always adds a certain allure to wine-tasting - Image: Flame Hill Vineyard FB page
Flame Hill Vineyard is open seven days a week from 10.30am to 5.30pm for wine tastings and sales and the Restaurant is open from Thursday to Monday for a-la-carte lunch and casual alfresco terrace dining.
If you're anything like me and suffer from cenosillicaphobia - the fear of an empty wine glass - then make sure you bookmark Flame Hill Vineyard where wine, scenery, the setting and hospitality are all in perfect harmony.
Harry's on Buderim is an iconic venue in Harry's Lane, just off Lindsay Road, surreptitiously hidden away in the folds of a tranquil rain forest. Many of you might already be aware of it, as the boardwalk entrance to The Buderim Forest Waterfall Walk is located virtually alongside Harry's. The 120 year old homestead that houses Harry's on Buderim, inspires elegance of a by-gone era. The cosy fire room is perfect for intimate dining or functions of up to forty guests.
Harry's on Buderim's menu is modern Australian fusion, using locally-sourced quality products. Have a look at their delectable menus here.
A perfect venue for that intimate dinner - you won't want to leave with that inviting fireplace - or celebrating any special occasion. Harry's caters for weddings and receptions, providing a stunning backdrop for your ceremony and photos.
Montville Cafe Bar and Grill
Where: Main Street, Montville
Call: (07) 5478-5535
Look out for the Tudor-esque building in Montville - Image: Montville Cafe Bar and Grill FB page
Montville has to be one of the most-visited tourist destinations for anybody visiting the Sunshine Coast. With the cool mountain air, spectacular views and picturesque boutique shops lining the Main Street, it provides the perfect criteria when looking for a venue with a fireplace.
Montville Cafe Bar and Grill is positioned at the top end of Montville village and with its black and white Tudor-esque building, you would be forgiven if you thought you had travelled and woken up somewhere in Europe. Their menu is sure to appeal too for those cold winter days when we're all rugged up, and desperately looking for comfort food. You won't be able to pass up the King Henry Rack of Ribs or perhaps the Guinness Pie would do the weather justice - check out their Lunch and Dinner Menus here for more delectable offerings.
Snuggle up to the log-burning fireplace - Image: Montville Cafe Bar and Grill FB page
Wild Rocket at Misty's Micro Brewery is located in one of the most historic buildings in Montville. This landmark building has three levels which include a licensed bar, a stunning garden area, the winter quintessential open fire and seating for up to eighty people in one area. With its abundance of quirky nooks and crannies, Misty's certainly creates a unique setting that is classic 'Montville'.
Wild Rocket at Misty's Micro Brewery offers a unique location for intimate weddings and receptions - hire the whole venue, the garden or one floor for a smaller function. Another perk at Wild Rocket is the wheelchair access as well as the availability of a courtesy bus pick up - it is absolutely essential to pre-book the courtesy bus.
I can't for the life of me think of a better way to spend a cold winter's day than enjoying an open fire, whilst sipping an illustrious craft beer in one of Montville's most prominent landmarks.
Roll on winter, we have you in our sights and are totally prepared with six of the best venues on the Sunshine Coast, all boasting warm and toasty fireplaces.