In this day and age, it's easy to forget the simple joys of someone else's company or exploring new surrounds. I visited a quieter side of Mornington Peninsula to put the technology away and found some great gems.
AirBnB: The Studio, Somers This cute AirBnB is pretty much a beach shack/studio turned into a basic living space. It was perfect for a tech-free weekend with a fully equipped kitchen for cooking (but no microwave) and no wi-fi.
To fit the studio feel and tech-free theme we also bought a candle making kit and made fragrant soy candles whilst relaxing on the outdoor deck.
Somers Beach Foreshore I'd personally never heard of Somers before this trip, which I deemed to be a good thing. I was hoping that meant the crowds that are so often at Mornington and Rye would not be present and I was luckily correct.
Somers is more of a residential area with one small general store and a five-minute walk to the foreshore beach. It's not a stunning beach, but the ocean is a vibrant blue, and you can bring your dog in the morning and evening.
Unfortunately, it was a little chilly and drizzly on the evening we took the dog, so we had to rush back to the AirBnB. I think it would be great in summer or a warmer weekend as the beach is so close and not crowded with people.
Dromana Drive-In: 133 Nepean Hwy, Dromana If you're up for a late night, Dromana drive-in delivers. We arrived for a 10.30pm session after driving to Mornington Peninsula straight after work and also cooking dinner.
It's a bit old school with a retro diner, so we got ourselves some popcorn and hot chocolates to keep us awake. The admission prices are $17 for adults and $15 for children - see more here.
The bonus is that they let you bring your dog as long as they remain in the car, so we didn't need to worry about leaving the dog at the unfamiliar AirBnB.
Woodman Estate: 136 Graydens Rd, Moorooduc
A relaxing weekend on the Peninsula is not complete without a massage. Well, to be honest, I've never had a massage until this trip, but I just always assumed it would be relaxing!
The massage was tailored to requests such as wanting to focus on certain areas and the level of pressure desired. I did find some parts quite forceful but gritted my teeth and thought it would be worth the feeling at the end.
By the end, we were floating out the door and wanting to go to sleep. We finished off with a glass of sparkling and also tried some lip balms created by Olieve and Olie, the local business that also makes the massage oils, and were quite impressed.
Commonfolk Coffee: 16 Progress St, Mornington
We visited a few cool cafes that weekend but I was impressed that a place such as Commonfolk Coffee existed on the Peninsula. We stopped by on the drive home and decided to give this warehouse venue a go.
At first, we were afraid there was no outdoor seating. The location is in the middle of an industrial area, similar to that of Cartel Coffee Roasters in Geelong, but even more so.
We had already eaten so wanted to drop by for the coffee. I felt that since they are known as a specialty coffee place that I should try the coffee set of an espresso, magic and batch brew. Although the coffee was strong and well-presented, the beans' flavour didn't quite wow me.
We also gave into sharing a meal on the menu as they just sounded so good. We chose the "Le Toast" - cinnamon and panela sugar French toast with rhubarb and macadamia crumble. Definitely a sharing dish and quite a delicious take on French toast and not overly sweet. See their full menu here.
There is also a funky vintage shop just across the road that seems to get a lot of traffic due to Commonfolk Coffee.
It was a great weekend where we tried to forget about our phones besides the occasional photos and look at Google Maps. In today's society, it is easy to get lost in our phones and to forget to appreciate the simple things.
Give it a try - find some things to do to keep you busy for a weekend and a suitable, laid-back place to stay at, and you're set!