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Published May 16th 2013
If your'e sick of the constant daily grind at home, work and anywhere else it's time to book a weekend away to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy a well earned break away from your usual routine. It's amazing what a night or two away can do your well being if you choose the right place.
With only a night or two spare you don't want to have to travel too far, so all the places mentioned below are all within an hour and a half of the Melbourne's CBD.
Photo courtesy of Box Retreat
Daylesford/ Hepburn Springs is a well known town for rest and relaxation and is referred to as the spa country. Daylesford and Hepburn Springs are filled with wonderful accommodation and great restaurants. Personally I like to stay in Hepburn Springs and make the most of the mineral springs and walking tracks. Along with the Hepburn Springs there are dozens of day spas in the area. Make sure you drop into the chocolate factory whilst you're there and if you love finding treasures then the Mill Markets are great. If you feel like visiting surrounding areas then Clunes, Creswick, Trentham and Kyneton are all well worth a look.
Dandenong Ranges The Dandenong Ranges is such a beautiful area, it's well known for romantic getaways which is not surprising, and even more so over winter with log fires and cosy cottages. Whilst looking I found a new B&B that looks fabulous called The Gallery B&B in Olinda. There are many accommodation choices in the Dandenongs so if you're looking for something in particular have a look at Experience The Dandenongs for a great range of accommodation.
Mornington Peninsula The Mornington Peninsula is an easy drive from the CBD and offers plenty to do. My favourites would be Red Hill, Flinders and Sorrento for a weekend away, but there is plenty of great accommodation to choose from all over the Peninsula. Activities include the Winter Wine Festival, bush walking, many fantastic restaurants, or just lazing by an open fire at the Portsea hotel.
Marysville Marysville is a beautiful little town at the foot hills of Lake Mountain, unfortunately it has still not recovered from the bush fires that burnt out most of the town, but it still has a lovely atmosphere and is a great place to stay if you want to explore Lake Mountain.
Warburton: After being to Warburton recently for day trip, I would love to go back for a weekend and explore the town and surrounding areas. It has such a relaxed feel to the town the weekend could slip away very quickly. Whilst there take a short drive to the top of Mt Donna Buang, we have been lucky enough to be there on a few occasions when it has been snowing, it's magical!