This morning we headed out of Beechworth to one of our favourite cafés, the excellently delicious (to mix adverbs with adjectives) Coffee Chakra in Myrtleford. It’s worth the 20-minute drive from Beechworth (through bucolic farmland) to sample their fare.
Vick and his team roast their own coffee and produce an abundance of high quality, interesting and exceptionally tasty food. The café has an Indian influence with fabulous curries & kedgeree but also has an eclectic selection of breakfast and lunch options. Our party devoured quinoa poached eggs and a baked berry crumble with vanilla yoghurt. Their golden turmeric latté is a winner, thanks to Vick’s Indian heritage and the pot brewed real chai (no sweet chai powder here) was passed around and tasted by all because it was so damn good. After a few blissful hours of conversation, it was on … Read More »
Beechworth has been a wine growing region for generations. It has dozens of small family vineyards and cellar doors hidden away in mineral-rich hills on the outskirts of Beechworth. It’s a region that makes small amounts of high quality, boutique wine.
Some of the vignerons have Cellar Doors but to visit it’s best to phone ahead to make an appointment. You’ll be talking with the grower & maker so it’s well worth planning in advance. And most of the families will welcome getting out of their vineyards and wineries to meet with you and talk about their passion.
We have a wine dinner every few months with friends, the perfect excuse to drink new and interesting wines. Last weekend our theme was recipes from the fabulous ‘Neighborhood’.
We loved the Pret-a-Blanc from Schmolzer & Brown, which is a blend … Read More »
Romantic Weekend Beechworth
Whether you’re a new couple, dating, been together for years, ‘in a relationship’, married, merged or mingled – every couple needs time to re-connect, escape the mundane and have some fun together. A weekend away at romantic accommodation can be just the tonic to spice things up, enjoy some time together and rediscover all the things you love about your partner.
Winter is on its way and one of the most romantic seasons for an escape. Invigorating cold days and clear blue skies and by night, open fires, leather couches, red wine and local cheese (or chocolate!)
You might like the great outdoors, exercising in nature or a chilly adventure….or maybe just some time on the couch with a book, a magazine, feet up and good conversation. Whatever couple you may be, Beechworth is a fabulous place to embrace both.
We’ve put … Read More »
Who doesn’t love a weekend away with someone they love? If you’re thinking Christmas and stuck for ideas, think of an 1860 Gift voucher and share the love. We can send vouchers through the post or the electronic kind, via email if you’re short on time and need something same day.
Vouchers are valid for 12 months and can only be purchased over the phone on 0408 273 783. The recipient can book their own dates direct with us at 1860.
Hope you have a lovely festive season.
Planning your spring short-break
If you’re like us, winter is starting to take its toll. We’re taking vitamin D drops, hitting the ski slopes to keep the endorphin levels up and anticipating the arrival of Spring. And of course, the arrival of daffodils is like a tonic for the soul as it means the days are getting longer and the winter solstice has been and gone.
Now is the time to plan for a Spring break to enjoy Beechworth and some of the great local happenings.
Beechworth Honey Lost Arts Series
Beechworth Honey runs fabulous classes for foodies, cooks and honey lovers called the Lost Arts Series. Artisans, producers and eclectic locals come together to present a series of classes and workshops on cooking, craft and other lost arts.
Starting September 2nd at The Hive Kitchen, 87 Ford St, Beechworth. … Read More »
We recently had instagrammer @fabiooliveira stay at 1860. Fabio has an amazing account worth following @livefolk with stunning pics from across the globe. We’re chuffed that he shared a photo of 1860. We’ve had nearly 12,000 likes! The power of social media. Thanks Fabio and @ju_decastro for staying.
In 2007, 1860 as we know it today, opened as luxury accommodation. We are celebrating 10 years of hard work, creativity and absolute joy in making a space that thousands of guests have enjoyed. We’ve had many anniversaries, engagements, weddings, honeymoons, babymoons and birthdays celebrated at 1860. We hope that Beechworth and 1860 holds a special place in the memory of many.
However its beginning were humble. Originally built as rough slab hut in Emerald near Melbourne in the 1860’s, it was called Rotherwood. It was moved to Taggery, we think in the late 70’s and then onto Beechworth, when we bought the building in 2004. It sat in numbered pieces in our backyard as we spent 4 years deconstructing many old buildings for recycled roofing iron, upright posts and hardwood flooring.
Here are some photos of the journey…..thanks to all our … Read More »
1860 celebrates local ownership of the Old Beechworth Gaol
Just up the road from 1860 is the Old Beechworth Gaol. Also built in the 1860’s, the Gaol has housed many famous felons, notably Ned Kelly and his mum, Ellen Kelly. Built from local granite, the Gaol is an imposing structure full of history, colourful characters and without doubt, much misery.
Since closing as a working gaol in 2004, the Old Gaol has been owned by developers, without interest in preserving the building, grounds or history of the site.
We are now very excited that 49 individuals, with the help of some philanthropic trusts, have purchased the Old Beechworth Gaol, and it is now back in community ownership. It will be preserved and re-imagined as a community asset, with a very bright future. Congratulations to all involved.
Come and visit us in February and any 2 night stay (or more) midweek will receive a 15% discount on accommodation rates.
There’s still plenty of warm weather to come. Some of our favourite things to do on a hot day are; floating down the Kiewa or Ovens Rivers on lilos or tubes, a BBQ on the shores of Lake Sambell in Beechworth, visiting Bright for day with lunch at Tani followed by a movie in the very funky Cloud 9 Cinema and an icy cold beer and pizza at Bridge Road Brewers in Beechworth.
Spring is in the air
Beechworthians are smiling from ear to ear as the daffodils, wattle and warmer weather signal the early days of Spring. As snow starts to melt the surrounding rivers are flowing fast and the valleys are green and lush with spring grasses.
This is the perfect time to visit Beechworth and 1860. The nights are still cool enough to enjoy the open fire and the Spring sunshine will warm those chilly winter bones. Hope to see you soon.