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Delight your Mum this Mother’s Day

Your mum deserves a solid gold statue in her honour, and a thousand roses delivered fresh every day. Since that’s not usually in the budget, we’ve gathered some ideas in advance to treat Mum this Mother’s Day (Sunday 14th of May if you really need help) Let her pick her own present @ The Queen Victoria Markets Spend the morning strolling through the abundance of the Queen Vic, sampling some of Melbourne’s most delightful handmade skincare and homewares. Finish it off by picking up a fresh bouquet of mum’s favourite flowers. Where: The QVM can be found between Queen, Peel, Victoria and Franklin Street Discover more: Here Treat her to a lush lunch  @ The Swanston Hotel Enjoy a three hour buffet in the stylish surrounds of the Swanston Hotel, choosing from over 20 options including a seafood bar, carvery, cold and salad options and, of course, dessert. All mothers enjoy a glass of sparkling and a box of chocolates to make their day even more special. Where: 195 Swanston Street, CBD 3000 Discover more: …

WIN: Double passes to the 20th Spanish Film Festival

Thanks for your entries! Our competition is now closed   The Spanish Film Festival evokes reel inspiración with outstanding films from across Spain, exclusively at Palace Cinemas. Discover a charming array of Spanish films ready to tantalize, amuse and evoke. This year, the festival welcomes Australia’s most beloved Spaniard Miguel Maestre as its newest and cheekiest ambassador, who will be joining audiences for a flamenco sensation at the viewing of Sara Baras, All Her Voices.  True spanish lovers can join in the fun, with 10 x Double passes up for grabs, valued at $30.00. Simply fill in your details to enter below. Terms and conditions are available here

Kid-free activities for the Easter long weekend

The Easter weekend isn’t just for kids – adults can binge on chocolate enjoy themselves too. Foot loose and child free? Dig in, with not a rabbit in sight: Adult Easter at Chapel Street Precinct Cocktails, plus Chocolates that match said cocktails. Need we say more? Ten of the Chapel Street precinct’s most famous locations want to treat you with a stunning drink and chocolate treat to match. Check them out here and plan accordingly Catch a game at Etihad Stadium Etihad is merely a hop, skip and a jump from Southern Cross station, and is hosting three fantastic AFL matches this weekend. Catch North Melbourne v Western bulldogs on Friday,  Carlton v Gold Coast Suns on Saturday, or Collingwood vs St Kilda on Sunday. Find out more here  Have a giggle or two  – Melbourne Comedy Festival With the festival in full swing, there are plenty of acts to catch over the long weekend. From Alanta Colley’s Parasite Lost to Ahir Shah’s Appearing In Order, there’s something for everyone’s taste. Find the lineup here Sing your heart out – Rainbow Karaoke Sing …

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International Record Store Day – April 22nd

At the hotels we all love our local vinyl record shops. Did you know all three of our Concierges own turntables and have substantial vinyl record collections? This month gives us the perfect excuse to go record shopping on Saturday April 22nd, the International Record Store Day. It’s the 10th anniversary of this fabulous day where special limited edition releases flood into record stores and bands play in or outside the shops. This year our choice of venue is only a few minutes’ walk from our hotels and being only 9 months old it’s one of Melbourne’s newest record shops. Situated in the gorgeous art deco Mitchell House (358 Lonsdale Street), Rock Steady Records is a really cool shop owned by Pat who is fresh from a short stint (14 years) working at Basement Discs and before that the much loved (and much missed) Au gogo Records. Pat seems to be relishing finally owning his own place and his enthusiasm is evident even before you walk into the shop when you see the amazing large …

Stuck for the Easter Weekend? Hop on in…

Who doesn’t love the Easter long weekend? Come rain or shine, Melbourne is ready to play with a variety of events and activities on across the city for all ages. Here’s our top picks: Kids Big and Small – Big Games Adventure at HarbourTown Oversized boardgames anyone? Enjoy lifesizes Hasbro, NERF HQ, Garden Games, a Jumping Castle and, of course, an Easter egg hunt. While you’re there, enjoy a ‘kids fly free’ deal, when accompanied by a full paying adult on the Melbourne Star. Keep an eye out for the roaming Easter Bunny, and be sure to collect your Adventure Passport – stamps collected from all five locations of the Free Games Adventure puts you in the draw to win an amazing Hasbro prize pack. Set amongst the shopping precinct of Docklands, enjoy up to six hours of parking for only $10, and explore a variety of local food and beverage options to refuel. When: Daily from 11am till 2pm, 3rd to 17 April 2017 Where: Harbour Town     Old traditions made new – …

Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

This year Melbourne’s largest celebration fashion is running for ten, gorgeous days. Aiming to be bigger and better than the previous years, the festival will include world-class runway events from well-known, and up and coming Australian designers, beauty workshops, industry Q&A’s, live entertainment and more. Not just restricted to Melbourne CBD, the festival will this year kick off with smaller Fashion Weekend events in key shopping meccas like Chapel Street, High Street, Chadstone and Glenferrie Road – all activated with exclusive discounts and activities for shoppers, but will really ramp up with the Vogue / David Jones Gala Runway to be held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton on the 14th of March. For those who are more into the countercultural or functional elements of fashion, there are several interesting workshops running like ‘Sequin-Savvy: The History of Calisthenics Fashion’ and an International Women’s Day forum breakfast on 8 March, presented by Marie Claire and Mimco. Don’t forget to check out the Priceline Pharmacy Festival of Beauty pop, located in the Plaza, just outside the …

Eat, drink, make & learn

Are you passionate about coffee making? Is it pasta you crave at the end of your long day? Ever wanted to master your home made coffee brewing skills? Or is indulging in cheese one of your daily routines? The Craft & Co, a collective leaning centre in Collingwood offers classes in all of these areas and more for those with an interest in the culinary and arts. The Craft & Co works with local producers in Melbourne and offers classes ranging from salami making, pasta making, coffee cupping, brewing for beginners, cheese making,  learning why bees matter so much or exploring the magic behind craft distillation. All classes are $75, 3-hours long and including a tasting, one in-house brewing beverage, questionnaires and hands-on experience. If you are unsure what class you should take, you can even try out their free pasta or wine making demo class on Sundays to get a feel for the courses. Here is a sneak peak of what you get from the classes: Pasta Making: All attendees enjoy freshly made pasta, …