The answers to the perfect Valentine’s Day can be found in Bungendore and surrounds — where there is a plethora of bespoke, locally-crafted gifts and high-quality dining options to wow your significant other.
THE IDEAL GIFT AWAITS
Start at The Malbon and Bungendore Wood Works Gallery for a unique range of artisan products. Both feature the works of leading makers, artists and jewellers. Discover abalone shell jewellery boxes, intricate bud vases made with native timbers, clayworks, ceramics, art prints, and more — all of which will thrill the antiques and art lover!
Next door to Bungendore Wood Works Gallery is Bungendore Leather & Trading, a store that is in its 30th year of trading. Here, you can revel in that earthy smell of leather while you browse an extensive selection of leather gifts, souvenirs, clothing and decor.
If you’re shopping for a gaming and hobby enthusiast, make your way to Geektopia; a wonderland of board games, collectables and toys.
At Sage Natural Living, you’ll find natural, ethically sourced and sustainable skincare products that’ll add a touch of luxury to your partner’s routine. They also sell teas, oils and incense — to complement the experience.
For the fashion aficionado, stop by Jemayca RED Boutique for a beautiful piece of jewellery or if you’re bold, pick out a garment for your loved one from the curated and high-quality range.
Finally, stop by X Gallery and Suki & Hugh. X Gallery is curated by Xanthe Gay and showcases local artists as well as Xanthe’s own silversmith work; unique contemporary wearable art pieces that are ready to be gifted. Three doors down, Suki & Hugh presents beautiful glasswork and ceramics that could be stunning additions to your partner’s space.
WINE AND DINE
Dine in the historic heart of Bungendore at The George Bar & Dining where it’s all too easy to cosy up with moody interiors and huge leather armchairs. On a fine evening, take up residence in the spacious beer garden and dine al fresco. Expect your pub favourites as well as tasting and grazing boards, made for the pair of you. Choose a bottle from their hand-picked wine list to complete your meal.
Or, add some vintage flair to your date at FLOCK at The Carrington Inn, where late-19th century decor adorns the heritage-listed building. Indulge in the glamour of their gorgeous copper bar with ornate pressed metal ceilings. Food-wise, red meat lovers will feel right at home here, as the gastropub menu caters particularly well for protein eaters. Otherwise, their gnocchi and pizzas are faultless. Consider staying the night at the Inn for the whole small-town experience.
If a day date is more your style, order up the beloved Eggs Benedict at Cafe Woodworks or settle into one of the many nooks at The Gathering where you can enjoy croissants three ways; French, ham and cheese, and plain. Town offers all the goods you need for a picnic as well; grab burgers, toasties, cakes and other bakery staples from Gunna Doo Bakery, a bottle of wine from Sapling Yard Cellar Door and you’re set.
*As Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday this year, be sure to check opening times and make a booking, to be sure.
Written by Thuc Do, Fiction Agency, for Visit Queanbeyan-Palerang.