by James Ridenour
jump to a category
Top 10 Lists
Restaurant Reviews
Melbourne Bar Reviews
Cafe Reviews
Melbourne
Australia
The World
Photo

EDV

  You can’t get much more Melbourne than this even though the first EDV is in Sydney.  Tucked in a Malthouse Lane look for a wood door and brass handle, no sign, no hint, you just have to know. Eau de Vie is all about the cocktail.  The homemade ginger beer is awesome, just like […]

Read full post

Australian Open

One of the events that defines Melbourne as the most livable city in the world and the #bestcityintheworld (bias noted) is The Australian Open the Grand Slam tennis tournament of Asia Pacific.  One of only four grand slam tournaments in the world (Wimbledon, the US Open and the French Open are the other three) this […]

Read full post

30 Marvelous Melbourne’s Facts and Tips

  1) History of Melbourne   Melbourne was founded on the mouth of the Yarra River in 1835.   In 1851 gold was found in Melbourne’s surrounding regions sparking a massive influx of people.  In the decade that followed gold worth over 100 million British pounds was pulled from the earth making Melbourne the richest city […]

Read full post

Meletos

The Yarra Valley’s newest hot spot is Meletos which is guest accommodation, function space, restaurant, bar and brew house all rolled into one.  Open seven days a week this little gem will not be a secret for very long. The property grows its own grapes and apples and the wonderfully appointed accommodation looks out over […]

Read full post

Discover High Street Northcote & Thornbury

As a concierge I spend a lot of time recommending places that are easily accessible to my guests.  Most prefer to enjoy locations that are within a few kilometres of the city centre and the hotel.  There is a huge variety of great things to see and do within these parameters, but there is more […]

Read full post

You’re Melbourne – Bespoke Photographic Experience

Meet You’re Melbourne.  Penny and Sandy pictured below have come up with an ingenious idea to marry their love of Melbourne with their love of photography and people.  You’re Melbourne provide a stunningly unique excursion into Melbourne with a couple of easy going, fun and knowledgable Melburnians.   The idea is to enjoy Melbourne with […]

Read full post

The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

  Melbourne’s newest attraction is the Melbourne Star observation wheel in Docklands. The Melbourne Star is one of only four giant observation wheels in the world and the only one in the southern hemisphere (the others being the London Eye, the Singapore Flyer and the Las Vegas High Roller).  Melbourne’s observation wheel is 120 metres […]

Read full post

The Royal Mail Hotel Dunkeld

  The Royal Mail Hotel was an incredible experience and one of the nicest vacations I have had in a long time.  I didn’t realise it when I booked but I had been here before in 2002 whilst backpacking around Australia.  There used to be backpacker accommodation on the estate.  This has now been converted […]

Read full post

Hidden Secrets Progressive Degustation Walking Tour

Visiting Melbourne and want to try something a little different?  Fiona from Hidden Secrets has created a wonderful alternative to the usual Melbourne tour that combines her love of food, wine and all things Melbourne in a fun and easy going walking, wine and food tour.   The tour runs with two to eight guests […]

Read full post

Microflite Wine – Food – Fly Tour

One of the most exciting and special experiences I have had was a recent trip with Microflite to the Yarra Valley.  Microflite offers their Wine – Food – Fly heli tour to Yering Station in the beautiful Yarra Valley. Your journey starts at the city helipad on the Yarra river.  Melbourne is the only major […]

Read full post