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Five heart-warming winter dates

Astrid O'Neill

Wondering how to chill this Canberra winter?

Winter is here. That doesn’t mean that you and your significant other are doomed to re-watch Game of Thrones episodes on the couch all season. Rug up, step out and enjoy each other’s company in these five new ways:

Hunt for ‘black magic’ during the Truffle Festival

Photo by Martin Ollman

Photo by Martin Ollman

Did you know that Canberra is Australia’s top truffle hunting destination?

This truffle season (early June to September) why not try something new? There are plenty of amazing ways to get your hands dirty and have a truly unique winter date with heaps of events from hunts to dinners during the 2017 Canberra Region Truffle Festival.

Find the complete list of events via their website here.

Top off your movie date with a nightcap at Palace Electric

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Palace Electric in Canberra’s luxe NewActon Nishi Precinct presents a selection of international arthouse, documentary, independent and new release films. Their eight theatres are complete with the latest in digital projection and sound. A cinema experience isn’t complete without talking about the movie afterwards, so do so over a sophisticated drink at the Prosecco Bar or gourmet tastings from the Electric Espresso Café.

the essentials

The place: Palace Electric Cinema
Where: 2 Phillip Law St, Canberra ACT 2601 (Corner Edinburgh Ave and Parkes Way)
When: See the website at www.palacecinemas.com.au/cinemas/electric/) for session times.
Contact: Call 02 6222 4900, visit the website at www.palacecinemas.com.au or check out the Facebook page

Get starry-eyed at Scope

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Via instagram.com/astronomyjewels

Mount Stromlo Observatory, in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society, is holding public observing nights on clear nights this winter and spring. Book your place, dress warm and join the astronomers who’ll take you on a tour of the universe. View the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon and beautiful star clusters and nebulae through several telescopes.

the essentials

The place: Mount Stromlo Observatory
Where: Cotter Road, Weston Creek ACT 2611
When: 23 September from 7-9pm
Contact: Book through www.mtstromlopublicnights.eventbrite.com.au, call 02 6125 6711, or visit the website (www.rsaa.anu.edu.au/news-events/mt-stromlo-observatory-public-astronomy-night-3).

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Robyn Rowe’s Chocolate d’Or

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via Facebook

In the words of American cartoonist Charles M. Schultz: ‘All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.’

Take a drive out to Robyn Rowe Chocolate d’Or. Here, professional chocolatier Robyn Rower creates uses the highest quality imported Belgian Callebaut Fair Trade couverture and traditional European methods to make her delicacies. The selection is inspired by fresh produce from the Canberra region: walnuts from Robyn’s own tree and local Clonakilla Muscat. 

the essentials

The place: Robyn Rowe’s Chocolate d’Or
Where: 1153 Nanima Road, Murrumbateman
When: Friday, Saturday, Monday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm
Contact: Call 02 6227 5827, visit the website at www.robynrowechocolates.com.au or check out the Facebook page.

Wine and dine by the fire at Lake George Winery

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Via Instagram.com/kellytunney

This boutique winery has one of the oldest vineyards in the region. Overlooking the mystical Lake George, it is known for its award-winning wines, such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Semillon, Merlot and Botrytis Semillon.

The on-premise restaurant, Westering, supports the region’s farmers and growers. Book your table near the fireplace to enjoy a hearty meal and a popular local drop.

the essentials
The place: Lake George Winery
Where: Federal Hwy, Lake George NSW 2581
When: Thursday to Sunday 9am – 4:30pm
Contact: Call (02) 4848 0182, visit the website at www.lakegeorgewinery.com.au or check out the Facebook page.

Astrid O'Neill

Astrid O’Neill has joined the HerCanberra team for a writing internship. Previously she’s studied at the University of Canberra and the University of Oxford, and worked for a bold little New York publishing company. She’s a Southsider at heart but now lives in Braddon with her fiancé, where they’re often planning their travels over a local brew.

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