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Travel Briefs, News & Hot Deals Peppers October

SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS, NSW

TASTY TOUR: The sensational award-winning Katers Restaurant at Peppers Manor House retreat will serve up a divine three-course dinner on October 23, as part of the FoodPath Culinary Tour. The special dinner will follow a FoodPath Day Tour with hosts Jill and Nick at the Moss Vale Farmers Market, where participants will be introduced to some local producers, then spend the rest of the day visiting local farms and enjoying a fabulous lunch. The price of $230* includes all meals and tastings, with the tour from 9.30am to 4.30pm, then dinner from 7-10pm. Consider the grand country house accommodation options at Peppers Manor House, to top off the event. Call 02 4680 3111 or email manorhouse@peppers.com.au. To book the tour, call Jill on 0419 617 021 or email jill@foodpath.com.au

NEW SPAS: New endota day spas are opening this month at two charming retreats - Peppers Manor House and Peppers Craigieburn - promising a new level of  indulgence and pampering for guests. The new day spas will offer a combination of easygoing, friendly service, stunning interiors and treatments bursting with raw, natural, organic ingredients for bringing about lasting skin change; hydrating dry skin, smoothing rough skin, and brightening dull, lifeless complexions. 
 
CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS: Experience the magic of Christmas with a world class dining experience to be remembered, with the country ambience at Katers restaurant in Peppers Manor House. Enjoy Katers' signature Christmas dishes, before relaxing in the Great Hall, guest lounges or in the gardens. Priced at $155 per person including buffet lunch with sparkling, white or red wine, beers and soft drinks. View Christmas lunch menu. Call 02 4860 3111 or email manorhouse@peppers.com.au. Or spend Christmas Day at the majestic century-old estate of Peppers Craigieburn for a divine lunch from $140 per person and $50 per child (ages 5 - 12, children aged 4 and under eat free). Enjoy a delicious festive buffet and a 2.5 hour beverage package. Call 02 4862 8000 or visit peppers.com.au/craigieburn for more information. 

SCULPTURE CULTURE: The Southern Highlands Festival of Wine, Arts and Roses is on next month with Peppers Craigieburn taking part by hosting its inaugural 'Champagne and Sculpture in the Gardens' in conjunction with local sculptors. From November 6 to 21, the exhibit of large outdoor sculpture will be displayed each weekend from noon to 6pm throughout the retreat's historic gardens, with an exhibit of the sculptors drawings and maquettes continuing inside the historic home as well. Sculptors on view will include Thomas Bucich, Steven Coburn and Michael Vaynman. Peppers Craigieburn is located in Centennial Road, Bowral.

PORT STEPHENS, NSW

DELICIOUS DINING: Experience the racing event of the year in style at Merretts Restaurant at Peppers Anchorage. When the Melbourne Cup race runs on November 2, you can be with family, friends or colleagues enjoying a sparkling wine on arrival, buffet style lunch, racing on the big screen and some fun with a best hat prize, sweep stakes and more. Lunch is from 12.30pm, from $55 per person. Then on November 7, enjoy a Jazz on the Waterfront lunch to celebrate the Tastes of the Bay Jazz Food and Wine Festival. Also, on November 20, take pleasure in fine wining and dining at the Wine Maker's Dinner. From 7pm, as part of Peppers Anchorage's signature dining series, enjoy a degustation dinner from $115 per person, featuring a local wine maker to carefully match featured wines with each course. To book for any event, call 02 4984 2555 or email anchorage@peppers.com.au.
 
BOARDWALK BLISS: Get in the mood for seafood with the Mussels & Boutique Beer Boardwalk Dinner planned for Friday, October 22, at Peppers Anchorage marina on the boardwalk.  The evening will include a delicious three course dinner with mussels, with boutique beer tasting and a drink on arrival. This signature  dinner is from 6.30pm, for $60 per person. Call 02 4984 2555 or email anchorage@peppers.com.au.

CHRISTMAS CHOICES: Celebrate Christmas on the waterfront at Peppers Anchorage, Port Stephens, with a choice of three delicious dining options: Christmas buffet lunch in the Chesworth Room overlooking the water for  $115 per adult and $49 per child; 6 course Christmas degustation lunch in Merretts Restaurant for $135 per adult and $49 per child; Christmas Buffet Dinner in Merretts Restaurant for $99 per adult and $49 per child. As for Christmas parties, allow Peppers Anchorage's exceptional service, gourmet dining and fine wine, combined with a stunning location to be the 'talking point' for your Christmas party. A variety of function areas are available catering for up to 100 guests with all packages including Christmas theming, table centrepieces and bon bons. Christmas packages from $80* per person. Call 02 4984 2555 or email anchorage@peppers.com.au
 
GOLD COAST HINTERLAND, QLD

CHRISTMAS PRESENCE: Peppers Ruffles Lodge and Spa has a celebratory lunch on Christmas Day complete with panoramic views across the hinterland and out to the ocean from its mountain location. For $140 per person, sip champagne on arrival and savour canapés by the pool, a traditional fair Christmas style banquet served at your table, buffet with dessert, cheeses, tea and coffee, and of course, no dishes to do afterwards on this very special day. Call 07 5546 7411 or visit peppers.com.au/ruffles-lodge.

SPRING SENSATIONS: Peppers Ruffles Lodge & Spa has announced a selection of October-only special day spa treatments to help with detoxification and brightening up for Spring. These include some sensational experiences, such as the 75-minute 'Purifying Marine Body Wrap' for $125 (normally $165), the 2.5-hour 'Body Bliss' treatment for $225 (normally $295), and new treatments for men including the 125-minute 'Mankind' Foot Bath, Back scrub, Deep Release Back Massage and Express Facial for $199, and the 90-minute 'Ahead of the rest' performance facial for $139. Call 07 5546 7411 or visit peppers.com.au/ruffles-lodge for more information.

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NORTHER RIVERS, NSW

SPRING HAPPENINGS:  Peppers Coorabell Retreat in the tranquil Byron Hinterland is abuzz with all things Spring, from being the ideal rainforest location for memorable weddings, to offering tasty cuisine with a touch of Portuguese and Moroccan influence to add extra life to the diverse and divine local food product which is sourced. Plus talented local beauty therapist and masseuse Tori Bright is back on board. And with Christmas coming, Peppers Coorabell Retreat is welcoming bookings for end-of-year parties and festive functions, which if booked by October 26, will make you eligible for an entry into the draw to win a Melbourne Cup lunch for 30 guests,  including food and beverage. The retreat currently has a special rate of $200* per night including breakfast, valid for travel until December 22. Call 1300 987 600 or visit peppers.com.au to book. 
 
LET'S GET SPIRITUAL: Peppers is playing host to a self-awareness event in November with the Sovereign Journey, a Spiritual Retreat covering such topics as self-healing, increasing your soul's energy and gaining a better understanding of your genetics and connections in your family tree. Enjoy the retreat's program and workshops from November 12 to 14 while staying at Peppers Coorabell Retreat (formerly known as Casuarina Lodge) in the peaceful Byron Hinterland, with a package for earlybird bookings before October 22 that includes all accommodation, food and activities from $565* Twin Share from Friday to Sunday, and from $765* for Single accommodation from Friday through to Sunday. To book call 02 6684 7348 or email coorabellretreat@peppers.com.au.

SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS, NSW

CELLAR SELECTIONS: Experience the Southern Highlands Wineries with Peppers Craigieburn's  Cellar Selections package during October, from $189* per night, including overnight accommodation in an Elms Wing Room, wine tasting tour at Centennial Vineyards, a bottle of wine to take home and full breakfast for two. It's the perfect time of year to escape and enjoy the unique cool climate wines of the region. Call 02 4862 8000 or email craigieburn.reception@peppers.com.au.

TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND

BREKKIE BREAKAWAY: The stylish Peppers Beach Club situated in picturesque Port Douglas has a brilliant Bed & Breakfast package to ensure you make the most of a getaway. Stay in a Spa Suite from $290* per night and wake up to a sumptuous Continental Breakfast daily. The rest of the day is yours to explore, whether it be the town and surrounding paradise of golf courses, beaches and rainforest, or on-site at the resort's private swim-up pool decks around a lagoon pool, lush tropical gardens and Exclusive Spa. Call 07 4087 1000 or visit peppers.com.au/beach-club for more information. 

DAYLESFORD, VIC

RACE IS ON: November 3 is the Country Spring Carnival where you can experience the friendliest of country horseracing held in the picturesque Kyneton Racecourse, so top off the event with two nights of luxury accommodation at the grand heritage 1930's Peppers Springs Retreat and Mineral Spa. The retreat's Hats & Hooves package includes two nights accommodation, a delectable dinner for two at Deco restaurant, country style cooked breakfast on both mornings, complimentary glass of Bubbles pre-departure to races, transfers to and from Kyneton Racecourse, entry to the races and a fine informal buffet lunch and beverages at the races including award winning local wines, from $619* per person twin share. Bookings needed by October 15 so call 03 5348 2202 or email springs@peppers.com.au

DELORAINE, TAS

DREAM TIME: Catch the first major exhibition of Central Art's premium collection by leading Central and Western Aboriginal artists, 'Tradition to Modernity', at Peppers Calstock from October 26 to November 29 and put yourself in the picture with an indulgent getaway at our nine-room Georgian retreat. Complete with superb food and wine, attentive service and beautiful surroundings to explore, you will have the opportunity to exclusively view this leading Aboriginal art collection. The Art of Dreamtime package starts from $325* per couple per night, including breakfast and VIP viewing of the exhibition. Call 03 6362 2642 or visit peppers.com.au/calstock for more information.  
 
WHITSUNDAYS, QLD

DELEGATE DEAL: At the gateway to the famous Whitsundays, in Airlie Beach, Peppers Coral Coast Resort can offer the perfect mix of business and leisure for conferences, meetings and event for up to 110 delegates. Confirm your conference before December 24, 2010, for anytime between January and June 2011, and receive one delegate free-of-charge for every 10 booked. (Minimum of 30 delegates and minimum two-night stay applies) This offer includes complimentary AV hire and a bonus half-hour cocktail party with sparkling wine and canapés on arrival. Full day delegate packages start from $58* per person and single share accommodation from $240* per night. Call 07 4962 5100 or email sandi.holman@peppers.com.au
 
HUNTER VALLEY, NSW

LIGHT UP XMAS: The Hunter Valley Gardens will once again host a Christmas Lights Spectacular, Australia's biggest Christmas lights display, from November 11 to January 5 (excluding Christmas Day and Night), with Santa of course! Let Peppers Guest House spread extra Christmas cheer this year with two deals that both include free entry to the Lights Spectacular. The Midweek Package offers one night accommodation from $125* per person twin share, with full country breakfast and two tickets. While the Weekend Package has two nights from $299* per person twin share, full country breakfast each morning and two tickets. (Not available from December 24 to January 1.) For guests wanting to stay Christmas Eve or Day, a special package is available from $459* per person twin share for two night's accommodation in a classic or vintage room, country breakfast each morning, five-course Christmas lunch on Christmas Day in the award-winning Restaurant Sanctuary, evening gourmet picnic hamper including wine, and complimentary entry to Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular. Call 02 4993 8999 or email guesthouse@peppers.com.au

DRINKS ARE ON US: Take a midweek escape during October at fairytale Peppers Convent from $396* per night and receive a complimentary half case of mixed wine from the neighbouring Tower Estate winery valued at $192. Stay for two nights and pay only $313* per night. This includes accommodation in a Deluxe Room, breakfast daily and pre-dinner beverages and canapés.  Call 4988 4999 or email convent@peppers.com.au.

GREAT OCEAN ROAD, VIC

SAVOUR THE XMAS FLAVOUR: A delicious dining experience and stunning views are set to make you festive season merry with a special Christmas lunch for young and old at Hanners Restaurant, in Peppers The Sands Resort, Torquay. Santa will be visiting with a sack full of goodies and plenty of fun filled entertainment. Pre lunch drinks begin from noon with lunch served from 12.30 - 3.30pm, for $140* per adult, $64* per child under 15, and $25* per child under 7.  Consider staying a night or two at Peppers The Sand Resort,  and enjoy the 18-hole championship golf course, indoor pool and nearby natural beauty of Bells Beach. Call (03) 5264 3333 or visit peppers.com.au/sands for more information.

FRASER COAST, QLD

WAVE ON THE WHALES: October means time is running short for whale watching at Hervey Bay, where whales and their calves frolic each year in the calm and safe waters. So for one the last chances to wave the whales on their way and stay in style, Peppers Pier Resort has a 1 bedroom Eco rate from $188* per nght. This sophisticated resort offers the perfect seaside village holiday with on-site dining, pools, a Spa Botanica and magnificent views of the bay. Call 07 4194 9700 or visit peppers.com.au/pier-resort for more information.  
 
SOUTH ISLAND, NZ

FAMILY FUN: Christchurch is set to come alive with family fun during the New Zealand Cup and Show Week from November 6 to 12. From horse racing to fashion shows and best dressed competitions galore, the event is widely considered to be the unofficial start of summer festivities for the city. Make the most of the week with accommodation at Peppers Clearwater Resort, overlooking shimmering lakes and a stunning golf course, and boasting the award-winning Lakeside Restaurant on site. Rooms are priced from $161* per night.
Call +643360 1063 or 0800 257 373.  Click here for information on New Zealand Cup and Show Week.

* Conditions, minimum stays and block-out periods apply. Subject to change and availability