Sweet Fern is a gifting experience for lovers of beautiful scents and capturing those moments with a signature fragrance. If you're looking for a beautiful scent for your Valentine Sweet Fern has curated a collection of the finest perfumes around the world. Now offering the new Nourish and Nurture experience which is perfect for couples wanting to indulge together. You can buy online via their shop or visit their boutique to be guided through their collection at 114 Armstrong St South, Ballarat.
Mary & Peg Home Essentials
Mary and Peg offer a beautiful range of homewares, unique artworks and designer gifts for your Valentine. Gifts range from funky coloured earrings and French inspired crystal wares to a collection of modern ceramics all perfect for filling anyone's wish list. You can view their range and visit their chic boutique at 319 Mair St, Ballarat Central.
Allan Bros Jewellers
Jewellery is a classic Valentine's Day gift for a reason, it's timeless and when you find the perfect piece it's a keepsake they'll cherish forever. Allan Bros has a beautiful selection of earrings, necklaces and rings to choose from in silver and gold. Featured above is their classic diamond earrings and necklace waiting to be adorned on someone you love. You can view their gift range here or visit them in store to talk to their jewellery consultants at 201 Sturt St, Ballarat.
You cannot go wrong with a bouquet of flowers for your Valentine. Luckily Ballarat is home to many talented florists and I of course couldn't choose just one to highlight. I love Stems Flower Market for the easy duck-in and out selection and you can bring them together to make a personalised gift. If you're looking for the talented floral artists that can help you take your Valentines breath away with their arrangements I suggest checking out Blue Wren Floristry, Floral Lane and Wild bloom & Co.
Pretty Special Cakes
If you and your Valentine have a sweet tooth you won’t want to skip on the divine cake and cookies from Pretty Special Cakes. Handmade buttercream 'cake for two' is their Valentines signature and the accompanying sugar cookies will go perfectly together, like you and your Valentine. You can order your desserts from Pretty Special Cakes by contact them via their website.
The Lakeview Hotel
The Lakeview Hotel was my husband and I's choice of engagement dinner celebrations and is one of our favourite restaurants to enjoy a meal at. You can make yourself comfortable in their restaurant or opt for an outside table overlooking Lake Wendouree, which I'd suggest for that extra romantic view. Enjoy a Pimm’s cocktail and share a delicious dessert with your Valentine from their cake display. View their menu here and visit them for a meal at 22 Wendouree Parade, Lake Wendouree.
There's a reason why Catfish is a Chef Hat winner, their food needs to be experienced. I would recommend opting for their banquet option and enjoying the wonderful taste adventure they guide you on. With a beautifully styled aesthetic and romantic ambience it has the perfect atmosphere Valentine's Day dinner. You can view their menu here and dine in at 42–44 Main Road, Bakery Hill, Ballarat.
Nouvelle Orleans opened last year with a bang and its flavours have been bringing people back again and again. Featuring ribs, fried chicken and the little easy share platter, you'll impress your Valentine with a night out here. You can view their moreish menu here or grab a bite to eat at 28 Main Rd, Bakery Hill.
Mitchell Harris not only boasts some of the regions finest wines but a mouth-watering menu including my favourite pork belly ever. Valentines here with the evening sun shining through is a must for any wine loving romantic. For dessert you cannot go wrong with their caramel cups and local Grounded Pleasures hot chocolate varieties. You can visit their website here and grab a glass at 38 Doveton St N, Ballarat Central.
The Things to Do
Grab your Valentine for a peaceful walk in the Botanical Gardens across from Lake Wendouree. The flowers are in bloom, just don't get tempted to pick any, and the grounds are perfect to setup a picnic. There's nothing quite like being in nature surrounded by the busts of our previous Prime Ministers to set the perfect mood for Valentine's Day in Ballarat.
A romantic movie for two? Or upgrade to Gold Class and indulge in their comfy recliners and enjoy a drink whilst enjoying the big screen. If you're not in the mood for the movies currently out they have gift vouchers that mean you're set for a gift and future date. Visit the iconic Regent at 49 Lydiard St N, Ballarat Central or shop online now.
Escapade Puzzle Games
Thinking of escaping with your Valentine? You don't have to pack your bags to feel like you've had an adventure. Escapade Puzzle Games is an interactive escape room that challenges you to use your wits to decipher clues in their The Lost Temple themed room. You can book online via their website for the hour-long challenge.
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