In May 2016, Francis and I stayed at The Beet Retreat (a 100% vegan & cruelty-free homestead) up in the Yarra Valley for our 3 year anniversary/my birthday!
When we arrived, we were shown into our Treetops Room which was ultra modern and stunning.
The room was stocked with soy milk, fruit, vegan butter, a giant loaf of sourdough bread and homemade muesli/granola.
Nillumbik Winery offer a wide range of vegan wines and pizzas which were quite possibly the best we’ve ever tasted!
I would recommend driving 30 mins to Healesville and stopping at Mocha & Lime which has plenty of plant-based options. We both ordered the Lentil Dahl with sourdough bread which was delicious!
In the evening, the owner Jan cooked us up a beautiful meal of Pumpkin Soup, Quinoa with Veggies & Salad and for dessert, a Raw Chocolate & Mint Tart. She is an incredibly skilled chef and even offers vegan cooking classes!
Jan is also a vegan athlete who is incredibly fit and healthy. She believes in whole food nutrition and all of her recipes are organic and sourced locally.
Jan made us a sweet green smoothie with bananas, dates and plenty of greens a nice hearty bowl of porridge with walnuts. She hugged us both goodbye as we set off for our journey home.
I highly recommend staying here as the location is visually stunning, the room is comfortable and the food is superb. It was honestly the best birthday weekend! Check out The Beet Retreat here for more information!
Peace & Love xoxo