Ever feel the need to just get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and find solace in a little weekend (or mid-week) getaway? You’re not alone.

According to Roy Morgan, Millennials are the most likely generation to take a short holiday, with 65% of Millennials intending to take a short holiday when it suits them.

With that in mind, it then makes sense as to why Jackalope Hotel has maintained its status as one of the best hotels in Victoria. Not only is it a short 90 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, but it’s a premium, luxurious stay in one of Australia’s picturesque locations that boasts everything you need for a little R&R.

Partnering with Lexus to highlight its unique Encore Member Benefits, the Man of Style team took to the roads in style as we headed for Jackalope Hotel. Here’s what we got up to…


Check in

After a short and easy journey to Merricks North, you will reach Jackalope Hotel. You’ll be greeted by neatly kept vines along a long driveway that leads to the centre piece of your welcome: a seven metre Jackalope sculpture by artist Emily Floyd.

You’ll notice immediately that Art plays a pivotal role in the hotel’s charm and mystique.

As you make your way to your room, enjoy one of few boutique-driven rooms that boast beautiful vineyard or courtyard views. Each room is fitted out with amenities from Hunter Lab, and include everything you need for a relaxing getaway; free movies, free mini bar, as well as free popcorn and choc tops to enjoy with your movies.


Spa Treatments 

Naturally, a good spa treatment is a must-do when looking to recalibrate and unwind completely. Thankfully, Jackalope’s award-winning Spa Treatments are available  to be booked during your stay.

Whether you’re looking for a full-body massage to relieve some stress, or perhaps want to revitalise your complexion with a dedicated facial, there’s a treatment that can be tailored for everybody.

If a pool-spa situation is more your vibe, head down to Jackalope’s dedicated infinity pool and spa area, where you can revel in the stunning vineyard views with a cocktail in hand.



Dining options at Jackalope are not scarce. Nor are they overrated. In fact, Jackalope’s fine-dining destination, Doot Doot Doot, is so highly regarded that it is the winner of two chef’s hats. DDD features delectable dining options that showcase both local produce and provenance. Organise a reservation for the perfect date night spot for you and your loved one.

For a more relaxed – but equally delicious – setting, Rare Hare is the place to be. A great lunch spot, graze over local charcuterie and cheese platters as you sip on Jackalope’s own wine varietals.

For a casual drink – or perhaps a nightcap to end your evening – head to Flaggerdoot Cocktail Lounge for a speciality cocktail of your choice.


Wine Exploration

No visit to Jackalope  would be complete without a dedicated wine tasting or wine exploration experience. Immerse yourself in the Willow Creek Vineyard where you can walk among the vines and wander the winery, learning about the details of past vintages from a dedicated winemaker. Discover the growing and winemaking philosophy, with an opportunity to taste and blend work-in-progress components of Willow Creek Vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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Lexus Encore

As a Lexus Encore member, you can enjoy a wealth of benefits when booking your next stay at Jackalope Hotel.  Lexus Encore Benefits include:

  • Sparkling wine served in-room on arrival
  • DIY spa treatment
  • Early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability
  • Room upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary use of the hotel’s Lexus car service within 15km radius

To book your next stay at Jackalope, visit the website here