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Hav­ing four dogs can make hol­i­day­ing tricky. Ken­nel costs sky­rocket and I miss them like crazy. So, when I dis­cov­ered Vic­to­ria’s Din­ner Plain Alpine Vil­lage wel­comes dogs of all breeds, I packed my fur kids in the car and headed straight there.

Fri­day

A seven-hour (give or take) drive from the NSW High­lands later and it’s straight to the ten­nis court w which, in winter, is an off-leash dog area f for all guests. Af­ter check­ing in to our three-bed­room rental, I build a fire and sip on pinot noir. By sun­set, snow flut­ters down and the vil­lage looks like Nar­nia.

Our dog-sit­ter Elizabeth, booked though Alpine Baby Sit­ting, ar­rives and we stroll through fresh snow to the Ra­mada Re­sort’s El­e­ment restau­rant, where I have the most de­li­cious com­fort food, per­fectly matched with more wine.

Satur­day

De­spite last night’s in­dulging, we ex­plore the vil­lage and its sur­round­ing snowy trails by 10am. The dogs again en­joy some time in the ten­nis court be­fore we hu­mans de­vour lunch at the Din­ner Plain Ho­tel. It’s where I have the best pizza I’ve ever eaten in my life!

An­other walk around the vil­lage trails leaves us thirsty, so we de­cide on a late-af­ter­noon beer tast­ing at the dog-friendly Bliz­zard Brew­ery – the high­est in Aus­tralia, at 1550 me­tres. With eight lo­cal ales each brewed us­ing snow melt, the tastes are crisp and pure. The food trucks out­side work well as din­ner.

Sun­day

My friends hit Mount Hotham for an ac­tion-packed day of snow­board­ing (a 10-minute drive up the road), while I en­joy a mas­sage and the in­door-out­door door-out­door hot tubs at the Ja­panese-in­spired nese-in­spired Onsen Re­treat & Spa, a, avail­able to re­sort vis­i­tors for a fee.

I then spend the af­ter­noon snug­gling with the dogs on the day bed, be­fore mak­ing use of the rental home’s me’s fully-equipped kitchen.

Mon­day

All too soon, it’s time e to leave, but not be­fore a hearty arty break­fast at Moun­tain Kitchen n Cafe, and a chal­leng­ing but fun n snow­shoe around the vil­lage trails. rails.

With the dogs ex­hausted hausted from pranc­ing in the pow­der, wder, we pile into the car and make ke the drive home, vow­ing to re­turn urn as soon as pos­si­ble!

Walkies just got a whole lot better for Shonagh and her pack. Bliz­zard Brew­ery sits at an al­ti­tude of 1550 me­tres.

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