One-half of the duo behind the new Daylesford edition of the Produce to Platter books ($34.99, Smudge Publishing), Jonette George has a few firm favourites from the region:

1. The Convent Gallery
“This mansion was first built as a private pad for the gold commissioner during the 1860s Gold Rush, then transformed into a convent before becoming a gallery – it’s absolutely beautiful. Come for the art, stay for a café-style lunch or some afternoon tea.” 7 Daly St, Daylesford

2. Ellender Estate
“This cellar door is in the middle of bushland – it’s gorgeous. Buy some of owners Jenny and Graham’s wine, order a cheese platter and sit in the paddock on your rug. Their hot-stone pizzas are an absolute specialty, too.” 260 Green Gully Rd, Glenlyon

3. Cliffy’s Emporium
“An institution – a provedore with all sorts of local produce. It’s housed in an old Australian building with a big old verandah, and it really honours the old-style Australian café. The food is fantastic.” 30 Raglan St, Daylesford

4. Mercato @ Daylesford
“A spot for romantics. It’s all starched tablecloths and silver service here, again in a big old Australian building. They’re very particular about the food – Richard the chef does some really special meals, and there’s a beautiful drinks menu with lots of local wines.” 32 Raglan St, Daylesford

5. Lake House
“You just cannot go to Daylesford without dropping in here – it’s hardly a best-kept secret, but absolutely worthy of its reputation. Have a champagne breakfast, some lunch or dinner, or even stay the night – it’s right on the lake and beautiful.” 4 King St, Daylesford

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