Professional Babe loves… Mudgee

Peta Serras

by Peta Serras

Whether it’s work, play or a weekend away, here is your 5 star travel guide to Mudgee.

I took myself away for a short stay in Mudgee. The experience was 5 star, filled with delicious food and delightful accommodation.

I know when I was telling people that I booked a trip to Mudgee. The looks I got were quite confused. I won’t lie, I’m a 5 star kind of girl who prefers the luxe things in life.

So did Mudgee deliver the goods? You bet.

The Professional Babe’s travel guide to Mudgee. When something receives the Professional Babe tick of approval you know it’s a 5 star experience.

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The Perry Street Hotel

Corner of Perry & Gladstone Street Mudgee. 02 6372 7650

I stayed at the beautifully renovated Perry Street Hotel which I booked via the Mr & Mrs Smith app. The price was extremely reasonable considering the room also included breakfast, a bottle of wine and ample free treats to nibble on. The accommodation was beautifully styled which included a big king bed and a bath.  What more could a Professional Babe ask for? Free wifi? Don’t worry, that’s included too.

The bathroom amenities were definitely Instagram-worthy with a loofah, bath salts and even a hair tie. I don’t know about you but it’s these little items that I always forget to take when I travel so I was really impressed to see it included in the room.

The price point was fabulous and the service was too. I definitely wouldn’t stay anywhere else!


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Pipeclay Pumphouse

Robert Stein Vineyard & Winery Pipeclay Lane Mudgee. 02 6373 3998

I was recommended to dine here by numerous people but was worried about my very last minute booking. And by last minute booking, I mean it’s 12pm and I’m ringing up to see if I can eat there… like right now. By far my favourite course was dessert. I’d drive to Mudgee again just to have this! I actually think I’d go as far as saying it’s the best dessert I’ve ever eaten.

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Alby & Esthers

61 Market Street Mudgee. 02 6372 1555

The entrance of this venue is so picturesque and beautiful. Although I’ve never been, the courtyard made me feel like I was stepping into France. They change their menus with the season and have a salad of the day from local produce. I dined here every day and approve of the lunch, breakfast, cake & coffee. The staff were lovely and it felt like my local. I also like when I enter a place and it’s filled with locals and everyone is chatting and seems to know each other. I have many places like that back in the Hunter Valley so I feel that if the locals love it, then it must be a great place to visit and recommend.

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81 Market Street, Mudgee. 02 6372 1079

Another venue that was extremely accommodating at fitting me in last minute. More of a tapas style venue with a pretty decent wine list. I went with the waitress’s recommendations which I think were a little too oily for my liking but, nevertheless, still delicious. Service was attentive and friendly and I really enjoyed sitting in the courtyard out the back. With the little candles on the table, it was quite pretty. I could imagine it as a lovely little date venue or intimate dinner with the girls.


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Deer Mudgee

13b/13-15 Lewis St, Mudgee. 

Hands down some of the best retail service that I’ve experienced in a long time. I walked out with Two Bec and Bridge dresses and a By Charlotte necklace for my mum. The ladies were attentive, lovely and recommended garments to flatter my shape. Their beautiful shop also made browsing easy. The labels they stock include Camilla, Bec & Bridge, Bassike, Sol Sana and Sass & Bide. I’m also a sucker for a gorgeous shop fit-out and was secretly dreaming that I could mimic their design in my Pilates studio.

Loft Furniture

13a/13-15 Lewis St, Mudgee. 

If you love homewares as much as me then you’ll spend a good chunk of time in this shop. As I walked in I saw about 8 things I wanted to buy already. The woman told me not to despair as they also can post items to me. Ah, I feel my wallet crying. A good mix of modern, Scandinavian and industrial the design, it’s the kind of homewares shop where you can find lots of items to suit your space.


There is certainly a lot to do in Mudgee with a decent shopping, restaurant and wine scene. I think if I went with people it would be a different story with what I did, but I would recommend visiting the region’s vineyards and really making a day of tastings.

I picked Mudgee because I wanted to get away and relax, so my idea of doing fun things was sitting in the bath with a book and being slightly drunk from the wine I drank with lunch.

If I went back to Mudgee tomorrow I’d head to Alby & Esthers for a coffee and something to eat and then walk up to Deer Mudgee to shop the latest fashions.


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This perhaps is the most important section of them all. Because if you can’t get a good coffee, then why on earth would you visit Mudgee? I’m going to be a bit boring and state that in the whole time I was there, I only really had coffee at Alby & Esthers, however, it has two thumbs up from me. I vaguely remember having coffee with some lunches/dinners but it was nothing to stand out, so A&E became my local for the three days that I was there.

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Is it Professional Babe approved?

Yes. Without a doubt. It’s the perfect weekend trip away for a business getaway, girlfriend trip away or a take your man and play kind of weekend.


Peta Serras

Editor of Professional Babe, Peta has a penchant for pretty things, Tom Hardy and ginger kittens. You can find her sipping a long black, creating killer content or making sure her winged eyeliner is even. Peta is a writer, model & Pilates Instructor based out of the Hunter Valley.

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