Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Cobweb Cleaning & Suitcase Clear Out

It’s that time of the year when you need to focus on out with the old, and in with the new, right? Undertaking a mass clean out isn’t the most riveting task but the team at Suitcase Rummage have turned boring hoarding into purge & splurge with a twist.

Over cups of tea, the founders (Isabel and Daniele) pretty much landed on the idea during a brainstorming session. To them, Suitcase Rummage wasn’t about being a typical weekend market with power-sellers but more about where product entrepreneurs could also test their new ideas on the public to assess for market viability. Naturally, alongside bringing the community together and Joe Public selling or swapping their wares. What better way to run a focus group than on a captured, ready to prowl audience right on your doorstep!

All you need to do is bravely venture into the back of that closet under the stairs, grab all the clothes, books, collectibles and every possession that you’ve not even blinked an eye at for years…and jam them into suitcases. Product entrepreneurs, you’re doing the exact same with your inventions - lovingly & carefully swaddled in each suitcase. Once you’ve registered and paid the $25 fee to offload your old belongings, head down to the Suitcase Rummage market (you’ll be notified of the upcoming event in your area). At the Rummage, expect be greeted by imaginary angels singing over your head as you open your pot of gold suitcase latches, and start selling or swapping items with other Rummagers.


When you mosey over to the Rummage event with your suitcase in tow, full to the brim of jewellery, shoes, accessories and heaven knows what else…don’t be surprised to see an up and comer also selling their new innovation goods right besides you. The rummages are regularly taking place at select locations in Queensland, NSW, Canberra, Victoria and Western Australia so yes, this is not just a tiny local event. It’s becoming a suitcase movement.  

The Sydney events are at Belmont Park (opposite Central Station) every second month and the next will be around the 3rd week of June. This will give you plenty of time to start accumulating those items to sell. It’ll also be a double bargain for visitors staying in our hotel in Cremorne Point because here’s a new travel idea: whatever is in your suitcase when you arrive at our hotel, take it to the Suitcase Rummage, sell or swap it and return back to our hotel with potentially a completely different, full range of clothes, footwear and accessories!


You came, you saw, you sold, you swapped and you conquered.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Home Away From Home – Sydney Home Show

This coming Sunday 26th March, the International Convention Center at Darling Harbour, wants you to return home. Yep, the Sydney Home Show is hitting NSW and it’s free to attend. Not one cent is required to enter the gates of domestic heaven. You do need to register for free tickets though.

You’ll get to chat with over 280 major exhibiting companies alongside industry hot-bods. As one of the city’s most popular home renovation events, there will be over 30,000 homeowners who are knee deep in looking to renovate their haven.

There will be Holy Grail experts giving you tips on outdoor living spaces, décor, furnishings you’d never dreamed of, renovation ideas for the interior and exterior and accessory ideas coming out your ears. The latest and greats accents, décor and snazzy furnishings will be on show and ergonomically friendly, state of the art and minimalistic ideas are looking to be the key themes this year.


You think you know all about decking and patios? Then think again. Make a note to check Nexgen Decking at Stand G32 if you’re looking to spruce up the BBQ area. Tired of maintaining your bathrooms? Put Nano4Life Australia at Stand A17 on your ‘must see’ list. They have incredible ceramics that retain that brand new ‘just installed’ look. No more soap stains in your bathroom. One company we’re seriously infatuated with is Aurora suspended fireplaces. Mosey on down to Stand G47. Your own fireplaces will look SO 1980’s compared to these stunning suspension alternatives.

The Home Show website has a bundle of interesting tips for you DIY’ers. From programming your garage door remote to solar home options, artificial turf versus grass possibilities and a long list of tips on how to spruce up your nest. Remember to scan your ticket at stands throughout the show so you can enter to win some incredible prizes. The list is growing but currently up for grabs is a top-range front load washer, Oslo rug and $1000 by Kleenmaid.


Want to try another home away from home? 10 minutes on a ferry ride from the Harbour to Cremorne Point, you’ll be at our Manor. When you’re a guest of Cremorne Point Manor, our balcony is your balcony, our stunning view of the Opera House is your view also and our breakfast… Well, not quite. But when you book direct on our website, a sensational breakfast is included. Not sure if you believe us? Then believe this video tour of our hotel – it’s magnificent. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

St Paddy’s Day Fast Facts

We all know St. Patrick’s Day is the time when the planet turns green, drinks Guinness and gallops around in three legged races looking for four leaf clovers. But this blog post is about the history and quirky traditions the luck of the Irish has given us, in abundance.

Why does this famous day exist? It’s a worldwide celebration of St Patrick, one of the country’s patron saints. He ministered Christianity during the fifth century, within Ireland.
This tradition of celebration (originally with a Roman Catholic feast day – now celebrated by liquid lunches and dinners) started on March 17th, the year 461.

Why is everyone green on St Paddy’s Day? It’s simply as a camouflage disguise to ensure leprechauns (tiny fairy creatures) don’t pinch you. So if you don’t wear green on the 17th March, anyone has the ultimate right (or non right) to pinch you, with themselves taking the responsibility of acting on behalf of these fairies role. Also remember, pinching hurts and causes bruises so maybe just pretend pinch the air instead. Our words of warning to all trigger happy pinchers reading this!

What on earth do leprechauns look like? Even though we call them fairies, they’re actually an Irish folklore, described as little bearded men, with hats and coats that are incredibly mischievous. They love living in solitary, counting and guarding hidden pots of gold at the end of rainbows. They’re also renowned for mending shoes. Maybe they inspired Daniel Day Lewis to take up cobbling between acting, way back when.


How green is Ireland? The country was originally associated as blue yet over the centuries, it morphed into green. Hence the country’s nickname ‘Emerald Isle,’ the green Irish flag and the four leaf lucky clovers that St. Patrick expressed through his teachings about the Catholic religion.

So this March 17th, when you’re out and about with friends & family, enjoying all the amazing wonders of Ireland and the great St. Patrick, remember: no pinching, wear green, maybe consider cobbling as a new career and hunt for that gold at the end of the rainbow.


Once you’ve had your Guinness dinner (a meal in itself, full of incredible nutrients), hop on a ferry and within 10 minutes from the Opera House, you’ll be back at Cremorne Point. Aptly, our Cremorne Point Manor is in a stunning, residential setting and full of greenery. With our affordable rates, greatly lower than downtown hotel prices, you’ll now see why our guests know the grass is greener in our neck of the city. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Sweetest Sydney Blog Post

From now until 17th April, The Calyx at the Royal Botanical Garden is featuring the Sweet Addiction tour. A brand new exhibition to open at The Calyx, it’s an incredible horticultural attraction not to be missed.

Venturing into the story of chocolate, you’ll learn more information about your sweet tooth, and the origins of chocolate like never before. Starting at the center of the tropical rain-forest, you’ll walk through chocolate plantains, a Lindt Mill and discover the ancient history behind its roots and why chocolate is such a global, constant booming business.

The largest contiguous green wall in the southern hemisphere features over 18,000 plants, stunningly presented into living artworks. These represent the Mayan God of Chocolate. A fantastic expo for all ages, it’s an event that’s causing a fantastic rush of cocoa lovers.

Sweet Addiction is a half hour self-guided tour so take your time and stop to smell the non-roses. There’s also an audio tour including a kid friendly audio (5-12 years old). And with the Botanical Garden’s interactive chocolate-theme events and attractions, The Calyx is the first of its kind in Australia. This is a continuation of the Garden’s 200th birthday in 2016.

Prices for adults are $15, kids under 16 years old enter for free and seniors/concessions are $9.50. The Calyx is beyond stunning. You can see if there are cocktail events taking place during your visit or check out the schedule for hosted seminars and dinners. International award winning designer and horticulturist, Jamie Durie is the man behind The Calyx. On the website you can download his garden trail, or check out Catriona Rowntree’s garden map.  As the country’s ‘most travelled woman,’ she’s now ambassador to The Calyx.

(Chocumin)

As The Calyx is a short ferry ride to Cremorne Point, there’s no better way than to spend an afternoon or full day at the Gardens, mosey around downtown Sydney and then head back to our neck of the woods. Talking of chocolate, when you stay with us, expect a special treat from us on your bed pillow. It’s called Chocumin and each piece contains equivalent to 60 turmeric herbal pills. So if you’re weary after a long day out and feel those knee & ankle joints start to swell, we have you covered as turmeric contains incredible (proven) anti-inflammatory remedies.

What a sugary way to experience Sydney…then Chocumin yourself just before bed and enjoy sweet dreams.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

We Say…Crochet

When’s the last time you attended a wearable art exhibition? How about crochet art, specifically? We love that this event of Chili Philly: Crochet Social is taking place in Sydney, created by artist Phil Ferguson (aka Chili Philly).

Phil’s absolutely into wearable crochet pieces, whether it’s a teabag as a self portrait or a taco – there are no limits in his vision. His exhibition will be presented with the support of the City of Sydney and in association with the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 2017. It’s taking place from Tuesday’s to Saturday (11.00am to 4.00pm) from now until the 15th March at the Australian Design Centre. You do need to book tickets as naturally, the expo is widely appreciated and so space is limited and prices for each activity vary. While you’re at the multitude of events, follow and comment on his ChiliPhilly Instagram. Note that he has over 142,000 followers so you’ll need to comment with a BIG statement to get his attention.

Using a combo of video and photography, he’ll present a flurry of public program and events where you, the audience, can participate in his self proclaimed ‘crochet craze.’ There’s the (adults only) Cocktails & Crochet evenings, workshops for kids, panel discussions, artist talks and local market makers in Darlinghurst – promoting their accessory ranges.


Some of his designs are absolutely off the charts, including this apt LGBT inspired love, crochet heart hat. The events are a fantastic opportunity for visitors to meet locals, locals to bond with locals and corporate business clients to enjoy a unique social gathering versus the obvious (mediocre) wining & dining entertainment options.


As the events are taking place just over the water from Cremorne Point, we encourage you to join ChilyPhilly’s workshop, produce a fantastic crochet accessory and tweet us photos. The wilder, more inspiring and the bigger…the better. And when you return to our Manor after a long, yet exhilarating and creative session, let us take photos of you so we can post them on our Facebook page. Maybe the short introduction to crochet will turn you into a hobbyist, or possibly open doors for a future career. Either way, if you don’t grab that hook needle and yarn, you’ll never know what those hands and creative brain is capable of. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Seasonal Group Offers from Emerald City Hotels

We’ve something special for you in this week’s blog post. Emerald City Hotels owns and operates a group of accommodation properties including Cremorne Point Manor (obviously), Glenferrie Lodge and Dalziel Lodge.

We're running offers that are available from May through August, so you have time to plan your Sydney bound trip. These are intentionally in a word.doc so you can also hit the social accounts and follow each hotel. The offers are ideal for group travels: maybe you’re organising a social event to NSW for your yacht club, possibly for the women’s golf annual excursion or that school trip for the debate team.

Our promotions are perfect for you to keep within your travel budget, while having the advantage of being in hotels that are just a short ferry ride from the famous Opera House.


Remember to share our offers with friends and family. Hey, someone you know may be getting married this year and now want to host it in Sydney. Not one to boast, but we do have the best skyline views of the Harbour for those 'I do' pics. And we’ll coordinate accommodation for all wedding guests.

Take into account that our establishments are small and boutique, so we don’t have hundreds of rooms. This is why customers love us, and keep returning to our hotels. So for large group enquiries, we’ll simply split the guests between all three of our hotels. Not only can you see how the other half live while you stay with us, but you’ll all be close by as our hotels are really near to each other. Yes, we’ve thought of everything.

What better way to spend an Aussie autumn or winter than a group trip to Sydney? Click the links below and get booking. Any questions, email, message or call us. Adios!




Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Be Heart Healthy This Valentine’s Day

Instead of posting the typical couple, chocolate and overpriced Valentine’s ideas that everyone else would be writing about, we’re encouraging you to try something different. How about taking the day off from work, or if you’re visiting Sydney, quit the standard sightseeing attractions, and get lost! Literally, we want you to take a breather and spend all day falling back in love with your heart. It demands attention, recognition and is craving to be strengthened. So this blog post is all about hiking and walking off the beaten trails. The exercise will do you good, the alternative sights will be loved by your eyes and your body will be blowing adrenaline kisses. Remember to tweet us pictures during your adventure or tag Cremorne Point Manor with @’s through the day.


Sydney is a stunning city and alongside taking the ferry to absorb the city by water, the famous coastlines are also incredible. Here are a few favourites of ours:

The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk will take you through parks and beaches. The trail is around 6km and follows the city’s eastern suburbs. You can take your time strolling or pick up the pace and maybe complete it in under an hour.

If you’re itching to see more of the Harbour, we’ve got you covered. Take the two step trail from Wooloomooloo (incredible name, right?) to Circular Quay. You’ll venture through Mrs Macquaries Point and the Botanic Garden so remember to check both out during a pit stop. The garden’s over 200 years old so while you’re there continue the walking through the Calyx, with 18,000 plants. Remember to ask about the Sweet Addiction, botanic story of chocolate, exhibition.

For anyone who’s up for a near full day out of hiking, the Garie Beach Coast Track route is going to be your best bet. Its 26km long and you can either trail it yourself or take a Sydney Coast Walk guided tour. Maybe you’ll also consider spend the night there, camping. Star gazing through the night – could the 14th February be any more romantic than this?

Finally, if you’re more of the adventurous type, how about heading to the Royal National Park? With 30km of beautiful coastline views, you can grab a picnic on the way and enjoy the lagoon and beaches. Locals are known for setting up all-star BBQ’s in this area so don’t be surprised to see loved up parties grilling away.


Cupid’s throwing his exercise arrow your way so make the most of the 14th with a different heart-healthy objective, or comment which other trails you’ll be heading down.