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Okanagan Vineyard
Aug21

The Okanagan’s Top 10 Most Instagrammed Sites

The Okanagan region has some wonderful views and gorgeous vineyards.  We’ve done some research and created this list of the area’s most instagrammed sites (not including Kelowna or Vernon). If you’re a regular to La Casa Cottage Resort, you might just want to try something different this year! Take a look at our round-up – which one sparks your interest?

  1. Mt. Boucherie

Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery has 4 vineyard locations in the Okanagan.  Take a trip to the winery in West Kelowna where you can sign up for a vineyard tour or pop into their shop to purchase bottles of their signature collection.  This vineyard has a stunning mountain backdrop – perhaps this is what makes it so Instagram worthy.  That, and the glasses of wine you will be consuming!

  1. Osooyos

We’ve already mentioned in our 5 things to do article just how great Osooyos is.  It makes an interesting day trip – you’ll hardly feel like you’re in Canada once you step foot in this desert space.  Go grab some fresh cherries and Instagram those beautiful colours.

  1. Christie Falls

Why not take a trip to Christie Falls? This excellent waterfall is well worth the hike to and is just outside Kelowna.  It’s practically in fashion  to take a selfie under the waterfall, so what’s your reason not to?  There is even talk of there being a rope swing available – time to be adventurous!

  1. Tinhorn Creek

It’s not a surprise that Tinhorn Creek is on our list – this vineyard is another favourite with locals and tourists alike.  There Miradoro Restaurant has panoramic views of the valley below with a Mediterranean style menu, using locally sourced produce.  What makes Tinhorn Creek so brilliant is that the winery is neighbours to an access point for the Golden Mile Trail! Set off on a hike, enjoy breaking a sweat then return to the vineyard for a tour and wine tasting.  Perfection.

  1. Gray Monk

Head down to the 3rd winery on our list – Gray Monk Estate Winery! Try their Odyssey Tasting sessions – these give you the opportunity to taste their top tier wines.   Their restaurant, The Grapevine, offers wine and cheese sittings as well as lunch and dinner.

  1. Monashee

Monashee Provinical Park is located in the Monashee Mountain Ranges in North Okanagan.  Visitors can hike, fish, climb and horseback ride on these beautiful wild trails. You will discover lakes, waterfalls, rocky outcrops and plenty of wildlife! We would love to hear what trail you decide to hit up.

  1. Quail’s Gate

Quail’s Gate is a gorgeous winery where you can dine and stay overnight as well as taste their wines! This is the perfect place for a wedding or family reunion – check out their website and you’re sure to see why this rates high on Instagram!

  1. Lake Okanagan

Lake Okanagan is the reason many people venture out to Kelowna and Vernon.    The lake is spreads across 135km so no wonder it is so popular! Grab your kayak, paddleboard, boat or swimmers and get out on the water!  We know that one of the reasons many of you choose to stay with us at La Casa Cottage Resort is for this reason since we have lake access at the bottom of the resort.  Contact us now if you would like to hear more about our rentals services which are available as an add-on to your cottage rental.

  1. Knox Mountain

Situated in downtown Kelowna is Knox Mountain Park. Perfect for a walk or a hike, this trail leads you uphill to wonderful views of the city.   Since you don’t have to go far away from town, this is an extremely popular place to hangout!  Grab a picnic, your hiking boots, and your swimmers and enjoy a day in Kelowna’s large 766-acre park.

  1. Mission Hill

Mission Hill Winery, in West Kelowna, has superb architecture, an award-winning restaurant, a wine boutique and an Amphitheatre.  This picturesque estate is perfect for spending an afternoon in the sun or an evening under the stars.  They hold summer concerts, offer wine tastings and tours, and outdoor dining.  No wonder this is the top of the Instagram list for the Okanagan region – we can’t wait to check it out! Just have a look at that gorgeous courtyard and the 12-storey bell tower…

 

 

Written by Hannah Poaros

Jul31

Summer Events in the Okanagan – August

Wondering what’s happening this August in the Okanagan? As always, there’s lots of events and activities to keep you occupied on your summer break.  For those of you visiting us over the August long weekend, we’ve also got you covered in the events listed below.

Festivals

There’s plenty of festivals coming up, so why not plan your visit around one of these?

  • Do you love arts, crafts, food and music?  If the answer is yes, then check out the Lumby Art & Music Festival which is happening August 11th to August 13th. This is a free 3 day festival that features local musicians, artists and over 200 vendors. There will be homemade jams, fresh baked goods, recycled art and a range of other interesting treats.  On Friday night, they are selling tickets for a Wild Dance Party – families are encouraged to attend – featuring a funky bluegrass and folk band named Blackberry Wood.  Their music encompasses a bit of everything so get on your dancing shoes, snag some tickets (only $20 for a family of 4) and prepare for a high-energy event!

 

  • If you’re in the Okanagan between August 12th & August 19th, then be sure to join in the Okanagan Pride Festival.  This is the 10th anniversary of Okanagan Pride so it’s going to be full of celebration.  They have a lot of fun, quirky events scheduled such as an 18-Carat Golf Tournament on August 14th and Kelowna’s Next Drag Superstar on August 18th.  Don’t miss the Pride March & Festival in the Park though – this one’s going to be epic! The theme this year is ‘Shine Bright’ so get out the glitter, gemstones and diamonds. We hope to see you there!

 

  • On August 26th & 27th, Kelowna is putting on their annual Dragon Boat Festival.  The festival is taking place at Tugboat Bay in Waterfront Park, Kelowna. There are quite a few teams registered to compete this year, so why not pop down to the bay and see the action?  If anything, this makes for an awesome photo opportunity and if you’ve never seen Dragon Boat racing – now is your chance! Pick your team and cheer them on. It’ll be great fun all round.

Farms, Wines & Museums

Everyone knows that the Okanagan is Wine Country.  Let’s take a look at the upcoming events happening at local Farms & Vineyards.

  • Are the kids a bit restless? Tired of sitting at the pool?  Well, we’ve got just the thing.  Take them down to the Kelowna Orchard & Wine Museum on August 9th or August 11th between 10:00am and 14:00pm and they can learn all about pollination with the Bee an Okanagan Pollinator Protector event.  This educational, family activity runs each week with no registration required.  What a great opportunity to get the young ones interested in saving the bees and the butterflies!

 

  • On August 13th, it is the 9th Annual Okanagan Feast of Fields. This is a three hour event that takes guests around Caldwell Heritage Farm on the hunt for local gourmet food.  You’ll get to taste yummy plates whislst wandering through a beautiful farm – there is also live music!  This is sure to be an event worth buying tickets too.  Don’t miss out on trying all sorts of creations sourced from BC’s top chefs, bakers, brewers and more!  Perhaps the most lovely aspect of this festival is that all proceeds fundraised go to support FarmFolk CityFolk’s work to sustain local food systems.   Tickets are likely to sell fast so reserve your place here (and then, tell us all about it!).

 

  • Every Wednesday and Friday night during August, Blind Tiger Vineyards are putting on a Live in the Vineyard event.  Join them for wood fired pizzas, music and wine of course.  This vineyard is in Lake Country (around an hour away from La Casa Cottage Resort) but enjoy the beautiful drive around Lake Okanagan and reward yourself with a refreshing glass of pinot when you arrive at the Vineyard.  They even offer a brilliant dessert pizza with cream cheese icing – if that’s not enough reason to brace the one hour drive, then what is?!

Something Different?

Looking for something a bit out of the ordinary to complete the perfect holiday itinerary?  Here are our favourite upcoming special events.

  • On August 5th & August 6th you can participate in Big White Ski Resort’s GEO Hiking.  This is the perfect excuse to get the whole family out on the mountain.  There are prizes to be won and hidden treasures to find – an adventure for all ages! The hiking trails on Big White offer gorgeous views of nature so be sure to take your camera.  If you want to take part in this exciting event, just register at the Concierge Desk in the Village Centre Mall and pick up your GPS system.

 

  • What about watching an opera?  This summer Opera Kelowna are putting on Puccini’s La Boheme, one of the most popular operas in the world.  Looking to be a stunning production about art and love, with a storyline that is relevant even now, this will be a night out you won’t regret.  Performance are on August 18th & August 19th at the Kelowna Community Theatre.  If you’re not sure whether opera is your thing but want to give it a try, you could attend Opera in the Park on August 2nd, 3rd & 4th. This is a summer concert series – the perfect introduction to classical music!  Bring the family, grab a picnic spot in one of Kelowna’s parks (different locations depending on the date) and relax under the stars.

 

  • Every Friday you have the chance to watch The Cowboy Dinner Show at O’Keefe Ranch in Vernon.  O’Keefe Ranch is a historic attraction which tells stories of BC ranching.  Journey to Canada’s wild west with song, music, re-enactments and more! The evening includes a traditional cowboy dinner of juicy steak and a campfire finale. Interested?  We thought so.

 

And that’s all for now! We’re excited – are you?  Looks like August is going to treat us to awesome weather, delicious food and action-packed day trips.  We can’t wait to hear what you get up to!

Click here to see our other suggestions of things to do in the Okanagan.

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Written by Hannah Poaros

Jun29

5 things to do in the Okanagan Region

 

Weather conditions are fantastic in the Okanagan right now with high temperatures and hours upon hours of sunny skies – it is the perfect time to plan that summer break! Maybe you’ve heard that there is limited boating on the lake at the moment and you’re wondering why you should still plan a visit? Well lucky for you, there are many activities on offer that can provide you with fun-filled memories.  Here are a few suggestions to keep you and the family happy.

 

1.        Indulge on a wine tour

 

There are many wineries as well as wine tour companies for you to choose from if you are looking to experience some decadent wine tasting and dining.  On Thursday evenings throughout July, House of Rose winery offers a Summer Music Series where you can relax in a picturesque setting whilst listening to some live bands.  You’re welcome to bring a picnic or purchase supplies at the shop there.

 

Other popular wineries in the area include Mt Boucherie Winery, Tantalus Vineyard and Little Straw Vineyards.  If you don’t fancy driving yourself to these locations (though this does also give you an opportunity to stumble upon some hidden gems), there are several tour companies that can cart you across to a few places in one day.

 

Okanagan Wine Country Tours offers to take you to 4 wineries in 4 hours on their Tasters Tour Lakeshore Wine Route so you can really explore what the region has to offer. Want to save your daylight hours for other adventures?  No problem.  Club Wine Tours can take you out at 3.30pm on their Sunset Dinner Escape where you will have the opportunity to taste a local vineyard dinner.

 

2. Go swimming

 

Due to the high water levels, there may be a certain amount of debris floating around in Lake Okanagan at the moment.  We still believe that there is nothing more relaxing than dipping your toes into a refreshing lake but we understand that this might not be for everyone.  To make up for this, here are some other swimming locations.

 

La Casa Cottage Resort has two swimming pools and we encourage you to try out both of these.  Why not practice some lengths and you could become an olympic swimmer in no time!

 

There is also a fantastic water park located in Vernon.  Atlantis Water Slides is less than an hour away and offers hot tubs, slides, picnic areas, cabanas and more.  Definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for some wet and wild adventures.

 

3. Take a Drive to Osoyoos

 

If you’re wanting to explore some other locations in the Okanagan, Osoyoos makes an interesting starting point.  This small, tucked away town is one of Canada’s most endangered habitats. It has a dry climate and is Canada’s only desert.  Take time to appreciate the dramatic landscape whilst sipping a glass of wine from one of the many wineries.  After all, what’s more perfect than sitting in a vineyard looking out across rolling hills and desert plains?

 

If you’re not up for a glass of wine, then the Osooyos Desert Centre demands your attention.  Learn about the ecology of the area, conservation and habitat restoration with interactive exhibits suitable for all the family.  There is a 1.5 km boardwalk where you can enjoy the fresh air and appreciate the desert climate.

 

4. Dust off those hiking boots

 

One of the best things to do when you can’t get out on the water, is to get out on the land.  If you’ve never had time to explore the Parks surrounding Kelowna, then now is a great time to start and you’ve got so many to choose from! Why not try hiking in Knox Mountain Park?  This beautiful park is located in downtown Kelowna. It offers trails of varying lengths and difficulties – all leading to some stunning viewpoints.

 

Check out our other favourite hikes here.

 

5. Get Sunbathing

 

The Okanagan region is known for its superb scenery and blazing sun.  In fact the region gets more sunlight than most other parts of Canada!  This means it is a perfect place for you to kick off your shoes, grab a new book and work on that tan.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re by the lake or by the pool – whiling away the hours under the sun is always a good idea.

 

    
Written by Hannah Poaros