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Apr17

There’s no better way to enjoy a gorgeous sunny Okanagan day than cruising on the beautiful glistening lake. But who wants the hassle of hauling their boat along on their Okanagan vacation?

Here are some of the best places to rent watercraft equipment in the Okanagan, so that you can enjoy the lake from more than your 3 bedroom lakeview cottage.

  1. Downtown Marina Kelowna: located in the heart of downtown Kelowna, Downtown Marina Kelowna is not only an excellent place to enjoy the sunshine, but also one of the best place to rent watercraft in the Okanagan. With selection from MasterCraft, Chaparral, Nautique, Sea-Doo and Sweetwater. With rates from $119 an hour, Downtown Marina Kelowna rents out speed boats and pontoons. Downtown Marina Kelowna aslo rents out sea doos, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, tubes, wake boards to help get the most out of the sizzling Okanagan weather.

    http://www.kelownadowntownmarina.com/boat-rentals.html

    250-763-5599

  2. Okanagan Water Sports: located at The Cove Lakeside Resort, on Gellatly Bay in West Kelowna Okanagan Water Sports is a one stop destination for water craft in the Okanagan. With motorized and non motorized rentals, Okanagan Water Sports is sure to have something for everyone in your family.

    http://www.okanaganwatersports.com/

    250-979-8789

  3. SunWave Boat Rentals: with locations in Kelowna and Wood Lake in Lake Country. With luxury boats, pontoons, sea doos, and pick up/drop off anywhere in the Central Okanagan, SunWave boat rentals is sure not to let you down!

    http://www.sunwaveboatrentals.com/index.php

    250-801-2383

  4. Lake Okanagan Marina: located 10 minutes from LaCasa Resort, Lake Okanagan Marina is the closest boat rental marina to LaCasa Cottage Resort. From boat rentals, to water skis, to tubes, and knee boards to aqua bikes, Lake Okanagan Marina is the go to place to rent boating equipment to enjoy the sun!

    http://lakeokanaganmarina.com/

    250-769-3511

  5. Kelowna Marina: with delivery for locations all over the Okanagan, Kelowna Marina is a convenient and stress free way to rent watercraft in the Okanagan.

    http://www.kelownamarina.ca/index.php

    250-766-3120

Apr10

Whether you’re staying at the LaCasa Guest House, or in a Lakeview cottage- sometimes you still need an escape, even while on your beautiful vacation in BC> IF you need a break from the kids, want to keep up that beach bod you’re rocking, or you’re avid yogi and can’t bear the thought of missing your daily vinyasa while on vacation; there’s a studio in Kelowna that’s sure to fit your asana needs and have you savasana’ing in no time!

  • Hot Box Yoga

    The original Hot Box studio started in Kelowna in 2012. It has since franchised to Vancouver and as of 2016- West Kelowna! This is a diverse and fun hot yoga studio that offers affordable, traditional yoga with a twist! With everything from incredible, fun and talented teachers, diverse class selection, affordable prices, central location and an excellent view. The Hot Box Yoga studio is the place to go for yogis of all levels (including beginners!)

  • The Hot Box Yoga:

    Kelowna Location: 223 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 6N2 (32 minutes from LaCasa Resort)

    West Kelowna Location: 104 3710 Hoskins Road, West Kelowna, BC V4T 2H8 (36 minutes from LaCasa Resort

  • Moksha Yoga

    Moksha Yoga or “Modo Yoga” as it’s known internationally, is a rapidly growing collection of hot yoga studios focused on socially and environmentally conscious living. These heated classes follow a series of movements promoting cardiovascular, muscle toning and relaxation. If you’re already a Moksha Yoga member, then this is the place to be! And if you’re not a Moksha member, or even a yogi, give it a try, a good sweat never hurt no body!

  • Moksha Yoga:

    2900 Pandosy St #206, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1V9 (34 minutes away from LaCasa)

  • Tandava Yoga

    Tandava Yoga is a yoga studio unique to Kelowna. With a variety of classes and seminars, this studio is truly unique! Tandava offers prenatal Yoga, Acupuncture, Nutrition seminars and much more a long with a wide selection of yoga classes. The yoga offered is not heated which is perfect for someone looking for a little more zen and a little less sweat.

    Tandava Yoga:

    3275 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna, BC V1W 3S9 (35 minutes from LaCasa)

Apr03

A family vacation create some memorable moments for all family members and to make your vacation even more entertaining we’ve done some research on favorite family games that will keep your children busy during flights/road trips, and everything in between! Bring the whole family together for a cozy evening full of fun and laughter. You can see the whole list of games that we chose for you at the end of this blog.

Battleship

This pen-and-paper game is perfect for two! Win the game by making strategic guesses to uncover your opponent’s ships on the map!

For this game you will need two grids sectioned out 11 by 11, lettered A-J from top to bottom along the left side, and numbered 1-10 across the top.

Each player has:

  • 1 submarine (3 squares);
  • 2 cruises (3 squares each);
  • 3 destroyers (2 squares each);
  • 1 carrier (5 squares);
  • 2 battleships (4 squares each);

Explain to your kids that they should allocate their ships on the grid before the start of the game. Next, let them guess ships’ coordinates, taking turns. (Your opponent should mark your guesses down on their grid). When one of them hits all squares of the ship – it has been sunk! The game is finished when all ships of one player have been sunk. Your kids will be busy at least for an hour, and you can spend this time on yourself whether it’s a short nap or few chapters of your favorite book.

And don’t forget to enjoy your family games with healthy snacks from Okanagan such as Shrimp Appetizer and Tropical Cooler Smoothie

If you are looking for more games you should check out following options:

We hope that these games will help you to enjoy your family vacation and will keep kids busy during your road trips or flights!

Mar27

The Okanagan is the perfect destination for your home away from home spring getaway! The lakeside cottage is booked, the boss approved the days off and your crew is all ready for spring break done right! Now what to pack….

Here’s what fashion bloggers predict will be in style for Spring 2017:

  1. The oxford shirt: this classic is a must have for business men world wide, but this spring, fashionistas have tweaked and deemed it a staple for women’s fashion. Whether it’s recycled and redesigned into a trendy crop top or sun dress or you simply pair your man’s retired work shirt with your fave pair of jeans, this classic is bound to impress.
  2. Neon: no longer confined to flashy pub signs and 70’s costumes, bright, bold and electric colours are predicted to come back this upcoming spring. You can keep it subtle and stick to a hint of electric colour or you can full neon. The options are endless and blindingly bright.
  3. Khaki: this natural, earth toned hue goes with everything. Whether it’s a pair of khaki capris paired with a pastel coloured tee or a khaki jacket, you cant go wrong with this beige, army chic inspired fabric this spring.
  4. Blues: welcome the end of the winter blues, with, well more blues! No not the mood, the colour. Blue IS your colour no matter what your skin tone. With an endless sea of shades and hues, this cool colour is a winner this coming spring.
  5. Floral prints: when you think spring you think sunshine, baby birds, afternoons spent day drinking on the sunny patio and, FLOWERS. Floral prints are a clear win every spring and spring 2017 is not exception.
Mar13

Five Great Hiking Locations near La Casa Cottage Resort

While the Lakeside Cottages are a great spot to spend your vacation in BC, there’s nothing like getting away for an exhilarating afternoon hike up a beautiful mountainside to make the Okanagan truly feel like your home away from home!

  1. Eain Lamont

    Located 34.7km from LaCasa Resort, Eain Lamont Loop is the “official” entrance to Mount Boucherie. Unlike the Mount Boucherie Hike, the Eain Lamont Loop, is very steep and very challenging. It is recommended for serious hikers with some experience and proper equipment. Once at the summit, beautiful, 360 views of Kelowna and the surrounding area can be found. 5.57km round trip.

  2. Mount Boucherie

    Located 34.1km Southeast from LaCasa Resort, in West Kelowna, Mount Boucherie is a short but challenging hike that ends in beautiful panoramic views of of Kelowna, West Kelowna and the Okanagan Lake. Once a 2000m volcano, the now 800m high mountain offers a variety of trails with varying difficulty levels, distances and heights. Mount Boucherie is a well known and much loved location amongst hikers, climbers and those who simply love the outdoors! 2.68 km round trip; approx 60 minutes.

  3. Bear Creek; Canyon Rim Trail:

    Located 22.7km from LaCasa Resort, Bear Creek Provincial Park offers a scenic hiking trail of a moderate level of difficulty. Designed by Dave Brewer in 1981, it is a trail that is manageable for all hikers. With several viewpoints of Kelowna and the Okanagan, as well as many waterfalls and a fresh water creek. Full of wildlife and scenic views, this trail is a must for visitors and locals alike. Be aware of unstable trees and rocks as this trail was affected by a wildfire in 2011. 2.6km round trip.

  4. Christie Falls

    Located 15km from LaCasa Resort. A short but moderately challenging hike that includes a steep descent with ropes to aid you down. Along with a beautiful waterfall, there are also caves to explore. Not family friendly due to the steep inclines, however Christie Falls is a favourite amongst people in the Okanagan and a must see for visitors with a desire to adventure and discover the beauty that the Okanagan has to offer. 2.2km round trip.

  5. Fintry Falls

    Located 4km from LaCasa Resort. A short but steep trek up a set of wooden stairs, leads you to several waterfalls and deep pools. With the option to venture off the trail at the top and follow a beam to another pool and waterfall. Also off the trail are the remnants of old suspension bridges. 1km round trip. Fintry Manor House and other historical monuments can be found at the base of the trail.

  6. Sources:
    Hiking Addiction
    Google Maps
    Kelowna Now