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Downtown Kelowna Light Up

Winter has come! If you want to celebrate holiday season in Kelowna with your family, tree lighting is one of the must-see events. There is a giant tree light up event in Kelowna called “Winter street market” which is a free community event. As you can see from the name, this is more than tree lighting! There are tons of vendors, foods, live entertainment, and of course Santa! 2019 marks the 31st year of this festival. This year the festival will be held on December 7th. The heart of this event is located at Stuart Park (between the skating rink and the Kelowna Yacht Club), but there are lots of additional things happening in the surrounding area. 

Here are some fun things you could do at the event:

  • Indulge some festive sweets and treats
  • Munch on some delicious street food
  • Take a photo with Santa at Stuart Park
  • Make a craft at the Kelowna Art Gallery
  • Go for a skate on the rink at Stuart Park
  • Browse the Downtown shops
  • Take in the live music and performances 
  • Warm up with some hot chocolate and marshmallow around the fire
  • Last but not least, tree light up!

To access this event, drive, walk, run, bike or bus. If you choose to use a bus, check out the transit schedule here. If you choose to drive, you’ll be happy to know that City of Kelowna is offering free parking on all Saturdays in December! Check out more parking information here.

Join this event and spend some quality time with your family this winter!

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Looking for a vacation rental for next year? Please check out our homepage.  We have a great selection of cottages near Okanagan Lake, with some beautiful views!

(P.S. A stay at La Casa Cottages makes the perfect gift for your loved ones!)


Written by Natsumi Matsumoto

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Ski and Snowboard in the Okanagan

Ready to book your next British Columbia ski vacation? Looking for an alternative to Whistler? The Okanagan valley is home to a number of mountains that have varied terrain and budget-friendly pricing.  Here are three ski resorts within easy driving distance from La Casa.

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort – West Kelowna

Exciting news! The Crystal Mountain ski area has been closed for a number of years—but the area is under development and is set to reopen under a new name and new management this winter! Fingers crossed everything goes to plan: we can’t wait to see what happens here. It’s the only ski area in West Kelowna after all, meaning it’s less than a 1 hour drive from La Casa to Crystal Mountain. 

Silver Star Ski Resort – Vernon

Cozy would be the correct word to describe Silver Star.  The mountain village offers a range of ski-in, ski-out accommodation options that minimise your time from sleep to slopes. The resort is very popular with locals and has a friendly vibe, often less busy than the larger mountains…but still with an impressive amount of terrain.  Silver Star is around a 1 hour 30 minute drive from La Casa.

Big White Ski Resort – Kelowna

Big White is a Mecca for winter sports enthusiasts with an average annual snowfall of 750 cm, 16 lifts, 119 designated trails, 25km of cross country trails and more! New additions for the 2019/20 season include: an extra magic carpet for beginners, more gondola cabins on Lara’s gondola, and a new trail that allows skiers and snowboards to access Westridge earlier on in the season. Sounds good to us—and just under a 1 hour 30 minute drive from La Casa too.

Organising a group ski vacation? The La Casa Mirador Guest House can sleep up to 26 people and is perfect for large groups of family or friends. Spend some quality time together this winter (and discover a ski resort, or two).

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Favourite Bars & Pubs in Kelowna

Kelowna is known for its nightlife! Fancy a drink on the town, a boozy brunch or a casual dinner? Here’s our favourite pubs and bars suitable for every occasion and every time of day. 

CRAFT Beer Market 

CRAFT Beer Market is loved by everyone!  They specialise in craft beer (over 100 beers on tap!) accompanied with local food. On weekends, CRAFT offers an excellent brunch menu—for anyone who doesn’t want to cook breakfast—with items such as chicken and waffles or breakfast tacos.  Daily happy hour features $4 beers and $6 wines! Elevate your experience by attending the monthly Brewmaster’s Dinner which includes a four course meal and beer pairings.

Address: 257 Bernard Ave.

Phone: 778-741-2337.

Tonic’s Pub and Grill

Tonic’s is a great place for any event, whether it be casual or formal. They offer a fantastic happy hour in addition to nightly specials.  For example, Saturday night is Steak and Lobster night, whilst Wednesday night is wings night (available in 33 flavours including Caribbean jerk, pineapple curry and spicy caesar!) The food menu is large and offers everything from burgers and salads to pizzas and pastas. Drinks include premium spirits, imported and domestic beers, and a selection of wines. Sporting events are shown on the two big screens.

Address: 1654 Ellis St.

Phone: 250-860-2997.

Doc Willoughby’s Public House 

Doc Willoughby’s is open until 2am every day of the week, so it’s the perfect venue for late night drinks! The pub is named after Dr. Charles James McNeil Willoughby who was a physician with the British Royal Medical Corps. In his retirement, he spent summers in his cottage at Shuswap Lake and was well-loved in the community. 

Menu highlights include cheap and cheerful burgers, Okanagan wines, and a variety of beers (international and local). Hosts a range of special events like hip hop bingo and music nights. 

Address: 353 Bernard Ave.

Phone: 250-868-8288.

Central Kitchen + Bar  

Central Kitchen + Bar are consistently nominated for Kelowna’s “Best Burger”—so that alone is an excuse to try out their food.  They market themselves as the “Neighbourhood Local” and want everyone to feel welcome. The food menu offers delicious, creative dishes such as plant-based poutine, tuna tataki burger and bacon chorizo mushroom pizza.  Daily happy hour and weekly drinks specials too (personally, we love Mondays when the margaritas are $5.50!) As well as a range of beers and wines, Central Kitchen also offer craft cocktails like elderflower sour which includes gin, elderflower liquor, lime juice and egg white. The ideal place for any celebration!

Address: 1155 Ellis St.

Phone: 250-862-8820.

Ready to embark on an Okanagan adventure? Don’t forget to book accommodation! Speak to our friendly reservations staff (by calling 1-888-226-5566 or emailing and they’ll find you your perfect Kelowna cottage.


Halloween Events in Kelowna

Boo! It’s nearly Halloween! Are you ready for the spooktacular events happening in Kelowna? Here’s some family-friendly fun that you won’t want to miss!

Halloween Nightwings

Don’t miss this all-ages adventure! Learn and discover who is flying around the Okanagan at night in this not-very-scary Halloween event.

October 29 |3:00pm – 6:00pm | Okanagan Heritage Museum, 470 Queensway Avenue

When Death Comes Calling: A Cemetery Tour

Take a spooky tour through a cemetery and learn true stories about Kelowna’s “dead.” Registration is required for this new event.

November 1 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm | Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery, 1991 Bernard Avenue

Field of Screams

The theme for this year’s chilling corn maze is “Once Upon A Nightmare.” Expect twists on classic fairytales like Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel. How long will it take you to escape the clutches of the Queen of Hearts?

Select dates during October 25–31, 2019 | Gates open at 6:00pm, mazes open at 7:00pm | O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon

Kettle Valley Halloween Terror Train

The Halloween train for 2019! Catch a ride on the train at 5:00pm (family friendly) or 7:30pm on October 25, 26 & 27th. The train takes a journey on the only preserved section of this historic railway so reservations are a must! Duration is 60 minutes.

October 25–27, 2019 | 5:00pm – 7:30pm | Kettle Valley Steam Railway, 18404 Bathville Road


Are you planning to join these spooky events in Kelowna but haven’t decided on accommodation yet? We can help you find your perfect cottage; please call our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email!

By Natsumi Matsumoto

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Grocery Shopping for La Casa

La Casa is located in West Kelowna, near Fintry, and consequently, is at least half an hour away from any major grocery stores.  Most of the time we recommend that guests pick up their groceries from a store on the way up to the property—either stopping in Kelowna or Vernon, depending on your route.

However—there is an easier way! Save time on your way up to La Casa by pre-ordering your groceries from Save On Foods. Follow these easy steps and you’ll be on your way to relaxation!

  1. Register online and make an account with Save On Foods.
  2. Pick the store you would like to pick up from—there are several around the Kelowna area.
  3. Select all your favourite items that you will need for your vacation.
  4. Choose a time you would like to pick up your order.
  5. Confirm your order!
  6. Relax.

Alternatively, you can ask Save On Foods to deliver your groceries to La Casa! Follow the below:

  1. Enter the postal code of the place your groceries are going to. 
  2. Then pick a time for the delivery. You must be there for drop off. 
  3. Depending on the time and day of the week, the delivery cost will vary. Currently delivery fees range from $5 to $20. You must have a minimum order of $40.

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Don’t forget to book your stay at La Casa! Temperatures are dropping and leaves are falling, so there’s no better time to start planning your summer vacation—just the thought of a hot, sunny vacation will help you get through these cold months, we promise! Call our reservations team at 1-888-226-5566 or email to find your perfect cottage today.

Note: There is a small store at La Casa where you can pick up any groceries you’ve forgotten! Hours do vary depending on the season.