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best day spas in Kelowna
Aug27

Vacations should be about rest and relaxation—and what says R&R better than a luxury visit to one of the best day spas in Kelowna? A trip to the spa can make any weekend special. They make for a perfect bachelorette activity or date night, or just a special gift to reward yourself for getting through a tough year! 

These are some of the best day spas in Kelowna and what we love about them. 

Kelowna, B.C. Day Spas

Namaste Day Spa

Namaste Day Spa is just off the highway on Gordon Drive, so even those just passing through can’t miss it! They offer a 3.25 hours “half-day” spa package: a classic customized organic facial including exfoliation and extractions, sixty-minute massage with flowing Shiatsu, and a pedicure including nail care and a sea salt scrub. 

Amora Day Spa

Amora Day Spa is located within downtown Kelowna, right near the waterfront as well as the bridge to West Kelowna (perfect for those choosing to stay on that side of town). Set aside 2 or 3 hours to visit them for a full body massage, relaxing facial, body wrap, or mani-pedi. Or all of the above! 

Beyond Wrapture Day Spa

Beyond Wrapture Day Spa is attached to the Coast Capri Hotel on Harvey Avenue. It’s right downtown Kelowna near Water Street and all the bars, eateries, shops, and parks that that comes with. They offer some of the most length and substantial packages on this list with treatments that last up to 6-7 hours. A truly luxury experience.

West Kelowna, B.C. Day Spas

Talking Tree Day Spa

Talking Tree Day Spa is located in central West Kelowna and handles everything from massages, body wrap, facials, manicures, pedicures, gel nails, waxing, tinting, and silk threading. They have many spa package options that combine different varieties of their service list. Their stand-out treatment is the “Head to Toe,” which, as you can probably guess, offers a complete body relaxation package. You’ll get a massage, feet treatment, facial, and manicure.

Okanagan Massage

Okanagan Massage is a massage-centric service provider that offers packages for relaxation, full-body, deep tissue, hot stone, and/or foot treatments. They also offer a couples massage package at a discount, making it perfect for romantic getaways, honeymoons, anniversaries, or Valentine’s Day. Note: the couples massage package can be used for anyone in pairs of two, romance not required!

 

What do you think about our list of best day spas in Kelowna? What other Kelowna travel activities do you want us to cover on our blog? Let us know!

Need help organizing your trip? Call or email us at La Casa Cottage Resort and we’ll find the perfect overnight venue for your local vacation plans.

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Kelowna Area Events
Jul20

Check out these Kelowna area events for July 2021 if you’re in the area. There’s plenty going on thanks to Canada Day celebrations. Plus, Kelowna has a thriving summer social scene where you’ll find kids camps, concerts, and food festivals. 

Vibrant Vine Concerts — Do The Okanagan
Thu., Jul. 1, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

On July 1, enjoy the music from N.F.A. The Dance Rock Band that features the talents of the renowned Guillermo “del Toro” on the keys & vocals, Greg “Gigi” Gaspari on lead guitar, Adam “MadMan” MacGregor on bass and vocals, and Jay “JAGostino” Agostino rounding out the rhythm section on drums, adding his whiskey-induced voice. $30 pr person. 

Canada Day Dinner – Mission Hill Family Estate Winery
Thu., Jul. 1, 6:00 p.m. 

Celebrate Canada Day with Mission Hill Family Estate Winery. The evening will feature a selection of our aromatic, summer wines, paired impeccably with a four-course meal that is a true reflection and celebration of Canadian food and wine. 

Live Music Thursday’s — Off the Grid Organic Winery
Thu., Jul. 1, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 

Join us for Live music with the Tree Huggers while on their BC Tour. Table is available no earlier than 4:45pm – Pizza Truck & Wine by the bottle are available.  (No outside food or beverage is allowed). Book now, tables are limited. 

Melissa Livingstone – The Vibrant Vine Winery
Sat., Jul. 3, 5:30 p.m. 

Melissa Livingstone is a BCCMA award nominee, Denim on the Diamond contest winner and Canadian Country Radio Artist. Okanagan local, Melissa Livingstone brings a fun & heartfelt performance every time she’s on the stage. Her love of music is evident as soon as you see her with her guitar. 

Wacky Improv! Games! TV & Film! 

Mon., Jul. 5, 4:00 p.m. – Fri., Jul. 9, 11:00 p.m. 

Annual kids’ camp for ages 7-13. Participants will flex their funny bones by developing characters, timing and instincts useful to all forms of theatre. This class will teach you how to work with others, so come join us and unleash your creativity! We will also dabble in TV & Film exploring on set focus, etiquette and work habits with some famous movie scenes and commercials. Work is recorded, viewed and discussed. 

Volim Valley Festival
Fri., Jul. 9, 3:00 p.m. – Mon., Jul. 12, 6:00 a.m. 

Join us for the very first Volim Valley Music Festival in beautiful Kelowna, BC.  

This European inspired festival is aimed at creating an amazing festival filled with love, fun, and expression. 

Music: The main stage will bring to you a mix of electronic genres such as; House, Tech house, Drum N’ Bass, Dubstep, Techno, Hardstyle, Trance, Psy Trance and many more! All from local and International artists. 

Volim Valley’s second stage, the “Live Lodge” will have a mix of live bands playing music with folk, blues, rock, and alternative influences. 

Osoyoos Ribfest
Fri., Jul. 23, 11:00 a.m. – Sun., Jul. 25, 7:00 p.m. 

Okanagan Ribfest serving up the Best in slow-cooked Ribs, Tasty Chicken, Juicy Brisket, and Sweet Pulled Pork. No entry fee.  

Be sure to check out these Kelowna area events if you’re in the area this July. Need somewhere to stay while in Kelowna? We’ve got luxury vacation cottages for different-sized groups and budgets at La Casa Cottage Resort 

Local B.C. Produce
Jun28

B.C. has mild, warm weather and long summers that make it perfect for farming culture. You’ll see local B.C. produce at farmers’ markets and in grocery stores (both corporate and boutique). If you’re visiting British Columbia, say at one of La Casa Cottage Resort’s luxury vacation cottages and rental, you might even get the chance to pick these products up right from the source!   

Here are 4 local B.C. produce and products to look for while you’re here.  

Donia Farms’ Grass-Fed Milk, Butter, and Yogurt  

Donia Farms is a third-generation family farm located in South Surrey, near Vancouver. Their website is packed with love, carefully detailing the special ways they care for their animals, what they feed livestock, and recipes to use with their produce. Their logo is an iconic staple in Canadian supermarkets: a calm bovine bent down, feeding. They specialize in grass-fed milk-based products, including milk, butter and yogurt.   

BCB Honey Farm’s Raw, Clover, and Raspberry Honey  

BCB Honey Farms is also located in Surrey, B.C., and makes an appearance at many of the local farmer’s markets around the greater city area, like the West End Farmers Market and Kitsilano Farmers Market. Not only are they dedicated to providing delicious, raw honey, but their mission statement also includes a desire to foster a healthy bee population for generations to come. They make regular honey or flavoured honey, including clover and raspberry varieties.   

Morningstar Farm’s Little Qualicum Cheeseworks  

B.C. actually has many cheese makers scattered throughout the province. If you’re visiting the Islands, including the Parksville area, you might want to check out Morningstar Farm’s and/or Little Qualicum Cheeseworks. Morningstar Farms is a 90-acre dairy farm that specializes in Swiss-style artisan cheese. They now offer many varieties, like bleu claire, caerphilly, caraway jill, curds. Feta, island brie, and more. Their produce is sold in many locations across Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, and the Sunshine Coast—the details of which are listed on their website.   

Sirene Chocolate Bars and Cocoa Powder  

Some things we just can’t grow in B.C….like cocoa beans. However, there are local companies dedicated to ethically sourcing ingredients before putting them to work in a Canadian kitchen. Sirene Chocolate sources their beans from Guatemala, Tanzania, Ecuador, Peru, Uganda, and Mexico. Once they get their hands on the beans, they turn them into delicious bars and powder in their custom chocolate workshop located in Victoria, B.C.  

Have you tried any local B.C. produce or products that you want to scream about from the rooftops? We hope so! If not, come stay with us at La Casa Cottage Resort and we’re sure you’ll find what you’re looking for in the bustling local markets.  

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Winter hikes
Dec04

Wintertime in Kelowna tends to be mild and sunny—perfect for winter hikes. That’s because the region is a semi-arid desert! Sure, you will always get a bit of snow but the temperature rarely drops uncomfortably low. Plan to work up a bit of a sweat and you won’t even notice the chill.

That’s why we’ve compiled this great list of winter hikes for you in the Kelowna area.

  1. Cedar Mountain Regional Park

Cedar Mountain Regional Park (AKA the Kelowna Crags) was renamed the Johns Family Nature Conservancy Regional Park after a substantial land donation after the 2003 wildfire that devastated the area. Now, hikers can enjoy over 403 hectares of natural land, an easy and short walk, and a stunning view of the Okanagan Valley at the top.

  1. Spion Kopje Hiking Trails 

Sometimes written as Spion Kop Hiking Trails, this central Okanagan trail system takes hikers to the peak of the Spion Kopje mountain. You’ll find these trails closer to Winfield, about a 33-minute drive North from Downtown Kelowna. Follow the markers for a clear view of Lake Kalamalka and parts of Oyama.

  1. Mill Creek Regional Park

Mill Creek Regional Park is a family-friendly hike that is highly rated by experts and novices alike. The trail is moderately flat and all forks in the path take you to the same destination so you don’t have to worry much about getting lost. The area tends to be a haven for mosquitoes in warmer months, making it a refreshing winter walk even if you have done this trail before!

  1. Rose Valley Regional Park

Enjoy 250-hectares of parkland in the West Kelowna Rose Valley neighbourhood. The Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir-filled forest land has winding natural trails, a conservation area and pond, and views of Okanagan Lake. Dogs are also welcome on-leash and Rose Valley Regional Park is open to visitors year-round.

BONUS: If you are looking for a day trip, E. C. Manning Park is about a 3-hour drive from Kelowna and is one of the most popular parks in the province. Located in the heart of the Cascade Mountains, the climate and geography make it a perfect natural location for year-round visits. The park has hiking trails for all levels, from 15-minutes walks to a 6-day excursion!

Just because there is snow on the ground, doesn’t mean you hiking enthusiasts need to be stuck indoors. The Okanagan is known for its scenery and wintertime is no exception. So bundle up, pack a snack, and take a relaxing winter hike amongst the trees.

Looking to book a spot for hiking, skiing, or other winter sports? Ask us about La Casa Mirador, our large group vacation rental property in West Kelowna. Open year-round! 

BC Beer
Oct30

Let’s chat about B.C. beer. We talk a lot about wine on this blog. After all, B.C. is considered the “wine country” of Canada. Beer drinkers need not despair! We have plenty of craft breweries in the area, too. B.C. craft beer is rising in popularity, especially on Vancouver Island and in Vancouver proper. That means there is a ton our there for beer lovers to try.

Autumn and winter come with their own flavours (think: dark beers, like stouts, and anything spiced). And B.C.-based breweries are more than accommodating to these seasonal tastes. Try any of these fall/winter season B.C. craft beers. You won’t regret it.

  1. Granville Island Lions Winter Ale

If you don’t already know, Granville Island is a peninsula and shopping district in Vancouver, B.C. Granville Island Brewing was Canada’s first modern microbrewery. Their beers are ubiquitous across the province. You’ll have no problem finding the Lions Winter Ale, and more, at any local liquor store. The Lions Winter Ale has a vanilla-like flavour that pairs well with full-flavoured foods and cream-based sauces.

  1. Whistler Brewing Chestnut Ale

You can probably guess by the name, but Whistler Brewing is located in Whistler, British Columbia. This ski-resort-town is bustling with winter sports and year-round entertainment, including eateries and breweries. The chestnut ale is a spiced/herbed beer with a blend of caramel and crystal malts. It’s a “Warm you up from the inside out” kind of drink. The bold, nutty flavour will do well with any rich winter meal.

  1. Hoyne Dark Matter

Hoyne Brewing is located in Victoria, B.C., so if you are staying at one of our Parksville or Qualicum Beach vacation properties, a day trip for a tour is not out of the question. (It’s about a 2-hour drive away.) Dark Matter is a delicious stout-meets-brown-meets-porter. It’s a bit of an enigma, soft to sip with hints of chocolate. This is a beer for everyone, even those who tend to avoid darker brews.

  1. Nelson Brewing Co. Faceplant Winter Ale (Organic)

Nelson Brewing, located in, obviously, Nelson, has been a staple in the local community since 1991. They produce all nature, full-flavoured beers. They are certified organic, producing without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or genetic engineering. The Faceplant winter Ale has hints of brown sugar and molasses. It’s sweet, malty, dark, and smooth.

  1. Driftwood Satori Harvest Fresh Hop IPA

Driftwood Brewing is located in Victoria, B.C. The Satori Harvest Fresh Hop IPA can only be brewed once a year when fresh Centennial hops are collected from Satori Cedar Ranch near Chilliwack. This IPA is hoppy, floral, piney, smooth, and grassy. Everything we love in a fall and winter season beer. It has a 7% ABV, so enjoy responsibly.

Find something you like thanks to this guide? Let us know online! Use @lacasacottageresort on Facebook and @lacasacottages on Instagram. Want to visit some B.C. breweries first-hand? Ask us about our Kelowna area vacation rentals.