Events

Nov21

Are you pondering if you should get a artificial Christmas tree, one from your grocery store or going on a trip out to the bush to collect the perfect tree which ends up being patchy and way to big for your living room? Next comes the decisions on what lights colour or no colour? The options are endless and it can be stressful.. we get it!

One thing you wont have to think about this year is how to seat your entire family at a table which sits 4. Skip the crammed dinners and get together at the Mirador this year for a one in a life time experience!

Spread the Christmas cheer with your entire family at the La Casa Mirador! Combining rustic spanish style charm with all the creature comforts you could desire, this property was designed to make you feel relaxed and at home. A stunning large building with 4 floors and 10 bedrooms 1 king, 8 twins, 7 queens, and a single bunk bed located on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors. The entire family can gather in the theatre room and watch all the holiday favourites after popping you popcorn in the gourmet kitchen.

Feeling those December winter chills? Soak in the private hot tub up on the patio with the beautiful views of Lake Okanagan.

If you are interested in bringing the entire family to the La Casa Mirador this holiday season book today!

Contact us at Tel: 1.250.542.0515, or Email: rentals@lacasacottageresort.com

For more pictures and information visit the La Casa Mirador website here!

Oct01

What is your favourite part of October is it Halloween, Costumes, Candy, or Pumpkin Spice Drinks? My favourite part of October is Hot apple ciders and picking the perfect pumpkin at Davidson Orchards!

I personally have been going here since I was just a baby – it is a tradition to go each year and pick out a few pumpkins to bring home and carve!

Starting October 1st Wednesdays – Sundays 10am -4:30pm.

You can jump on a tractor that takes you on a tour and drops you off at the patch to pick the perfect pumpkin’s. Once you have taken all your family, and friends pictures with your favourite pumpkin in the patch you can jump back on the tractor to ride back to the parking lot where you can take it home and carve it.

Tractor Tour Pricing with Pumpkin Picking $10

Tractor Tour Only: Adults $8 and Kids $5 (no pumpkin included)

Davidson Orchards is an experience in it’s own, not just picking pumpkins, riding tractors, petting zoom, drinks and snacks as well.

Located just 45 minutes from La Casa Cottage Davidson Orchards is a must see this October!

Recipes to make with your Pumpkin:

Pumpkin Seeds recipe here!

  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt, plus more for serving
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, melted coconut oil or nut oil like walnut
  • 2 teaspoons your favorite spice blend such as curry powder, harissa and chili powder
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with about 2 cups of water and season with 2 teaspoons salt. Bring to a boil.
  3. Meanwhile, scoop the seeds from your pumpkin. Add the pumpkin seeds to a bowl filled with cold water and swish them around until the seeds float and are mostly clean.
  4. Add cleaned seeds to the boiling salted water. Simmer for 5 minutes. Drain and pull away any remaining pumpkin attached to the seeds.
  5. Scatter the seeds onto clean dishcloths and pat them very dry. Mound the dried seeds onto the prepared baking sheet. Add the oil and any spices on top then toss until well coated. Spread the seeds into one layer. Bake, stirring the seeds at least once, until fragrant and golden around the edges, 10 to 25 minutes, depending on how large the seeds are.

Pumpkin Bread recipe here!

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1½ sticks (¾ cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 15-oz can 100% pure pumpkin
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Generously grease two 8 x 4-inch loaf pans with butter and dust with flour (alternatively, use a baking spray with flour in it, such as Pam with Flour or Baker’s Joy).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk until well combined; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until just blended. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until very light and fluffy, a few minutes. Beat in the pumpkin. The mixture might look grainy and curdled at this point — that’s okay.
  4. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until combined.
  5. Turn the batter into the prepared pans, dividing evenly, and bake for 65 – 75 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the loaves cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Fresh out of the oven,the loaves have a deliciously crisp crust. If they last beyond a day, you can toast individual slices to get the same fresh-baked effect.

Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The bread can be frozen for up to 3 months. After it is completely cooled, wrap it securely in aluminum foil, freezer wrap or place in a freezer bag. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Aug25

Here at La Casa Cottages we offer a fully equipped kitchen and a BBQ. While visiting the beautiful Okanagan be sure to stop by some of our amazing Farmers Markets so you can fill your fridge up with fresh, local produce. Sign up for Farmers Markets coupons here!

Fun Facts!

  • Did you know there are over 145 Farmer’s Markets in BC?
  • There are over 2,000 Orchardists in the Okanagan

Just to name a few of the fruits that grow here in the Okanagan:

  • Cherries
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Grapes
  • Plums
  • Pears
  • Elderberries
  • Apricots
  • Raspberries

A few of the near by markets are:

Vernon Farmer’s Market – More information to found here

When? Monday and Thursdays 8am-1pm

Where? Kal Tire Place

Kelowna Farmer’s Market – More information to be found here 

When? Wednesday and Saturday 8-1pm – 0utdoor in the summer and Indoor in the winter (April-December)

Where? Corner of Dilworth and Springfield

When? Sunday 9-3pm

Where? Kerry Park

Enderby Farmer’s Market – More information to be found  here

When? Friday 8-12pm (May-October)

Where? Cliff Ave + Belvedere St

PeachLand Farmer’s Market –More information to be found here

When? Sundays 10-2pm (June-September)

Where? Heritage Park, Beach Ave

Penticton Farmer’s MarketMore information to be found here

When? Saturday 8:30am-1pm (April-October)

Where? 100 Block of Main St Downtown

 

What are some of your favourite items from the Farmer’s Market?

Aug09

BBQ Rentals on Lake Okanagan

Nothing beats the smell of a BBQ as your walk by your neighbours house, invite got lost in the mail? No worries you can enjoy your own BBQ with friends and family with a unique, fun experience on a boat BBQ Boat Rental listed as a “unique experience for all ages”

The “Eco-friendly boats hold up to 10 passengers per boat and are equipped with all the added features that add to the fabulous setting like our electric motors, low-smoke grill, under seat storage, pillows and circular table” this is an experience you do not want to miss out on! Located approximately 45 minutes from La Casa! You can pick up all your BBQ goods right on site at the La Casa store before you hit the road. Prefer food to be prepped and ready for you upon arrival inquire about the catering they offer prior to booking to see if this is a option for you!

Some FAQ answered from Maeg’s website more can be found here:

  • No boating licenses required!
  • You must be at least 21 years old or must have a parent or guardian present. ​​
  • How long is it? The rental period is 2 hours. A Lake Tour is 45 minutes.
  • Can we drive the boat ourselves? Yes you drive the boat yourself. The driver must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid drivers license. A licensed captain is also available for a $100 fee.

See picture of Maeg’s boat rental below!

Maeg's BBQ Boats

Kelowna Events August 2021
Jul30

Visiting Kelowna at one of our La Casa Cottage Resort vacation rentals? Here are a few things you can expect to do around town if  you’re visiting throughout the month of August. Check out these Kelowna events August 2021.

Please follow all COVID-19 safety precautions when attending any live event. Check event details before arrival, as sudden cancellations are still a possibility.

The Heels 2021

Sat., Aug. 7, 7:00 PM
Camelot Vineyards
3489 East Kelowna Rd

Canada’s pop-country queens, The Heels, are made up of vocalists Bobbi, Brittni, and Kyla boast organic, three-part harmonies influenced by classic country, gospel, and Motown. The Heels have won BCCMA awards and just released their latest song “Catch & Release” with Aaron Pritchett. Come see them play at Camelot Vineyards. 

Over the Rainbow – A Tribute to Old Hollywood

Fri., Aug. 13, 5:30 PM
The Vibrant Vine Winery
3240 Pooley Rd, Kelowna, BC

Timeless, elegant and sexy, “Over the Rainbow” celebrates the magic of the music and the movies of The Golden Age of Hollywood. The Vibrant Vine loves hosting concerts and shows at the winery! During the warmer months, grab a lawn chair, sit back and relax with a glass of VV wine while listening to local musicians.

Kelowna Comedy Presents Alex Mackenzie

Sat., Aug. 14, 8:00 PM
Dakoda’s Pub
1574 Harvey Ave UPSTAIRS, Kelowna, BC

Kelowna Comedy presents Alex Mackenzie on Saturday, August 14th at Dakoda’s Pub. Alex has been a part of Melbourne Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Perth Fringe Festival, the Hungry for Laughs Comedy Tour, and more. He is also the creator of Comedy Night in Canada, an online comedy show. 

80’s Mix Tape

Wed., Aug. 25, 7:00
Island Stage, Waterfront Park
Kelowna, BC

City of Kelowna’s Parks Alive! is hosting an 80’s music themed event. The showe is on from 7:00 to 7:45 at the Island Stage. Dress up in your favorite 80’s wear! David Bowie, Prince, Whitney Houston, Journey, AC/DC, the B-52s—who do YOU hope to hear?

CBC’s The Debaters: Live Recording

Sat., Aug. 28, 2:00 PM
Mary Irwin Theatre
421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna, BC

The Debaters is the hit CBC Radio show that features Canada’s hottest comedians going toe to toe, debating topics in the news and on the minds of Canadians. This LIVE recording will take place in Kelowna, BC…and you can tune in to watch the magic happen. 

Need somewhere to stay while attending any Kelowna Events August 2021? Contact us at La Casa Cottage Resort for luxury vacation rentals for any group size or budget.