La Casa Cottage Resort

BC music
Sep11

Are you coming to stay in one of our Okanagan vacation homes? Need some music for the trip? Travel can be a bit of a drag, particularly if you are stuck in a car or airplane for a long time. We made a special playlist for you that features all B.C. artists so that you can get in the mood for your stay here!

Not only will a solid playlist make time pass (or accent any good times you are already having during your vacation) but audio is a great memory device. What does this mean? Playing these songs after your trip is over will, hopefully, remind you of how much fun you had.

(Note that not all of these songs may be suitable for children.)

Let us know what you think.

The Best B.C. Artists Playlist

  1. “You’re Too Cool” by The Zolas
  2. “The Party Rages On” by Zumpano
  3. “Misunderstanding” by The Grapes of Wrath
  4. “Funny World” by Mae More
  5. “Of Mice and Men” by John Mann
  6. “These Lines” by Shari Ulrish
  7. “Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams
  8. “Oblivion” by Grimes
  9. “Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Bublé
  10. “Força” by Nelly Furtado
  11. “Weapon” by Matthew Good Band
  12. “Home” by Joshua Hyslop
  13. “Run Away With Me” by Carly Rae Jepsen
  14. “I Love Myself Today” by Bif Naked
  15. “Seventh Wave” by Devin Townsend
  16. “Bit By Bit” by Mother Mother
  17. “Capable” by KO

To download the whole playlist on Spotify, use: BC’s Best.

Feel free to add anything else you can think of. After all, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything” (according to Plato).

Need some help planning your trip—specifically, where to stay once you are in B.C.? We have a range of vacation homes that we cordially invite you to try out. Contact us for more details and be sure to sign up for our newsletter so that you can watch for special deals.

Travel well!

BC Wines
Aug28

Be sure to check out the expansive local vineyards if you are planning to travel B.C. this summer. Not only are they stunning to behold but they produce delicious B.C. wine of every flavor and variety. Any vacation trip to B.C. would do well with some samples from the local wineries. Many visitors arrange wine tours during their stay. (Ask us if you are staying with us and in need of recommendations!)

In honour of all the great B.C. wineries and orchards, here are just a few of our favorite B.C. wines:

  1. Quail’s Gate Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay | Okanagan Valley, BC

This tropical and balanced wine pairs well with any pork-centric meal. It won a bronze medal in the 2019 San Francisco International Wine Competition, among other notable achievements. This Chardonnay is refreshing, golden, and smooth with a fruity essence.

  1. Painted Rock Estate Red Icon, Bordeaux Blend | Okanagan Valley, BC

A red Bordeaux blend usually has Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc in it. Bold and structured, this wine pairs well with beef and/or venison meals. Red Bordeaux are often compared to fruits like plum and blackcurrant because of their dark colour and rich flavour.

  1. Painted Rock Estate Syrah | Okanagan Valley, BC

Syrah is a dark-skinned red wine grape known for floral flavors in its youth and more peppery flavors as it ages. Because of this, it pairs well with BBQ (think: spareribs and grilled veggies), braised beef, and aged hard cheeses. Fun fact: It’s only called “Shiraz” if it’s from Australia.

  1. Laughing Stock Vineyards ‘Portfolio’ Red, Bordeaux Blend | Okanagan Valley, BC

Laughing Stock Vineyards is located in the beachy city of Penticton, B.C. This red pairs well with heavy, fatty, and spicier steaks and lamb. We’re sensing a theme here. Routinely wins top accolades from wine competitions and wine critics alike: a proven chart-topper.

  1. Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Riesling Icewine | Okanagan Valley, BC

An ultra-sweet icewine with tons of tropical fruit flavours, like citrus and apricot. Don’t worry, citrus-infused acidity keeps it balanced. It will pair perfectly with berry-centric desserts so be sure to stick around for an after-dinner snack.

We hope this guide will help you sample the best B.C. wine. If you in the area visiting and need a cozy vacation rental, be sure to contact us. Our staff would be happy to help you find the right fit.

Beach Safety Tips
Aug07

One of the best parts of visiting B.C. during the summer is the warm weather and the sandy beaches. Fun must go hand-in-hand with beach safety, though, so here are some waterside tips for families to follow.  

1. Check for Flags & Signs 

Some beaches use flags and signs to denote location-specific warnings, like hazardous areas or dangerous marine life in the area. Any on-duty lifeguard will be able to explain these signs to you in they are unclear. If there is no lifeguard on duty, a quick Google search or a call/visit to a Visitors Information Centre should do the trick.

2. Apply and Reapply Sunscreen 

Obviously, UV rays can damage our very sensitive skin and even lead to melanoma and other permanent damage. Water, sweat, and physical activity can rub or wash away applied sunscreen throughout the day so you can’t just set it and forget it. Reapply any time you come out of the water and/or every 2 hours. You should also put sunscreen on 30 minutes before sun exposure to ensure it’s properly absorbed by the skin beforehand. Also: know the temperature/weather concerns before you set out—the Weather Network app can help.

3. Maintain a Safe Distance From Others

Not only does this stop the spread of infectious diseases but it also prevents accidents and is proper beach etiquette. If you can, maintain a safe 6-foot distance from others. Try visiting the beach during “off hours”, like while locals are at work, or hunting for more spacey spots to sit, even if they are farther from the water.

4. Know Some Swimming Basics

Make sure everyone in your group knows basic swimming and water safety. At the very least, they should be able to dog paddle or hold their breath and float on their back. Swim in pairs (or more) for maximum safety. Younger children should wear floating devices or lifejackets if they are at risk. If you are a weak swimmer, keep an open water float nearby.

5. Keep Near to a Source of Shade 

Whether it’s a tree or a beach umbrella you brought along, a source of shade is important to protect against burns as well as sun sickness/stroke. Be sure you are drinking plenty of water, too, which will also help against the latter. Heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and sun poisoning are always a risk when it’s bright and hot outside.

Keep these beach safety and swimming tips in mind and ask a lifeguard in the area if you need more assistance. No lifeguard? Defer to the strongest swimmer in the family, watch out for one another, and travel (swim) in groups. Swim safe and have fun!

No beach plans yet? Maybe it’s because you haven’t found the right vacation spot yet. Contact us to book one of our cottages or rental properties for your family vacation.

grocery shopping
Oct21

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.

grocery shopping

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 rentals@lacasacottageresort.com 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.

crock pot cooking
Sep09

Why You Should Bring a Crock Pot to the Cottage

 Our cottages all have fully equipped kitchens but if you have a busy vacation planned or you don’t enjoy cooking, then a crock pot might just be your new best friend. Here are 5 reasons why you should bring one along with you on your next La Casa cottage stay.

A Time Saver 

On vacation, after an active day out, you might not want to spend every evening cooking. Using a crock pot will save you time as it cooks your food slowly whilst you are out for the day. You can explore as long as you want, and when you come back, you cottage will be full of delicious smells!

An Easy Cooking Experience

You can find plenty of crock pot recipes online. Simply combine all the ingredients for the dish you wish to cook, set the temperature, switch on the timer and that’s it! There’s nothing complicated about slow cooking…it just takes time.

Note: On your way to La Casa, make sure you pick up some groceries as there are no supermarkets near the property.  Online shopping is also an option via Save On Foods – details available in our FAQ.

You Can Create Healthy Meals

Slow cooker recipes don’t usually call for added oils or fats since they use water and time to cook the food. The food is not fried or prepared in unnecessary ways.  This means that the final result will be healthier than the same meal cooked in a frying pan or on the grill (where oil or butter is needed).

It’s Budget Friendly Cooking

Crock pots can save you money in several ways. Firstly, they can make a lot of food at once. Secondly, you can use a crock pot to mix and re-cook leftovers into a second family meal. Crock pots are so versatile that almost any food can be cooked in them. This means that there is no need to buy expensive grocery items. For example, a crock pot can turn cheaper cuts of meat into a tender and tasty meal.

Guaranteed Hassle-Free Clean-Up

The beauty of cooking with a crock pot is that you can cook an entire family meal in one pot. To guarantee easy cleanup, rub the inside of the stoneware with oil or spray it with nonstick cooking spray before using the crock pot. If you want an even easier clean up routine, use a slow cooker liner.  These are plastic bags that can be taken out once you’ve finished eating, and thrown away. Some crock pots also have a removable crock.

crock pot cooking
Are you ready for your next cottage vacation? Contact our reservations team by calling 1-888-226-5566 or emailing rentals@lacasacottageresort.com and book your stay!

Written by Natsumi Matsumoto