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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 

B.C. Forest Fires
Jul09

The truth is that B.C. is both heavily forested (which we love) and can be incredibly hot and dry (perfect for beaches)—but sometimes these two beautiful sentiments combine into something nefarious: B.C. forest fires. First of all: take a deep breath! You don’t necessarily have to cancel your trip and forest fire-related casualties are exceedingly rare (and more likely for emergency personnel like police and firefighters).   

That being said, here are 6 things you should know about B.C. forest fires before your trip.  

Many, Many Forest Fires are Human-Started  

This is the sad truth. So many forest fires could be prevented each year if campers, hikers, visitors, and locals worked together to adhere to fire safety rules. Never throw a cigarette butt on the ground; listen to fire bans in the area; make sure your fire pit is completely extinguished before going to sleep; never leave live flames unattended.   

B.C. Averages 1,352 Wildfires Annually, but…  

Many of them are small, quickly put out, or far away from human civilization of any kind. In fact, forest fires are a natural and important part of the ecosystem. It clears away dead matter from the forest floor and makes room for fresh, new growth. Sometimes controlled burns (human started and monitored) are used to “clean up” the ecosystem on purpose.   

COVID-19 Actually Decreased the Number of Fires in B.C.  

This is mainly because people were not travelling and therefore were not lighting fires or leaving them unattended. As stated before, please, please take care while camping or hiking so that you aren’t the cause of an unexpected blaze.   

Many B.C. Cities and Towns Are Not Affected  

Many areas don’t get that many forest fires and the most you see will be a bit of smoke in the sky. You will still be able to be outside, go to beaches, attend events, camp, and go about your daily life. The only time you need to take caution is when there is an air quality warning.  

You Can Track Current Wildfire Activity  

Worried about whether a fire will pop up in your area? You can track B.C. wildfire activity yearly using the B.C. government’s wildfire dashboard. Fires are very common but most of them are so small or isolated that you won’t even notice them during your stay.   

La Casa Resort Will Inform You of Noteworthy Fires Beforehand  

We send out newsletters that encompass everything from local events in the area to wildfire warnings. If something is amiss, we’ll let you know well ahead of time. This includes anything like water advisories, major highway shutdowns, and anomalous weather events. We strive to keep you informed all throughout your trip!   

Always be fire safe but also keep in mind that fires are a normal part of the first lifecycle and are usually not cause for alarm at all. Still have questions? Give us a call at La Casa Cottage Resort.  

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Homemade Road Trip Snacks
Jun11

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as settling in for a summer road trip surrounded by your favourite treats. It’s easy to stock up on chips, candy, and pop but why not try a healthier route this year? These homemade road trip snacks are a better alternative to prepackaged junk. 

What are we looking for in homemade road trip snack ideas? 

 

Sure, anything can technically be a road trip snack so long as it doesn’t take up too much room. But we are specifically looking for road trip snacks that:

  • are easily portable 
  • don’t create much waste
  • non-messy and doesn’t leak  
  • don’t spoil quickly
  • no utensils needed 
  • Healthy (ish)! 

With saying that, let’s dive in! 

DIY Trail Mix 

This is one of the easiest and most filling options for a DIY road trip snack. Go to the bulk section at your grocery store and pick from their selection of nuts, pretzels, crackers, dried fruit, cereal, chocolate, candy, or anything else you want to add. You can make this snack as healthy as you want by adding more nuts and fruit and fewer sweets. You can also make each road trip guest’s baggy a bit different. If Jen loves M&Ms, add some extras to hers. If Bill hates pretzels, leave them out for him. Be sure to use reusable Tupperware or lunch baggies to keep this treat eco-friendly. 

Dehydrated Fruit Pieces 

You can buy these pre-made or make them yourself. We’re a fan of homemade dehydrated fruit because you can use fresh, local produce and make more for your buck. Apples, strawberries, bananas, apricots, and cherries are all popular fruits for dehydrating. You can dehydrate your fruit with a variety of tools: specialty dehydrator appliances, an air fryer, or even your oven. You can even go all out and make dehydrated fruit leather snacks

Baked Kale or Potato Skin Chips

Potato chips and other salty fried snacks are a popular road trip treat. However, they are often over-salted and packed with bad fats. Making your own chips using kale or potato skins is a healthy alternative. Whichever you decide to use, kale or potato skins, making chips is as easy as coating them lightly in oil, adding a pinch of seasoning (salt or your choice), and popping them in the oven for a bit. Remember: these snacks might be brittle once prepared so packing them in a bag is ill-advised. Try a sturdy Tupperware container instead! A piece of paper towel at the bottom will soak up excess oil until you’re ready to eat them. 

Fun Flavoured Popcorn

Popcorn is a super easy pack-and-go snack but you can make it even better by experimenting with different flavours. Try Salty Spicy PopcornCinnamon Honey Popcorn, or Cheddar Cheese Popcorn. Google search “popcorn + [your favourite flavour profile]” and something will probably pop up. If not, invent it yourself! If you aren’t feeling particularly crafty you can also buy flavour shakers for your popcorn. This works particularly well if your road trip crew can’t decide on one flavour—get a few of each! 

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Let us know using #LaCasaCottages on IG or Facebook and tag us in your post. Need help planning your BC road trip? Contact us

Kelowna Cabin Rentals
May14

The Okanagan Valley is a perfect vacation location in Canada. People from across Canada and around the world travel to British Columbia to enjoy the hot weather, expansive beaches, and vibrant wineries. You might be looking for Kelowna cabin rentals as an affordable and personable alternative to corporate hotel brands. If so, there are a few things you should consider before booking your cabin rental.  

What is Your Budget for the Trip?

Vacation budgets vary wildly and also depend on how long you’ll be staying and what type of activities you’ll be participating in while there. Kelowna is a great destination because there are plenty of free activities to partake in, like exploring the local hiking trails.   

Sit down with a spreadsheet or checklist and brainstorm how much you are looking to spend on lodgings, food, activities, and travel expenses like gas or plane tickets. Remember: You’ll be spending a lot of time at your rental cottage and will want it to be comfortable, spacious, and safe. You can skimp on your food and drink budget but it’s best not to skimp on where you’ll be sleeping.   

Regardless, there are vacation cottages in Kelowna ranging from $100/night upward so you are sure to find something that fits within the range you set for yourself.  

How Many People Are Staying with You?

This will help you determine how many beds and rooms are needed within your vacation cottage of choice. More rooms tend to have a higher expense. Fewer rooms will allow you to save money. See if anyone in your group is willing to sleep on a couch or pullout bed—these tend to be located in the den area and don’t add much extra cost.   

1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom cottages are pretty reliably available, as they tend to be the more popular sizes. However, if you are planning an event or traveling in a large group, you can look into event rentals that hold a lot more—up to 6 bedrooms with 26 sleeping spots!   

You can also consider splitting your group up into smaller, more manageable parties and booking separate rentals for each clan. For something like that, you might want to seek out a rental cottage community so that you are still in close proximity to one another. 

Are Pets Allowed at Your Cabin?

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Not every vacation property allows pets so be sure to call ahead and get a clear yes or no answer before you pack Fido up in her kennel!  

Are There Budget Vacation Deals Available?

Watch for booking deals for longer stays, last-minute rental discounts, or off-season specials to save a bit of money on your per-night rate. The best way to do this is to follow local Kelowna tourism companies on social media, where they are most likely to post and advertise these sorts of things. For example, you can find La Casa Cottages on Facebook and Instagram!  

How Well-Cared for are the Kelowna Cabin Rentals?

Check online ratings, look at photos (and ask how recent they are), and email the cottage owner about cleaning regulations between guests. You don’t want to be stuck in a place that looks like it’s falling apart, nor do you want to be deceived by interior images that are way out of date. Don’t be afraid to push a bit here and get all the information you need to make the best decision.  

Does it Come with Any Perks (pool access, WIFI)?

Not all cottage rentals will come with extras, nor should they, but it’s always a nice thing to have! Ask about:  

  • Free WIFI access   
  • Private yard space (with furniture?)   
  • Pool access   
  • Firepit access  
  • BBQ access  
  • Boardgames   
  • DVDs or Netflix login  
  • Any other perks you can think of 
  • How Long are You Staying? Is It During Busy Season?

If you are planning a longer trip or booking for the busy season (summertime, holidays, and so on) then be sure to start looking far, far in advance to make sure you get what you need before it sells out.   

Do You Need Some Expert Help Picking between Kelowna Cabin Rentals?  

Give us a call or email at La Casa Cottages if you need help picking a cabin or cottage rental that works best for you. We have several luxury cottages available in West Kelowna with a lakefront view and easy access to beaches, parks, wineries, and more.   

Kelowna Events
Mar12

Spring has sprung and people everywhere are looking for a socially distanced opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy the budding sunshine. Here are # events in Kelowna that you can check out this month. 


  1. ArtiFACT or ArtiFICTION

When: March 12-15, 19-20, 22, 26-27, 29
Where: Okanagan Heritage Museum  

Put on by the Okanagan Heritage Museum, this family-friendly event lets visitors test their knowledge of history, fashion, medicine, music, osteology, and more. Explore the museum’s artifact collection in an immersive trivia “board game” for individuals or small social-bubble groups. 


  1. SparklingHigh Tea at Summerhill  

When: March 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, 
Where: Summerhill Pyramid Winery – Bistro 

Book a spot between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM at the Summerhill bistro to enjoy organic savoury bites, house-made scones and croissants with seasonal preserve and clotted cream, assorted mini pastries, artisanal TWG Tea, and a complimentary glass of their Cipes Brut. 


  1. Myra Canyon Adventure Spring Break Camp

When: March 13
Where: Myra Canyon Adventure Park (Kelowna Concierge Shuttle available) 

This Spring Break camp is pulling out all the stops, health-safety-wise. Sanitation and masks are mandatory, and kids are separated into socially distanced groups for the extent of the trip. The action-packed day includes rope courses, outdoor survival skill training, team-building games, and more.  


  1. Born to be Wild: Make a Mason Bee Home

When: March 17, 27 
Where: Laurel Square (outside) 

This is a drop-in, by donation event that anyone can take part in. Participants will learn about wild bees in the Okanagan, including where they live and what exactly is a “super pollinator”! Bring along a 1L cardboard milk carton to make a mason bee house for you to keep.  


  1. Basically Ella – Cut Crease Makeup Lesson (online)

When: March 22, 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Where: Online 

Drag queen and makeup artist, Ella Lamoureux, teaches how to perfect the cut crease eye makeup look by breaking things down into a simple step-by-step experience. This online event requires a Unicorns.live subscription but you get access to a whole host of fun events. 


  1. Okanagan Virtual Wedding Fair

When: March 27, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: Hosted online by Sherpa Group Events 

This annual event connects wedding parties with local Okanagan vendors, from stylists to wineries, wedding venues to florists. Check out speaker sessions to get some tips from those in the wedding biz. YOu’ll also have a chance to play games and win some prizes.  


  1. WatercolourWorkshop 

When: March 28
Where: The Vibrant Vine Winery  

Grab a complimentary glass of your favourite Vibrant Vine wine and join professional artist Janice Keirstead for a lesson on watercolour basics. This class is appropriate for all skill levels. All materials (paint, brushes, paper) will be provided by the venue.  

Looking to spend some time in Kelowna this summer? La Casa Cottages has luxury cottages available for couples, small groups, and families