Roadtrip

Aug16

A must add to your bucket list this summer is the Penticton channel spanning 4 miles long for hours of fun with friends and family!

Option to bring your own floatie or rent through Coyote Cruises offering tubes for you and your family as well as a shuttle to bring you back to where you started. To book ahead visit Coyote Cruises

This is a great way to spend your afternoon, floating freely and enjoying time with friends and family! We have created a list of things that we recommend bringing to make your experience on the channel seamless!

  1. Life Jacket – Depending on the water levels the channel can be fast or slow moving so we recommend bringing a life jacket for yourself and of course for everyone else who will be joining you!
  2. Water Proof Phone Case – We all love to take pictures during these amazing experiences and to make sure your phone stays safe from water we recommend bringing a waterproof case or carrier
  3. Lots of water & Ice (cooler if you want) – It gets HOT here in the Okanagan and our bodies need lots of water to keep us hydrated during those hot days, if you have a small cooler we recommend putting ice and a few snacks in it in case you need a snack mid float!
  4. Speaker – Bring a speaker along with you so you can listen to music with friends and family we recommend a waterproof speaker so it is safe from the splashes!
  5. Water Proof Dry Bag – This is a great item to have whether you are renting a kayak from La Casa or floating the channel it can hold all your items and keep them dry!
  6. Sun glasses – Those rays are strong don’t forget the sun glasses at home!
  7. Sun Screen – Protect your skin nobody likes to burn on vacation!
  8. Leave valuables at home! Unfortunately what drops in the channel stays in the channel unless you have scuba diving gear then you might be in luck!
Jul06

Nothing beats fresh sandwiches on a hot summer day!

Located 1 hour and 20 minutes from La Casa cottage resort in Penticton is Il Vecchio Delicatessen. This shop makes some of the best sandwiches I personally have ever had – a  locals favourite! Il Vecchio Delicatessen knows how to make the best sandwich around! They are family owned and operated since July 15 1995! Open Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm (excluding holidays) and Saturdays 9am-4pm

Valentina Carloni has ran and owned Il Vecchio Delicatessen for 25 years, handing the daily task of making the best sandwiches to her son and granddaughter read more about their story here!

Over 29 different types of cheeses and 25 different meats to choose from! This will be a sandwich you will be dreaming of for the foreseeable future!

Once you grab your sandwich head down to the local beach to enjoy the sunshine and local views. Penticton has many beaches to choose from some of which are, Skaha Lake Park, Sudbury Beach, Okanagan Beach, and Marina Way Beach! Looking for a place for the kids to jump around and play? Be sure to stop by Lakawanna Water Park!

5 top places to visit in Penticton:
  1. Skaha Lake Park – One of Canada’s Top Beaches – offering a large sandy beach, public washrooms, near by food, and kids water park!
  2. Restaurants – A number amazing restaurants to try in Penticton if you are looking to enjoy the beach and food together we recommend heading to the Okanagan Beach where right across from the beach their are many restaurants to choose from all within walking distance.
  3. LocoLanding Adventure Park – Amusement park in Penticton where the entire family can have fun! With a go-kart track, an 18-hole mini-golf course and many more activities to choose from!
  4. Local Wineries – There is no shortage of wine in Penticton be sure to check out some local wineries, looking for a day of tasting wine – wine tours are offered!
  5. Penticton Farmers Market – Saturday 8:30am-1pm come down to see all the local produce, talent and more!
Jun28

 

Looking for a place to spend the day with family? From hiking, playing, and swimming Fintry Provincial Park has it all!

Swimming and Playing:
Are you looking to build sandcastles, and swim with your new favourite floatie that you picked up from LaCasa Market? Our beautiful Lake Okanagan surrounds each area of Westside Road, and you can enjoy the beauty of the lake while in it. Follow Fintry Delta Road all the way down to the parking lot where you will find a beach, picnic tables, and public washrooms for you and your family to enjoy.

Exploring Fintry Falls:
As you drive across the bridge entering Fintry Provincial Park there will be parking on the left side of Fintry Delta Road (note: currently there is some construction going on so parking may be limited) once parked you will see a few of the many heritage houses. As you begin walking up the staircase the beautiful flowing falls will appear. The hike is listed as “easy” and is made for all ages – the climb is worth the view. Instructions to find Fintry Falls can be found here!

Fintry Playground:
Recently added to the beautiful Fintry Provincial Park was a playground, picnic table and grass area to enjoy. Follow the road past the campsites towards the lake to find the newly added playground area for the entire family to enjoy.

Paddle Boarding and Kayaking on Lake Okanagan is a must! Don’t have one? No worries – we offer rentals visit our rental page or our booking page to see what we have available!

See you at the lake!

Jun21

Are you eager to explore the local area and get to know its history? Start at Fintry Estates and Provincial Park!

Captain James Dun-waters purchased what was then called the “Delta” in the 19th century and soon renamed the area to “Fintry” after his hometown in Scotland. Fintry is now well-known for its Historical Heritage Buildings, as well as camping, swimming, and exploring.

Heritage Buildings:
There are several Heritage Buildings to be explored in Fintry and they have been restored so we can continue to enjoy the history that Fintry brought to Westside Road. A few of the heritage buildings that can be found are:

  • Barn Complex + Hay shed Granary
    • Horse Barn
    • Dairy Barn
    • Pig Barn
  • Site of “Chalet”
  • Path to Falls and Pelton Wheel water intake
  • Hayfields-Orchard Site
  • Manor House
  • Sundial
  • Copper Beech + Weeping Beech
  • Dog Kennel
  • Alice’s Grave
Each of the above sites have a sign which tells you about the history and what the purpose of each area was intended for. Be sure to check out each area to learn more about Captain James Dun-waters. Below is a picture of the “site map” so you can find each point of interest.

Check out the “self guided tour map” here!

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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