The Okanagan

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!
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

Aug02

Come summer there is nothing better than a cold drink on your patio, who are we kidding… a cold drink tastes good no matter where you are from boats, beaches, backyards to on the couch watching your favourite movie!

Can’t go wrong with a Mojito (what’s your favourite lime, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry?)

Add these items to your next shopping list:

  • Fresh Mint
  • Soda Water
  • Simple Syrup
  • Lime Juice
  • Rum

Have a blender in the pantry? Pina Colada is a must on your list of cool summer drinks!
Add these items to your next shopping list:

  • Rum
  • Cream of coconut (not coconut cream)
  • Pineapple juice
  • Ice
  • Frozen pineapple
  • Lime Juice

Prefer something a bit less sweet – try the Gin Basil Smash

Add these items to your next shopping list:

  • Gin
  • Lime Juice
  • Basil leaves
  • Lemon juice
  • Simple syrup

My mom’s personal favourite – no recipe here call it a family secret shared to all of you who are family here in the LaCasa Community!

Add these items to your next shopping list:

  • Whipped Cream Vodka
  • Orange Juice OR Pink Lemonade
  •  Ice

My personal favourite the Empress Gin Cocktail – add all the ingredients to martini shaker and shake and pour into your favourite glass or red solo cup.

Add these items to your next shopping list:

  • Empress Gin
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Egg whites
  • Simple Syrup
  • Ice

Shaken, Stirred, Poured, Over Ice.. Whatever you choose – Enjoy!

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!