Family Friendly

Family Vacation
Mar02

Planning a Family Vacation – What You Need to Know

Family vacations give parents and kids alike a great opportunity to relax, recuperate from the stresses of school and work, and make lasting memories together. Planning a family vacation, however, can be time-consuming and stressful.

Here are a few things you should keep in mind while planning your family trip.

  1. Set a Budget

The first thing you should do is decide how much you want to spend on this trip. There are plenty of websites that can give you estimates for how much different locations costs for a family trip. Narrow it down to what you can afford to spend. You will be able to easily budget for “known” expenses like plane tickets, lodging, events, and other travel related expenses. However, you will also have to decide how much “free money” you will bring per day. This is for things like eating out or shopping for souvenirs. This is also what makes or breaks a trip budget usually. Don’t forget to have emergency money ready in case something happens during the trip (an unexpected expense or accident).

  1. Book Everything Early

Family vacations are usually centered around designated weeks off for the local school system. Sometimes you share these prime vacation dates with nearby cities, the whole country, or even multiple countries. This is why it’s wide to book flights, lodging and activities as far in advance as possible so that you aren’t fighting for space at the last minute. As soon as you receive the school year calendar, start thinking about when you want to travel and where you want to go.

  1. Pick Accommodations

Depending on where you are going and what your budget is, you may have plenty of accommodation options to choose from. You can get a villa or vacation home, a hotel/motel, stay at a resort, lodge on a cruise ship, Airbnb/VRBO a private space, rent or buy an RV, stay in a tent if camping is an option, and much more. You should pick your accommodation based on (A) Your budget, (B) How many rooms or beds you require, and (C) Where you are going.

  1. Make an Itinerary

What time do you need to leave for the airport? What airline are you taking? When will you arrive at your destination? Do you have any layovers? How are you getting to the hotel? Are you renting a car once you arrive? Building an itinerary of the basics will help you stay organized. Plus, you can print it off and distribute it to members of your family so that everyone stays on the same page through the trip. This will also help prevent any miscommunication, as all the details are written where everyone can see them.

  1. Plan Daily Activities

Depending on the type of trip, you will want to plan 1-2 activities for the family to do together per day. This might be something elaborate like going to an amusement park or it might be something simple like cooking dinner together. Family vacations should be about spending time together so it’s nice to have some activities around which to center that. Be sure to leave some space open every day for lounging, walking through town, or doing something spontaneous. Everyone will appreciate having some “them time” available here and there to read a book or take a nap by the pool.

If all of this sounds a bit much to take on, try using a travel agent. They can take care of the basics for your family vacation so you can focus on making each day special and unique.

Get planning your family summer getaway now, and check out our great selection of cottages!

 

halloween
Oct25

Halloween Events in Kelowna

Boo! It’s nearly Halloween! Are you ready for the spooktacular events happening in Kelowna? Here’s some family-friendly fun that you won’t want to miss!

Halloween Nightwings

Don’t miss this all-ages adventure! Learn and discover who is flying around the Okanagan at night in this not-very-scary Halloween event.

October 29 |3:00pm – 6:00pm | Okanagan Heritage Museum, 470 Queensway Avenue

When Death Comes Calling: A Cemetery Tour

Take a spooky tour through a cemetery and learn true stories about Kelowna’s “dead.” Registration is required for this new event.

November 1 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm | Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery, 1991 Bernard Avenue

Field of Screams

The theme for this year’s chilling corn maze is “Once Upon A Nightmare.” Expect twists on classic fairytales like Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel. How long will it take you to escape the clutches of the Queen of Hearts?

Select dates during October 25–31, 2019 | Gates open at 6:00pm, mazes open at 7:00pm | O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon

Kettle Valley Halloween Terror Train

The Halloween train for 2019! Catch a ride on the train at 5:00pm (family friendly) or 7:30pm on October 25, 26 & 27th. The train takes a journey on the only preserved section of this historic railway so reservations are a must! Duration is 60 minutes.

October 25–27, 2019 | 5:00pm – 7:30pm | Kettle Valley Steam Railway, 18404 Bathville Road

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Are you planning to join these spooky events in Kelowna but haven’t decided on accommodation yet? We can help you find your perfect cottage; please call our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email rentals@lacasacottageresort.com!

By Natsumi Matsumoto

vines in the fall and thanksgiving
Sep30

Celebrate Thanksgiving in the Okanagan


It’s officially fall and almost time for the Thanksgiving long weekend. Looking to do something special to celebrate?  Here’s our list of events that are guaranteed to get you into the thanksgiving spirit.

Grape Stomping Parties

Tick grape stomping off your bucket list this long weekend! Attend one of the Annual Grape Stomping Parties at House of Rose Winery! Everyone from babies to eighty-year-olds will enjoy jumping into the specially made Grape Stomping barrel. Fun for the whole family!

October 5 and October 12, 2019. 1:00pm – 4:30pm.

Cost: Food Bank Donation

Location: House of Rose Winery

Fall Wine Fest

Celebrate Thanksgiving with The View Winery & Wards Cider as they head into winter hours! Bring your family or friends down and spend the holiday tasting some refreshing wine and cider at one of these special events:

October 5, 1:00pm – 5:00pm: Pizza & Pinot – enjoy pizza with wine and cider pairings. Cost: $10.

October 6, 12:00pm-5:00pm: Riesling Through the Ages – taste and compare the 2012-2018 vintages. Cost: $10.

Oct 12, 11:00am – 6:30pm: International Pinotage Day Celebration – sip on glasses of pinotage wines. Cost: $10

Oct 13, 14, 12:00pm – 5:00pm: Cheersgiving event – raise a glass to complimentary tastings! Cost: Free.

Location: The View Winery & Wards Cider

CedarCreek Pork and Pinot Long Table Dinner

In celebration of the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival, Cedar Creek Winery are hosting a long table dinner that features a four-course seasonal dinner with wine pairings. With stunning views over Lake Okanagan, this is one evening you won’t forget!

October 3, 2019. 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

Location: Cedar Creek Estate Winery

Cost: $190.85

Autumn Harvest Wine Tasting

Taste the flavours of fall at Sleeping Giant Fruit Winery with their unique spiced pumpkin and delightful cranberry table wines. Both are perfect pairings for your Thanksgiving dinner!

October 3 – 13, 2019. 10:00am – 6:00pm.

Location: Sleeping Giant Fruit Winery

Cost: Complimentary

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We are sure you will have a wonderful time in Kelowna if you attend any of these events! If you haven’t found accommodation yet, please call our reservations line at 1-888-226-5566 or email rentals@lacasacottageresort.com  to find your perfect cottage at La Casa Cottages!

 

Written by Natsumi Matsumoto

 

Kelowna markets
Aug26

3 Kelowna Markets to Check Out this Weekend

There’s no better way to get to know the locals than by visiting the city’s markets!  And this weekend, the last long weekend of summer, is the perfect time to do so.  Here are three markets you shouldn’t miss:

 

Kelowna Art Market

Art fans will want to head down to the Kelowna Art Market this week.  The art market has been running throughout the summer, but this is your last chance to check it out before it ends. Expect a variety of handcrafted pieces by local artists.  Any presents you need to buy?  Get them here! Visit the market, located near the Rotary Centre for the Arts, between 11am and 3pm on August 29 or between 4pm and 8pm on August 30.  

 

Kelowna Farmers’ & Crafters’ Market present Kelowna’s 1st Annual Garlic Festival

Garlic: you either love it or hate it! Well if you’re the former (and throw garlic in just about every meal you make) then this is the week to head down to the Kelowna Farmers & Crafters Market.  On September 1, it will be the market’s 1st Annual Garlic Festival! The event features live music, garlic growers, demonstrations, food concessions and more. To get your garlic fix head down to the Satellite Market on St. Paul Street between 9am and 4pm.

 

Grizzli Winery Labour Day Market

Celebrate the long weekend at Grizzli Winery.  For the first time, the West Kelowna winery is hosting a Labour Day Market on August 31 and September 1. Enjoy stunning views of the surrounding vineyards while you browse through local artisans’ products, listen to live music and eat tasty food truck meals. The market is free and family friendly.  It’s also the ideal day to visit the winery if you haven’t already!

 

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Wondering what else you can do on your trip to Kelowna? Give us a call (1-888-226-5566) or send us an email (rentals@lacasacottageresort.com) today! Our friendly reservations staff are always happy to speak to you about fun activities, where to get your groceries, hiking in the okanagan, water activities and more. 

We look forward to seeing you soon! 

 

By Hannah Poaros

geocaching
Aug12

Geocaching around Kelowna


What is Geocaching?

 The word Geocaching refers to GEO for geography, and to CACHING, the process of hiding a cache. A cache in computer terms usually refers to information stored in memory to make it faster to retrieve. The term is also used in hiking/camping as a hiding place for concealing and preserving provisions. According to Parks Canada Geocaching Guidelines, Geocaching is an outdoor activity that is similar to a treasure hunt. The goal of the activity is to find hidden containers known as caches (or geocaches) using a portable satellite navigation device called a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver.

Individuals who practice this activity (generally referred to as cachers or geocachers) place a cache in an outdoor location and post the cache’s latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates on the Internet. Other geocachers then use their GPS devices to download the coordinates and cache descriptions from the Internet in order to find the caches. Once the participant has found the cache, they may log their findings on the Internet.

There are a number of different types of caches. Physical caches include a logbook, pencil, and trade items (small objects left in the caches for geocachers to trade with one another – e.g. toys, key chains, etc.). Another type of cache is an earth cache, which highlights an area’s unique natural features. 

How to Geocache?

You can find geocaches near you with by creating an account online or through the Geocaching® app. For online use, there are 8 steps involved: 

  1. Register for a free Basic Membership.
  2. Visit the “Hide & Seek a Cache” page.
  3. Enter your postal code and click “search.”
  4. Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name.
  5. Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device.
  6. Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.
  7. Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.
  8. Share your geocaching stories and photos online.

You will only need a GPS device or a GPS-enabled mobile phone for navigation purposes so that you can navigate to the cache, as well as a Geocaching.com Membership!

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There are about around 1000 caches in Kelowna! Why not try geocaching around La Casa for an exciting family experience?  have an exciting experience with your family? We have a great selection of cottages perfect for family vacations!

 

Written by Natsumi Matsumoto