Kelowna vacation

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.   

May Events in Kelowna
May03

Looking for something to do in the Okanagan this spring? Here are 7 May events in Kelowna happening this year. 

1) Tour & Taste Okanagan’s Wine Country 

May 02 – all day
Various locations throughout the Kelowna area

Tour the Okanagan’s beautiful wine country with a friendly, knowledgeable tour guide. Your wine tour will include complimentary pick up and drop off in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. This tour operates daily and features tastings at Volcanic Hills, The Hatch, Off The Grid, Indigenous World, and Rollingdale. 

2) Jodi B Concert 

May 06, 6PM – 8PM
The Vibrant Winery – 3240 Pooley Road, Kelowna B.C.

From live looping on the streets to performing at international festivals, Jodie B conducts the sound of a smoky blues bar in the electronic future. She orchestrates through a purple bass, a Fender Tele. and a 6 key harmonica belt, often performing alongside her sister Nique Blue, with mandolin, saxophone and guitar. 

The Vibrant Winery will also be featuring other guests throughout the month:

  • Major Manbo, Fri May 14 – 6:00pm 
  • KINGA Jazz, Fri May 21st – 5:30pm
  • Melissa Livingstone, Thur May 27th – 6:00pm 

3) Wine & Seafood Bar culinary pairing and Jazz Experience

May 08, 5PM – 7PM
Grizzli Winery – 2550 Boucherie Road, Kelowna B.C. 

Snag a limited spot at the Grizzli Winery fireside for an enhanced wine and food pairing experience with Shucked Oyster Co’s Seafood Bar and Jazz background music.

4) Mother’s Day Dinner 

May 09, 6PM
Mission Hill Winery – 1730 Mission Hill Road, Kelowna B.C.

This Mother’s Day, celebrate with a spectacular dinner seated in Mission Hill Winery’s stunning outdoor Loggia. Your experience begins with an Exhilaration Sparkling Rosé. Executive Sous Chef Adam Vaughn and his culinary team will then prepare an unforgettable, four-course dinner, paired with wines hand-picked by our Sommelier. 

5) Survivorman Nature Fest

May 09, 11AM – 4PM
Okanagan College – 1000 K. L. O. Rd, Kelowna, BC

This event is an environmental music festival featuring Les Stroud – AKA Survivorman. Les Stroud will also be performing a private concert Saturday evening for adults and hosting a Survivorman Hike on Sunday. There are limited spots available so be sure to sign up for this free event. 

6) Kelowna Lobster Fest

May 14, 2021 6PM – 11PM
The Canadian Brewhouse, 3030 Pandosy St. #130, Kelowna B.C.

Tickets are only $39.99 and include lobster, Caesar salad, baked mac and cheese, and garlic toast. Call the location to book your reservation or reserve online. COVID safety guidelines will be in effect all night. 

7) Tomato & Basil Festival 

May 23, 10AM – 5PM
The Kelowna Flower Farm – 3683 Berard Road, Kelowna B.C.

Browse a large selection of herbs with an unmatched assortment of basils while you enjoy fresh salsa and Latin music. There will be 20 varieties of tomato plants for sale, including heirloom tomatoes and “Sweetheart of the Patio”, a compact container variety.

Follow us at La Casa Cottages for ongoing event details, adventure blogs, and luxury vacation rentals.

Please contact the venue or host for current details regarding COVID safety measures and/or unexpected cancellations. 

Couples Appreciation month
Apr16

We love any excuse to celebrate here at La Casa Cottage Resort. April is Couple Appreciation Month—so why not pull out all the stops and make it something special. 

Couple Appreciation Month is one of those totally unnecessary but potentially a ton-of-fun holidays like National Pancake Day, Sleep Awareness Week, and World Smile Day. Here are a few ways you can celebrate Couple Appreciation Month and inject a bit of YOLO into 2021.   

  1. DIY Cocktails and Dinner  

Stay at home and enjoy a night of cooking and mixology –lite together as a couple. If you need some additional inspiration, consider subscribing to a meal kit online (Chef’s Plate, Blue Apron, etc.) or tagging along with a YouTube cooking channel like How To Cook That.   

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  1. Competitive Gaming Night 

Whether you like board games, card games, or video games, there are a ton of fun games that can be played as a couple (or group of couples). Decide our level of comparativeness and then choose a game based on how much firepower you can handle. For example, low-competitive games might include a for-fun round of Cribbage or MarioKart; a more high-stake night could encompass Monopoly, Blackjack, or Fortnite.  

  1. 36 Questions to Fall in Love  

Sit around and get to know your partner with the infamous 36 Questions to Fall in Love. These are conversation-starting questions that ramp up the intimacy the father you get through the deck. According to the New York Times, these are the questions to ask someone if you want to fall in love. However, it can also be a fun way to get to know your significant other in new ways!   

  1. Enjoy the Outdoors 

Walk, bike, hike, stroll—we totally support any outdoor date nights that you can come up with. If you are visiting Kelowna, you can use our hikers’ adventure guide. If not, ask the local visitors’ center for their recommendations. Enjoying nature is scientifically proven to promote better physical and mental health, so this is a great activity to indulge in together as a couple.   

  1. Pick Up a New Hobby Together 

Think about an activity you have always wanted to try: watercolour painting, white water rafting, rock climbing, or maybe just learn the latest two-person TikTok dance together. Pick a relaxing, goofy, or artistic hobby and practice it with one another. Sharing an interest will bring you closer together. The point isn’t necessarily what you’re doing—just that you’re doing it together!   

What Will You Do this Couple Appreciation Month?

So-called Hallmark holidays don’t need to be eye-roll-worthy. Pick something new to try and celebrate your life together in whatever way you can. You will at least make some unforgettable memories!   

Thinking about a weekend away in beautiful British Columbia? Contact us for the availability of luxury vacation cottages and rentals in the Okanagan or Vancouver Island.   

 

Abbotsford's Tulip Festival
Apr15

Abbotsford’s Tulip Festival has called Fraser Vallery it’s home for four years. Now, it’s time to move on. Organizers of the one-of-a-kind outdoor event announced that the Tulip Festival will be moving to the North Okanagan in the Armstrong area as of this year. 

The Tulip Festival has been a staple of British Columbia culture for so long. Let’s look at where it came from…and where it’s going! 

History of Abbotsford’s Tulip Festival 

The Warmerdam family moved to Canada from the Netherlands in the 1950s, taking up residence in the Fraser Valley. Here, they put their horticultural knowledge and farming experience to work. A few acres of beautiful, blooming daffodil flowers were the result.  

By 1974, Peter Warmerdam, the family patriarch, expanded into Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie and began to plant and grow gladiolus. The family farm grew to include tulips, daffodils, and peonies soon after. Tulips and daffodils grew well in their greenhouse, too, making them available year-round.  

Alexis Warmerdam, Peter’s granddaughter, came up with an idea: The Bloom Tulip Festival. Locals and tourists would be able to waltz through the vast tulip fields and bask in the vibrant colours while taking part in other outdoor activities, as well. And so, in the summer of 2016, the first Abbotsford’s Tulip Festival was born. 

Tulip Festival Community Outreach  

The Tulip Festival group, colloquially called Bloom, gives back to the community that supports them each and every year. The festival is a touchpoint between local volunteer groups, charities and interested boards, and the community at large. Bloom has donated $120,000 and counting back into the community in various ways so far. Armstrong and the North Okanagan will truly be lucky to have them.  

The festival group has received several awards for their community work, including the 2017 UFV Young Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2016 Abbotsford Business Excellence Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and a 2017 Abbotsford Business Excellence Tourism Nominee. 

Tulips 101: The Planting Lifecycle  

Did you know: Tulip bulbs arrive in Canada from the Netherlands in Fall, just in time to start planting around October. Throughout the winter, the bulbs remain dormant; they are kept safe from damage by ensuring proper field drainage from any unwanted moisture.  

Spring is harvest time; come April, the flowers are ready for harvest. Workers can harvest the tulips and bundle them, preparing them for sale and display. Plenty of tulips are left in the field, unpicked. These make up the basis of the Tulip Festival display.  

A specialized tool removes petals from the tulip stem and allows the bulb to fully mature (yes—even after being picked!). Mid-May is when the bulbs should be fully bloomed and ready for distribution. Harvesting the full bulbs after 8 weeks (post-bloom) allows them to be cleaned, dried, and prepared for the next year’s replanting.  

See You There 

The Tulip Festival will bloom in the Northern Okanagan this year. Will we see you there? 

If you are looking for accommodations, consider La Casa Cottage Resort. We have plenty of luxury vacation rentals to choose from for every budget and capacity need. Contact us for help booking your perfect Okanagan vacation.