Okanagan

Picture spots kelowna
Nov20

Freshly fallen snow makes for a perfect photo backdrop to any Instagram or photo album contender. Kelowna boasts stunning parks and nature sites that stand out even when covered in frost. Here are some picture-perfect Kelowna photo spots for you to snap the perfect shot.

  1. Knox Mountain

This is Kelowna’s largest natural area park, meaning that you can hike around and find the absolute best scenery to get the perfect shot. Search the hashtag #KnoxMountainKelowna on Instagram to get some ideas!

  1. Mission Hill Winery

Open year-round, Mission Hill Winery offers a ton of great spaces for photo opportunities even in the wintertime. Check out the courtyard, terrace, barrel cellars, or their grand entryway of curved arches held together by a single Keystone.

  1. Waterfront Park

There are plenty of places along Waterfront to stop and take a picture with the choppy winter waves of the lake in the background. You won’t want to swim when it gets this chilly out but that doesn’t mean the sand and surf won’t work for a photo op.

  1. Chichester Wetland Park in Rutland

This gem is a local treasure that not many tourists catch on to. In the summer, it’s a flourishing wetland packed with important wildlife. In the winter, you’ll find icicle-decorated trees and frosted ponds galore.

  1. City Marina

Pose in front of rows of boats moored for the winter with zigzagging docks laced with frost. Not only is it a photogenic spot, but it really captures the beach bum vibe of the city. Walk around the area and you’ll find plenty of statues and landmarks that also make great Kelowna photo ops (yes—including the iconic Ogopogo statue!).

  1. La Casa Mirador Guest House

Our vacation properties boast cozy kitchens, dreamy reading nooks, and lakefront views. If you stay with us, you will have many photo-ready opportunities to capture the magic of your vacation in the Okanagan. The La Casa Mirador guest house has room for the whole family, so ask us about planning group trips or events.

Need help picking where you want to stay when you visit the Okanagan? Reach out to us and we can set up your whole party in our luxury guest house.

Healthy Smoothies
Nov06

As the weather goes down, so does our body’s natural immunity. Wintertime tends to mean: being indoors more, where germs travel more easily; a lower body temperature, making you vulnerable; and germs get tougher as the weather gets chillier. That’s why you should try to incorporate vitamins and minerals into your diet that boost immunity and help keep you healthy! Smoothies are an easy way to do this. Here are a few nutrient-rich smoothie recipes to get you started:

  1. Citrus Immunity Boosting Smoothie Recipe

Citrus fruits have a ton of vitamin C so this recipe is a perfect, healthy choice. The vitamin C in citrus fruits are also proven to slow aging and prevent cancer. Oranges and mangoes are the primary ingredients, which is great because mandarin oranges are in season. Lime juice and coconut water finish this recipe off. With no yogurt or milk, it is also low calorie.

Full recipe here.

  1. C-Blast Smoothie

Pink grapefruit, pineapple, and strawberries are all packed with vitamin C. Because most fruit is out of season, feel free to sub in frozen or canned varieties where applicable. This blend included half-a-cup of non-fat Greek yogurt, too, which makes it more filling—perfect for breakfast or a midday snack to tide you over until dinner.

Full recipe here.

  1. Immune Boosting Winter Citrus Smoothie

Mangos, turmeric, ginger, a pinch of cayenne, oranges make the base of this rich, delicious wintertime favorite smoothie. Try swapping in blood oranges, Cara Cara oranges, or mandarin oranges to change up the flavor a bit. You can even mix varieties in the same dish. This smoothie is perfect for winter blues, with plenty of vitamin C and antioxidants.

Full recipe here.

  1. Superfood Power-Up Smoothie Cups

This smoothie cup contains coconut milk, oatmeal, raw honey, chia seeds, vanilla, quinoa, as well as an assortment of spices that you can modify based on what you have on hand. We suggest using turmeric, which is known to help control blood pressure and boost your body’s natural restorative properties.

Full recipe here.

Want to tap into some sweet, sweet Okanagan produce for your healthy smoothie recipes? Book your summer vacation plans with us now at La Casa Cottage Resort.

Stay fed, stay healthy.

 

BC music
Sep11

Are you coming to stay in one of our Okanagan vacation homes? Need some music for the trip? Travel can be a bit of a drag, particularly if you are stuck in a car or airplane for a long time. We made a special playlist for you that features all B.C. artists so that you can get in the mood for your stay here!

Not only will a solid playlist make time pass (or accent any good times you are already having during your vacation) but audio is a great memory device. What does this mean? Playing these songs after your trip is over will, hopefully, remind you of how much fun you had.

(Note that not all of these songs may be suitable for children.)

Let us know what you think.

The Best B.C. Artists Playlist

  1. “You’re Too Cool” by The Zolas
  2. “The Party Rages On” by Zumpano
  3. “Misunderstanding” by The Grapes of Wrath
  4. “Funny World” by Mae More
  5. “Of Mice and Men” by John Mann
  6. “These Lines” by Shari Ulrish
  7. “Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams
  8. “Oblivion” by Grimes
  9. “Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Bublé
  10. “Força” by Nelly Furtado
  11. “Weapon” by Matthew Good Band
  12. “Home” by Joshua Hyslop
  13. “Run Away With Me” by Carly Rae Jepsen
  14. “I Love Myself Today” by Bif Naked
  15. “Seventh Wave” by Devin Townsend
  16. “Bit By Bit” by Mother Mother
  17. “Capable” by KO

To download the whole playlist on Spotify, use: BC’s Best.

Feel free to add anything else you can think of. After all, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything” (according to Plato).

Need some help planning your trip—specifically, where to stay once you are in B.C.? We have a range of vacation homes that we cordially invite you to try out. Contact us for more details and be sure to sign up for our newsletter so that you can watch for special deals.

Travel well!

ciderfest Okanagan
Jul23

Ciderfest at Big White: Taste the Apples

British Columbia is home to a variety of breweries and cideries.  Haven’t had a chance to taste them all yet?  Here’s your chance! Ciderfest is this weekend, July 27, and is the perfect place to expand your beer and cider palate.

Take a trip to Big White Ski Resort between 11am and  4pm on Saturday July 27 and enjoy tasting cold, fresh beverages from across BC.  Vendors could include local favourites:  Merridale Cidery (Cobble Hill), Summerland Cidery (Summerland) and Truck 59 Ciderhouse (Kelowna).

Not so keen on cider?  No worries, you can still enjoy Ciderfest! There’s usually a beer or two on offer, as well as an entertainment stage which features a number of live performances to keep the whole family happy.  Not to mention other fun activities such as apple bobbing, a craft market and plenty of games for everyone.

If you’re planning on drinking, then it’s important to pick up your wristband and tokens from the Village Centre Mall.  Pricing is as follows:

Tasting Tokens:

$1.50 each; 10 for $15; 20 for $30

cider festival ciderfest

This is an event not to be missed – and the views from the mountain can’t be beat either

– don’t forget to take a few snaps at the peak!

 

 

Ready to book your Okanagan Vacation? Check out our selection of La Casa Cottages in Kelowna, located 1.5 hours away from Big White Ski Resort!   Call  our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email rentals@lacasacottageresort.com to find your perfect cottage.

 

Written by Hannah Poaros

 

peaches Penticton
Jul08

Penticton Peach Festival in South Okanagan

August 7th – 11th, 2019

penticton peach festival

Penticton Peach Festival (Aug. 7-11, 2019) is an annual South Okanagan Valley tradition, which began in 1947, to celebrate the peach harvest in Penticton, British Columbia. Penticton sits between Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake in the beautiful southern Okanagan Valley. The festival is volunteer run and one of the largest free family festivals in Canada. 

The Penticton Peach Festival has 5 days of action packed entertainment for all ages. Whether you’re into music, sports, cooking, dancing or parades, you will find something to make you smile.

Variety of Activities

  • Reel Peachfest (short video contents that creatively entertain and tell a story about the Okanagan that evokes community pride)
  • Peter Brothers Grand Parade (largest parade in the B.C. Interior, floats from across B.C. and Washington State, marching bands, dancers, gymnasts, musicians, clubs, associations and clowns)
  • Kiddies’ Parade (kids decorate their bikes, wagons or scooters)
  • Peach Bin Races (using a peach bin, retrofit it with whatever mechanical or aesthetic stylings you choose)
  • The Seattle All City Marching Band
  • Sandcastle competition
  • Skaha Lake Ultra Swim (an 11.8 km point-to-point open water swim in the warm, fresh waters of Skaha Lake)
  • Sheila Bishop Slo-Pitch Tournament
  • Skateboard & BMX competition
  • Dance show
  • Music live stage
  • High-flying freestyle motocross
  • Dog show
  • Amusements

Want to join the festival? Click here for more details! 

 

Ready to book your Okanagan Vacation? Check out our selection of La Casa Cottages in Kelowna, located around 1 hour away from Penticton!   Call  our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email rentals@lacasacottageresort.com to find your perfect cottage.

 

Written by Natsumi Matsumoto