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!


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!
peaches Penticton

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 to find your perfect cottage.


Written by Natsumi Matsumoto

Sun and sunscreen

The best way to soak up the Sun


Summer is coming! Do you like play in the sun? We’re here to give you 3 tips to getting healthy and glowing skin without the damage that comes from too much sun.

  1. Apply sun protection before sunbathing

Many people think that you cannot get a tan while wearing sun protection, but that is not true. You should always apply sun protection because sun damages your skin, leading to aging, wrinkles, sun spots, and more serious consequences such as cancer. There are two types of ultraviolet rays, UVA and UVB. A is for ageing (the UV rays that permanently damage your skin cells) and B is for burning (the radiation that causes sunburn and sun damage). SPF (sun protection factor) works to protect against both. The sun is at its strongest between the hours of 10am and 4pm, so be cautious of sunbathing for too long within this period.

  1. Moisturize

While sunbathing, your skin gets dry. Using moisturizing cream will help protect your skin from drying out. Most outdoor tanning lotions are designed to replenish the moisture. Make sure you drink a lot of water to stay hydrated as well!

  1. Calm your skin

After sunbathing, you will also have to moisturize your skin to make the bronze even. You can also use a cooling cream or have a cool shower to get rid of burning and calm your skin.

Outdoor tanning lotion

To shorten the time taken to get a healthy tan while also protecting your skin from excessive sun damage, try an outdoor tanning lotion. Outdoor tanning lotions are available for all skin types and come specially labeled for oily, dry, sensitive, and combination skin types. Different formulas of outdoor tanning lotions are available depending on the tone you would like your skin to have – medium, dark, olive, and so on.

Most outdoor tanning lotions can be categorized into following types.

  • Accelerators

This is to speed up the skin tanning process; stimulate skin cells to produce melanin.

  • Maximizers

This is for those people who already have a base tan but want to take that tan deeper.

  • Bronzers

This combines with either accelerators or maximizers. It helps you the color you want while your skin darkens underneath it.

  • Anti-Aging

This benefit contains vitamins designed to fight signs of aging, especially those that result from sun damage. It can be combined with accelerators, maximizers, or bronzers.

  • Tattoo Protection

UV rays can fade and damage tattoos, and protecting them will allow them to remain vibrant for longer.


Thus, you have a variety of options to get your best tan. Find your perfect one and head to the beach! There are more than 30 beaches along Lake Okanagan’s shores, and the water can reach 23°C by July. If you are interested in visiting the Okanagan, check out our great selection of lakeside cottages


Written by Natsumi Matsumoto

jet ski water activities

Water activities in the Okanagan

You can’t go to Lake Okanagan in the summer without partaking in some fun activities – and it’s the ideal season for making memories out on the water!

Hydroflight sports are a category of sport in which you can fly in the sky with a water jet. Lift and movement are controlled by a person riding on a propulsion device. Hydrofly Kelowna has fun and athletic instructors. They’ll teach you how to flyboard safely – most people get the hang of it after just a few minutes. All you need is your bathing suit and a towel. They can accommodate large groups so bring your friends. They also have hydroflight LED shows at night, with LED suits and music, or daytime shows complete with costumed performers and tricks!

Kelowna Boat Rentals offers a mobile delivery service that makes renting a boat quick and easy. They simply meet your group at a boat launch, complete a rental agreement, make sure you are completely confident in operating, and send you off to enjoy the lake. Their boats are able to accommodate up to 9 people (based on weight of persons and gear). You do not require a Boating License to rent their boats. 

Sun Wave Boat Rentals is based in Kelowna and services the whole of Lake Okanagan. They deliver and launch the boat at your location of choice. All safety equipment is included in your rental and also a full introduction to the boat itself as well as a quick summary of safe boat operation. You can also rental a tube, banana or wakeboard. You do not require a Boating License to rent their boats.

Lake Okanagan Marina is conveniently located close to La Casa and offers a variety of equipment such as boat rentals, hydro bikes, water skis, tubes, knee boards, as well as paddle boards and kayaks. Their operating hours are as follows: May – 7 days a week: 10am – 4pm; June & September – 7 days a week: 10am – 6pm; July & August – 7 days a week: 9am – 8pm.


Do you plan to visit Lake Okanagan this summer? Call our reservations line at 1-888-226-5566 or email to find your perfect cottage!