vines in the fall and thanksgiving

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

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  to find your perfect cottage at La Casa Cottages!


Written by Natsumi Matsumoto



5 Facts you didn’t know about Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings family and friends together. Many cook up a huge feast and spend all day making dinner for the whole family. When dinner is ready we all sit around the table and take turns saying what we are thankful for. After dinner is finished you will probably find yourself stuffed and unable to move. 

Male Turkeys vs. Female Turkeys

Only male turkeys, called toms, gobble. Females, called hens, cackle.

The Creation of TV Dinners

In 1953, someone at the head office at Swanson, misjudged the number of frozen turkeys it would sell that Thanksgiving. It wasn’t just a couple turkeys… They ordered 26 TONS extra! Some industrious soul came up with the brilliant plan: Why not slice up the meat and repackage with some trimmings on the side? Thus the first TV dinner was born!

Different Days across North America

Canadian Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the second Monday in October, earlier than the American Thanksgiving, which is held in November.  Since 1971, it has coincided with Columbus Day in the U.S.

Statutory Holiday in Canada

Thanksgiving is a statutory holiday in Canada, except in PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Cranberries have a long history

There are more than 80 cranberry farms in B.C. with many destined for the Thanksgiving table, and while it is doubtful cranberries were served at the first Thanksgiving meals, the indigenous people used them for cooking and dyeing and introduced them to the pilgrims.


Turkey Thanksgiving

Looking for a last minute fall vacation?  Why not check out one of our cottages? Give our reservations line a call today – 1 888 226 5566 –  and give yourself some time to re-connect with your loved ones.


Written by Megan Harder

Thanksgiving Events

Thanksgiving long weekend – Kelowna & Vernon Events


Fall has well and truly arrived!  Celebrate the changing of the seasons by attending one of these events over the October long weekend.  Don’t forget – you’re in wine country, you might as well enjoy it!


  • Flavours of Fall Tasting Menu at Quail’s Gate Winery:

    During the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival, Quail’s Gate Winery is offering a special 4-course tasting menu with wine pairings! Sit back, relax and take in the views of one of Kelowna’s most loved wineries. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 250.769.2500 – last day for the tasting menu is Oct 7.

  • Sip & Carve a Pumpkin at Buez Wine Bar:

    Head down to Buez Wine Bar for a brilliant evening of pumpkin carving. They clean your pumpkin AND even toast your pumpkin seeds for you, while you take a sip of whichever drink you like – sounds good, doesn’t it?

  • BMO Okanagan Marathon 2018 & Family Festival Weekend:

    Watch the locals run the marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k at this brilliant family festival. You can even be spontaneous and take part yourself, as some events allow registration on the day!  This is a beautiful scenic route around Okanagan Lake – the perfect location.  Oct 6 & 7.

  • Family Pumpkin Festival at Davidson Orchards:

    Pick your own pumpkin, take an Orchard train ride and snag some fresh produce at the market! There’s even a Pumpkin Castle for the little ones to enjoy as well as a 1 acre farm themed play area, tasty harvest snacks and plenty of farm animals to visit! What more could you want in a fall festival?!  All weekends in October!

  • Pumpkin Swim at Greater Vernon Recreation:

    This one’s for the kids! Get in the pool during 1.30pm – 4.00pm on Oct 7 to see if you can find any pumpkins! Admission is by donation to the food bank only.

  • Grape Stomping Party at House of Rose Winery:

    A free family friendly event that’s all you’ve ever wanted! Jump in a specially made grape stomping barrel, and share this unique experience with the whole family.  Stomping sessions are at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm – a great way to get you into the thanksgiving spirit! Donations to the food bank are accepted.  Oct 6.


As well as these cool happenings in town, don’t forget to enjoy everything La Casa has to offer!   Why not play a couple of rounds of mini golf, or practice your aim at the tennis courts?  Then end your long weekend with a relaxing soak in one of our hot tubs!


Written by Hannah Poaros