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snowboard and ski
Nov18

Ski and Snowboard in the Okanagan

Ready to book your next British Columbia ski vacation? Looking for an alternative to Whistler? The Okanagan valley is home to a number of mountains that have varied terrain and budget-friendly pricing.  Here are three ski resorts within easy driving distance from La Casa.

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort – West Kelowna

Exciting news! The Crystal Mountain ski area has been closed for a number of years—but the area is under development and is set to reopen under a new name and new management this winter! Fingers crossed everything goes to plan: we can’t wait to see what happens here. It’s the only ski area in West Kelowna after all, meaning it’s less than a 1 hour drive from La Casa to Crystal Mountain. 

Silver Star Ski Resort – Vernon

Cozy would be the correct word to describe Silver Star.  The mountain village offers a range of ski-in, ski-out accommodation options that minimise your time from sleep to slopes. The resort is very popular with locals and has a friendly vibe, often less busy than the larger mountains…but still with an impressive amount of terrain.  Silver Star is around a 1 hour 30 minute drive from La Casa.

Big White Ski Resort – Kelowna

Big White is a Mecca for winter sports enthusiasts with an average annual snowfall of 750 cm, 16 lifts, 119 designated trails, 25km of cross country trails and more! New additions for the 2019/20 season include: an extra magic carpet for beginners, more gondola cabins on Lara’s gondola, and a new trail that allows skiers and snowboards to access Westridge earlier on in the season. Sounds good to us—and just under a 1 hour 30 minute drive from La Casa too.

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Organising a group ski vacation? The La Casa Mirador Guest House can sleep up to 26 people and is perfect for large groups of family or friends. Spend some quality time together this winter (and discover a ski resort, or two).

dog-friendly vacations
Oct14

Dog-friendly Parks & Beaches for Your Vacation

Bringing your furry friend on vacation? Want to make sure they have a paws-itively perfect time? Here are some dog-friendly parks and beaches that will have your bestie feeling right at home. (Please remember to check park websites for up-to-date information and notice of park/road closures during the cooler months).

Kelowna (more info here)

Knox Mountain Park – the city’s largest Natural Area Park has both on-leash and off-leash areas.

City Park – the park has a range of facilities including trails, beach access, tennis courts and a play area. Dogs are required to be on-leash.

Waterfront Park – you can walk all the way from this park to City Park on the boardwalk. Dogs are required to be on-leash.

Myra Bellevue Provincial Park – a beautiful provincial park with a number of trails, the Kettle Valley railway and Myra Canyon. Dogs must be on-leash throughout the park and backcountry areas are not suitable for any pets due to wildfire issues and potential conflicts with bears.

Poplar Point Drive #1 Beach Access – lovely beach access where dogs are required to be on-leash.

Vernon (more info here)

Silver Star Foothills Trail this is part of the Grey Canal trails and is very popular with dog-walkers. Expect stunning panoramic views and dogs on-leash.

Kalamalka Lake – the dog beach lies between Cosen Bay and Juniper Bay. Since the beach is stony, you will need appropriate footwear if you’d like to splash around with your pet.

Ellison Provincial Park – Sandy Beach is dog-friendly. Access the beach by taking the trail leading out of the campground, near sites 11 and 12.

Middleton Mountain Trails – dogs are required to be on-leash.  These trails offer stunning views of the local area and are home to a variety of birds.

dog-friendly beach
Ready to plan your vacation? We have a limited number of cottages that are pet-friendly, so please make sure you request one when you are making your reservation and we will try our best to accommodate your request! Call our friendly La Casa team at 1-888-226-5566 or email rentals@lacasacottageresort.com for more information. We hope to see you soon.

p.s. Sections of the beach at La Casa are also pet-friendly! 

Pastry Coffee Tasting
Dec31

Eat & Drink your way around Vernon’s Tasting Trail

Calling all foodies! Here are some of our favourite spots on Vernon’s Tasting Trail.  Make a day of and visit as many as you can.

  • Honeymoon Meadery

    Honeymoon Meadery hand-crafts all their wines locally in their honey farm, Planet Bee. And you may be wondering, what is mead?  Mead is honey wine!  This alcoholic drink is made by fermenting honey with water, and then depending on the variety, it can be blended with other fruits, spices or hops.  Try Honeymoon’s Traditional Meads (only honey, water and yeast), Cysers (Apples and honey) and even their Dessert Meads (which have a higher level of sugar).  Taste them all at the Meadery and purchase some of your favourites to enjoy at home!

  • Ratio Coffee and Pastry

    Looking for the perfect coffee and pastry spot? Well, we’ve found it! Ratio Coffee & Pastry is a gem of a café located in downtown Vernon serving a variety of baked goods. And with each day of the week comes a different special pastry!  Try house made eclairs on Tuesdays, seasonal fruit strudels on Thursday and even freshly made pizzas on Friday and Saturday nights! There’s so many delicious treats to try here so you better start now.

  • Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery  

    It’s worth visiting Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery because it is ‘North America’s only designated World Distillery’ and is Western Canada’s oldest craft distillery. You can try three spirits for $5 in their tasting room and learn all about the process of distilling.  Try everything from absinthe to gin to fruit liqueurs and brandy! What’s your favourite?

  • Triple Island Cheese

    Anyone for some cheese? Head down to Triple Island Farm and taste some cheese, meet some cows and enjoy the picturesque atmosphere of the farm! Cheese here is made from raw milk, meaning it is healthier for you but also super yummy.  Gouda is the signature cheese offered on the farm and its variations include aged gouda, chilli pepper gouda, peppercorn gouda, cumin and cloves gouda and everything in between.   Perfect cheese to go with a box of crackers.

There you have it – 4 not-to-be-missed stops on the Vernon Tasting Trail! Of course, there are many more brilliant breweries, wineries and eateries throughout the region so take your time discovering all its flavours. 

Gouda Cheese Tasting

For information on Cottage Rentals at La Casa, please please contact our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email rentals@lacasacottageresort.com where we will be more than happy to assist you!  Get ready for summer NOW.

 

Written by Hannah Poaros

Snow Fat Bike
Dec03

Three Exciting Activities to do at Silver Star Resort that aren’t skiing

Snow season is here! Vernon is home to SilverStar Mountain Resort, a gorgeous place to get your snow fix! And mountains are not just for skiers and snowboarders – they’re for everyone – so here’s some ways to get on the snow without bringing your skis:

  • Horse Sleigh Rides

    Treat the whole family this holiday season with a special Hot Chocolate & Horse Sleigh Ride! Spend the afternoon journeying through the snowy mountain trails and stop at the cozy Wild Horseman’s Cabin for a warming cup of hot chocolate next to the fireplace.  If the kids are not fans of winter, then they will be after this!

  • Fat Biking

    Ever wanted to ride a bike on the snow? Well, now you can! Fat bikes have wider sized tires which allow them to ride on soft terrains.  SilverStar has over 15km of fat bike trails that range from beginner to advanced – perfect for riders of all skills.  If you’re keen to ride with others, then why not join a Pedal and Pint Fat Bike Ride?  These are guided group rides that are sure to be a bundle of laughs:  experienced riders get to embark on evening rides on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6pm, whilst Beginners can enjoy Sundays at 2pm. Get ready for a whole new adventure this season!

  • Snowmobile Tours

    If you want to experience the powder of SilverStar’s backcountry without skis, then book yourself a Snowmobile tour! Tours range from one hour to three hours, depending on how much time you want to spend on the snow, and are operated by Okanagan Recreation Rentals.  Learn to ride your own Snowmobile and have fun exploring the beautiful views and terrain of the Mountain – the ideal way to spend a winter’s day!

 

SilverStar Mountain Resort is located in Vernon, and is a 1 hr drive from La Casa Cottages.  Come and stay in our Guest House during the Winter with the whole family, and enjoy all the local winter activities!

 

Written by Hannah Poaros

Pumpkins October
Oct08

Pumpkin Patches to visit this October

Just because Thanksgiving is over doesn’t mean you have to stop with the fall festivities! Get ready for Halloween by visiting a local pumpkin patch!  Find your perfect pumpkin for carving and make your weekend fun from start to finish.

Pumpkin Patch
Davidson Orchards Country Village – Pumpkin Festival

  • Held every weekend in October, Davidson Orchards Country Village’s Pumpkin Festival is not to be missed. Not only can you pick your own pumpkin, but the youngsters will enjoy family farm tours on the Johnny Popper Orchard Train!  You can also enjoy apple treats fresh from this season’s harvest – don’t forget to try the Apple Cider Donuts!  Pumpkins and rides are a flat rate of $9, no matter the size of the pumpkin.
  • Located on 3111 Davidson Rd, Vernon – just a 48 minute drive from La Casa Cottages.

McMillan Pumpkin Patch

  • Open throughout October (weather dependent), McMillan Pumpkin Patch is another must visit. There are hayrides, slingshot and a corn maze on offer!  Admission is free, but the activities are paid for.  What’s also great about this pumpkin patch is that pumpkins are priced depending on size – everything from $1 to $25! Open from 10am till 6pm Thurs to Sat, and 10am to 5pm Sun to Wed.  Which pumpkin will you choose?
  • Located on 3690 Berard Rd, Kelowna – just a 40 minute drive from La Casa Cottages.

Armstrong Pumpkin Patch

  • Armstrong Pumpkin Patch is open from dawn to dusk (as stated on their website) EVERY day in October! This small, simple pumpkin patch is bound to fill the whole family with joy.  There are lots of pumpkins for you to pick yourself, as you would expect, but they also have other fall favourites on sale such as decorative corn, squash and gourds.  Deck out your house in orange and yellow with this beautiful selection of harvest goods!
  • Located on 642 St Annes Rd, Armstrong – just a 35 minute drive from La Casa Cottages.

 

Pumpkin Patch

For information on Cottage Rentals at La Casa, please please contact our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email rentals@lacasacottageresort.com where we will be more than happy to assist you!  It’s not too late to book your fall vacation!

Written by Hannah Poaros