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Kelowna Attractions
May21

There’s a lot to love about Kelowna. Here are some of our favourite Kelowna attractions, sites, and hot spots.   

The Beaches  

Kelowna boasts plenty of luscious sandy beaches along Okanagan Lake. You can visit Rotary Beach, Boyce-Gyro Beach, Hot Sands Beach, Strathcona Beach Park, and more. There’s even a dog-friendly beach down along Lakeshore Road by Cedar Creek Park.   

The Wineries   

The Okanagan Valley is known for its delicious wine—as well as the wineries that make them. Most wineries welcome guests to stop by for a tasting and learning session. Local wine tours will even coordinate transportation for your group between 4 or 5 wineries throughout one afternoon.   

The Parks  

Kelowna offers beachfront parks, off-leash dog parks, forested parks, playground parks—everything you could want when enjoying the outdoors for a day. Knox Mountain Park is great for hiking trails while Kelowna City Park has a waterpark and open-air summer market.   

UBC-O Campus   

UBC-O is surrounded by beautiful hilly landscape and lightly forested slopes. Students can study here, the public can attend events here, and visitors are free to wander the grounds and enjoy the sights and sounds.   

Kasugai Gardens   

Kasugai Gardens is a Japanese garden established in 1987 as a token of solidarity with Kelowna’s sister city Japan (Kasugai). The garden has lanterns, pathways, plants, trees, and a pond; unique elements include a bamboo fountain, picturesque bridges, and colourful Koi fish. The garden is definitely something unique amongst all the different Kelowna attractions. 

The Hiking Trails   

Kelowna has dozens and dozens of hiking trails available to the public, including those found on Knox Mountain and Crawford Falls. You can enjoy the trails year-round and also choose different hikes according to difficulty level to make sure your whole family can participate.   

The Golf Courses  

Despite being a bustling city, Kelowna makes space for plenty of expansive golf courses and golf clubs. Golf enthusiasts should check out Kelowna Springs Golf Club, Sunset Ranch Golf & Country Club, Black Mountain Golf Club. Okanagan Golf Club – Quail Course, and Two Eagles Golf Course & Academy.  

The Coffee Shops  

Kelowna has plenty of local coffee shops that serve and a community hub as well as provide delicious drinks and snacks. There are plenty to choose from but visitors can’t go wrong visiting one of Bean ScenePulp Fiction Coffee House, or Marmalade Cat Café (sorry, cats not included).   

The Summer Markets   

Kelowna has farmers’ markets and fresh fruit and vegetable stands galore. You can also visit City Park in the summertime to find an open-air market filled with jewelry, summer clothes, accessories, trinkets, and even entertainment acts like music or plays. 

La Casa Resort   

Big, sterile hotel chains are so blah. As a tourist hub, Kelowna offers visitors a broad choice of where they want to say. For example, a luxury lakeside vacation cottage with access to a pool, BBQs, outdoor seating, and firepits. Contact us at La Casa Cottages and ask about rental availability this summer.  

What do you love about Kelowna? Let us know when you visit using the hashtag #LaCasaCottages on Instagram and Facebook. 

 

Vacation Home Pros
Sep25

Thanks to services like Airbnb, travellers everywhere are rethinking vacation accommodations in a big way. Traditional hotels are fine and are certainly reliable but they have many downsides, too. Vacation home rentals offer a more personal, community-based travel experience that can really add a lot to a vacation or trip.

Let’s take a look at why traditional hotels and motels aren’t keeping up with the times.

The Cons of Staying in a Hotel

So why are modern travellers turning away from common hotel brands? There are a few reasons.

  • Hotels are the Same Around the World. A branded hotel looks pretty much the same from city to city and sometimes even country to country. That means you might be missing out on unique aspects of that culture or community!
  • Hotels are Bad for the Environment. From over-washing sheets and towels to maintaining huge amounts of empty rooms during downtimes, hotels can have quite a negative impact on the environment. In fact, they produce up to 60 million tons of CO2 emissions annually. Yikes! They tend to use a lot of power and water, much more than is needed to sustain a private vacation rental home or cottage.
  • Hotels are Crowded. Vacationing usually means you are looking for some rest and relaxation. But with a packed hotel, you never know what kind of neighbours you are going to get. With other patrons above, below, and on either side of you, you might be exposed to all sorts of racket.

Why we Recommend Vacation Homes

Taking up in a rental home instead of a traditional hotel gets you closer to the community you are visiting, gives you more peace and privacy, and often comes with personable perks that hotel chains don’t offer.

  • Supporting local businesses. Many rental properties (like ours!) are owned and maintained by residents of the province or city itself. That means your money is going right into the hands of long-standing community members, rather than CEOs somewhere oversees.
  • A personal touch. Vacation homes tend to be less stuffy and corporate-feeling, so you can feel right at home asking for recommendations of what to do or reaching out directly to a property manager if you have any concerns.
  • Budget travel. Vacation properties come in all shapes and sizes so you are sure to find something that fits your requirements and budget. You can shop around until you find something that fits your budget perfectly before committing to anything.
  • Last minute travel deals. Vacation rentals often have special deals for any open spaces available on a last-minute notice. For example, you can join our newsletter to be notified about special deals as they arise.

What do you think? Have we convinced you to give up stuffy hotels and try out a unique vacation home bursting with personality? Contact us to see what we have to offer, whether you are booking a quaint overnight stay or a big seasonal bash.