Wine Tasting

Sip Happens

An Okanagan Boat Tour with a Vineyard Twist!

Visiting the Okanagan is arguably best done in a group. Family reunions, weddings, bachelor/bachelorette parties; These are just a few of the group events that are celebrated here! Since La Casa Cottages can hold and host larger groups, we are a perfect destination for family events or other group trips. West Kelowna, Kelowna proper, and Vernon have much to offer visitors; however, there are 2 stand-out options: Boat tours of Lake Okanagan, and wine tasting /vineyard tours. Luckily for us, Sip Happens Wine Tours in partnership with Okanagan Boat Charters has come up with the perfect way to combine these 2 tour options into one amazing group experience! Get a private, captained boat for the day that will make a stop at Frind winery for a wine tasting and stop for lunch.

Why is it Perfect?

With the ability to seat 11 people this is a great option for group trips. Family reunions, bachelorette parties, or other celebratory events are just a few of the things we like to host! It’s all-ages-inclusive (though minors can’t partake in the wine tastings), making it the perfect group activity for the whole family. Even the young ones can enjoy cruising the lake and enjoying the sights at each stop.

Also, Okanagan Boat Charters gives you the option to be picked up from Fintry Provincial Park boat launch. This is just a short 5-minute drive from the resort!

What is Involved?

You will be picked up by a luxury 22-foot pontoon boat from the shores just north of La Casa Cottages. Your friendly, certified captain will then welcome your group aboard. From there, you’ll sail past beautiful wine country scenery along Okanagan Lake on your way to a private vineyard dock of Frind Estate Winery. Frind is the first winery in North America to have beach front access. At Frind Estate Winery you will enjoy a 2-hour lunch stop (though the cost of the lunch is extra) as well as complimentary wine tastings. There is nothing better than tasting wine well taking in views of Okanagan Lake.

From there, you will re-board the boat and cruise into private bays along Okanagan Lake.  Enjoy swimming or lounging while you listen to your favourite music. There is a cooler on board, so you are free to pack all your favourite snacks and drinks.

How to get Started?

Part one: Give us a call or email at La Casa Cottages to book your group into any number of our available cottages. Most cottages sleep 6 – 8 guests.

Part two: Reach out to Sip Happens Wine Tours and pick your wine tour dates. Or, contact us at La Casa and we will be happy to connect you.

Okanagan Wine Festival

Okanagan Wine Festivals:

Spring Festival: May 2 – 12, 2018

Coming to Kelowna for the wineries?  Well, we’ve got news for you! Visit between May 2 – May 12 and you’ll be able to access special events at various venues as part of the Okanagan Wine Festivals.


Signature Events on during this time include:

  • Spring Westjet Wine Tastings, May 4 & 5, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna

    Taste over 250 BC wines at throughout 2 days. This is a perfect opportunity to try out different wines without having to drive from winery to winery!  Food is supplied by Nesters Market, Terra Foods, Saputo, and Haida Wild.  Don’t miss this one – it’s going to be one hell of a party, with live music and photobooths as well!

  • Floral presented by Valley First, May 12, Better Earth Gardens and Tropicals, Kelowna

    Get decked out in your pretty dresses and hats for this event.  The theme is Alice in Wonderland so think grown up tea parties (obviously featuring BC wines), with appetizers, live music and oversized games!  A magical garden party awaits you.

  • Iron Sommelier British Columbia, May 11, Okanagan College in Kelowna

    Have your say when you attend the Iron Sommelier event! Over 5 courses, 3 sommeliers will choose wine pairings that they think are perfect for the dish. You get to vote on your favourite wines, and see which Sommelier is on point.  If our calculations are correct, this means you’ll get to taste 15 wines…


Plus, don’t forget to check out these:

  • Spring Open House at CedarCreek Estate Winery, May 4-6 & May 8-13

    CedarCreek are offering complimentary tastings during the Spring Wine Festival. Take in the view and get to know the new spring releases.

  • Unleashed at Kelowna’s Lakeshore Wine Route, May 5

    This is a dog friendly event where donations go to BC SPCA. Enjoy wine, canapes, fun activities, and treats for your pooch, as you visit CedarCreek, St. Hubertus, Summerhill, and Tantalus!

  • Spring Wine Festival at the View Winery, May 5-6 & May 12-13

    Fantastic wine and food tastings await you! On May 12 & 13, special prices for Mothers plus free gifts & tastings.

  • Moms and Roses, May 13

    It’s all about the Moms on May 13 at House of Rose Winery. There’s special tastings and a lovely picnic area so why not take Mom out for a treat this year?

So what are you waiting for?  Get ready for the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival and book your accommodation at La Casa Cottages, the perfect setting for a fantastic weekend away!

Okanagan Wine Festival

Written by Hannah Poaros