Winter Getaway

Traditional Holiday Treats
Dec15

Christmas is chock full of traditions, from tree decorating to gift giving, carol singing and of course, eating. Every family has their own version of a traditional Christmas dinner. Today we are looking at some long-standing Christmas desserts! These sweet creations have been around for ages (literally), so we thought it would be fun to take a slightly closer look at these time-honoured treats.

  1. Christmas Puddings

    Perhaps one of the most iconic Christmas desserts (alongside the fruit cake), this sweet treat has been around since at least the 15th century. While it has certainly changed since then (this pudding started out more savoury than sweet), and the ingredients and way we make it has shifted over time, it still remains a top pick at Christmas dinners, especially amongst the British! Check out some great recipes here.

  2. Fruit Cakes

    Though it receives more than its fair share of mockery, the fruit cake has a long and esteemed history. With roots going as far back as the Ancient Romans, this holiday dessert has the depth and strength to withstand a few jokes! There are a lot of recipes and variations out there, including the Italian panforte & Germany’s stollen. Take a look at Alton Brown’s famous version, and let us know if you have a favourite go-to recipe!

  3. Mince Pies

    Like the first 2 desserts on our list, mince pies have been around for centuries, though they have undergone some major adaptations along the way. Also like the first 2 desserts, this treat gained some notoriety during Oliver Cromwell’s time in power, when these tasty treats (among other Christmasy traditions) were made illegal. Today, recipes abound for these tasty pies, and they have become ubiquitous on Christmas tables, especially across the UK.

  4. Trifle

    This decadent yet simple layered dessert is another one with a long standing history. Soaking left over breads, cake, and fruit in alcohol was a way to preserve them. It also made sure that no ingredients went to waste. This was meant to be a simple, throw together dessert, and even the name ‘trifle’ seems to reflect that! From classic to creamy, chocolate or berries, there is no lack in mouth watering trifle recipes to try!

  5. Pumpkin Pie

    Pumpkin pie may be seen as a traditional Thanksgiving dessert in Canada and the USA, but it is also one of the most popular Christmas desserts. Originally from central America, pumpkins were first brought to Europe in the 1500’s. These gourds easily made their way into traditional British pie cooking culture; however, it still took a few centuries to become the dessert that North Americans savour today. Fun fact – pumpkins were originally called ‘pumpions’, from the french ‘pompon’, owing to their adorable pompom resemblance! Take a look at one of my all-time favourite pumpkin pie recipes!

We are officially in holiday mode over here, and would love to hear about some of your favourite Christmas treats! Leave us a comment if you would like to share! If you are a serious Christmas planner and are already thinking about next year don’t forget to check out La Casa Mirador for a larger gathering! The full professional kitchen and stunning lake views are a great addition to any holiday tradition! Get in touch if you have any questions.

Festive Winery Events Around Kelowa
Dec01

This holiday season we are slowly seeing the welcome return of some traditional festive vineyard events. Things may look a little different due to COVID-related restrictions, but we are sure there will be plenty of holiday excitement and cheer.

Take a look these 5 exciting events happening around Kelowna in December!

  1. Season of Trees at Mission Hill

    This is a holiday event with a large dose of good will. As a proud sponsor of Festival of Trees Kelowna, Season of Trees at Mission Hill is a fundraising event for BC Children’s Hospital. This is Mission Hill’s 5th year as the events’ lead supporter. A ticket to Season of Trees includes an exclusive behind the scenes tour, a seated wine tasting paired with festive bites, and of course, the brilliantly decorated trees on the covered Terrace and Loggia.

  2. Camelot Vineyards Outdoor European Christmas Market

    Visit Camelot Vineyards December 4th and 5th for their traditional European Christmas Market! Treat yourself to some authentic gluhwein, grab a bratwurst and a beavertail, and take a peek at all the local vendors for stocking stuffer inspiration!

  3. Grizzli Winery Holiday Market

    During the month of December you can head over to Grizzli Winery for their Indoor & Outdoor Holiday Market! Check off your holiday shopping list as you peruse the artisan vendors, sip mulled wine, say hello to Santa, sing along with the carollers and stroll through the dazzling light tunnel. The indoor market is open weekend 11am-4pm and the outdoor market is open weekends 11am-9pm and weekdays 4pm-9pm.

  4. Holiday Fire Pits at Ex Nihilo Vineyard

    Thinking of checking out Ex Nihilo Vineyard this December? Book a holiday fire pit and enjoy the rustic outdoors with a bucket of s’mores, a glass of wine (red, white, or mulled if you’re feeling extra festive), candy cane chocolate peanut brittle (yum!), and Italian smokies!

  5. The Market at Quails Gate

    Celebrate the holiday season with a visit to Quails Gate this December. Warm yourself around the fire with complementary mulled wine and enjoy the local entertainment and artisan market. If you feel like making the evening extra special, head to the tasting room for the Festive Foch Flight, where each hand selected wine is paired with sweet dessert bites.

We hope that you are as excited for the holiday season as we are! If you want to make a weekend out of it, check out our cottages for families and small groups, or La Casa Mirador for a larger gathering! Get in touch if you have any questions!

Winter Long Stay Rentals at La Casa
Nov22

Are you working remotely and looking for a change of scenery? With so many of us getting close to 2 years of remote work, the idea of a location change may sound pretty appealing.

Did you know that La Casa has a number of cottages available for reasonable monthly rates during the off-season?

I know – the Okanagan in winter might not have been the first thing to pop into your mind. Most of the time when we think about the Okanagan we are picturing hot days on the lake, warm and sunny vineyard tours, cycling, camping, and patio season. We know our community is popular during the summer season, but we are here to tell you that the off-season can be pretty magical as well!

When you’re not working, use your free time to head over to one of the local ski hills and hit the slopes. If you’re not into downhill, cross-country & snowshoeing are also an option! There are also plenty of breathtaking winter hiking routes, including John’s Family Nature Conservancy, Bear Creek Provincial Park and the Kettle Valley. And lets not forget the over 40 wineries around Kelowna! The hours will be shorter through the winter, but you’ll beat crowds & get to enjoy the unique view of all the snow-covered vineyards!

Back at the cottage you can cozy up by the fireplace, play a game, watch TV, or just sit back and enjoy the sunset behind the snowy hills. Since most of our cottages have 2-3 bedrooms, there is plenty of space to relax, work, and sleep. And with our fully equipped kitchens you can do all the home-cooking you want. Save On West Kelowna even delivers!

If you are interested in getting away for a month, or 6, get in touch! Monthly rentals generally run from November through May, with flexible move-in/move-out dates within this time frame.

Give us a call or send us an email to rentals@lacasacottageresort.com and we will be happy to help you find the right cottage for you!

Romantic Restaurants Kelowna
Feb10

4 Romantic Restaurants in Kelowna for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is upon us and whether you are a Kelowna local or visiting from afar we know you will be looking for the best romantic restaurants in town.

Bouchons Bistro

Located on Sunset Drive, a short walk away from the waters of Lake Okanagan, Bouchons Bistro is a sophisticated French Bistro that has been a fixture in Kelowna since 2004. And no one does romance quite like the French. Parisian décor cocooned by a soft, rich ambiance awaits you as you pour through their extensive wine menu featuring offers from both British Columbia and France.

With their robust brunch and dinner options, you can book your reservation for mid-afternoon or late-night. Try the Cassoulets (rich, slow-cooked casseroles), Foie gras de canard (Duck Foie Gras), or Lapin à la moutarde (Rabbit in mustard sauce) for an authentic French meal.

The Bohemian Cafe & Catering Co.

In the heart of downtown on Berard Avenue, The Bohemian Cafe & Catering Co. is perfect for a romantic breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Open until 2 – 2:30 PM daily, this café has an award-winning menu (Best of Kelowna) filled with locally sourced options. If “sustainable” is the three syllables that warm your cheeks on V-Day, then Bohemian Café is for you.

A warm, bright atmosphere will make you feel like you’re eating at your home-away-from-home. Choose from homemade back bacon, homemade breadstuffs, and homemade jam to complete the cozy, romantic feel.

RauDZ Regional Table

Nestled right on Water Street, with the lake but a stone’s throw away, RauDZ Regional Table is the perfect date-night spot. Reclaimed heartwood pine tables, photographic artwork adorning the walls, and 100% local wine offerings work together to create the perfect Valentine’s Day in Kelowna experience.

Share a double chocolate mashed potato almond brioche with almond milk cremeaux, warm chocolate sauce, brittle cocoa tuile, and raspberry sorbet. And don’t forget to try a gin and tonic with RauDZ Creative Concepts’ farm-to-flask gin, The Whole Truth.

West Coast Grill + Oyster Bar

Right off of Harvey Avenue on Abbott Street, you’ll find West Coast Grill + Oyster Bar, featuring beachy, relaxing, and upbeat décor. The extensive food menu boasts Ocean Wise sensibilities, gluten-sensitive choices, and vegetarian options. The pacific fish fritters and/or calamari are perfect for sharing between a couple.

Dine on Thursday for their “Two can dine for $45” special. This includes your choice of four chef-inspired entrees, a salad each, and a shared dessert. Signature drinks include a rich and spicy WCG Caesar and a fresh, fruity gin-based Pimm’s Cup.

 

Sure, Valentine’s Day can be corny and corporate. But when you focus on time spent together–over good food, no less!–it can be something really special. Take this Valentine’s Day to tell your special someone all the things you love about them over a romantic dinner and drinks.

 

Planning a special anniversary? La Casa Mirador is open to book all year round and can sleep up to 28 people!  Contact us to start planning your next big event!

Skiing & Snowshoeing
Feb03

Where to Do the Best Skiing and Snowshoeing in the Okanagan

Everyone loves a good summer vacation. But what are we supposed to do for the other 10 months of the year? The winter season actually has plenty to offer adventurers looking to get away for a long weekend or more.

Sporty travelers heading to the Okanagan have plenty of trails and skill hills to choose from – and we’ve compiled some of the best!

Tip: Many of these locations offer both skiing and snowshoeing, so be sure to read their website or call ahead to see what’s available!

Okanagan Ski Resorts

If skiing or snowboarding is your thing, these hills are the best in the west:

  1. SilverStar Mountain Resort

SilverStar Mountain Resort boasts 132 runs, a ski-in ski-out village, and seasonal festivals that bring live music, food and drink, and other activities to the hill. You’ll find it in the Shuswap Highland of the Monashee Mountains, just northeast of Vernon, B.C.

  1. Big White Ski Resort

Big White Ski Resort is so infamous that some students attend Kelowna’s UBC university campus just to have access to their legendary runs. With 118 designated Alpine trails and over 25 km of Nordic trails, you have plenty of mountain to explore.

  1. Apex Mountain Resort

Located near Penticton, Apex Mountain Resort has 4 lifts, 79 marked runs, over 40 unmarked runs, 4 terrain parks, and over 5000 ha of backcountry terrain. The village resort has everything you need between runs, like a bistro and saloon.

Okanagan Snowshoeing

There are plenty of places to snowshoes, here are some local favorites:

  1. Kettle Valley Railway

Accessible via Myra forestry service road, June Springs road, or Chute Lake road, the Kettle Valley Railway is a trail that runs through Myra Canyon near Kelowna. The total trekking distance is 12 km out and back with a 150m elevation gain.

  1. Kelowna Nordic

20 min east of Kelowna, just off Hwy 33 on McCulloch FSR, Kelowna Nordic is a dog-friendly park with 75 km of snowshoeing trails, a toboggan hill, a day lodge, special events from time-to-time, and warming huts along the routes.

  1. Telemark Nordic Club,

Find the Telemark Nordic Club west of Okanagan Lake near the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort. The area has 5 snowshoe trails ranging from 2 km to 15 km, depending on what you’re looking for. In total, they have over 50 km of trails to enjoy.

Skiing, snowshoeing, or all of the above! There’s plenty to do in the Okanagan during the wintertime. Stop by and enjoy everything that our landscapes and trails have to offer, even during “off” season.

Want to plan a skiing or snowshoeing getaway? La Casa Mirador is open to book all year round and can accommodate up to 28 people! We’ve also got a private roof top hot tub to warm up in after a long day in the snow! Contact us to start planning your next winter vacation!