I seriously apologize for my lack of frequent posts. I feel like I’ve lost my groove and seem uninspired with writing entries… Don’t fret though, I’m hoping to bring some recipes on the way. I’ve been practicing on a delicious banana bread recipe that I almost can’t live without now because the smell is so intoxicating.
This slideshow is a glimpse of a recent “getaway” (if you will) that I took with my family a couple weeks back when the weather was hot, hot, hot! Looking outside, I wish I could transport myself to that time. You never appreciate what you have until it’s gone, truly.
It was my first time down in the Okanagan and I really had no idea what to expect except for lots of fruit stands. It was one of the most scenic drives I’ve ever taken and I couldn’t even believe how beautiful both the water and the landscape was. I highly recommend anyone to take a trip down there whenever they have a chance and check out all the vineyards, U-Pick farms, and restaurants there. It’s any locavores paradise, encapsulating the ‘eat local, buy local’ movement to its very finest. I seriously cannot wait to go back and sneak in a hike next time at one of the provincial parks.
Here’s a summary of all the shindigs I was up to while there and hopefully this itinerary will be helpful for you, future explorers!
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
Their restaurant, Miradoro has a wood-fired oven for the authentic Neopolitan Pizza experience.
CedarCreek Estate Winery
Dined at their terrace restaurant, but have to say the food wasn’t as enjoyable as I had anticipated. The estate itself is another story – beautiful backdrop for sure.
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Some of my favourite wines were found here. The restaurant itself is another one that focuses on seasonality and the presentation was spectacular to say the least.
Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa
Located in Vernon, it’s about an hour drive from Kelowna. It’s quite small with only three floors, but it has two swimming pools and a world-class spa facility. Worth checking out if you want a more luxurious experience in the Okanagan. For B.C. residents, there are special packages too!
Mission Hill Winery
Go for the tasting tour and marvel at the spectacular space. Their gift shop houses many local edibles that are perfect for a picnic. I haven’t tried the restaurant there, but I hear great things.
Quail’s Gate Winery
Perhaps my favourite restaurant in the Okanagan I visited, the food was solid. The particular stand-out was their truffle fries which our whole group claimed were out of this world. Another beautiful estate that is worth making a detour for.
Other places I missed:
- Joie Farm & Vineyard – Wood-fired pizza (Naramata, BC)
- Theo’s Restaurant – Greek food (Penticton, BC)