Naramata

Naramata (pop. 2,000) is found along the Naramata Bench, meandering through vineyards and orchards, past wineries and charming bed and breakfasts, all the while bathed in sun and overlooking shimmering Okanagan Lake. While quiet streets with lake front cottages and homes surround the heart of this village by the water, a scenic patchwork of working farms, orchards and vineyards rolls up the gentle slopes of the benches. Naramata offers not only beautiful scenery and exceptional wines, but also a fascinating pioneer history typical of British Columbia, menus and markets laden with locally grown fare, and a variety of accommodations — all steeped in an idyllic village lifestyle. Naramata features a tranquil ambiance: a little church with bells that ring at noon, a general store crouched under huge elms, artisans and shops sprinkled here and there, cozy restaurants. At the end of the road, the stately Heritage Inn sits, ringed by luxurious trees, as it has for more than a century.