Here’s a trip that will cater to all your senses. Fragrant fruit blossoms, outstanding local cuisine and world class wines — what an experience!
For a special treat, let someone else do the driving around wine country. Sit back and relax with a local wine tour company.
Day 1 — Vancouver to Kelowna (4 hours)
Depart Vancouver by taking Trans Canada Highway #1 to Hope, Yellowhead Highway #5 to Merritt, and Highway #97C (The Connector) to Kelowna.
In West Kelowna, make sure to visit Grizzli Winery and the many wineries along the Westside Wine Trail. Once you continue on to Kelowna, taste the wines at Tantalus Vineyards, Summerhill Pyramid Winery, CedarCreek Winery, and St. Hubertus Winery overlooking Okanagan Lake and vineyards. These properties have outstanding views to go along with their award winning wines.
For your first dinner in the Okanagan, we suggest Raudz. Located in a 90-year-old brick building, every seat in the house has a view of the kitchen to witness their magic pairings of wine and seasonally organic cuisine. Or, if Tapas is more your style for dinner, consider Cabana Bar & Grille Cabana offers superbly paired cuisine with Okanagan valley wine.
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Overnight in Kelowna.
Day 2 — Kelowna
Enjoy one or more of the events at the four-day Spring Okanagan Wine Festival that celebrates food and wine of the region at the beginning of May. Attend the Consumer’s Wine Tasting, meet the vintners, taste ice wine, sample regional food, and attend a grape stomp. During May, fragrant pink and white blossoms blanket the orchards.
Begin your day with a drive through the Mission area of Kelowna past colourful orchards and vineyards overlooking Okanagan Lake. Visit quaint St. Hubertus Estate Winery resurrected after the wildfires of 2003 or Summerhill Pyramid Winery with one of the finest views in Kelowna! Visit CedarCreek Estate Winery and just down the road, you may want to sample artisan goat cheese from Carmelli’s Goat Cheese Farm. Their retails shop provides samples of a multitude of different cheeses, many that grace the tables of fine dining restaurants in British Columbia!
Since you’re in the southeast area of Kelowna and Tantalus vineyards is such a beautiful drive from Carmelis, a stop at Tantalus’s LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) winery building, the first of its kind in British Columbia is a must! Tantalus is situated on the eastern slopes of the Okanagan Valley overlooking the shores of Lake Okanagan and the city of Kelowna. Originally known as Pioneer Vineyards, the site was first planted to grapes in 1927 and is one of the oldest continuously producing vineyards in British Columbia.
One of the best places to see blossoms in the Okanagan is Elysium Gardens. Located not far from KLO, Elysium Gardens is a 4 acre perennial display garden as well as a Japanese garden carved out of an old apple orchard. Many of the apple trees remain and they provide a serene canopy of fragrant white blossoms.
The Harvest Golf Club is a magnificent golf course in a spectacular orchard setting. Savour the Chef’s lunch creations while enjoying a beautiful view of Okanagan Lake from their patio or dining room.
We suggest your dinner this night to be at one of the downtown lakeside dining locations. Later you can sample VQA wines from over 20 BC wineries at the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival Consumer Tasting, the largest wine festival event in the valley.
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Overnight in Kelowna.
Day 3 — Kelowna to Vernon (1 hour)
While still in Kelowna, tour the BC Orchard Industry Museum to see how this multi-billion dollar business has evolved and discover how orchard fruit reaches the consumers. Be sure to tour the B.C Wine Museum that portrays humble beginnings years ago and incredible growth in the last 20 years! Both museums are located next to each other.
Between Kelowna and Vernon, tour Gray Monk Winery in Lake Country. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view while enjoying lunch and their amazing, award-winning wines. Since it is only next door, Arrowleaf Cellars provides a spectacular setting overlooking Okanagan Lake and worth the short trip to taste some of their award winning wines.
From Lake Country, continue on past colourful Kalamalka Lake to Vernon. Tour Davison Orchards located at the north end of the fertile Okanagan Valley. Blessed with the area’s legendary sunshine, the Davison Orchards are able to grow over twenty varieties of apples as well as a choice selection of field produce including tomatoes, corn, peppers, cantaloupe and cutting flowers. Immediately next door you can also visit Planet Bee Honey Farm. If you like honey, this is one stop you’ll never forget! You’ll be able to see bees working and providing the many nutritional products available in the retail store.
Overnight in Vernon