This is the best place in Canada to experience the exquisite wines and cuisine of the Okanagan along with a generous portion of sunshine and pampering!
Gourmet prepared regional cuisine, tapas-style fare or cheese and fruit platters served on beautiful patios overlooking spectacular lake and valley views, soothing spa treatments and fabulous shopping — it’s all here for those wishing to indulge in one day of Okanagan luxury. For an added treat, consider sitting back and letting someone show you around the city. Okanagan Wine Country Tours or MJO Communications can escort you around in comfort.
Depart from your hotel. Early in the morning is the best time to see one of the most beautiful gardens in all of Kelowna! And, one of the best places to see blossoms in the Okanagan is Elysium Gardens. 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.
Not far away down a scenic back country road is the Okanagan Lavender Farm, one of Kelowna’s most unique and popular attractions. Visitors take self-guided tours to pick lavender, shop the country store for handcrafted essential oils, culinary and home products. Learn how to user lavender to enhance their lives and their recipes. Sample lavender tea, lavender shortbread and much more!
Since you’re in one of the most beautiful areas of Kelowna, a drive down to and along the lakeshore is a must to visit Carmelis Goat Cheese Farm. Carmellis goat milk contains no additives or preservatives and they use no stimulation processes in their production, making sure every type of cheese reaches its true maturity. You can sample any cheese and we suggest taking a little slice to go along with the wine you bought earlier this afternoon. The two will make a perfect pairing in your hotel room. Try their home made Gelato — unbelievable!
It’s time to get up close and personal with Okanagan wine and cuisine with a vineyard lunch and VIP tour at Summerhill Pyramid Winery and the Sunset Bistro. Summerhill is Canada’s most visited winery and largest certified organic vineyard. The property also features a four story high, 8% replica pyramid of Egypt used scientifically for aging their wines. Summerhill is the only winery in BC making three types of Icewine: Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir!
For some, the best part of the day is about to begin. You travel to the heart of Kelowna for a visit to the exclusive Eveline Charles Hair Salon & Spa. Styling your hair, new nails, a manicure or massage, the Eveline Charles Salon is the newest in Kelowna that provides exceptional aesthetics beyond your wildest expectations!
If you have the strength to walk out the door of the spa, at your fingertips and for as far as you can see is Orchard Park Mall, the largest shopping mall outside of Vancouver. We think this is the perfect venue to experience and perhaps buy a Canadian gift for yourself and/or a little something for someone at home. Selection is at its best as there are over 150 merchants in the mall anchored by the two biggest department stores in Canada.
After a long afternoon, it’s time to return to the hotel to rest your tired feet and relax from a busy day. It’s not too early to look forward to dinner as you may have built a big appetite. You might like to have an early appetizer in your hotel room by sampling the beautiful bottle of Okanagan wine and Carmeli cheese you purchased earlier in the day….
It’s time to depart and celebrate a memorable day in the Okanagan with dinner at Quail’s Gate Winery. With a patio view that’s right out of a Hollywood movie, the Old Vines Restaurant provides handcrafted wines paired with locally grown culinary sensations that reflect the bounty this “supernatural” region has to offer! P.S you may want to try their Pinot Noir. Quails Gate was one of the first to plant the grape back in the 70’s. We also suggest you try their 2007 Riesling Icewine — a Bronze medal winner at the Canadian Wine Awards!
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