The first spring getaway jaunt to Kelowna from the Lower Mainland included a mix of business, pleasure, sipping a variety of wines, becoming a food critic and having an educational experience with RVing. What a combination.
First stopover, the Visitor Centre outside of Merritt to check on their supplies of the Travel-British-Columbia.com – Print Guide. This Info Centre was really hopping and had a great selection of clothing, gifts, souvenirs and guides for various areas in BC and Alberta. Next stop was the Visitor Centre on Hwy 97, West Kelowna, to also check on their supplies of the guide. As it was close to dinner time, they were extremely helpful in directing us on a scenic drive that offered several wineries along the route that offered patio seating and food in the Westbank area.
From the Info Centre we took the turnoff at Glenrosa, turned right onto Gellatly, this route goes partway along the shoreline, there is a walkway along the lake which is partially completed and when finished will be a wonderful walking trail. This route eventually turns into Boucherie Road, where my next stop was West Bay Beach Resort, a BC Lodging & Campgrounds Association Member campground.
West Bay Beach Resort is family camping at it’s best. 72 sites next to a
large sandy beach and camping under a canopy of trees, great for a hot summers day. Full service sites as well as tenting sites available. A great family campground destination that includes play area, swimming, tennis, volleyball, billiards, arcade and onsite laundromat and convenience store. RV trailer rentals also available. Only 8 miles south of Kelowna. Check website for more information http://www.travel-british-columbia.com/listings/West-Bay-Beach-Resort/2675/.
Our next stop was Little Straw Vineyards to restock on one of my favourite white wines, Tapestry and to reconnect with their chief cook and bottle washer, Trevor, who has provided some amazing hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting pairings at BCLCA events. The stop did entail a wine tasting and a purchase of a new favourite, Viognier Auxerrois. There is also a restaurant onsite called The Barrel Top Grill which offers indoor and outdoor seating during May-Oct accompanied with an amazing view of the valley. Check out their website for more information www.littlestraw.bc.ca/.
The next stop was for dinner at the Volcanic Hills Estate Winery at their
Blu Saffron Bistro. They offer inside and outside seating. Reservations are highly recommended as it is a very popular location. We managed to get a seat on the patio, before the rush, and had an amazing dinner paired with a glass of Pinot Gris. Check out their website www.volcanichillswinery.com.
Our final destination and home away from home for the next two nights was the Oasis Inn & Suites on Gordon Drive, Kelowna. This property is a 67 unit Hotel/Motel and offers some units with kitchenettes. Rooms are spacious and very clean and some have Jacuzzi suites. Continental
breakfast is offered in the lobby each morning from 7:30 am – 10:30 am. The property has a swimming pool, two BBQ’s for guest use, putting green, play area and sandbox with picnic tables located on the grounds. It is close to shopping, golf courses and wineries. Check website for more details http://www.travel-british-columbia.com/listings/Oasis-Inn-Suites/2246/.
The next morning it was off to Lake Country and Wood Lake RV Park & Marina to visit with Patrick, the Manager, and his friendly staff. This is a destination for RVers wanting to stay on beachfront property, relax on the sandy beach or under majestic willow trees. A unique feature added this year is the different vibrant colours of the picnic tables throughout the property. This RV Park offers a
67-slip marina, 189-full hook-up sites with power, water and sewer. Other amenities offered are showers, laundry, children’s playground, high tech WiFi, convenience store and onsite water sports rentals. It is nearby to wineries and golf courses. Check website for more details http://www.travel-british-columbia.com/listings/Wood-Lake-RV-Park-Marina/2839/.
Wood Lake RV is also a must stop if you are a collector of beads or wish to purchase your first bracelet or bead(s) from the Bead Trails collection, check out www.beadtrails.com for more information. This is a fun, affordable way to get yourself a beautiful piece of jewellery by following the various Bead Trails throughout the Okanagan and visit a variety of destinations.
Then it was lunch time, and it was a lucky find, a local restaurant on Hwy 97 in Winfield, called Routes Grill. Our waitress was friendly, food was good and prices reasonable. I would highly recommend a stop by this restaurant. Really liked the picture décor on the walls of the restaurant. Check website for more information www.routesgrill.com.
Our next stop, afternoon wine refreshment break at Arrowleaf Cellars. This winery is situated on Camp Road in Lake Country and offers spectacular views from their patio and picnic table areas. This is a family-owned winery. My friend and I purchased a bottle of Bacchus, and enjoyed a glass of wine out on the patio listening to the sounds of piano music. There is also a snack bar where you can purchase cheese plates, salads, wraps and house-made sweets. It also offers a selection of gifts. Great spot for a relaxing afternoon and admiring the views. Check out their website www.arrowleafcellars.com.
After a relaxing afternoon, it was back to the hotel and off to Okanagan College in Kelowna for the RV Owners Lifestyle Seminar to network with the registrants and instructors. The day had been full of seminars and the evening was capped off with a qreat performance by the Rowdymen Band from Kelowna. Superb entertainment and good humour.
This seminar is an annual event held over a four day period in June. It provides new, seasoned or wannabe RV owners valuable knowledge on recreation vehicle operation, RV maintenance and RV safety. More than 20 instructors provide travel tips, health on the road, destination, information on full-time RVing and much more. It is a great opportunity to socialize with other RVers and learn from their stories, tips and to have fun. Onsite, self-contained (boon dock) RV parking is available to participants during the program. Mark June 24-27, 2016 for the next event, for more information on how to register, www.okanagan.bc.ca/rvlife.
Sunday arrived and we headed out to another winery, Ancient Hill Estate Winery on Anderson Road,
near Kelowna Airport. This winery offers a European old-world charm with amazing colourful gardens and lots of bird watching. The wine tasting area is tastefully decorated with antiques and gifts. The owners welcome you to bring your own food, enjoy a glass or buy a bottle of their wine and enjoy the afternoon with music with local musicians in the gardens. Great place for events and weddings. It was a great relaxing afternoon before heading back to the Lower Mainland.
Our last stop enroute home was for dinner at the Chilliwack Airport Café, this café is located inside the airport terminal and also has a small patio outside. They offer a great selection of food and they are well-known for their pies. The slogan at the airport is I Fly for Pie. It is also a great place to watch the planes come in and take-off. Check website www.airportcoffeeshop.com. Then it was homeward bound after an eventful weekend.