THE OKANAGAN

A Taste of Tuscany

Fine food and wine converge each summer in the BC Interior, along with sparkling lakes, sandy beaches, houseboats and watersports. Enjoy the fresh fruit, gourmet delis, farmers markets, and magnificent vineyards that line the 135km Lake Okanagan, located about 4 hours drive from Vancouver. BC Wines have been winning international awards, while the explosive growth in the region has brought with it world-class dining. eauty, lifestyle and opportunities that abound in the Okanagan Valley.

Length of Trip : 3 – 7 days

Cost : Varies depending on choice of accommodation and dining.

Best time to go : June – September

Wheelchair friendly : Yes

Family friendly : You might not want to ply your kids with great wine, but there’s certainly options for kids.

Where to eat : RauDZ Regional Table is owned and operated by the award winning team of Chef Rod Butters and Audrey Surrao. Located in downtown Kelowna and central to the whole Okanagan Valley, an area described by Chef Butters as the “ultimate chefs playground,” the menu focuses on fresh, regional cuisine with fun presentation. Other options: The Grapevine Restaurant Gray Monk Winery The Terrace Restaurant at Mission Hill Winery – Guests at the Terrace enjoy culinary creations al fresco with breath-taking views of the winery’s courtyard and vineyards and the spectacular Okanagan Lake.

Official Site : Nixdorf Classic Car Wine Tours Wine Tours on Assisted Bikes with Monashee Adventures

Where to Stay : We recommend staying with our trusted partner Holiday Inn Express when visiting Kelowna.

Getting There : 4-5 Hour drive from Vancouver Direct daily flights from Vancouver to Kelowna

Note from Robin : There’s amazing wine to taste, so leave the car at home. The wife and I had a blast with Ed Kruger’s Monashee Adventures, on battery-assisted bikes that made hills a breeze. On a sunny day, sunset at Mission Hill’s Terrace is wonderful.

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