Day trippin' in the Okanagan Valley.
by : Laura deCarufel- Jul 12th, 2010
British Columbia’s Osoyoos area is the landscape equivalent of Gisele: It has it all. Canada’s only desert, it also boasts mountains, vineyards and crystalline Osoyoos Lake, on which Watermark Beach Resort (watermarkbeachresort.com) sits. Sip espresso on the balcony of your beachfront room as you plan a lazy road trip up the valley.
At boutique winery Hester Creek (hestercreek.com), enjoy the complimentary tastings—and the contents of the deli fridge—and sit on the vine-covered patio with a glass of 2008 Pinot Blanc while identifying the notes (hint: nectarine) and admiring some 34 hectares of rolling green hills.
TREAT Okanagan Falls
Pick up sun-warmed raspberries from a roadside stall or, better yet, enjoy the fruit dipped in rich, dark chocolate at Tickleberry’s (tickleberrys.com). The local favourite is also famous for boasting 72 flavours of ice cream— a sweet mix of the classic (maple walnut) and the sophisticated (ginger).
Once you have sampled ginger’s gourmet possibilities, experience its beauty benefits with the signature massage at nearby Spa Tranquila (spatranquila.com), which features radiance-enhancing Indonesian ginger. Bliss out on the cozy garden patio with a cup of organic chai.
God’s Mountain Estate (godsmountain.com) is everything you could hope for in a B&B: It’s charming, eccentric and family-run. (Oh, and it’s located on a cliffside vineyard overlooking Skaha Lake.) Stay in the Roofless Room—the canopy bed, hot tub and pots of fresh lavender more than make up for braving the elements. Bonus: Every Sunday night, Joy Road Catering prepares a four-course feast that matches fresh local ingredients with fabulous local wines.
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