We took a low key road trip to Kelowna with some friends for a quick weekend getaway by the suggestion of our friends who are dance studio owners at a dance studio we teach at in Vancouver. It was a much needed escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. We checked out 4 wineries during our short trip and participated in a few dance activities hosted by the Kelowna Salsa Community.
We were totally digging the vibe at St Hubertus & Oak Winery. We got to get an up close view of the grapes since the grounds staff wasn’t in the vineyards that day and we got to meet a puppy! How dope is that?
The grounds at Cedar Creek are so snatched! As the sun beamed down upon us, we decided to chill out at a nice grass patch to soak in some sun. We most definitely needed to rest after our 2nd wine tasting!
On our final day in Kelowna, we were so lucky to snag last minute lunch reservations at Summerhill Winery restaurant, Sunset Bistro. We started with the charcuterie appetizer. It was so delicious we couldn’t stop eating! The touch of local honey on top was on point. If you decide to go for brunch, be sure to make a reservation in advance! Spots fill up quick!
We walked around the carefully landscaped grounds after our meal to burn off brunch (and the alcohol) Summerhill grows most of their menu items right on the property and source all other food items locally. We came across a lovely patch of sunflowers adjacent to the farm. We couldn’t help but snap a photo of our lovely friend, Kate.
We met up with our friends from Baza Dance at Mission Hill Winery, one of Kelowna’s most exclusive and bougie vineyards. Our goal was to get a bottle of Rose and this was the last stop on on winery tour. Lucky for us, we scored a limited edition batch. It was really fruity and light. And the red at the end is tart & peppery. Our only regret was not picking up some more!
When we weren’t wine tasting we were out exploring the city. We checked a quaint Japanese garden called Kasugai Japanese Garden located right in the heart of downtown Kelowna. There is a koi fish pond which features a bridge and plenty of Japanese plants and flowers. Its a really chill spot to check out if you are looking to mediate or unwind.
Another place to unwind is at Kelowna’s many beaches and lakes. Our friend Ryan found the most perfect spot for his hammock on Gyro Beach. Ty quickly wrapped himself up for a nap after this photo was taken. We absolutely loved Gyro Beach, the tide is very low and the water is clear, you can see all the way down to the bottom and have to go a little ways out for the water to reach your neck. If you are ever in Kelowna you need to check it out, it’s just a quick 10 min drive from downtown. There’s a zip line, grass area and free floaties to borrow! We hope we can go back to visit in summer. We have to give a special shoutout to our new friend Cory and a Kelowna local for recommending this beach.
There are many more things to do in Kelowna besides wine tasting! It was hot AF during the weekend we visited in mid-September so we were mad hype to check out some of the lakes and beaches. There is a boardwalk and beach right downtown called, Waterfront Park. The scenery is on fleek! You can take in the views of downtown Kelowna from the sand and bask in the sun on the huge lake. Are you a city slicker or beach bum? In Kelowna, you can experience both! We hope you are able to listen to our podcast for a bonus interview with Amy Watkins, contributing writerfor BC Living. We will chat with her about her recent visit to Kelowna in January. Until next time, Happy Trekking!