Perhaps you’re a beach lover or a wine enthusiast. Maybe you would like to try wakesurfing or wakeboarding. Or your vacation goals are to just relax on the beach. The best part about planning a trip to Kelowna is that you can combine all of these activities and make the perfect getaway for you and your friends! With the summer long weekends coming up, here are a few ideas for the ultimate 3-day vacation.
Day 1: Wine and Dine along the Westside Wine Trail
The Kelowna area is home to over 40 wineries and a winery is a must-stop for all visitors! From intimate family-owned Quonset hut wine shops to world-renowned landmarks, even if you don’t consider yourself a wine buff, you can enjoy the stunning vineyard views.
The Westside Wine Trail is only a 10-minute drive away from downtown Kelowna. Start your day off with a couple of wineries; Rollingdale Winery and Indigenous Winery are both easily accessible from Highway 97.
After easing into tasting wines in the morning, head to Quail’s Gate for lunch. This June to September, the winery is offering a unique type of wine and food experience where guests can savour an exquisite 5-course wine-paired sommelier-led lunch. Reserve your spot online.
If you would prefer to order from a menu, there is also an on-site restaurant and patio. After lunch, stroll through the vines and bring your camera!
Keep on sipping and continue on along the wine trail. Depending on which weekend you visit, check out Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery’s new Wine Experience Centre. Expected to open late summer 2019, the new tasting room and restaurant will be overlooking the lake atop of West Kelowna’s Lakeview Heights neighbourhood.
Mission Hill is also not to be missed, especially for those who are fans of architectural wonders. Known as one of the best vineyard designs in the world, be awed by its impressive bell tower and elaborate tasting room.
After a day at the wineries, you will be primed for the exciting nightlife Kelowna has to offer! Special guest DJs and live bands perform are at various venues, including wineries, during long weekends. Be sure to check out Tourism Kelowna’s calendar to see who is playing where.
Day 2: Make a Splash in Okanagan Lake
With an average temperature of 28°C (82°F) in July and August in Kelowna, one of the greatest ways to keep cool is to hit the lake. It’s a bit cool to go for a dip in the morning, so start your day off lakeside along downtown Kelowna’s boardwalk.
Grab a coffee to go at Giobean, a boutique coffee shop on Water Street beside the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort where locals go for handcrafted coffee drinks. Bring your to-go cup and then take in the fresh air on a stroll through Rotary Marsh north of the resort to spend some time appreciating the sounds of the birds who call this sanctuary home.
When it’s time for lunch, consider renting a boat from Maeg’s BBQ Boats. With the choice to pack your own burgers for the grill or get it catered, ready for your arrival, this is your chance to dine on the lake!
For the more adventurous type, rent a surf boat at the Downtown Kelowna Marina and try catching a wave! Whether you are interested in wakeboarding, wakesurfing or tubing, spending an afternoon on a towboat will be sure to keep everyone in your group smiling.
If you’re more of a beach-goer, Kelowna has the perfect spot for every visitor. City Park’s Hot Sands Beach includes volleyball courts for the athletic type, and dog-lovers can head to Cedar Creek Park where you can go for a swim with your furry friend.
Day 3: Patio Party
Before you hit the road back home or before you head to the airport to catch your flight, have breakfast on any of the incredible patios to avoid getting hangry on your travels!
Smack Dab at Manteo Resort on Lakeshore has a large patio that can accommodate any size group. And right next door it is the lakeside restaurant at Hotel Eldorado, also a great option for lakefront dining.
If you’re catching a late flight and hoping to stay for happy hour, Earls on Top has a rooftop patio with beautiful views. CRAFT Beer Market is also well known for its spacious patio and has a huge selection of drink options to quench your thirst on a sunny day. Can’t decide what to sip on? I recommend trying their beer flight to try different flavours!