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posted by: Summerland Resort on: December 11, 2014 10:57:22 AM
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Things to do

It may be the views and vineyards that draw most guests to beautiful Summerland, but our beautiful, Okanagan location is also alive with artistry. Along our shores are masters of the brush, smelter, kiln and more. So, if you’re after beautiful, inspired souvenirs to commemorate your time at our resort, you won’t have to look far. Here are a few of our favourite destinations for local, hand-crafted goods!

Red Willow Forge

Head to Red Willow Forge for beautiful wrought iron and rod iron art crafted by self-taught artsmith, Ted Howell. Howell was born and raised in B.C.’s Northern interior where, amidst the towering trees and mountains, he developed a keen interest in metallurgy and design. That interest evolved into a passion, the result of which is the beautiful art you’ll find in his studio. From sculptures, to furniture, to lamps, to door hardware, his charming, Summerland location has something for everyone. Yes, whether you’re after decadent decor for your home, or a gorgeous gift for a friend or family member, you’re likely to find what you’re looking for at Howell’s forge. Best of all, it’s just a short jaunt from our beautiful resort.

Bush Art Gardens

The owners of Bush Art Gardens, Carla and Wayne McLeod, describe their business as “a truly whimsical transformation of junk to garden art.” Intrigued? Well, you should be. Theirs is a seriously special operation. They specialize in turning junk— everything from black powder kegs from the construction of the Kettle Valley Railway to old pails—into one-of-a-kind garden art. And it gets better. Not only is it totally free to check out their repurposed goods, but all purchases are made on a self-serve, honour system. See something you like? Owning it is as simple as putting your money (cash only) in the red gas cans around the site. So, head on down to their location, just moments from our hotel, and find the piece that sets your lawn or garden apart from those of your neighbours.


DeLong Studio

Looking for an accessory to improve your favourite outfit, or a gift for your favourite relative? Head to DeLong Studio, which is along the Okanogan Wine Route and just moments from our hotel. There, you’ll find hand-crafted, quality sterling silver jewelry and semi-precious stones of sprawling and splendid variety. Everything in the studio is crafted by local artists, oftentimes in collaboration with artists from faraway places. The result? Unique and authentic products you won’t find anywhere else.

So, while you’re enjoying Summerland’s landscapes, and our resort’s luxurious suites, don’t forget to explore all the amazing art the area has to offer. You won’t leave town empty-handed!


posted by: Summerland Resort on: November 30, 2014 7:18:11 PM
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Family Travel, Things to do

 Location is everything, but it can be difficult finding the right location for your getaway. If you’ve ever had troubles finding a walkable, friendly town that fits in your favourite activities nearby, check out Summerland. Summerland is surrounded by nature, nestled in between the slopes of Giant’s Head Mountain and the shores of the Okanagan Lake, and offers a full suite of recreational activities year-round. From watersports to mountain-biking, fine dining and vineyard tours, Summerland ticks a lot of boxes on the vacation wish-list.

If you’re big on beaches, there’s more than enough sand for everyone. Or get out on Okanagan Lake for jet skiing, motor boating, kayaking, swimming, and fishing. Then, hike up Giant’s Head Mountain for a natural view no high-rise can offer. As well as a vast network of hiking trails, there are also plenty of mountain biking trails for those looking to ride across historic train trestles. Summerland is also home to two excellent golf courses, including an 18-hole championship course and one of the highest-rated 9-hole courses in Canada. Numerous horseback riding ranches are nearby and offer day trips.

With the exercise out of the way, head to the Bottleneck Drive wine trail, where you can visit 13 unique wineries. If you’re planning on visiting a few, you might want to consider joining a tour where local wine experts will chauffeur you between estates. Collect the stamps from each of the 13 wineries and you’ll be entered to win a case of local wine! Once your tour is over, visit one of the local artisan coffee houses for a cappuccino, then settle down to a meal at one of the waterfront easy-going dining options, many serving local ingredients and wines.

Yes, location is everything, and Summerland is easy to get to. Just 15 minutes north of Penticton and 45 minutes south of Kelowna, it’s a short, scenic drive from Vancouver and Seattle. Or, take a plane from select airports to either the Penticton or Kelowna airports. Visit our Location page for detailed directions, and be sure to visit us at our waterfront resort for luxury accommodations and close proximity to all Summerland has to offer. We look forward to seeing you!

posted by: Summerland Resort on: November 13, 2014 11:41:33 AM
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It’s bound to be one of the most memorable moments of your life. So where will you choose to pop the question? It’s easy to dream big: you’ll flash the ring while skydiving over the Spanish countryside; you’ll get down on one knee during an NHL game and have it broadcast on the jumbotron; you’ll rent a massive billboard along your girlfriend’s route to work and plaster your proposal on it.

Better to keep it simple and classy, we say. Pick a beautiful backdrop, plan something special for just the two of you and make sure you have plenty of time to relish your excitement. Here at Summerland Waterfront Resort, we’re host to countless couples who walk in as lovers and leave as fiancées—after all, this is one of the Okanagan’s most magical and romantic places to propose.

Step one: book your suite. Our lakeview suites overlook a vista of Lake Okanagan that’s (almost) as beautiful as the one you’ll share it with. You and your special someone can toast the occasion with a glass of local wine on your private balcony, followed by a vinotherapy massage at our day spa and a gourmet meal at our onsite Local Lounge • Grille.
Step two: plan your itinerary. The fall and winter seasons are, arguably, Summerland’s most romantic. The tourist crowds have thinned out and it’s a quieter, more cozy town, with a quaint charm that suits the holidays perfectly. Local wineries (of which there are dozens) offer off-season tours, and let you stroll through their vineyards.

Nov 29 & 30 is an especially fitting weekend to visit, when the Summerland Light Up the Vines event adds an even more romantic glow to the city, and features special opportunities for shopping, entertainment and, of course, wine tours and tastings. 
The proposal is just the beginning, and with so much to come, we’d love to be a part of it all. Host your wedding ceremony with us, and create more cherished memories by returning for your anniversaries. There’s no better destination to have as your special place than Summerland, BC.
posted by: Summerland Resort on: October 31, 2014 11:15:51 AM
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Things to do
Here in the Okanagan, it’s easy to care about the environment—after all, when you’re surrounded by this much natural beauty, you can’t help but want to protect it. Summerland Waterfront Resort is committed to minimizing our carbon footprint and doing our part to preserve mother nature’s greatest gifts.
The most important part of our resort’s sustainability strategy is our state-of-the-art geothermal system. This system draws naturally occurring heat from the earth to regulate the hotel’s cooling and heating systems, which includes the heating of our year-round outdoor pool and hot tubs.
Other sustainability initiatives at Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa include a resort-wide recycling waste reduction program, energy conservation policies, and an optional linen reuse program for guests. 
For our commitment to sustainability, Summerland Waterfront Resort has earned a four-key rating from the Hotel Association of Canada’s ‘Green Key’ program—one of only 20 hotels in British Columbia to receive this designation. We are also recognized as a platinum-level ‘Green Leader’ by TripAdvisor.
Besides doing our part for the planet as whole, we have a lot to protect right here at our resort. The SWR property is home to one of only five natural wetlands in the Okanagan, and the resort’s development was designed conserve and highlight this acre of wetland. Our boardwalk is a spot where guests can often get a first-hand look at the wetland wildlife including beavers, muskrats, turtles, ducks, rare birds, and plant life. Continuing with this positive approach, and through cooperation with local government, we have added interpretive signage to give guests insight into this precious eco-system.
We invite you to come visit us this fall, and experience the natural beauty of the Okanagan in an environmentally responsible way. Choose one of our Wine Tour Packages and treat yourself to an unforgettable vacation in one of BC’s most spectacular destinations. 


Wine Tourism Day on November 8
Summerland is the BC Wine Hot Spot for Annual Wine Tourism Day



November 8, 2014, Summerland, BC - The second annual Wine Tourism Day in North America will take place on November 8, 2014. Wineries, hotels, restaurants, and other wine tourism businesses across North America are offering special events to the public on this day to celebrate the importance (and fun) of wine tourism.


Events differ and can range from wine pairing dinners to music events to structured tastings. Search for an event near you and register for the Penticton Wine Tour Giveaway. Join in on November 8th for the second annual Wine Tourism Day in North America.
To celebrate this special day and the bounty of BC wine, Summerland's Okanagan Crush Pad Winery has taken leadership and gathered neighbouring wineries, hotel, and restaurants to offer an incredible weekend getaway in BC wine country. 


Join the fun with this fantastic deal:

Okanagan Crush Pad's Wine Shop Manager,

Mike West, conducting a tour at the winery. 


For $408 per couple, this unbeatable package includes: 


For only $408 per couple, this is the most affordable and fun way to get a taste into Summerland's delicious local wine and food scene, while celebrating Wine Tourism Day. Book today.



Sparkle at Okanagan Crush Pad:

 Okanagan Crush Pad will be open on November 8 from 12pm to 5pm and will be featuring tastings of all of their sparkling wines paired with a special little treat catered by Chef Planiden's Culinary Adventure.

Okanagan Crush Pad

16576 Fosbery Rd, Summerland BC

Open November 8 from 12pm to 5pm


Blue Line

Okanagan Crush Pad, proud producer of Haywire wines, is quickly building a reputation as one of the premium producers in the Okanagan. The winemaking team includes world renowned Tuscan-based consultant Alberto Antonini, wine expert David Scholefield, and winemaker Matt Dumayne

Located in beautiful Summerland, BC, the winery overlooks Switchback vineyard, an organic site that is also home to roaming sheep and chickens. Okanagan Crush Pad crafts wines that are symbolic of the region's unique high mountain/northern desert setting which has an intensely hot, short growing season with hallmark cool evenings. The winery is the first in Canada to extensively use concrete tanks and wines that are fermented and aged in concrete carry the Raised in Concrete™ designation.  

Blue Line


posted by: Summerland Resort on: October 20, 2014 11:21:17 AM
Nobody needs to be convinced that the Okanagan is great summertime destination—after all, they don’t call this Summerland for nothing! But the truth is that the Okanagan Valley is, in fact, a fantastic year-round destination, offering some of its best recreation opportunities and special events during the winter months.

Once the snow starts to fall, there are few better places to take advantage of it than Apex Mountain Resort, considered one of the ‘hidden gems’ of Canadian skiing. Located just about an hour south of Summerland, this full-service ski resort is known for its healthy amount of feather-light ‘champagne powder’—a delight for discerning skiers and snowboarders. This powdery paradise is a product of the mountain’s geographic location, which has just the right mix of high precipitation and low humidity to make for fantastic ski conditions.

Here in Summerland, we welcome winter with the annual Festival of Lights, happening from November 28th to 30th. The lively and colourful outdoor festival features delicious carnival food, activities for kids, visits from Santa, art exhibits, and live entertainment including fire dancers, bands, choirs and dance troupes. It’s also a goldmine for Christmas shoppers, with many downtown businesses offering in-store specials during the event.

If you’re planning to visit for the Festival of Lights, you won’t want to miss Summerland Waterfront Resort’s Light Up the Vines event, when local Bottleneck Drive wineries welcome visitors for special winter tasting events. SWR’s Light Up the Vines getaway package is $249 for two adults, which includes one night in our luxurious bluff-view suite, two tickets to the Bottleneck Drive ‘twinkle tour’, shuttle transportation to each winery, $50 Local Lounge • Grille dinner credit and a bottle of wine and cheese plate in your room upon arrival.

Call us at 1-877-494-8111 to reserve your Light Up the Vines package. We recommend booking by November 15th to ensure availability.

We look forward to seeing you in Summerland this winter!
posted by: Summerland Resort on: September 30, 2014 11:42:03 AM
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Pet Friendly
Anyone who owns a dog knows that it can be heartbreaking to leave them behind when you hit the road on vacation. So why not bring them along? The Okanagan is a great destination for dogs and dog-lovers, with miles of dog-friendly trails and beaches. 
Here at Summerland Waterfront Resort, we are happy to welcome pets—in fact, we love it when guests bring their furry friends along! As a certified pet-friendly resort by Pets Can Stay Canada, we go the extra mile to help dogs and dog owners feel at home.
Guests arriving at our resort with pets will find some special perks in their room including scrumptious pet treats along with water and food bowls.
There’s plenty of picturesque walking and jogging space for you and your pooch just steps from our resort, along the beach and the boardwalk. Just a 10 minute walk north of our hotel, the Peach Orchard Dog Beach, offers a fenced, off-leash stretch of beach for your pooch to frolic and swim to their heart’s content.
Dog owners will find a variety of pet-friendly amenities around the city of Summerland including the Paradise Pet Salon, where you can treat your canine companion to a VIP spa treatment (it’s only fair, since you’ll be enjoying spa treatments of your own at our Beyond Wrapture Mind and Body Care Day Spa!)
Please contact us today if you’re planning to visit with a pet. Our pet friendly guest rooms are subject to availability, so it’s best to book early. Some conditions apply, so be sure to have a look at our pet policy before your visit. 
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Here at Summerland Waterfront Resort, we’ll take any opportunity we can to boast about the amazing wines produced here in the Okanagan. But you don’t have to take our word for it. A recent readers poll by USA Today—the most widely read newspaper in America—ranks BC’s Okanagan Valley #2 in a list of the world’s 10 best wine regions to visit.
Readers ranked the Okanagan ahead of other world-class wine regions including the Napa Valley and Tuscany, Italy. The top rated was Alentejo, Portugal.
As BCTV reports, the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society called the ranking “a tremendous honour”. Indeed, it’s an honour for the Okanagan to simply have been included among the 10 nominees, which were selected for the quality and variety of their wines, the affordability of the region, the beauty of the scenery and the local cultural and recreational opportunities for visitors.
Other regions in the top 10 include Maipo, Chile; Marlborough, New Zealand; and Croatia  
Now that we’ve got you excited about Okanagan wine, we invite you to come visit us and try all the amazing local wines for yourself. Take advantage of Summerland Resort's Bottleneck Drive or Naramata Bench wine tour packages which include visiting and sipping at five trending Okanagan wineries. Find out more
The most exciting food and wine event in the Okananan is around the corner.  Fall always marks a special time of the abundant harvest of grapes.  This October 3rd to 12th,  the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival features a lineup of events that are a celebration of food and outstanding wines. Local Lounge • Grille, Summerland Resort's neighbour, will be hosting an incredible evening of wine and fine cuisine on October 08 - visit our Facebook page for more details. 
posted by: Summerland Resort on: August 27, 2014 9:59:02 AM
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Family Travel, Promotions
 The Okanagan Valley is blessed with some incredible natural features that make it the envy of the rest of the country.  The valley receives an extraordinary amount of sunshine and mild winters, possesses beautif