Summerland Resort Blog

November
13
posted by: Summerland Resort on: November 13, 2014 11:41:33 AM
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Weddings
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.
 
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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.
October
31
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. 
 
October
24

  

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

 

October
20
posted by: Summerland Resort on: October 20, 2014 11:21:17 AM
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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!
September
30
posted by: Summerland Resort on: September 30, 2014 11:42:03 AM
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Pet Friendly
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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. 
September
12
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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. 
 
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August
27
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 beautiful mountain scenery and offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation including water sports, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cycling, fishing, boating and of course all things relating to locally grown food and wine.  And it’s only four hours from the cosmopolitan urban centre of Vancouver.  If you’ve spent time in the Okanagan Valley you’ll know intimately just why it has a countrywide reputation as one of the top travel destinations in Canada.

One unique feature of the valley is its plethora of lakes that run from south to north from Osoyoos to Vernon, the largest of which is Lake Okanagan.  For generations, people have flocked to Lake Okanagan’s shores for its amazing boating, fishing, swimming and recreational opportunities.  In fact, if you’re reading this, you may have just enjoyed some of these great recreational opportunities on the shores of Lake Okanagan at the Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa! 

Own a piece of paradise here at the Summerland Waterfront Resort

If you enjoyed your stay at our resort and can see the obvious merits of the Valley as a continuing destination for year round outdoor recreation, we have an opportunity for you to own a little piece of this paradise: you can purchase a suite at the Summerland Waterfront Resort.  Owning a suite at the Summerland Waterfront Resort means you will become an owner of one of the last available waterfront properties on Lake Okanagan.  If you’re looking for a great vacation home or a solid investment, or both, we encourage you to consider joining our group of 115 owners.

How it Works

Each suite at the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa is individually owned.  As the investor, you purchase one of the suites (which come in a studio, one bedroom and two bedroom configuration) and then have the choice to participate in the “managed pool rental program” which professionally manages the renting of your suite to vacationers all year long, generating a stream of investment income! 

Summerland Waterfront Resort with great views

Summerland Waterfront Resort room amenities

Of course, as the owner you have the option of using your suite for personal use anytime of the year.  Not only do you gain a solid investment in one of the most buoyant markets in the country, you also gain a great year round lakefront vacation space in beautiful Summerland BC.  As an additional perk, you’ll receive an exclusive membership in the Resort to Resort program, which allows you to exchange use of your rental property for other sought after resort hotels in Mexico, the U.S and Canada.

As a guest you’ve become intimately acquainted with what our resort has to offer: beautiful suites offering full kitchens, fireplaces, deep soaker tubs and memory foam mattresses set in a stunning natural setting close to the quaint Okanagan town of Summerland.  If you can see the potential benefits of owning your own slice of paradise, whether for personal use, as an investment or both, then contact Tom Matthews at 250.490.1482 or email him here.  Tom will be happy to provide you with further information about this exciting real estate opportunity in the heart of Canada’s sunny Okanagan Valley at the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa.

August
14
posted by: Summerland Resort on: August 14, 2014 4:20:12 PM
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Promotions
After receiving more than 450 guest reviews on TripAdvisor, Summerland Waterfront Resort is proud to be ranked as the #1 hotel in Summerland and #11 out of 154 hotels in the Okanagan Valley! We are also honored to have received a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and platinum-level GreenLeaders certification.

Honest feedback from our guests means a lot to us. So when reviewers speak up about their experience at the hotel, we take it seriously. Taking a wide range guest feedback into consideration, we have worked over the past six months to enhance our resort with fresh paint, new vinyl in the rooms and a variety of other improvements including:
 
  • New carpets throughout the resort, including many of our suites
  • Firepits for summertime fun
  • An expanded menu for Sweet Tooth Bistro, our cafe by the Front Desk
  • Barbecue menus for family reunions and group gatherings to be enjoyed in the BBQ area
  • Corporate meeting packages focused on health and wellness activities and menus

Summerland Waterfront Resort is also proud to announce it's recent appointment as a Platinum level TripAdvisor Greenleader. All GreenLeader hotels and B&Bs must apply to the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Programme. If accepted, GreenLeaders achieve one of four statuses: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. The higher the status, the greater the impact of a property's green practices. Our Platinum designation is a real testament to our commitment to the environment.
 
It has been a fantastic summer so far and we are overjoyed to hear about some of the recent experiences of our guests, which they took the time to share on TripAdvisor:

“A Rare Gem in the South Okanagan” | Posted by SheldonKennedy on August 14, 2014
“We have been enjoying the Summerland Waterfront Resort for 8 years now and enjoyed every vacation. The leadership team and staff have created a wonderful experience for their guests here. The location is on a quiet protected bay on the water with excellent access for all types of water activities. I would highly recommend this resort to anyone interested in a high quality resort experience in the South Okanagan!”

“Lovely Resort in the Okanagan” | Posted by kateandgary on August 7, 2014
“Stayed in a beautiful one bedroom waterfront apartment. Fabulous view, extremely well equipped with great amenities ( including wonderful comfortable king sized bed) and furnishings. Very clean as well. Friendly and helpful staff and reception folks. We were visiting with family who had a two bedroom unit and the only bad thing about the holiday was that it was too short.
 
We would be delighted to host you and your family for a late-summer vacation this year, so book your stay with us today. Hope to see you here soon!
 
July
31
 
There’s something about the Okanagan Valley—whether it’s the spectacular scenery, incredible people, or amazing wine—that seems to inspire great art. So its little wonder that renowned BC painter Alex Fong makes his home here. Drawing inspiration from the landscape and community around him Alex’s art is vibrant, whimsical and full of life—kind of like Alex himself.

The Summerland Waterfront Resort is extremely pleased to be hosting a weekend of watercolour workshops and demonstrations by Alex Fong from August 8th to 10th. Artists of all skill levels are welcome to register.

Watercolour Demonstration | Friday, August 8

6:30pm – 9:30pm
Sip Okanagan wine and munch on cheese and fruit as you watch Alex Fong paint original watercolours before your eyes.
$35 per person (or included with cost of workshop)

Watercolour Workshop | Sat & Sun August 9 & 10
Daily from 10:00am – 4:00pm
Take your artistry to the next level with this very special workshop weekend. Take part in two full days of demos and one-on-one instruction from Alex in watercolour and acrylic painting techniques.
$300 per person. Includes all 3 days.

Click here to Register

Even if you’re new to watercolour, these workshops are a great opportunity to discover this richly rewarding art from with instruction from a true master. Born in Vancouver in 1956, Alex’s experiments with watercolour began after a course of study in interior design. From there, he developed and refined his style, which began in a traditional oriental vein and evolved into a kind of impressionistic, kaliediscopic approach. His recent work reflects what he calls a “blend of contemporary, oriental and impressionistic influences” conveying “a bouquet of wonder and whimsy”.

Alex’s watercolours have been exhibited across North America for nearly 30 years and his work is featured in both private and corporate collections throughout the continent.

We look forward to seeing you here at Summerland Waterfront Resort for these very special engagements.
 
July
22
posted by: Summerland Resort on: July 22, 2014 12:20:56 PM
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Things to do, Summer
 
You won’t have to wander far from the Summerland Waterfront Resort to make the most of your Okanagan vacation this summer. Our resort is pleased to offer a wide variety of onsite events and activities for the whole family to enjoy, including:

Lakefront Campfires | Wednesday & Saturday evenings 8-10 pm
Gather ‘round the fire pit with your family for evening of sing-alongs, storytelling and s’mores as the sun goes down on our beautiful Lake Okanakan beach. 

Yoga, Pilates and Spin Classes 
Just a 5-minute walk from our resort, Lakeshore Fitness offers classes in yoga, pilates, spin, and more, all on the scenic shores of Lake Okanagan. SWR guests receive 20% off all classes. View Lakeshore’s classes here and contact Susie at 778-516-0021 to register. 
 
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Workouts and Lessons 
Also offered through Lakeshore fitness are classes on stand-up paddleboarding, one of the easiest to learn and most rewarding watersports to try on Lake Okanagan. 
 
Welcome Wine Receptions | Every Friday from 4-6 pm
You’ll want to be here every Wednesday, when our resort is visited by representatives of the nearby bottleneck drive wineries who come to pour glasses of their showcase varietals. Start your Okanagan vacation right sipping the area's amazing wines 

Full-Day SWR Kids Club Activities
There’s never a dull moment for young ones at SWR. Your kids will experience a world of fun and learning with morning nature walks, wetland experiences (fishing & other explorations), sand-castle building activities, games, trips to the waterpark and afternoon art experiences. For more information on kids activities, please contact our resort
 
For a complete list of what’s happening day-by-day at SWR over the coming months, have a look at our summer events calendar. We look forward to being your Okanagan vacation destination this summer!