Come see how beautiful and magical a winter in Okanagan Wine Country truly is. Harvest is wrapped up and tasting rooms are quiet, making this the ideal time to be hosted by winery principals who also enjoy the slower pace of winter and are more likely to open some very special bottles.
Our exclusive Winter Wine Tour package, presented in cooperation with Okanagan Wine Country Tours, simply cannot be offered during the busy high season. Experience the unique offerings of three estate winery partners renowned for the sheer quality of their wines, guest experience, and overall hospitality.
We cordially invite you to stay at our Summerland Waterfront Resort, set on a secluded stretch of Lake Okanagan shoreline and located only 15 minutes north of Penticton. Our resort offers a full vacation experience under one roof
This one of a kind experience will show you the best of the Okanagan Wine
Country, and will leave you wanting more. Come and Warm up to winter with us...
Starting at $595 for 2 adults, our Summerland Waterfront Resort Winter Wine Tour package includes:
- Two nights luxury studio lakeview suite with kitchen and fireplace
- 6 hour exclusive wine tastings at Mission Hill Winery, Tantalus Vineyards and Quail's Gate Winery
- Luxury transportation (door to door from the Resort)
- Knowledge wine tour guide with Okanagan Country Wine Tours
- All tasting fees
- Complimentary bottle of wine
Call 877.494.8111 to make reserve your package today, available for booking until April 15, 2014.
One bedroom suites and two bedroom suites are available at additional charge.
See below to learn about what each participating winery is offering for this very special package:
Enjoy an intimate immersion into wine culture with a Sommelier in a private Tasting Salon and sample a selection of top tier wines from specially designed Riedel wine glasses. Watch a short winery film and enjoy this cinematic portrait of the Okanagan wine growing region. Descend into the Bordeaux-inspired underground Barrel Cellar and savour a young red wine directly from the barrel. Shop the exceptional selection of winery-exclusive wines, books, accessories, etc. A copy of the winery's Affinities wine and food pairing chart is yours to keep.
Platinum Wine Tour guests will accompany a winery principle on an exclusive, behind the scenes tour of this modern LEED certified winery and historic, sustainably farmed vineyard. Along the way guests will sample wines in various stages of completion while learning about the special relationship between the vineyard and the finished wine. A formal tasting of premium quality, single vineyard wines will be held in a stunning, gallery style tasting room, surrounded by works of art created by some of Canada's most highly acclaimed artists. The tour will conclude with an ice-wine tasting and each guest will receive a special keepsake gift.
This winery is highly regarded for its friendly, sophisticated and educational wine and food experiences, graciously facilitated by Director of Hospitality, Bill Wightman. Join him in the private wine library, overlooking the barrel room, where you will taste hand-selected premium estate wines served in Riedel stemware and expertly paired with fine artisanal cheeses. Extend your visit and savour a convivial lunch and panoramic lake and mountain views in the critically acclaimed Old Vines Restaurant. Guests are invited to choose from a selection of tasty menu items at their own expense.
Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa
is proud to be actively involved in the Summerland community. Part of this involvement includes partnerships with local businesses and associations. Summerland is a close knit community, and the same is true of its businesses, who work together to help make our city one of BC’s best.
We are honored to have this event taking place at our resort and are delighted to provide the event with gourmet cuisine in partnership with Local Lounge • Grille
, a neighbour of our property.
If you’re a Summerland business owner, be sure to cast your vote
for each of the awards categories. Awards include Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Sustainability Leader, New Business Award, and Young Entrepreneur Award.
To book your tickets for the event, call 250-494-2686 or visit the Summerland Chamber
. The reception begins at 6:00pm. Dinner and awards start at 7:00pm.
Soak, Sip & Sleep - Sounds Good!
Soak, Sip & Sleep Packages from $136 per night for two adults:
Book by February 5 and receive a FREE upgrade to lake view suite with balcony!
- Soak in the outdoor hot tubs or soak in your in-room soaker tub
- Bottle of Sumac Ridge Estates Winery wine (red or white)
- Taste of Summerland Breakfast Basket - delivered at your leisure
- 2 pm check out*
|Time for Two Couples Package
Time for Two Packages from $175 per night for two adults:
- $50 dining certificate at your choice of: Local Lounge • Grille or Zia’s Stone House
- $20 per person Beyond Wrapture Spa vouchers per stay
|Thinking Spring & Summer yet?
Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa Wedding Affair - Save the Date! April 5th the Resort will be hosting a gala event for Brides, family and friends, wedding planners and local partners. All of our preferred wedding suppliers will be showcased and available to book services. The Waterfront Ballroom will be decorated in two distinct and elegant wedding themes. There will also be food and wine pairings. So, save the date for this all-in-one wedding planning event.
Giant's Head Grind - May 17, 2014 Hundreds of runners and hikers are expected to take on the challenge of scaling Summerland's volcanic landmark in the inaugral Giant's Head Grind Race. Ellen Walker-Matthews together with husband Tom Matthews, who lost their son Christopher Walker to colon cancer in 2013, have taken on spearheading and managing the event. Registration starts March 1st - click here for more details
Summer Programs - July to mid September Summerland Resort will be offering a variety of activities and programs for all guests - adults and children. A few of these activities include evening boat cruises, beachfront yoga, kids learn to fish, artist workshops, movies in the park, and so much more.
Here at Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa, we talk a lot about local “Bottleneck Drive” wineries
. For those unfamiliar with the Summerland winery scene, let us explain. Summerland is home to more than a dozen boutique wineries, all in close proximity to each other and connected by a system of scenic roads called the Bottleneck Drive. This makes Summerland ideal for wine tours—you can drive from one end of the route to the other in less than 15 minutes.
In total, you’ll find 13 wineries along the Bottleneck Drive route, each with its own distinct appeal. Some, like Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, are known to many BC wine lovers. Others keep a more low profile. Here’s a list of some fantastic Bottleneck Drive Wineries that you might not have heard of—call them hidden gems.
Tyler Harlton Wines
It takes a special kind of unwavering passion to fulfill the dream of starting your own winery. For Tyler Harlton, whose foray into winemaking came after careers in both professional hockey and Wall Street finance, this passion is evident in every bottle that his small, detail oriented winery produces—by hand, of course. Be sure to try the Pinot Noir.
Sleeping Giant Fruit Winery
Expand your horizons beyond just grapes with a visit to the family owned and operated Sleeping Giant Fruit Winery, where the luscious flavours of strawberry, blackberry, pear make for wines that please the palate and the soul. Don’t leave without grabbing bottle of their Blackberry Table Wine.
Like their name suggests, the wines from Silkscarf are smooth, delicate and pleasing to the senses. From their 10 acres of vines they produce a selection of wines to rival any other boutique winemaker in the province. Make sure you taste their Viognier.
As always, stay tuned to our Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa blog to find out how to make the most of your BC wine tour vacation to Summerland. We are Summerland’s premier resort for wine lovers
—hope to see you here soon!
For anyone who’s ever sat in a bar or café having a vigorous debate about politics, current events, or the meaning of life, you’ll likely fit right in at the Summerland Art Gallery’s new Philosophers’ Café events.
If you’re the type who would jump at the chance to time-travel to a Parisian coffee house, circa 1899 to sip cappuccino among high society and pontificate about various intellectual matters, you’ll likely love the Philosophers Café events.
And if you’re the kind of person who simply has an interest in topics of great impact to our society and the world, you might find yourself enlightened and enthused by the Philosophers Café events.
So what exactly is the Philosophers’ Café? In short, it’s a meeting of scholars, community leaders and ordinary folk like you and me, who come together to discuss, debate and share their feelings on a variety of issues. If you’re a little intimidated by the thought of “philosophizing”, don’t be. Although the discussions are, indeed, grounded in philosophical ideas, they don’t require a university degree, just an open mind.
Philosophers Café events take place at the Summerland Art Gallery (9533 Main Street, Summerland, BC). Admission is by donation. Doors open at 6:30pm and the discussion begins at 7:00pm. You can find a full list of upcoming events on the Summerland Arts website. Here’s a sample of what’s coming up:
- January 22 – Arts and Culture: How are they important to our quality of life
- February 12 – Community Space, Public Places: What is the value of public space to our community?
- March 12 – Decision Making and Taking Action – Reason vs. Emotion – Mind & Heart – a Cross Cultural Perspective
The Summerland Art Gallery is located just a 5-minute drive from Summerland Waterfront Resort. For more ideas on activities and events happening around Summerland in the coming months, stay tuned to our blog!
Snow Birds love Summerland. And we aren’t just talking about the winged creatures that call our region home or the team of air force stunt planes that soar across Okanagan skies during Peach Fest. By “snow birds”, we mean those folks who have earned an extended wintertime vacation. Their getaway might be for a few weeks or a few months but the important thing is that it offers an extended escape to a place where they can relax and enjoy the finer things in life.
Now, in most cases, snow birds seek a destination somewhere southerly, where temperatures are in the 30s and margaritas are served on the beach. But we argue that there is no better place for the snow bird to retreat to than right here in the beautiful British Columbia Okanagan, where mild winter weather, world-class outdoor recreation, breathtaking scenery and amazing food and wine attract thousands of visitors every winter.
Here at Summerland Waterfront Resort, we couldn’t be better equipped to host snow birds in the utmost comfort. Our variety of spacious suites will put you in the lap of luxury while making you feel right at home. Choose from Deluxe Studio Suites, One Bedroom Suites and Two Bedroom Suites with picturesque bluff views or lake views. In every elegantly appointed suite, you’ll find a wide range of convenient amenities including a full kitchen with state of the art appliances and amenities.
Onsite at Summerland Waterfront Resort, you can indulge in a lavish massage therapy and beauty treatments at our spa, dine in style at Local Lounge • Grille, breathe deep of the winter air in our outdoor hot tub, and join other guests for regional wine tours and sightseeing.
If wine is your fancy, there’s no better place to stay. Just a few minutes from our resort you’ll find the world-renowned Bottleneck Drive Wineries, who offer tours, tastings and much more for both the casual wine lover and the connoisseur alike.
To get started planning your snow bird getaway at Summerland Waterfront Resort, give us a call today. We would be happy to put together an extended-stay accommodation package that uniquely suits your individual desires and budget.
Recently Stimuli Magazine contributors and wine lovers, Kristine Carrick and travel companion Linda, visited Summerland to explore the many sights, flavours and sensations of the area. Their visit included a visit to Bottleneck Drive wineries of Summerland, BC and of course a stay at Summerland's best hotel (wink wink)
Excerpt from the Stimuli article online
"During our whirlwind visit we were fortunate enough to be guests at Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa
. Tucked into a stretch of Lake Okanagan shoreline, the resort provided a comfortable spot to call home for our too short visit. We were settled into a room overlooking the boardwalk. For the avid bird watcher in Linda, the view and bird watching opportunities were a pleasant surprise. We didn’t have time to explore the spa part of the resort, but we did squeeze in a dip in the hot tub before wrapping up our Summerland experience, which was fantastic."
The ladies visit of Summerland included a delicious dinner at Local Lounge • Grille, breakfast and coffee at Summerland's Good Omens Cafe and of course winery tours. See Ya Later Ranch, Tin Horn Creek, Sumac Ridge and Summerland were their stops of choice. They were particularly smitten with Sumac Ridge's Steller's Jay Brut.
Visiting the Okanagan without enjoying local wine is like going to Paris and ignoring the Eiffel Tower. The Okanagan Valley
’s premier wine producing region, blessed with the perfect soil and climate for growing world-class grapes. Luckily for our guests, many of the Okanagan’s best wineries are located just minutes from Summerland Waterfront Resort.
Known as the Bottleneck Drive Wineries, these local vintners produce an incredible variety of wine (including ice wine, a type of desert wine that made its North American debut right here in the Okanagan).
So when you reach for a bottle of wine this holiday season (and you should, because it’s good for you!), reach for a bottle of Okanagan wine. It’s Canada’s best!
But enough about how amazing Okanagan wine is, let’s talk about how to choose a wine that will blend harmoniously with the flavours of your holiday meal. Traditionally, wine and food pairings had to follow a single iron-clad rule: red wine with red meat and white wine with fish and white meat. Violate this rule in more refined company and, well, you might not be invited back to dinner again.
But times have changed. It is now entirely acceptable, even encouraged, to pair, say salmon with pinot noir or lamb with chardonnay. There are still rules though—call them guidelines—that will help ensure a pleasurable experience for your palate.
For a complete break down of which wines work best with which dishes, consult this handy guide from Table & Vine.
If you’re dining at Local Lounge ? Grille, try pairing the Oven Roasted Game Hen with a luscious Haywire Canyonview Pinot Noir from Okanagan Crush Pad Winery. Or pair the Roasted Lamb Sirloin with a Private Reserve Chardonnay from Sumac Ridge Estate Winery.
From everyone here at Summerland Waterfront Resort, we wish you and your family a very happy holiday season rich with good food and drink!
As fun as the holiday season is, there’s no denying that it’s a hectic time. Rushing from store to store, entertaining family, keeping the kids happy—it can be exhausting! So when it’s all over, what could be better than having the time to truly relax, without a care or worry in the world?
This holiday season give your loved one the gift of time at Summerland Waterfront Resort. A vacation at SWR is the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate and recharge in a serene setting free from the stresses of everyday life.
Giving the gift of time at Summerland Waterfront Resort is easy—you’ll get all your shopping done with just a few clicks! Simply choose the denomination and tell us how you would like it delivered: we can email directly to the recipient, email it to you to print at home, or send a physical gift card to you via Purolator.
The recipient can redeem their SWR gift card any time they want. Our location on the waterfront of Lake Okanagan is as beautiful in the winter as it is in the summer, so whether they choose to come in January or June, they can look forward to an unforgettable vacation experience.
A typical day at SWR might start with a luxurious vinotherapy massage and facial at our Beyond Wrapture Day Spa. From there, you could embark on a tour of the many Okanagan wineries within minutes of our property. When the sun sets, join your special someone for a candlelight dinner at our onsite Local Lounge • Grille. Then, perhaps, it’s time to retire to your spacious suite and uncork a bottle of the Okanagan’s finest…Every day at Summerland Waterfront Resort holds endless possibilities.
If you have any questions about our gift cards or vacation options, please don’t hesitate to contact our Assistant General Manager Jason Brown at email@example.com.
There’s no time more exciting to be in Summerland this holiday season than the weekend of November 29th, during which you can enjoy both the Summerland Festival of Lights and the exclusive “Light up the Vines” wine tour experience at Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa.
The fun begins on the evening of Friday November 29th, when the streets of Summerland will be aglow with a dazzling array of festive lights. Now in its 26th year, the Summerland Festival of Lights features carnival games, street performers, ice carving, fireworks displays, artisan vendors, food carts and lots of live entertainment.
Special guests at this year’s festival include Vancouver band Champagne Republic, whose groovy funk and R&B tunes are sure to make festival goers tap their feet. Also performing is the Kinshara Performance Troupe, who will add even more light to the occasion with their electrifying fire dances. Over 6000 guests are expected to attend the festival from out of town, making for a vibrant and fun atmosphere all weekend long.
The following night, on Saturday November 30th, the Summerland Waterfront Resort is pleased to present our Light Up the Vines event and accommodation package, which showcases local Bottleneck Drive wineries decorated in yet more twinkling lights.
Priced at $219 per couple, our Light Up the Vines package includes one night’s accommodation in our Deluxe Studio Bluffview Suite, two wine tour tickets, shuttle transportation to and from wineries, a $50 dining card for neighbours the Local Lounge • Grille, a bottle of red or white Sumac Ridge Estate wine and an in-room cheese platter upon arrival. This package offers great value and twinkling magic for an exceptional start to your holiday season. An upgrade to a One Bedroom Suite is available for $30 per night.
Availability is limited for the Light Up the Vines package, so early booking is recommended. Call 877-494-8111 to reserve your stay or visit us online.