Summerland Resort Blog

December
31

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.    

November
29
posted by: Summerland Resort on: November 29, 2013 2:48:36 PM
filed under: 
Promotions, Spa, Family Travel
 
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 agm@summerlandresorthotel.com.

April
30
At Summerland Resort, we strive to make our resort a place where families can spend an unforgettable beachfront vacation. This means providing a range of fun amenities geared towards both kids and parents alike. Our outdoor pool, barbeques, bistro and onsite spa are enticing features for families looking to relax and enjoy time together in the beautiful Okanagan.
 
But apart from what you’ll find inside our property, an important benefit of choosing Summerland Resort for your family vacation is our proximity to attractions within walking or biking distance. It means the kids always have somewhere to explore and you can make the eco-friendly choice by leaving your car behind at the resort.
 
 
Although Summerland has its own exclusive private beach for guests to enjoy, you will find some gorgeous stretches of Okanagan lake beach as you walk north along Lakeshore Drive. But before you go anywhere, why not walk next door to Local Lounge and Grille for locally sourced cuisine and unique cocktails?
 
Maybe you’d like to take to the waters of Lake Okanagan on a kayak, canoe or 25 ft. pontoon boat. SWR Boat Rentals, located onsite, has you covered with a variety of rental options for all needs and budgets.
 
Take a two-minute walk up Lakeshore Drive and you’ll find yourself at the Summerland Trout Hatchery, the oldest continuously operating trout hatchery in the province. At the hatchery’s visors centre, guests are taken on a guided tour with fun activities for kids.
 
A little further from our hotel, around a 35-minute walk or 15-minute bike ride is the Vintage Auto Showroom of Nixdorf Classic Cars which features an exhibit of over 50 immaculately resorted vehicles from decades past. 
 
 
Last but not least, we are surrounded by wineries and vineyards some of which, like Okanagan Crush Pad Winery, can be reached in less than 30 minutes on foot.
 
We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Summerland Resort where the ultimate Okanagan Lake vacation experience is at your fingertips. 
February
28

From the Wild West to the Great Canadian North, railroads are the centerpieces of legends and the records of some momentous chapters in history. In Summerland, the Kettle Valley Steam Railway brings legends to life and history to the present as it invites you to hop aboard a 1912 steam locomotive for a journey through the picturesque Okanagan countryside.

 

10 km of the century-old and nearly forgotten Kettle Valley Railway provides track for the magnificently restored “No. 3716” locomotive, winding through a sublime landscape of orchards, vineyard and rolling hills. Every detail of the awe-inspiring steam-powered machine is meticulously maintained by a devoted crew who operate it not for profit, but for the love of this essential piece of our heritage.

The 90-minute journey begins at the Prairie Valley Station, 6 km west of Highway 97 in Summerland. Travelling through the Prairie Valley, passengers are regaled with historical narration, live music and fun games for kids. Crossing Trout Creek Bridge—once ranked among the highest in North America— offers passengers a breathtaking view of Okanagan Lake and the canyon below.

 

Regular departures operate during the spring and summer and special departures take place throughout the year. The upcoming Easter Train on Saturday, March 30 will mark the first departure of 2013. A hit with kids, this ride features live music and a special appearance from the Easter Bunny who will be hopping through the coaches, greeting passengers and handing out treats to the kids.

For an even more vivid and fun glimpse into a bygone era, you can take a trip on the Great Train Robbery tour, which operates weekly during the summer. This immersive historical experience combines a locomotive ride with a lighthearted reenactment of an old-fashioned railroad stick-up by the Garnett Valley Gang performers. Once it’s all over, you’ll be treated to a BBQ buffet fit for a king. And, of course, any cash that you hand over to the bandits will be donated to charity!

 

The Kettle Valley Steam Railway is just a 15-minute drive from our Summerland Waterfront Resort Hotel and Spa, making it a hugely popular attraction with our guests and one that we hope you will enjoy as much as we have.