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!
Summerland is the perfect destination for lovebirds, especially when the weather turns a little cooler. The beaches and wineries aren’t quite so crowded and the sometimes hectic summer pace slows down a bit.
The vibe is more relaxed and laid-back in the South Okanagan during the fall and winter. And that makes it the perfect time to indulge in a romantic escape. So if you’re looking for something to do in the Okanagan with that special someone, check out these four Summerland activities that are perfect for couples.
Enjoy fine dining
What’s more romantic than a sumptuous dinner, soft lighting and a bottle of delicious Okanagan wine? The town of Summerland is full of enticing restaurants that will make your evening memorable.
Enjoy stunning lake views while savoring sumptuous fare at the Local Lounge & Grille, located directly beside the Summerland Waterfront Resort. Chef Lee Humphries has created so many outstanding dishes you will be hard pressed to choose a favorite. Also try Zias Stonehouse Restaurant, which is set in a spectacular 1916 home. This artfully renovated restaurant offers an Old World ambience and delectable cuisine. You can find them at 14015 Rosedale Avenue in Summerland, BC. Those are two of the great dining options available in Summerland that we often recommend; however, the area boasts a variety of cuisines and Okanagan dining experiences.
Go for a romantic walk
The weather is still very pleasant in the south Okanagan up until late fall and beyond. And this mild climate makes a romantic stroll even more enjoyable. Hold hands as you walk along the shores of Peach Orchard Beach or Gordon Beggs Rotary Beach, where you can admire the bright colours of autumn.
In the mood for something a little more strenuous? Take a hike up Giants Head Mountain – an extinct volcano that provides sweeping views of the Okanagan Valley. Getting to the top takes between 30 minutes and an hour.
Visit the Summerland Ornamental Gardens
This popular attraction is open year-round, although it does close occasionally during the winter if a heavy snowfall hits. These grounds provide one of the most romantic backdrops in the Okanagan, with immaculately manicured gardens filled with colorful flowers and ornate shrubs.
And since there are fewer visitors here in the fall and winter, you just might have these gardens all to yourself. During October, the stunning American Smoke Tree is in bloom along with Burning Bushes, Japanese Maple and many other trees and plants.
Explore local wineries
Enjoying a vineyard tour is a quintessential South Okanagan activity. It’s also a great way to spend quality time with the one you love.
Autumn is harvest season in the area, providing visitors with a unique glimpse at how a bottle of wine is made. Discover some of Summerland’s top vineyards along Bottleneck Drive – a group of wineries where the staff are always happy to chat with visitors.
You can stay just minutes away from all of these romantic activities by booking the Winter Escape Kit at the Summerland Resort Hotel, which blends two nights in one of our luxurious suites with a bottle of Sumac Ridge Estate Winery wine for only $179 for two adults. But you’ll need to reserve now: this offer is only available between Oct. 13 and April 30.
When you look back at vacations past, which memories do you cherish the most? Is it the attractions you visited? The landmarks you saw? For most of us, it’s the experiences that we savour: the time spent in the company of family and friends in in beautiful and unique surroundings. And as far as experiences go, there are few that can leave their impression on as vividly as that of truly superb dining. When cuisine, service and setting combine in just the right way, the experience can encapsulate everything we treasure about a vacation.
No matter what brings you to Summerland—the beaches, the festivals, the lake—you can count on having a variety of dining options to choose from. Our city’s world-class restaurants serve some of the finest cuisine in the Okanagan, paired with local wines and served amid always-charming ambience. We’ve listed some of our favourites here.
When it comes to dining in Summerland, your best option is just steps from your room. Located next door to the Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa, the stylish and award-winning Local Lounge • Grille serves a diverse array of locally inspired dishes prepared with high-quality ingredients. Local scours the Okanagan to proudly select only the tastiest ingredients at their peak of freshness from local farms and suppliers. Local is also a partner of the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program and only chooses seafood that is ocean-friendly and ecologically sustainable.
Local is proud to use Certified Angus Beef selected from the top percentile of beef in Western Canada. Their wine list features multi-award winners, most of which arrive fresh from Okanagan wineries within 100km of the Resort and their mouth-watering, hand-crafted draught beers are brewed in small batches in Penticton. All this awesomeness has earned Local awards in several categories by OpenTable.com. It was a 2013 Diners’ Choice Winner and boasts the rank of #1 Restaurant in Summerland on TripAdvisor.
Zias’ website describes their restaurant as an “Italianate Utopia”, an apt title for their gorgeous property which is approached by a flowered archway and surrounded by idyllic gardens and greenery. Housed in a beautifully restored 1916 heritage building, Zias serves Italian cuisine that honours the old world tradition of preparing food with care and quality. Enjoy steaks, pasta, pizza and more and choose from an impressive array of amazing local wines. One reviewer on TripAdvisor calls Zias “a perfect spot for a date”!
Summerland is home to some of the Okanagan’s most breathtaking scenery: lush vineyards, rolling hills and crystal blue waters. There are few better places to experience all of this that on the patio of Bonita’s Bistro which overlooks a picturesque vineyard vista. At Bonita’s, the wine is just as important as the food (which is excellent). Showcasing some of the areas best vintages, along with their very own varietals, the Bistro is the place to come to sample great Okanagan wine in a truly beautiful setting. Their menu offers features European inspired dishes served with local flair. Bonita’s executive chef Colin Rayner has leveraged his talent and experience to craft a menu to please the pallet and balance perfectly with fine wines.
Wine & All Things Fine Package
Treat yourself to Summerland Waterfront Resort’s ultimate package for that special occasion, or just because. From $657 (2 adults, 2 nights), the package includes:
- Two nights stay at Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa
- Two luxurious spa treatments
- $50 dinner voucher for Local Lounge ? Grill
- Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Tour & Tasting
- Bottle of red or white wine
Contact us today to take advantage of this exceptional offer.