Summerland Resort Blog

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!
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!
 
June
30
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Absorb the artistic spirit and get in touch with your creative side at special music and arts events happening at Summerland Waterfront Resort this summer. 

Sweet Sounds of Aidan & Mandy | Friday, July 04, 3-5 pm & Friday, August 15, 3-5 pm

Aidan & Mandy’s music possesses a feel-good vibe to leave you rejuvenated and inspired. With a striking sound of haunting harmonies and playful guitar, this female rock-folk-pop duo can only be described as sensational.

Frolicking Fiddlers | Friday, July 11, 7-9 pm
Gather around the fire pit on the lakefront for a family-oriented evening of traditional Celtic and Eastern Canadian tunes.

Allison Altherr | Friday July 18, 8-10 pm & Friday, August 8, 8-10pm
This amazing solo acoustic performer sings for the SWR. Relaxed, earthy and warm, Allison's vocal style is influenced by blues, western swing, Latin, traditional jazz, and grounded by her country roots.

Jam Camp Society Facilitators | Friday, August 1, 7-9 pm & August 29, 7-9pm
Bobby Bovenzi will lead an evening family-oriented campfire session of sing-along folk, kids and world music. Percussion instruments will be handed out to those who join to create a rhythm circle. Song sheets will be distributed also for you to join in the fun!

Alex Fong
Art Exhibit | August 4-15

Alex Fong’s delightful works will be featured at the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa.

Alex Fong
Artist Workshop | August 8-10

Alex Fong returns to the Summerland Resort for his annual summer artist workshop. The workshop kicks off with a Friday evening wine and cheese demonstration followed by two days of instruction with wine lunches. Register Now!

Easy Fix Duet| Saturday, August 09 7-9 pm

Tom Van Unen & Dana Barnes bring energy to the SWR Beach Fire.  Drawing from a huge catalogue of music, Easy Fix enjoys entertaining our audiences by performing popular covers from classic rock, top 40, 80's rock/pop, Motown, funk and country.
 
For more information on these events, feel free to contact our resort. We look forward to seeing you here this summer.
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Nurture your child’s creative talents this summer by registering them in a Summer Arts Program with the Summerland Community Arts Council. Whether your little one is an aspiring actor, writer, painter or still looking to discover that special artistic talent, these fun and engaging programs present a great opportunity to make new friends and learn new things.

The programs also offer the perfect opportunity for mom and dad to take a much-needed summer vacation in beautiful Summerland, BC, the heart of Okanagan Wine Country. While the kids are busy with their artistic endeavors, mom and dad sip wine at Bottleneck Drive Wineries, cruise Lake Okanagan on a paddleboard or take to the skies on a zip line!

Nine different summer arts programs cater to a variety of age groups, from pre-school to teens.

Fun with a Pocket Knife (ages 9 and up) | July 7 – 11

Music & Movement (ages 3 – 5) | July 14 – 18

Play & Puppetry (ages 3 – 5) | July 21 – 25

Wild About Writing (ages 8 – 12) | July 28 – Aug 1

Space Junk (ages 7 and up) | July 28 – Aug 1

Messy & Marvelous (ages 3 – 5) | Aug 5 – 8

Once Upon a Time! (ages 3 – 5) | Aug 11 – 15

Drawing & Painting (ages 10 and up) | Aug 11 – 15

Broadway Bound (ages 7 – 12) | August 11 – 15


For full program information, view the registration brochure here. Registration cost, which includes all supplies, ranges between $50 and $125 per child. To register or learn more about the programs, contact the Summerland Arts Council at 250-494-4494

If you’re planning a family trip to Summerland this summer, Summerland Waterfront Resort would be delighted to provide your family and with relaxing beachfront accommodations complete with onsite dining, spa services and boat rentals. 
May
29
posted by: Summerland Resort on: May 29, 2014 3:41:48 PM
 
There’s no doubt that the Okanagan Valley is one of the best spots in BC to hit the water, but for those who prefer to have their summer fun on solid ground, the area offers its fair share of inland adventures. 
 
When you stay with Summerland Waterfront Resort for your Okanagan vacation, you’ll have more than just the lake at your doorstep. Our resort is within minutes of dozens of top attractions for visitors who prefer to admire the water from a dry distance.
 
Travelling down the only preserved section of a historic railway that winds through some of the Okanagan’s most spectacular scenery, the Kettle Valley Steam Railway will transport you into a long-past era. You’ll take the journey on a resorted 1912 steam locomotive, with lively commentary and theatrical performance from a knowledgeable and talented crew of guides and players. It’s an educational experience for kids and lot a fun for the whole family. 
 
Don’t be afraid to get dirty! An ATV tour is one of the most exciting and exclusive ways to explore the picturesque Okanagan countryside and wildernesses. Okanagan ATV tours offers a variety of excursions for all confidence levels, whether you want to cruise gently along scenic paths or rip through backcountry trails. 
 
Earning rave reviews from practically everyone who’s tried it, the zipline adventures at zip zone offer an experience of the Okanagan that you’ll remember for a lifetime. Soar at high speed, hundreds of feet above the ground, across canyons and gorges. Don’t worry, it’s perfectly safe, and incredibly thrilling!
 
For more ideas on how to make the most of your Okanagan vacation, stay tuned to our Summerland Waterfront Resort blog. We look forward to providing you and your family with full-service resort accommodations on the shores of Lake Okanagan this summer!
May
5
posted by: Summerland Resort on: May 5, 2014 11:17:22 AM
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Things to do
 
Whether you run, walk or crawl, the annual Giant’s Head Grind, happening May 17, is a one-of-a-kind experience in Summerland. Scale Giant Head Mountain, Summerland’s volcanic landmark, on a course covering 5 kilometers and 500 meters of elevation. 
 
Why would you make such an arduous journey? Well, if it’s not for the competition, personal development or amazing scenery, do it for a good cause. The race is organized by the Summerland Rotary Club, with proceeds donated to colon cancer diagnostics research. Partial proceeds will also be donated to the funding, upkeep and improvement of the trail system of Giant’s Head Park. 
 
The Grind begins on the scenic shores of Okanagan Lake at Peach Orchard Beach. Participants will then follow the “beach-to-peak” course to the top of the mountain, covering the broad scope of Summerland’s amazing and diverse natural landscape.
 
To many, the Giant’s Head Grind is known as the Christopher Walker Memorial Race, conducted to raise awareness and funds for research into the disease that claimed his life in 2013. By encouraging outdoor exercise and promoting a healthy lifestyle, the race aims to honor Christopher’s memory and provide hope for those suffering from colon cancer.
 
More than 300 runners are expected to participate this year. There’s a lot to look forward to besides just the run. There will be a complimentary breakfast buffet, yoga in the park, and a post-race BBQ and awards ceremony. 
 
Registration closes after May 10, so don’t hesitate: go ahead and sign up! You can register as an individual or team. You can also make a donation, support an individual or team, or get a ticket for attending the BBQ only.  
 
From everyone here at Summerland Waterfront Resort we wish the Giant’s Head Grind participants the best of luck and offer our sincerest gratitude toward everyone supporting this very special cause. 
 
Love food?  Love wine?  Love touring through rolling countryside amidst lush vineyards and orchards?  Sounds like the perfect escape, and it is.  Two exciting events are kicking off the start of summer in the Okanagan's wine country this year. 
 
The Great Estates Okanagan, a collection of 7 of the Okanagan's most renowned wine brands, come together to bring you an unparalleled experience with a 4 night, 5 day wine & culinary escape to the Great Estates Okanagan.  Choose either a spring or fall grape-escape for May 23-27 or September 26-30. Stay in luxurious accommodations and see some of the most stunning vineyards vistas. Connect with the fascinating people who are passionate about their craft and excited to share with you and other wine enthusiasts, our world class wines and locally sourced and inspired creations. Click here for full package details.
 
 
In Summerland, BC the weekend of June 13-15 will be a celebration of Bottleneck Drive wineries with wining, dining and dancing at the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa and Local Lounge • Grille. The event is part of the "Heard it through the Grapevine" event weekend wide at Bottleneck Drive.  Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa will be hosting all Bottleneck Drive wineries in their beautifully decorated Waterfront Ballroom and the wines will be flowing.  Following a little "wine warm up" event-goers will saunter over to the Local Lounge • Grille to savour the succulent seafood boil prepared by Chef Lee Humphries.  The night cap will be at Local Lounge • Grille with dancing to DJ beats. Click here for full package details.
 
 
Summerland, BC is located 45 minutes south of Kelowna and 15 minutes north of Penticton on a secluded stretch of Lake Okanagan shoreline.  Set amidst Bottleneck Drive wineries and an easy drive to over 20 neighbouring wineries, the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa is undoubtedly the hub of Okanagan wine country.
 
 
March
26
posted by: Summerland Resort on: March 26, 2014 4:09:56 PM
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Things to do
 
Here in BC’s Okanagan Valley nature’s gifts exist in abundance: our fertile vineyards grow some of the best grapes in the country and the scenic shores of our lake host thousands of sun-seekers every summer. This April, during Summerland Earth Week, the city of Summerland will come together to share ideas on how we can both protect and make the most of our local natural wonders.
 
Summerland Earth Week consists of a variety of local events for all ages and interests, happening April 22nd to 27th. Activities include:
 
Walking Tour with David Gregory | Tuesday, April 22
Join knowledgeable local tour guide David Gregory as he takes you on a tour of Summerland’s most historic and beautiful landmarks. To register, email davidgregory777@gmail.com by April 19th.
 
Square Foot Gardening Workshop | Saturday, April 26
Learn how to grow your own produce in small spaces. Perfect for apartment dwellers or anyone interested in learning new gardening techniques. Bring your gardening gloves and be prepared to get dirty! Call 250-494-4617 to register. 
 
Philosopher’s Café: Healthy Landscapes, Healthy Lifestyles | Thursday, April 24
Local ecologist Don Gayton will be giving an illustrated talk on the principles of the Ecological Restoration movement, followed by group discussion. 
 
8th Annual Earth Day Celebration | Sunday, April 27
Do your part to help the planet by planting trees and helping groom the gardens around Dale Meadows Sports Complex. Or simply enjoy the celebration, which will include educational exhibits, prizes and fun activities for kids. For more information, call 250-404-0115.
 
The Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa is committed to the environment. As a member of the Hotel Association of Canada’s Green Key program, the resort hotel was one of only 20 hotels in British Columbia to receive the rating of four keys out of five. The biggest component of the hotel’s energy efficiency strategy is a state-of-the-art geothermal system. The geothermal system draws naturally occurring heat from the earth to provide the hotel’s cooling and heating systems, including heating of the year round outdoor pool and two hot tubs. The resort also encourages green behavior from their guests by providing recycling bins in all suites and common areas, and giving the option of reusing linens and towels. With preserved wetlands located right on the property, other earth-friendly technologies used by the resort hotel include the use of LED and compact fluorescent lights in all guest room and common areas and energy-efficient geothermal heating and cooling.
 
 
If you’re planning a vacation in the Okanagan Valley this spring, consider Summerland Waterfront Resort as your destination. Get back to nature and experience the peacefulness of one of the only five natural wetlands in Lake Okanagan located directly in front of the Summerland Resort.

Our Sip, Soak & Sleep package includes one night stay in luxury one bedroom suite with kitchen and fireplace, as well as breakfast basket delivered to your room, bottle of Sumac Ridge Estate WInery and 2 pm check out.  Packages available until April 30 for $136 per night. 
 
We are surrounded by the natural beauty of the region, just minutes from local wineries and steps from the shores of Lake Okanagan. 
 
March
18
 
There’s a reason that the Okanagan is one of BC’s most popular destinations for weddings. From photographers to florists, the valley is home to a wide variety of special event professionals who work to make these very special occasions unforgettable for everyone in attendance.
 
On Saturday, April 5 from 10am to 3pm, Summerland Waterfront Resort is pleased to host the Summerland Wedding Affair, a special gala event showcasing the Okanagan’s top wedding experts and suppliers.
 
All are welcome at this intimate and informative gala, which offers a rare opportunity to speak in-depth with local wedding professionals. You will be able to discuss options, amenities, products, services, availability and pricing and even book, all in the intimate environment of our ballroom which will be set up in gala wedding style to suit the mood. 
 
Attendees include caterers, florists, photographers, hair and makeup artists, party rental companies and wedding planners.
 
Enjoy fantastic wine and cuisine while you chat and browse. The event will be catered by our very own Local Lounge • Grille with wine provided by Okanagan Crush Pad Winery and Sumac Ridge Estate Winery.
 
 
The Summerland Waterfront Resort is located at 13011 Lakeshore Drive on the scenic shores of Lake Okanagan, a magical setting for your special day. We specialize in all-inclusive wedding celebrations for as up to 120 guests, with two outdoor ceremony locations, including our exclusive beachfront. Wedding guests enjoy luxurious accommodation in our condo style suites, which feature full kitchens, breathtaking views and more. Guests enjoy onsite boat rentals, pool and hot tub, day spa and award-winning onsite restaurant.
 
To get started planning your wedding at Summerland Waterfront Resort, contact our sales manager Lisa Jaager at sales@summerlandresorthotel.com or call toll-free 1-877-494-8111.
 
We look forward to seeing you at our Summerland Wedding Affair on April 5!