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posted by: Summerland Resort on: March 26, 2014 4:09:56 PM
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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 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. 
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 or call toll-free 1-877-494-8111.
We look forward to seeing you at our Summerland Wedding Affair on April 5!
posted by: Summerland Resort on: January 30, 2014 2:24:31 PM
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Promotions, Things to do
HERE'S WHAT's NEW in SUMMERLAND January 29, 2014

Soak, Sip & Sleep - Sounds Good!

Because you need a getaway, a change of scenery and of course, because you need a mid-winters rest.  Experience a place where you are encouraged to indulge in the pleasures of doing as little as possible.


Soak, Sip & Sleep Packages from $136 per night for two adults:
  • One night’s stay studio bluff view suite with kitchen and fireplace
  • 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*
Book by February 5 and receive a FREE upgrade to lake view suite with balcony! 

*late check out and upgrade to lake view suite is subject to availability

Listed price is subject to taxes and based on studio bluff view suite.  All other room types are available for this package.  Available for booking until April 30, 2014

Call 877.494.8111 or click here for more information



Time for Two Couples Package
Whether you have an anniversary, birthday, special occasion or “just because”, this package offers all of the elements to celebrate each other!
Perfect for Valentine's Day Weekend!
Time for Two Packages from $175 per night for two adults:
  • One night studio suite bluff view accommodation
  • $50 dining certificate at your choice of:  Local Lounge • Grille or Zia’s Stone House    
  • Choice of red or white wine upon arrival                                
  • Early check in at 1 pm, late check out at 1 pm *
  • $20 per person Beyond Wrapture Spa vouchers per stay
Call 877.494.8111 or click here for more information
Rates listed are subject to taxes and based on Studio Bluffview Suite. Ask us about upgrading to lake view, One Bedroom Suite or Two Bedroom Suite.  Available for booking until April 30, 2014


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.  

Silkscarf Winery
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!

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 is Canada’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! 

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.

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.

For everything from birthday parties to business meetings, you’ll find your ideal Okanagan event venue at Summerland Waterfront Resort. Our spacious meeting facility, experienced staff and beautiful setting on Lake Okanagan make us one of the most popular hotels for meetings in Summerland.
Designed to save you money, our Meetings Made Easy package includes accommodation, continental breakfast, morning coffee & tea station, buffet lunch, meeting venue, and all taxes and gratuities. Starting from $139 per single room and $190 per double room, it’s the Okanagan’s best value for a waterfront meeting. Book by November 1st and receive a complimentary hospitality suite for one evening! Email
Lisa Jaager at or call 877.494.8111 to get started. 
Treat Your Guests to The Best Okanagan Wine
If your guests are wine lovers, they’re in for a treat! Summerland Waterfront Resort is surrounded by world-class Bottleneck Drive Wineries. You can tour the wineries or sample wines right here at our resort on our Wine Wednesdays or at special tasting events happening all year round.
Relax and Pamper Yourself
Organizing a meeting can be stressful. Luckily, SWR offers countless ways to relax. Enjoy a massage at Beyond Wrapture Day Spa, dine in style at Local Lounge & Grille or take to the water in a boat, Sea-Doo or paddleboard from SWR Boat Rentals.
Our Meeting Venues:
Waterfront Ballroom
Offering spectacular lake views, the Waterfront Ballroom can host a wide range of events, with space for up to 50 guests in boardroom style seating and up to 140 guests in theatre style seating. The Ballroom is naturally illuminated with floor-to-ceiling windows and the charming interior echoes our beachfront locale. A walk-out patio offers an outdoor retreat for coffee breaks or team building sessions.
Lakefront Boardroom
Located adjacent to the Waterfront Ballroom, our 750 sq. ft. Lakefront Boardroom offers comfortable and intimate meeting space for up to 10 people.
For more information on our Summerland meeting rooms, email Lisa Jaager at or call 877.494.8111.