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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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.
Located adjacent to the Waterfront Ballroom, our 750 sq. ft. Lakefront Boardroom offers comfortable and intimate meeting space for up to 10 people.
Summerland joins in the fun and festivities of BC's Culture Days by hosting the Walk of Art
at the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa September 27 to October 2, 2013.
Experience the original works of local emerging and established Artists on display throughout the Resort including paintings, photography, jewellery, pottery, textiles and sculpture.
How else would we kick off such an event than with wine and tasty treats? The opening reception is not to be missed with complimentary wine tasting hosted by Sumac Ridge Estate Winery and delicious delights.from Sweet Tooth Cafe. Later in the evening singer, story teller and musician Joal Kamps will entertain the crowd while they admire the artwork, chat with the artists and share with fellow art-lovers.
The Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa has partnered with Summerland Community Art Council, Summerland Pleasure Painters, Summerland Art Club, Summerland & Trout Creek Studio Tour, and Sumac Ridge Winery for this cultural event in the Okanagan.
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.
We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Summerland Resort where the ultimate Okanagan Lake vacation experience is at your fingertips.
Here’s an opportunity for athletes, their families, and anyone who simply wants to watch, to step into history... twice! History will be made on Sunday, August 25 of this year when Challenge Penticton kicks off a unique event: the only Challenge Family race in Canada, and the first ever Challenge event in North America.
What is a Challenge Family event, you might ask. Challenge Roth started Challenge events by featuring a long distance or iron distance triathlon in Germany ten years go. Roth annually boasts over 5000 participants, making it the world’s largest iron distance triathlon. Challenge Family events now occur around the world in venues such as Barcelona, Vichy, Copenhagen, Henley-on-Thames, and will this year offer its first long distance race in Asia as well as Penticton.
The Penticton course replaces its previous Ironman event, which, incidentally, is older than the local Ironman race. Due to its popularity with athletes and spectators alike, the course of the Penticton Challenge will be followed again. Everyone moving along this beautiful, exciting course will be stepping into history on the third oldest long-course triathlon in the world and the oldest race in North America. A bonus this year is that
Challenge Penticton is for the first time inviting participation by relay teams.
Participants of all ages are sure to be inspired as they race alongside, or perhaps a little behind, world class triathlon champions including Macca, that’s Chris McCormack who has won more iron-distance races (12) than any other male. No wonder, ESPN named him the World’s Fittest Man. Lothar Leder has won Challenge Roth no less than five times. Australian Belinda Granger has finished over forty long-distance races. Not intimidated by these international athletes are locals Janelle Morrison, who races competitively at the University of Alberta, and Jeff Symonds, named by Triathlon Magazine Canada as their 2011 triathlete of the year. Just think how proud you will be when your name is added to the list, making you a part of history.
Visitors to Penticton will mingle with thousands of others racing or enjoying a week long festival. If too much pandemonium occurs, you will be glad you decided to chill out in the quiet seclusion of the Summerland Waterfront Resort. Our spectacular resort setting on the shores of beautiful Okanagan Lake is only ten minutes from Penticton.
When you book your stay with us, you will be stepping into history for the second time, since our resort is Summerland’s newest addition. Our establishment offers more than the casual visitor expects. Our amenities are numerous and second to none, as a quick look through this website will verify. Both racing and non-racing guests alike are invited to check out our superb exercise facilities and our pool and hot tub. Judging from the number of guests who want to stay before, during or after Challenge Penticton, we urge you to book early. Remember to ask for our special rates. Thank you, and welcome to a historic inaugural event and a fantastic resort hotel you will never forget!
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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.