Summerland Resort Blog

posted by: Summerland Resort on: December 11, 2014 10:57:22 AM
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Things to do

It may be the views and vineyards that draw most guests to beautiful Summerland, but our beautiful, Okanagan location is also alive with artistry. Along our shores are masters of the brush, smelter, kiln and more. So, if you’re after beautiful, inspired souvenirs to commemorate your time at our resort, you won’t have to look far. Here are a few of our favourite destinations for local, hand-crafted goods!

Red Willow Forge

Head to Red Willow Forge for beautiful wrought iron and rod iron art crafted by self-taught artsmith, Ted Howell. Howell was born and raised in B.C.’s Northern interior where, amidst the towering trees and mountains, he developed a keen interest in metallurgy and design. That interest evolved into a passion, the result of which is the beautiful art you’ll find in his studio. From sculptures, to furniture, to lamps, to door hardware, his charming, Summerland location has something for everyone. Yes, whether you’re after decadent decor for your home, or a gorgeous gift for a friend or family member, you’re likely to find what you’re looking for at Howell’s forge. Best of all, it’s just a short jaunt from our beautiful resort.

Bush Art Gardens

The owners of Bush Art Gardens, Carla and Wayne McLeod, describe their business as “a truly whimsical transformation of junk to garden art.” Intrigued? Well, you should be. Theirs is a seriously special operation. They specialize in turning junk— everything from black powder kegs from the construction of the Kettle Valley Railway to old pails—into one-of-a-kind garden art. And it gets better. Not only is it totally free to check out their repurposed goods, but all purchases are made on a self-serve, honour system. See something you like? Owning it is as simple as putting your money (cash only) in the red gas cans around the site. So, head on down to their location, just moments from our hotel, and find the piece that sets your lawn or garden apart from those of your neighbours.


DeLong Studio

Looking for an accessory to improve your favourite outfit, or a gift for your favourite relative? Head to DeLong Studio, which is along the Okanogan Wine Route and just moments from our hotel. There, you’ll find hand-crafted, quality sterling silver jewelry and semi-precious stones of sprawling and splendid variety. Everything in the studio is crafted by local artists, oftentimes in collaboration with artists from faraway places. The result? Unique and authentic products you won’t find anywhere else.

So, while you’re enjoying Summerland’s landscapes, and our resort’s luxurious suites, don’t forget to explore all the amazing art the area has to offer. You won’t leave town empty-handed!


posted by: Summerland Resort on: November 30, 2014 7:18:11 PM
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Family Travel, Things to do

 Location is everything, but it can be difficult finding the right location for your getaway. If you’ve ever had troubles finding a walkable, friendly town that fits in your favourite activities nearby, check out Summerland. Summerland is surrounded by nature, nestled in between the slopes of Giant’s Head Mountain and the shores of the Okanagan Lake, and offers a full suite of recreational activities year-round. From watersports to mountain-biking, fine dining and vineyard tours, Summerland ticks a lot of boxes on the vacation wish-list.

If you’re big on beaches, there’s more than enough sand for everyone. Or get out on Okanagan Lake for jet skiing, motor boating, kayaking, swimming, and fishing. Then, hike up Giant’s Head Mountain for a natural view no high-rise can offer. As well as a vast network of hiking trails, there are also plenty of mountain biking trails for those looking to ride across historic train trestles. Summerland is also home to two excellent golf courses, including an 18-hole championship course and one of the highest-rated 9-hole courses in Canada. Numerous horseback riding ranches are nearby and offer day trips.

With the exercise out of the way, head to the Bottleneck Drive wine trail, where you can visit 13 unique wineries. If you’re planning on visiting a few, you might want to consider joining a tour where local wine experts will chauffeur you between estates. Collect the stamps from each of the 13 wineries and you’ll be entered to win a case of local wine! Once your tour is over, visit one of the local artisan coffee houses for a cappuccino, then settle down to a meal at one of the waterfront easy-going dining options, many serving local ingredients and wines.

Yes, location is everything, and Summerland is easy to get to. Just 15 minutes north of Penticton and 45 minutes south of Kelowna, it’s a short, scenic drive from Vancouver and Seattle. Or, take a plane from select airports to either the Penticton or Kelowna airports. Visit our Location page for detailed directions, and be sure to visit us at our waterfront resort for luxury accommodations and close proximity to all Summerland has to offer. We look forward to seeing you!

posted by: Summerland Resort on: October 31, 2014 11:15:51 AM
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Things to do
Here in the Okanagan, it’s easy to care about the environment—after all, when you’re surrounded by this much natural beauty, you can’t help but want to protect it. Summerland Waterfront Resort is committed to minimizing our carbon footprint and doing our part to preserve mother nature’s greatest gifts.
The most important part of our resort’s sustainability strategy is our state-of-the-art geothermal system. This system draws naturally occurring heat from the earth to regulate the hotel’s cooling and heating systems, which includes the heating of our year-round outdoor pool and hot tubs.
Other sustainability initiatives at Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa include a resort-wide recycling waste reduction program, energy conservation policies, and an optional linen reuse program for guests. 
For our commitment to sustainability, Summerland Waterfront Resort has earned a four-key rating from the Hotel Association of Canada’s ‘Green Key’ program—one of only 20 hotels in British Columbia to receive this designation. We are also recognized as a platinum-level ‘Green Leader’ by TripAdvisor.
Besides doing our part for the planet as whole, we have a lot to protect right here at our resort. The SWR property is home to one of only five natural wetlands in the Okanagan, and the resort’s development was designed conserve and highlight this acre of wetland. Our boardwalk is a spot where guests can often get a first-hand look at the wetland wildlife including beavers, muskrats, turtles, ducks, rare birds, and plant life. Continuing with this positive approach, and through cooperation with local government, we have added interpretive signage to give guests insight into this precious eco-system.
We invite you to come visit us this fall, and experience the natural beauty of the Okanagan in an environmentally responsible way. Choose one of our Wine Tour Packages and treat yourself to an unforgettable vacation in one of BC’s most spectacular destinations. 


Wine Tourism Day on November 8
Summerland is the BC Wine Hot Spot for Annual Wine Tourism Day



November 8, 2014, Summerland, BC - The second annual Wine Tourism Day in North America will take place on November 8, 2014. Wineries, hotels, restaurants, and other wine tourism businesses across North America are offering special events to the public on this day to celebrate the importance (and fun) of wine tourism.


Events differ and can range from wine pairing dinners to music events to structured tastings. Search for an event near you and register for the Penticton Wine Tour Giveaway. Join in on November 8th for the second annual Wine Tourism Day in North America.
To celebrate this special day and the bounty of BC wine, Summerland's Okanagan Crush Pad Winery has taken leadership and gathered neighbouring wineries, hotel, and restaurants to offer an incredible weekend getaway in BC wine country. 


Join the fun with this fantastic deal:

Okanagan Crush Pad's Wine Shop Manager,

Mike West, conducting a tour at the winery. 


For $408 per couple, this unbeatable package includes: 


For only $408 per couple, this is the most affordable and fun way to get a taste into Summerland's delicious local wine and food scene, while celebrating Wine Tourism Day. Book today.



Sparkle at Okanagan Crush Pad:

 Okanagan Crush Pad will be open on November 8 from 12pm to 5pm and will be featuring tastings of all of their sparkling wines paired with a special little treat catered by Chef Planiden's Culinary Adventure.

Okanagan Crush Pad

16576 Fosbery Rd, Summerland BC

Open November 8 from 12pm to 5pm


Blue Line

Okanagan Crush Pad, proud producer of Haywire wines, is quickly building a reputation as one of the premium producers in the Okanagan. The winemaking team includes world renowned Tuscan-based consultant Alberto Antonini, wine expert David Scholefield, and winemaker Matt Dumayne

Located in beautiful Summerland, BC, the winery overlooks Switchback vineyard, an organic site that is also home to roaming sheep and chickens. Okanagan Crush Pad crafts wines that are symbolic of the region's unique high mountain/northern desert setting which has an intensely hot, short growing season with hallmark cool evenings. The winery is the first in Canada to extensively use concrete tanks and wines that are fermented and aged in concrete carry the Raised in Concrete™ designation.  

Blue Line


posted by: Summerland Resort on: October 20, 2014 11:21:17 AM
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!
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.
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!
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.
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. 
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!