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!
September
30
posted by: Summerland Resort on: September 30, 2014 11:42:03 AM
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Pet Friendly
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Anyone who owns a dog knows that it can be heartbreaking to leave them behind when you hit the road on vacation. So why not bring them along? The Okanagan is a great destination for dogs and dog-lovers, with miles of dog-friendly trails and beaches. 
 
Here at Summerland Waterfront Resort, we are happy to welcome pets—in fact, we love it when guests bring their furry friends along! As a certified pet-friendly resort by Pets Can Stay Canada, we go the extra mile to help dogs and dog owners feel at home.
 
Guests arriving at our resort with pets will find some special perks in their room including scrumptious pet treats along with water and food bowls.
 
There’s plenty of picturesque walking and jogging space for you and your pooch just steps from our resort, along the beach and the boardwalk. Just a 10 minute walk north of our hotel, the Peach Orchard Dog Beach, offers a fenced, off-leash stretch of beach for your pooch to frolic and swim to their heart’s content.
 
Dog owners will find a variety of pet-friendly amenities around the city of Summerland including the Paradise Pet Salon, where you can treat your canine companion to a VIP spa treatment (it’s only fair, since you’ll be enjoying spa treatments of your own at our Beyond Wrapture Mind and Body Care Day Spa!)
 
Please contact us today if you’re planning to visit with a pet. Our pet friendly guest rooms are subject to availability, so it’s best to book early. Some conditions apply, so be sure to have a look at our pet policy before your visit. 
September
12
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Here at Summerland Waterfront Resort, we’ll take any opportunity we can to boast about the amazing wines produced here in the Okanagan. But you don’t have to take our word for it. A recent readers poll by USA Today—the most widely read newspaper in America—ranks BC’s Okanagan Valley #2 in a list of the world’s 10 best wine regions to visit.
 
Readers ranked the Okanagan ahead of other world-class wine regions including the Napa Valley and Tuscany, Italy. The top rated was Alentejo, Portugal.
 
As BCTV reports, the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society called the ranking “a tremendous honour”. Indeed, it’s an honour for the Okanagan to simply have been included among the 10 nominees, which were selected for the quality and variety of their wines, the affordability of the region, the beauty of the scenery and the local cultural and recreational opportunities for visitors.
 
Other regions in the top 10 include Maipo, Chile; Marlborough, New Zealand; and Croatia  
 
Now that we’ve got you excited about Okanagan wine, we invite you to come visit us and try all the amazing local wines for yourself. Take advantage of Summerland Resort's Bottleneck Drive or Naramata Bench wine tour packages which include visiting and sipping at five trending Okanagan wineries. Find out more
 
The most exciting food and wine event in the Okananan is around the corner.  Fall always marks a special time of the abundant harvest of grapes.  This October 3rd to 12th,  the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival features a lineup of events that are a celebration of food and outstanding wines. Local Lounge • Grille, Summerland Resort's neighbour, will be hosting an incredible evening of wine and fine cuisine on October 08 - visit our Facebook page for more details. 
 
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August
27
posted by: Summerland Resort on: August 27, 2014 9:59:02 AM
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Family Travel, Promotions
 The Okanagan Valley is blessed with some incredible natural features that make it the envy of the rest of the country.  The valley receives an extraordinary amount of sunshine and mild winters, possesses beautiful mountain scenery and offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation including water sports, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cycling, fishing, boating and of course all things relating to locally grown food and wine.  And it’s only four hours from the cosmopolitan urban centre of Vancouver.  If you’ve spent time in the Okanagan Valley you’ll know intimately just why it has a countrywide reputation as one of the top travel destinations in Canada.

One unique feature of the valley is its plethora of lakes that run from south to north from Osoyoos to Vernon, the largest of which is Lake Okanagan.  For generations, people have flocked to Lake Okanagan’s shores for its amazing boating, fishing, swimming and recreational opportunities.  In fact, if you’re reading this, you may have just enjoyed some of these great recreational opportunities on the shores of Lake Okanagan at the Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa! 

Own a piece of paradise here at the Summerland Waterfront Resort

If you enjoyed your stay at our resort and can see the obvious merits of the Valley as a continuing destination for year round outdoor recreation, we have an opportunity for you to own a little piece of this paradise: you can purchase a suite at the Summerland Waterfront Resort.  Owning a suite at the Summerland Waterfront Resort means you will become an owner of one of the last available waterfront properties on Lake Okanagan.  If you’re looking for a great vacation home or a solid investment, or both, we encourage you to consider joining our group of 115 owners.

How it Works

Each suite at the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa is individually owned.  As the investor, you purchase one of the suites (which come in a studio, one bedroom and two bedroom configuration) and then have the choice to participate in the “managed pool rental program” which professionally manages the renting of your suite to vacationers all year long, generating a stream of investment income! 

Summerland Waterfront Resort with great views

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Of course, as the owner you have the option of using your suite for personal use anytime of the year.  Not only do you gain a solid investment in one of the most buoyant markets in the country, you also gain a great year round lakefront vacation space in beautiful Summerland BC.  As an additional perk, you’ll receive an exclusive membership in the Resort to Resort program, which allows you to exchange use of your rental property for other sought after resort hotels in Mexico, the U.S and Canada.

As a guest you’ve become intimately acquainted with what our resort has to offer: beautiful suites offering full kitchens, fireplaces, deep soaker tubs and memory foam mattresses set in a stunning natural setting close to the quaint Okanagan town of Summerland.  If you can see the potential benefits of owning your own slice of paradise, whether for personal use, as an investment or both, then contact Tom Matthews at 250.490.1482 or email him here.  Tom will be happy to provide you with further information about this exciting real estate opportunity in the heart of Canada’s sunny Okanagan Valley at the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa.

August
14
posted by: Summerland Resort on: August 14, 2014 4:20:12 PM
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Promotions
After receiving more than 450 guest reviews on TripAdvisor, Summerland Waterfront Resort is proud to be ranked as the #1 hotel in Summerland and #11 out of 154 hotels in the Okanagan Valley! We are also honored to have received a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and platinum-level GreenLeaders certification.

Honest feedback from our guests means a lot to us. So when reviewers speak up about their experience at the hotel, we take it seriously. Taking a wide range guest feedback into consideration, we have worked over the past six months to enhance our resort with fresh paint, new vinyl in the rooms and a variety of other improvements including:
 
  • New carpets throughout the resort, including many of our suites
  • Firepits for summertime fun
  • An expanded menu for Sweet Tooth Bistro, our cafe by the Front Desk
  • Barbecue menus for family reunions and group gatherings to be enjoyed in the BBQ area
  • Corporate meeting packages focused on health and wellness activities and menus

Summerland Waterfront Resort is also proud to announce it's recent appointment as a Platinum level TripAdvisor Greenleader. All GreenLeader hotels and B&Bs must apply to the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Programme. If accepted, GreenLeaders achieve one of four statuses: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. The higher the status, the greater the impact of a property's green practices. Our Platinum designation is a real testament to our commitment to the environment.
 
It has been a fantastic summer so far and we are overjoyed to hear about some of the recent experiences of our guests, which they took the time to share on TripAdvisor:

“A Rare Gem in the South Okanagan” | Posted by SheldonKennedy on August 14, 2014
“We have been enjoying the Summerland Waterfront Resort for 8 years now and enjoyed every vacation. The leadership team and staff have created a wonderful experience for their guests here. The location is on a quiet protected bay on the water with excellent access for all types of water activities. I would highly recommend this resort to anyone interested in a high quality resort experience in the South Okanagan!”

“Lovely Resort in the Okanagan” | Posted by kateandgary on August 7, 2014
“Stayed in a beautiful one bedroom waterfront apartment. Fabulous view, extremely well equipped with great amenities ( including wonderful comfortable king sized bed) and furnishings. Very clean as well. Friendly and helpful staff and reception folks. We were visiting with family who had a two bedroom unit and the only bad thing about the holiday was that it was too short.
 
We would be delighted to host you and your family for a late-summer vacation this year, so book your stay with us today. Hope to see you here soon!
 
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
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.