Day Trips

Penticton-Osoyoos, Wine Country

Roger Huyghe, Oct.  2011

After admiring the fall colours of red, amber and orange while driving the Hope Princeton Highway (Highway 3) we arrived in Penticton after an easy 4 1/2 hour drive from Vancouver in fine weather.

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We cruised down Main Street and then headed east to the Naramata Bench to taste some wines at Township 7 and Quinto Ferriera wineries. On recommendation we went to Poplar Grove Wine Shop which also was the outlet for their locally made cheeses. We sampled a very good double cream brie cheese – well recommended.

Before attending a winemakers dinner in Summerland we hiked 1 1/2 km up Giants Head Mountain to enjoy the views of Okanagan Lake and the sunset. We got back just in time for a wonderful 5 course dinner with wine pairings at the Sonoran Estate winery. That night was spent at the Sonoran Bed & Breakfast which had stunning view of Okanagan Lake.

After a wonderful large breakfast served by our hosts Ada and Adrian Smits we drove south to Oliver and Osoyoos, stopping for an excellent lunch at the well known Miradora Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Cellars. The view from the deck where we had lunch was fabulous, autumn colours visible up and down the valley. Outside on the grounds are a variety of grape vines, showcasing each of the grapes used in their wines. Our timing was perfect, as the grapes were juicy ripe for the picking.

After overnighting in Osoyoos and exploring the countryside we had another nice lunch on the patio at the Nk’Mip Winery and Resort. Again a great view of the valley and Osoyoos. We agreed that the Resort would be the place to stay if we visit Osoyoos again. We then drove to Cawston and Keremeos – the fruit capital of B.C. After buying a few bottles of a very interesting spiced wine called Taj from the Crowsnest Winery we loaded up with well priced pears, apples and vegetables before a quick trip back to Vancouver.

Vancouver Day Trips

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Highway 3 outside of Osoyoos heading toward Keremeos
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Amphitheatre for outdoor concerts at Tinhorn Creek Winery

One comment

  • vicky
    October 29, 2011 - 5:07 am | Permalink

    your site is very educational.