A Wine Country Romance

Fall in love with the south Okanagan this winter
 

Baldy Mountain Resort, photo by backwoodsmama.com

If you’re looking to add a little romance into your life this winter, look no further than the south Okanagan Valley. With plenty of wineries, starry skies, fine foods and a lack of crowds, what’s not to love? Here’s what to see and do on a romantic getaway.

Starry skies

The velvety night skies around Osoyoos sparkle with the dazzle of countless stars, thanks to very little light pollution in the city. Visit nearby Mount Kobau, which famously attracts those who want to study the constellations, or snuggle up with a glass of local wine on your own lakeside balcony at Watermark Beach Resort while you gaze at the stars—or into each other’s eyes.

Winter wine tasting

If you love wine but hate battling the throngs at the tasting bar, you’re in luck because this is one of the quietest times of year to visit Oliver and Osoyoos wineries such as Tinhorn Creek, Bartier Bros. and Nk’Mip Cellars. And since there are no crowds, winery staff have more time to lead in-depth tastings and chat one-on-one. Call ahead for winter hours or to book an appointment.

Snuggle with your sweetie

If you’ve longed to stay at one of the region’s romantic winery guesthouses, but have never managed to find a vacancy, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. After a winter break, both Burrowing Owl and Hester Creek wineries near Oliver are re-opening their luxuriously appointed guesthouses this month with some of the best rates of the year.

Love on the slopes

Baldy Mountain Resort near Oliver has just re-opened under new ownership after a one-year hiatus, and skiers and boarders couldn’t be happier. With blue skies, perfect powder, the highest base elevation in B.C. and no lineups, it’s definitely a must-visit. Lift tickets and passes are a bargain (adult tickets start at $50), plus many local hotels and resorts, including Spirit Ridge and Walnut Beach Resort, are offering “ski and stay” packages.

The food of love

The region’s best restaurants are just re-opening after their annual winter closure, and the chefs are ready to get cooking. Indulge your sweetheart with a cooking class at Hester Creek Estate Winery. Or if you want someone else to do the cooking, book a reservation at Liquidity Bistro near Okanagan Falls for a Valentine’s Day dinner or weekend brunch. Just remember to tear your eyes away from each other long enough to savour one of most beautiful valley views in the Okanagan.

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