Photo by Andrew Strain/Destination BC
It’s hard not to fall in love with Kelowna’s stunning vistas, which supply the perfect backdrop for a couple’s retreat.
Start your morning with an invigorating hike. Knox Mountain Park has great trails where you gain speedy vertical to take you above the hum of the city. Pick your route carefully and you might get a lookout vista all to yourselves. Or explore the romantic tree-lined pathways on the Mission Creek Greenway.
Grab a parasol and head to Okanagan Lavender and Herb Farm to wait out the heat of the day. Stroll along rows of purple lavender, try some of the on-farm distilled aromatherapy products and sip on lovely, lavender-infused lemonade.
Appetite sharpened and thirst awakened, head downtown to enjoy Kelowna’s field-to-glass cocktail movement—the city’s top “liquid chefs” are creating craft cocktails with a distinctly Okanagan flair. A sure bet is Harry Dosanj’s Bees & Butterflies gin-based cocktail that changes from lavender to light pink before your eyes at the newly opened West Coast Grill and Oyster Bar.
For dinner, head to Sunset Organic Bistro at Summerhill Pyramid Winery. While the food is gorgeous (think seared chili prawns, with a lime and matcha cake for dessert), the sunset views from the patio will make you weak at the knees.
Getting there: WestJet flies to Kelowna 17 times a day from five Canadian cities.
British Columbia’s Best Wine Regions (and Where to Sip)
The Okanagan Valley is emerging as one of the world’s most exciting wine regions, thanks to its range of climates and terroirs. Meanwhile, the Thompson Valley’s Kamloops area is on the rise. Sip aromatic whites at the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival (Sept. 28 to Oct. 8) or Pinot Noir at Privato Vineyard & Winery in Kamloops.