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.
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. In February, both Burrowing Owl and Hester Creek wineries near Oliver re-open their luxuriously appointed guesthouses with some of the best rates of the year.
Love on the slopes
Baldy Mountain Resort near Oliver is a must-visit. There are blue skies, perfect powder, the highest base elevation in B.C. and no lineups. Lift tickets and passes are a bargain (adult tickets start at $55), plus many local hotels and resorts are offering “ski and stay” packages.
The food of love
The region’s best restaurants re-open in the new year after their annual winter closure. 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.
Editor’s note: This story was originally published in February 2017 and has since been updated.
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.