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Innkeeper Recommendations: Favorite Kelowna Area Restaurants

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

This month we asked some of our Kelowna innkeepers what their favorite Kelowna area restaurants are. Kelowna has grown tremendously over the last twenty years and with the many award-winning wineries in the region, great food just has to be part of that Okanagan experience.

Great food at Blue Saffron Bistro in West Kelowna

Great food at Blue Saffron Bistro in West Kelowna

West Kelowna innkeeper Sue at A View to Remember gives high praise to Blue Saffron Bistro at Volcanic Hill Estate Winery, saying it’s hands down the best dining in West Kelowna.  Another place a lot of their guests enjoy is Thai Fusion, with the best authentic Thai flavors, great value for money, and run by a lovely Thai family.  Two very different dining experiences, both great in their own way.

In Kelowna itself, innkeepers Jim and Deb at Willow Beach B&B most often recommend Waterfront Wines, Bouchons Bistro, Raudz and Micro Bites, and Mamma Rosa.  Waterfront Wines, “urban eats + drinks”, has been voted “Okanagan’s Best Restaurant” by Vancouver Magazine for six years in a row. That’s pretty impressive. Bouchons Bistro is a classic french bistro with an 800 bottle climate controlled wine seller and three certified sommeliers on site, and is a recipient of a Wine Spectator Magazine Award of Excellence.  Guests at Willow Beach have also enjoyed the restaurants at Quail’s Gate Winery and Mission Hill Winery nearby.

authentic Thai flavors at Thai Fusion Restaurant

authentic Thai flavors at Thai Fusion Restaurant

So many choices!  Great wine, great food, great B&Bs = a great Okanagan get-away.  With the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival now over, it’s a great time to book a little Okanagan vacation at one of our great B&Bs. Our innkeepers will definitely help you make the most of your time with great food, great wine, the great outdoors, and exceptional accommodation and hospitality!

Sip and Savour at the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

While the Fall event is still the biggest Okanagan Wine Festival, the Spring Wine Festival keeps on growing. Now in its 21st year, this year’s event is taking place April 30 to May 9, 2015.  After a snowy winter, it’ll be great to get out and enjoy the many special events happening all around the Okanagan Wine Region. If you love wine, Okanagan wines now include many winners at international wine competitions, and interesting varietals available at spectacular wineries and venues.  Don’t miss some of the highlights of this year’s Okanagan Spring Wine Festival.

Okanagan grapes make great Okanagan wine

Okanagan grapes make great Okanagan wine

Sip Into Sunset” takes place every night during the Wine Festival at Summerhill Pyramid Winery.  A 3-course menu featuring local organic ingredients prepared by Summerhill’s Executive Chef is paired with wine selections by winemaker Eric Von Krosigk.  Contact for tickets and reservations.

The Spring Westjet Wine Tastings” at the Rotary Centre for the Arts allows you to taste up to 250 wines from 60 wineries all in the same location! Appetizers and specialty cheeses are also in the mix, and best of all, this is a Get Home Safe event. Purchase your tickets at for either one night or an all inclusive weekend pass.

Iron Sommelier BC” is a brand new event at this year’s Spring Wine Festival, pitting three sommeliers who are experts on BC wines against each other in a competition to pair wines with local foods. They then try to convince you that their pairing is the best.  You vote via social media after each round and then the competition moves into the next round, with a total of 16 wines to be paired, hence the “iron” designation of this event!  This is also a Get Home Safe event, and you can purchase your tickets at

Naramata Bench wine region in the Okanagan

Naramata Bench wine region in the Okanagan

Many wineries have special dinners with wine pairings.  Many events are also free or by donation.  There are cooking classes at Hester Creek, skygazing at Rollingdale Winery, an all day tour of the Naramata Bench visiting artisans and a lavender farm, bocce ball at D’Angelo Estate Winery, or crafting your own Chardonnay at Township 7.

Check out all the information at the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival website, and make your plans very soon.  And don’t forget to also book your Okanagan Bed & Breakfast as wine festivals and Bed & Breakfasts make for the perfect combination!

Bed & Breakfast for your BC Ski Vacation

Friday, December 12th, 2014

British Columbia has some fantastic ski areas and resorts.  Not only is North America’s #1 ski resort Whistler Blackcomb in BC, there are a total of 13 major ski resorts in the province with a wide variety of terrain. From Mount Washington on Vancouver Island, with breathtaking views and some of the deepest snow on the coast (Ski Canada magazine gave it the “biggest snow” award in 2012), to Panorama, with one of the largest verticals in North America and Canada’s largest on the hill “hot pools”, there is a ski resort to suit your tastes and provide all kinds of thrills.

Deep snow and great views at Mount Washington

Deep snow and great views at Mount Washington

Canada’s newest ski resort is Revelstoke, with the longest lift served vertical in North America. Revelstoke also offers heli-skiing, cat-skiing, lift skiing and backcountry skiing, the only resort to offer all these options in North America.  Great Bed & Breakfast accommodation for your ski vacation can be found in the town at several Revelstoke Bed & Breakfasts.  Auberge Kicking Horse in Golden is the B&B to stay if your ski vacation takes you to Kicking Horse, where you’ll find some of the highest peaks in the Rockies and endless opportunities for heli-skiing.

Thompson Okanagan ski resorts are known for great powder, family friendly resorts and some of the largest ski areas in the province, and in Canada.  Sun Peaks near Kamloops, Big White and Apex, as well as Silver Star, are popular resorts that offer all sorts of activities for the whole family.  Don’t want to stay on the hill?  Many Thompson Okanagan Bed & Breakfasts are not far away at all!

Of course Whistler Blackcomb is one of the world’s great ski resorts with exciting dining and apres-ski once your day on the hill is over.  Nearby Pemberton as well as Whistler Village offer many accommodation choices, including some great Bed & Breakfasts!  Less than an hour and a half from Metro Vancouver, drive the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway up to some fabulous skiing.  And Metro Vancouver itself has three ski hills right on the North Shore, so if you want to combine your ski vacation with a little urban exploration, Vancouver area Bed & Breakfasts will provide a wonderful home away from home, only better!

Why come to BC for your ski vacation?  Because it has everything for a great time, and so much more!


Celebrate the 35th Annual Kamloopa Pow Wow

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Kamloopa Pow Wow 2014The 2014 Kamloopa Pow Wow, held annually in Kamloops, British Columbia is a wonderful opportunity to witness and celebrate the vibrant culture of the First Nations.

Held August 1st through the 3rd, 2014, the Kamloopa Pow Wow is one of the biggest celebrations of First Nations’ heritage in Western Canada. Held alongside the South Thompson River in Kamloops at the Secwepemc Pow Wow Grounds, the Kamloopa Pow Wow is 3 exciting days of song, dance, and traditional regalia expressing years of stories and events of the First Nations’ people.

Around 20,000 attendees – both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal – are expected to attend this exciting three-day event. So … just what exactly is the Kamloopa Pow Wow?

In many ways, the Kamloopa Pow Wow is reminiscent of a fair or rodeo, with all the pageantry, stands of food and craft vendors, participants and their families readying for performances, all the dust, noise, excitement, and, of course, the beautiful First Nations regalia, dancing, and music.

For those thinking of attending their first Pow Wow, here are a few tips to make your experience the fun and pleasant one it should be:

Pow Wow dancers work very hard on their traditional regalia – and that’s what they prefer it to be called. “Costume” may roll off the tongue more easily but it also has a bit of an insulting ring, like they’re just playing around. They’re not.

Always ask before taking pictures outside of where the Pow Wow is occurring. Inside the Pow Wow, you will be told when using your camera is acceptable.

If you’re attending the Pow Wow, you’re also expected to participate – this doesn’t mean you have to dance (but hey, you can during the Inter-Tribal, so don’t be bashful) but when it is time to stand or take off your hat, please be respectful and follow along.

Finally, be sure to drink lots of water. The Kamloopa Pow Wow is happening in August, don’t forget, and toppling over with heat exhaustion would put a decided damper on your experience.

The 35th Annual Kamloopa Pow Wow

August 1st – 3rd, 2014
Special Events Facility
No. 5 Yellowhead Hwy., Kamloops BC
For further details on attending the 2014 Kamloopa Pow Wow, please visit the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc website.

Kamloopa Pow Wow Lodging
If you hope to attend the 2014 Kamloopa Pow Wow, do yourself a favor and stay in one of our member, Central Okanagan bed and breakfast inns – the amenities, delicious breakfasts, and personal service can’t be beat! The Central Okanagan area has over 40 world-renowned wineries, as well as numerous golf courses, ski resorts, galleries, museums, shopping destinations and more – not to mention acres of pristine sand beaches and lush farmland. Come on over and explore!

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre

The Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre (pronounced in-ka-meep) is a state-of-the-art interpretive centre located in Canada’s only desert.

Although it is called Canada’s only desert or a “pocket desert”, you won’t see sand dunes or the large saguaro cacti here. There is some debate as to whether Osoyoos is a true desert or not because of occasional rainy and snowy spells. The climate here, however, is the same as that of Phoenix, Arizona and the area supports many desert dwellers; creatures such as scorpions, rattlesnakes, and plants like the prickly-pear cactus. (more…)

Take a Helicopter Wine Tour of BC!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Helicopter Wine Tour of BCCombine the thrill of a helicopter ride with the normally sedate experience of wine tasting by taking a Helicopter Wine Tour of BC!

If this sounds like just the combination for you, Valhalla Helicopters in West Kelowna, BC has two tour options and over 30 participating wineries from around the region to choose from!

All Aboard the KVSR Christmas Train!

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

KVSR Christmas Train

Once a year, the Kettle Valley Steam Railway transforms itself from a living piece of history to a wonderful, family adventure ride to fantasy: the KVSR Christmas Train!

Let’s Hear it For Summer! and Our Updated Website!

Monday, August 26th, 2013

myra canyon Bed & Breakfast

Let’s hear it for this amazing summer season in beautiful British Columbia!

As we head into the last long weekend of the summer, we encourage everyone to take one last trip! Venture across the province, and stay at one of the many amazing BC Bed & Breakfasts! Or stay local, making it a bit more special with a fun getaway in your hometown.

Travel the Vancouver Coast and pair your stay with a beautiful morning hike – (maybe some last minute back to school shopping) – then unwind and relax with an amazing dinner at any one of the hundreds of amazing culinary restaurants located in the region.

Take a quick ferry ride over to Vancouver Island, and truly understand why Condé Nast Traveler magazine has ranked Vancouver Island as the number one island to visit in Canada in 2012. The eco-system is diverse and they have activities to match. Surf then storm watch in Tofino, or visit  blooming Butchart Gardens in Victoria, or go whale watching at anyone of the amazing communities on the Island.

Visit the Okanagan, the region of BC that truly has something for everyone! An early morning fishing trip, followed by a winery tour in the afternoon and cozying up at one of BC’s finest B&Bs to watch the sunset over the majestic mountain valley landscape. Sounds pretty blissful.

Ride up-north and find all the colors of summer in Northern British Columbia –  including warm-yellow sunsets, rich-green mountainsides and the clearest of turquoise waters. Go off road, and go on horseback or charter a plane or hike to some of the most  idyllic campsites! They may be in the wilderness, but that doesn’t mean they don’t come with modern amenities!

Live large in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast! No, we are not just talking about the Caribou, but also BC’s largest Provincial Park, Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. The Chilcotin Coast combines a rural culture with artistry and spirit! Take a long horseback ride through some amazing landscapes then eat lunch and tour art studios and historic sites.

Rock’n’Roll the Kootenays! Rock the many outdoor activities (The Kootenays are known for their epic outdoor activities). Hike, bike or go whitewater rafting! Or do all three! Then roll on down to the many hotsprings to relax!

Let’s all celebrate summer and also celebrate the best and most hospitable accommodations, The Bed & Breakfasts and Inns of BC! Search our listings today, check availability and book!

We would also like to celebrate the revamp of our website! We revamped the site to better serve you! Our new design and architecture is much more intuitive for you and aimed to make you find a great B&B quicker! Thank you for your patience during the change and of course, we would love to hear from you on how you think our revamped site is doing! Send us a note! 

Oh My, It’s Summer in Vernon!

Monday, July 29th, 2013

vernonLocated in the North Okanagan Valley and nestled between Swan, Kalamalka, and Okanagan lakes, lies the city of Vernon, the oldest community in British Columbia’s interior!

Vernon is known as one of British Columbia’s communities that combines a robust recreational and cultural activity base with an exceptional quality of life! Looking for summer fun? Vernon won’t let you down! Feeling outdoorsy? Vernon is home to several amazing golf courses and resorts including Hillview GolfSpallumcheen Golf and Country ClubPredator Ridge Resort, The Rise, and the Vernon Golf and Country Club. This community has an array of great places to hike during the summer and don’t miss Vernon’s most popular ride for mountainbikes at Spanky’s! Did you know that Vernon is becoming the TOP place to Mountain Bike in BC?! OH, and did we forget to mention, you can access over 100 lakes all within a one-our drive!

If you are looking for something a bit more cultural, Vernon has many galleries located throughout including the Ashpa Naira Art Gallery and the Headbones Gallery, or stroll downtown to view over twenty-five one-of-a-kind murals, some as large as 300 feet long and 40 feet high depicting the history and folklore that made Vernon what it is today.

Nearly three dozen quaint wineries set in lush vineyards operate in the Okanagan Valley, welcoming visitors to sample world class wines while enjoying the scenery of nearby lakes and mountains. Ask your Vernon Bed and Breakfast innkeepers about their favorite vintage!

O’Keefes Landing B & B
A luxury townhouse on the shores of Okanagan Lake with very good lake access and wonderful lake views that compete with the eagles fishing and the beautiful blue herons sailing by. Every morning enjoy fresh fruit, homemade granola and yogurt in addition to your hot entree.

Book your stay with O’Keefes Landing B&B soon, and experience Summer in Vernon!

Summer is just ‘peachy’ in Peachland

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

The name says it all!

Peachland, British Columbia is nestled among orchards on the shores of Okanagan Lake, in the BC Okanagan Valley. Summer is pretty popular in Peachland! Swimming,boating and fishing, OH MY! The main street – also known as the Peachland Promenade – runs along the lake, and provides access to 7 kilometres of sandy beaches. Sometimes the best vacations involve nothing more than lazing on the beach. Or head south to Summerland and hop aboard the historic Kettle Valley Railway, one of the last remaining steam railways in the country. The two-hour ride gives a taste of what travel was like, once upon a time.

Looking for maybe something a bit more family friendly, make sure you check out the ‘Dancin’ Barefoot‘ Music Festival, happening next weekend – July 20th. A full day line up features some amazing musicians and artists.

Peachland is also home to some amazing wineries! (most Okanagan cities are!) Visit gems like Hainle VineyardGreata Ranch Vineyard, or Working Horse Winery.

What pairs with great wine? A great place to stay! The local Peachland Bed and Breakfasts are just peachy too! Check out some of our great B&Bs, and book your stay when you visit Peachland!

A Day’s Dream B&BA Day's Dream Bed & Breakfast
Winner of the Business Excellence Award in Tourism and Hospitality 2012. A brand new B&B with Belgian themed suites located at the upper level. This air-conditioned B&B has stunning views of Lake Okanagan.

Pineacre On The Lake
A newly-built luxury house featuring three specially designed B&B suites: one with King Bed, one with Queen Bed and one with two Twins; all with private patios and unobstructed Lake Okanagan views.

Okanagan Oasis
Okanagan Oasis B&B, an adult oriented mini-resort, is not your typical B&B! Featuring amenities such as a heated outdoor salt water pool, hot tub, fire pit, pond & waterfall, lovely gardens and the fabulous lake view from all rooms, this B&B is truly a place to relax and unwind.

Ready to feel ‘peachy’? Book your B&B today and get on up to Peachland!