Posted by: cherylyoung | December 20, 2012

2009’s blog with a little Christmas Past in B.C

little bit of Christmas’s past

 

The Okanagan Valley, stretching from Osoyoos at the US border north to Vernon,

is laden with orchards, making it especially appealing in spring when the fruit

trees are in full bloom.

 

The best time to pick up some of the valley’s bounty is mid-August through

early September.

Fruit aside, winemaking is the hot ticket in the Okanagan, and British

Columbians have long taken inordinate pride in their wines.

 

Ever since the province authorized estate and smaller farmgate wineries,

many excellent small wineries have popped up.

 

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.

Take a self-guided wine tour, and experience the magic first hand.

 

All aboard the wine train – experience fabulous Okanagan wines on a

restored vintage CN Supercontinental train from Kelowna to Vernon.

 

At Vernon, disembark for a musical review before reboarding for the trip back.

 

Day and evening trips take about severn hours.

 

Dinner is served on board.

Explore Kelowna’s history at the Kelowna Museum. Exhibition themes include

natural history, Native history and local history, plus the only Ethnography

Gallery in the interior of the province.

 

Two wonderful heritage parks are managed by the Central Okanagan Heritage

Society.

 

Guisachan Heritage Park features Guisachan House, which was built for the

Earl and Countess of Aberdeen in 1891, and named after the family estate in

Inverness-shire in Scotland.

 

Designed in the Indian colonial bungalow style, Guisachan became the focal

point of a 480-acre ranch.

 

Now a City Park, Guisachan features the Cameron Gardens, The Milk Shed Shop,

and McDougall House.

 

Benvoulin Heritage Park features the 1892 Benvoulin Church, the first Protestant

Church south of Vernon.

 

The Gothic Revival style, with high ceilings, vaulted arches and steeple was

based on the Crathie Kirk, the Aberdeenshire, Scotland home of Lord and Lady

Aberdeen.

 

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After much research I came up with a hotel for our

last night, but my cousin Terry Borg who spends

much time in Kelowna said No,No, No and here is her

recommendations.

 

And Terry is never wrong, just ask her and she will

tell you.

 

 

On 25 Acres Of Waterfront Parkland In Downtown

Kelowna (Canada), The Grand Okanagan Lakefront

Resort Overlooks Okanagan Lake.

 

The Hotel Juts Against A Scenic Boardwalk, From

Which Guests Stand A Fighting Chance To See

Ogopogo, The Okanagan’s Elusive Lake-monster.

 

Just A Few Blocks From The Resort Complex, A

Fascinating Vehicle Bridge Floats Atop The Water,

Spanning The Lake At Its Narrowest Point.

 

The Resort Is Close To Several Golf Courses And One

Hour From Ski Resorts.

 

Winery Touring Is Another Popular Activity In The

Fertile Okanagan Valley.

 

In Two 10-Story Towers, The Resort Hotel Includes

A Conference Center, Casino, Health Spa, Two Pools

And A Private Marina Offering Water Sport Rentals.

 

The Hotel’s Elegant Atrium And Lobby Features A

Dolphin-shaped Fountain And A Mezzanine.

 

The Grand Okanagan Satisfies Culinary Tastes With

Five Different Dining Venues Or Pubs, Anchored By

The Grand Bay Café, Overlooking The Lagoon And

Waterfront Park. On The Lakeside Boardwalk Rose’s

Waterfront Pub Gives Guests The Chance To Unwind

In A Casual Setting.

 

Rooms At The Grand Okanagan Provide Lakeside Or

Mountain Views. All Rooms Boast Windows That

Open, Permitting Summer Mountain Breezes To

Permeate The Room At A Guest’s Discretion.

 

The Guestrooms Are Cleanly Dressed And Equipped

With Satellite Tvs With Movies And High-speed

Internet Access.

 

The Grand Okanagan Is A Splendid Resort For

Vacationing Guests Looking To Get Away In Any

Month Or Season.

 

 

Delta Grand Okanagan Lakefront Resort and

Conference Center1310 Water St Kelowna, BC V1Y 9P3

 

US & Canada: 1-888-511-5743

Worldwide: (1) 817.333.5183

 

There are many ways to add to the enjoyment of your

wine experience at Gray Monk.

 

Along with your tour of the winery, we now offer gourmet

food and wine at the new Grapevine Restaurant.

 

The Grapevine culinary team will prepare a lunch or

dinner, which promises to be a memorable experience.

 

The excellent food, together with wines, by the glass or

by the bottle, and the breathtaking view from our deck

overlooking Lake Okanagan, will make your visit a

unique one.

 

The culinary team at the Grapevine Restaurant are very

well trained in all aspects of food and wine, and they

specialise in wine country cooking by using the best local,

seasonal ingredients.

 

We are proud to be members of the BC Restaurant

Association, Chaine des Rotisseurs and Canadian

Culinary Federation.Gray Monk Estate Winery is located

in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada,

overlooking the beautiful Okanagan Lake.

 

From Kelowna:
Driving Time: Approx 35 min
Go North on HWY 97
Turn Left on Berry Road in Winfield
Turn Right on Okanagan Centre East
Turn Left on Camp Road (Across from the Fire Hall)
Stay on Camp Road until you reach 1055 Camp Road

Gray Monk Estate Winery
1055 Camp Road
Okanagan Centre BC V4V 2H4
CANADA

Phone: 250.766.3168
Fax: 250.766.3390

Why not lunch? Because it is a 35 minute drive to

Gray Monk. I recommend lunch and a leisurly tour

of the winery.

 

Perhaps you will want to buy some of the wines to take

home and share with everyone.

B.C has many hero’s that have been a part of everyone’s

life and from time to time I would like to feature these

brave people who never quit ,no matter what odds

they faced.

CHERYL C YOUNG REALTOR

SAANICH PENINSULA REAL ESTATE

VICTORIA BC

HOW ABOUT A TRAIN RIDE THIS CHRISTMAS?

GO TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGER

www.facebook.com/cherylcyoung and join

us for the longest rail trip through Canadea

and the U.S all thanks to C.P www.cprail.ca

 

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