The final word information to a fall weekend getaway in Kelowna
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Cool weather, cozy sweaters and the crunch of leaves under our boots are some of our favorites in autumn.
After a long summer in Vancouver, we are ready to embrace the fall transition and prospects of traveling further BC – for an enriching experience – as soon as it is safe.
It is teeming with farm-to-table restaurants, famous wineries, and an abundance of outdoor activities. Kelowna offers the essentials for a wonderful retreat in autumn.
Try tastings in BC’s thriving wine region
Kelowna has long been considered the birthplace of BC winemaking. The unique climate of the Okanagan Valley plays a large role in the varieties produced with hot, dry summers and temperate winters. With over 40 wineries within a 20-minute drive, wine lovers are spoiled for choice.
On Lakeshore Road, those looking to enjoy the flavors of fall with a memorable meal made from locally sourced ingredients can reserve a table at Home Block Restaurant at CedarCreek Estate. Order a grill cooked meal and glass of wine while taking in the views of South Kelowna. Then discover the CedarCreek Story Have your own private tasting under silver linden trees.
To sample the fruits of several wineries in the area, follow one of Kelownas five wine routes – just a few minutes from the city. On the way you will get to know the red or white wine by the glass directly from winemakers and hosts. Capture the sights and sounds around you safely and responsibly as you cruise through picturesque vineyards and orchards. Do you really want to do something good for yourself? Hire a guide to take you to the wineries so you can sit back and enjoy the experience.
And if you want to take your four-legged friend with you to Kelowna, there are plenty dog-friendly wineries where to discover local wines while keeping an eye on your pup. Just call ahead of the wine destinations you want to visit to check availability for drop-in tastings.
Enjoy the cuisine from the farm to the table
Kelowna is not only known for award-winning wines; The lake town is full of restaurants run by some of the country’s most famous chefs. Since Home Block is already on your culinary bucket list, Krafty kitchen + bar is another (if casual) eatery to consider.
On weekends, this farm-to-table, sustainable restaurant serves hip-hop brunch and allows diners to go to their favorite ’80s. and 90s tracks as you indulge in exceptional food and craft cocktails. Fun Fact: Krafty Kitchen is also home to the only duck fat fryer in Kelowna.
In the waterway RauDZ regional table has worked directly with local farmers and wineries since it opened in 2001 (then Fresco Restaurant). Reservations for this farm-to-table eatery are recommended, and with one, visitors can sample some of the most acclaimed organic dishes the Okanagan has to offer. The ultimate pleasure? Order the baked white drop of brie from the dessert menu – you won’t regret it.
For a view of the lake and to read a menu with more than 150 labels, Eldorado restaurant – housed in a resort from 1926 – offers the perfect setting. Whether you’re stopping by for dinner or brunch, top off the experience with a stroll along the private boardwalk overlooking the marina.
Discover the roots of local treasures
Combining immersion in nature with discovering some of Kelowna’s hidden gems is easy when you have the Westside Farm Loop. This self-guided tour of orchards, farms, and markets is unlike anything else you’ll find in BC – especially fall.
Try peaches, plums and apricots Griffin farmsthat has served locals for more than a century. Stop by Ingram Farms to see (and taste) freshly harvested honey and Paynters fruit market to get fresh fruits and vegetables when you want to cook your own farm-to-table feast.
To find more local vendors selling everything from produce to crafts and baked goods, the West Bank farmers market could If time permits, it’s worth a visit during your fall vacation. Depending on where you are, you can market one of the notable ones Sea routes In the city.
Downtown Kelowna is the two-kilometer boardwalk that takes you past the Yacht Club. In Peachland, the popular Beach Avenue Lakeside Walk is next to shimmering Okanagan Lake, and in Lake Country there is the Pelmewash Parkway and the Okanagan Rail Trail.
Liven up your mind with adventure
For seekers adventure, the Myra Canyon Trestles present a 12-kilometer drive through two caves on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail where scenes of larches turning golden yellow can be seen.
Get a little closer to nature at Mission Creek Park, where you might catch a glimpse of orange Kokanee salmon laying eggs in the spawning channel. the Mission Creek Greenway gets you there, whether you are traveling by bike or on foot.
However you plan your fall trip to Kelowna, make sure you make safe and responsible decisions and review COVID-19 updates before you travel. Find out more at tourismkelowna.com.