On the third day of the Okanagan FAM we started and finished off in West Kelowna with a trip down to Osoyoos and Penticton in between. We covered a lot of ground in one day, but we learned a lot along the way:
Located in West Kelowna, The Cove Lakeside Resort is an excellent option for groups looking for waterfront accommodation and away from the downtown core; it feels like a secluded oasis while you’re on property but is only a short drive away from the tranquility of Peachland and several wineries such as Mission Hill and Quails Gate. With ample water activities to take part in and an impressive spa onsite, guests will relax and unwind at this peaceful resort. We have successfully hosted groups at The Cover before and look forward to hosting more soon.
Down to Osoyoos we went to explore the spectacular Spirit Ridge: the view overlooking the vineyards, town and Lake Osoyoos; the accommodations; the 9 hole golf course; the walking trails; the First Nations Cultural Centre; the outdoor event space; the restaurant; the pools; the Nik Mip Wine Cellars – the list goes on. The resort boasts unparalleled facilities and provides the perfect atmosphere for guests year-round. Cantrav could easily curate custom activities and experiences based on the location of the resort. During the evening we would highly recommend taking advantage of the Winery for a flow through reception or plated dinner in the big barrel room; we envision projecting a corporate logo above the arch and uplighting the silver barrels in company colours. Harvest tables on the patio would be undeniably stunning, but a series of long tables in the courtyard on either side of the fountain would be outstanding. The food… the wine… When can we go back….?
After leaving Osoyoos we took the scenic hour long drive to Penticton. With the new convention space opening up in May 2018, we are excited to see how the Penticton Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre will play off of it’s gorgeous setting right on the lake. With a privatized beach section ideal for cocktail receptions and the only restaurant to sit right on top of the lake providing phenomenal views, we see this venue as a great option for groups who want to take advantage of the lake in between meeting sessions.
Before heading back to Kelowna, we of course had to do our due diligence and stop off at a couple wineries. From the sleek, smart décor to the technologically savvy modes of producing an outstanding rosé, Fitzpatrick’s Winery is the perfect place to taste test some outstanding wines over a cocktail reception, and carry on over dinner overlooking the vineyards cascading down to the lake. Whether it’s a tour through the wine tunnel and learning about the wine-making process from start to finish or an evening out on the gorgeously modern deck overlooking the vineyard, this venue is effortlessly special. That, and apparently, we are total suckers for branding and fell in love with Fitzpatrick’s colours, images and stories behind each one of their labels and wines….
It would have been borderline criminal not to stop at this next winery in West Kelowna. The iconic Mission Hill Winery is an obvious “must see” for any wine enthusiast visiting the Okanagan. The distinct architecture is a conversation piece all on its own, but once you enter the grounds through the oversized arch you are left speechless with its authentic drama. Photo opportunities on this property are vast with the tall clock tower as a focal point; it can also be used to signal the start of dinner for a private group. For private groups, we highly recommend giving guests enough time to wander through the property at their leisure before sitting down to an elegant long table dinner on the grass. A visit to the underground barrel room is an exclusive opportunity as is enjoying a bottle of one of Mission Hill’s highly prized wines in the Chagal Room as we did. If you have the chance to try the 2014 Prospectus 2014 – you’re welcome. Unbelievable.
A lot of ground covered on Day 3, but a lot of inspiration and knowledge was gained along the way and we still have one more day to go in the Okanagan.