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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Ditch Napa for the Okanagan Valley

British Columbia’s lush wine country lacks the name recognition of other regions, but it’s home to a blossoming industry that produces world-class bottles.


1. Where to Stay

Hotel Eldorado is one of Kelwona's oldest lakefront properties.  

Feel at home at The Cove Lakeside Resort (from $239), where 150 neutral-hued suites come equipped with comfortable furniture, full living and dining rooms, kitchens, and balconies overlooking either Okanagan Lake, Okanagan Mountain, or the adjacent nut farm and gardens. Located in West Kelowna, the hotel is less than ten minutes away from the closest vineyards, and the concierge can arrange customized tours of the region’s wine estates.

Lounge on a massive sunroof and explore the lake with a boat rental from the on-site marina at Kelowna’s Hotel Eldorado (from $169). Though there’s a new addition to the hotel, ask for the sunny heritage wing, where rooms are decorated with tasteful antiques like claw-foot tubs and vintage radios that pay homage to the hotel’s 86-year history.

Enjoy the outdoors at Myra-Canyon Ranch, a secluded option at the base of the bike-friendly Kettle Valley Railway Trail. Part bed and breakfast, part dude ranch (horse rides are available), the property offers five modern, log-cabin-like rooms (from $135) with lofted ceilings, crisp white linens, and private decks, as well as two oversized tents (from $90) with full beds for those looking to camp with comfort.

Published on Aug 24, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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