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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Ditch Napa for the Okanagan Valley


2. Where to Eat

The Terrace at Mission Hill is among the top vineyard restaurants in the region.  

Peer out at the sweeping landscape from the Terrace Restaurant at Mission Hill, an all-outdoors restaurant (open through October 7; reservations recommended) where herbs are grown in a kitchen-side garden, in which plants are organized according to the wine varietal they pair with best. The menu offers traditional Canadian wine country dishes, like tortellini filled with braised Alberta elk shank ($33), along with glasses of Mission Hill’s own award-winning Compendium blends and dessert icewine, a regional specialty that can only be made from grapes frozen on the vine.

Grab a seat by the fountain or fire pit on the patio at Cabana Bar & Grille, which serves a menu of global dishes made with regional ingredients to a trendy crowd on the waterfront. Choose from a wide range of options, like local wild-mushroom risotto fritters ($10.95) or coconut curry chicken ($17.95), and make selections from the extensive wine list including local award-winning bottles of Sandhill Estate’s Small Lots Viognier ($45) and Tantalus Vineyards’ Old Vines Riesling ($43).

Line up with Kelowna’s locavores at RauDZ Regional Table, a no-reservations neighborhood stalwart where you can order creative seasonal-inspired plates of venison carpaccio ($17) and oat-crusted Arctic char ($23). Last year, chef Rod Butters launched a line of canned and preserved goods made with locally grown produce, like blackberry ketchup and “drunken” cherries swimming in Sandhill Estate merlot, which you can take home from the restaurant.

Published on Aug 24, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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