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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Ditch Napa for the Okanagan Valley


5. Oddball Day

The Mission Creek Greenway is a seven-mile loop that winds through canyons and forest.  

Take a break from wine to experience Kelowna’s great outdoors. Grab breakfast downtown at Gio Bean Espresso (1340 Water Street; 250-868-2992), then head to Hotel El Dorado's marina to rent a boat—anything from Seadoos (from $79/hour) to kayaks (from $20/hour)—for exploring 136-square-mile Okanagan Lake. Once you’re back on land, drive a mile and a half inland for lunch at the down-home Pioneer Country Market at Sperling Vineyards, where on Saturdays you can eat the popular spudnuts (savory doughnuts made with potato flakes), as well as a changing selection of soups and freshly made pies and cakes. Afterward, head two miles south to Arlo’s Honey Farm (book an appointment in advance) to see the bees at work and sample honey for dessert. Return to the lakefront and stop at the Lakefront Sports Center at the Delta Grand Resort to rent a mountain cruiser bike (from $20). Pedal a mile and a half north on Ellis Street to the Knox Mountain Trail, a steep route with great views of the lake below. (For a less strenuous ride, cruise through the Mission Creek Greenway, a seven-mile loop that starts in the center of the city and winds through canyons and hoodoos.) Drop off the bike and end your night with Montreal-style smoked meat sandwiches ($8.95 to $15.95) and live music at The Grateful Fed Pub on Bernard Avenue, downtown’s main drag.

Published on Aug 24, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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