Okanagan Road Trip

If you’re heading up to the Okanagan for an adventure soon, here are some fresh things that should be on your radar...
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Okanagan Road Trip

If you’re heading up to the Okanagan Valley this month for an adventure, here are some fresh things that should be on your radar and plotted into your GPS. Got any tips or suggestions for our next road trip? Let us know!

Franke We Salute You is now open! The new plant-based restaurant from former Acorn chef Brian Skinner and his wife Christina is worth checking out. We were just there and it was excellent. For a close-up of its awesomeness, click here.

Frankie, We Salute You! #6 - 1717 Harvey Avenue, District Market MAP

We recently previewed Tratto, a new pizzeria opening soon in what used to be a marijuana dispensary in downtown Penticton, but you can get an advance taste of its deliciousness with your feet in some summer grass during pizzaiolo Christopher Royal’s weekend pop-up run at nearby Joiefarm in Naramata.

JoieFarm 2825 Naramata Rd MAP

Home Block is now open at CedarCreek Estate Winery. As described in our recent feature, the gorgeous new room with a view is a game changer, elevating the local winery restaurant game to the next level. With the open kitchen overseen by former Espana & Fat Badger chef Neil Taylor and the floor run by veteran front man Michael Ziff, Home Block is all about quiet confidence and skilled execution. If you’re headed anywhere near this part of our province this summer, be sure to make a reservation and go.

Home Block (at CedarCreek Estate Winery) 5445 Lakeshore Rd., Kelowna MAP

We just published an interview with Virginia Bray at Penticton’s Ad Hoc boutique. She suggested a combination of two of our favourite things: a sunset walk up Munson Mountain followed by dinner at Poplar Grove. Sound advice!

Munson Mountain Munson Mountain MAP

Peter van Boekhout’s Sprout Bread is enjoying the end of its first year in Kelowna. A recent visit saw us stocking up on baguettes, sourdough loaves and some very good coffee. Such a welcome addition to this part of downtown Kelowna!

Sprout Bread 125 - 1295 Cannery Ln, Kelowna, BC MAP

Heading as far north as Vernon? Slip in to Triumph Coffee for a caffeine re-up (iced and otherwise) and some tasty baked goods. It’s also a good and airy place to get some work done, if the road abides.

Triumph Coffee 3401 30th Ave, Vernon, BC MAP

You have to try the surface-ripened Greybaby cheese at Upper Bench Winery and Creamery. So delicious! We just carved through two big chunks of it and are already pining for more, staring at baguettes like they’re empty promises. (Seriously, if you wouldn’t mind picking some up for us we’d appreciate it!)

Upper Bench Winery & Creamery 170 Upper Bench Road South, Penticton MAP

Poplar Grove will host an outdoor screening of Sideways on July 6th. A movie about wine screening at a winery with a wine and popcorn concession stand – perfect! Spread out a blanket, grab a crisp glass of rose (or merlot, he-he) and enjoy the ride. Tickets here.

Poplar Grove Winery 425 Middle Bench Road North, Penticton MAP

Slackwater Brewing just opened in Penticton. Not only does the two-storey brewery serve their own tasty beer in a large open taproom, it also boasts a stage for live music, garage doors that open on to a streetside patio, games, a dining room, and a rooftop patio. Talk about a beer-drinkers wonderland!

Slackwater Brewing 218 Martin St, Penticton, BC V2A 5K3 MAP

One of the more interesting wines we’ve tried so far this year was an all-natural orange beauty from Sage Hills in Summerland. It’s called Rhymes With Orange, and we recommend a taste (a bottle, really).

Sage Hills Estate Winery & Vineyards 18555 Matsu Drive, Summerland MAP

And speaking of Sage Hills, we recently interviewed winemaker Keenan Thrussell, who gave us all kinds of recommendations for cool places to check out nearby, including two great places to cool off: Rotary Beach and Garnet Lake!

Gordon Beggs Rotary Beach 14877 Lakeshore Dr S, Summerland, BC MAP
Garnet Lake Garnet Lake, Summerland, BC MAP

Chef Jeff Van Geest’s team from Miradoro is putting together a multi-course dinner in Tinhorn Creek’s barrel cellar on July 19th. It will be followed by some serious stargazing in the winery’s amphitheatre, aided by telescopes and astronomers from the Royal Astronomical Society. Tickets here.

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 537 Tinhorn Creek Road, Oliver MAP

Sit down for a special outdoor feast under the cherry tress at Naramata’s Bella Wines on August 9th. It’s being catered by the fabulous Joy Road crew, who are no strangers to al fresco catering. (We just took in one of their long table dinners at God’s Mountain and were blown away.) Tickets and details here.

Bella Wines 4320 Gulch Road, Site 15A Comp 2, Naramata MAP

Beer, pizza, burgers and sandwiches come together at Vice & Virtue in Kelowna. Still in its first year tucked away within walking distance of the lake’s summer crowds, this small brewery restaurant is a no-nonsense marriage of casual and capable. Smoked halloumi sandos for the win!

Vice & Virtue Brewing Co. 1033 Richter St., Kelowna MAP

Naramata’s tiny Creek & Gully Cider is only a couple of weeks old, so get in their and sip on some of their fresh and golden goodness before everyone else does!

Creek & Gully Cider 1053 Poplar Grove Rd. Penticton, BC MAP

Want to really relax on your tour of wine country? Stretch out with a professional yoga instructor at Painted Rock on three different dates in July (11, 18,25). The $20 classes start at 6pm sharp and come with a free glass of Painted Rock rosé.

Painted Rock Estate Winery 400 Smythe Drive, Penticton MAP

Looking for a place to stay? Our favourite spots are the guest suites at Burrowing Owl or tucked away in the Similkameen at Orofino’s sweet new digs.

Orofino Vineyard Guest Suites 2152 Barcelo Rd., Cawston, British Columbia MAP
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 500 Burrowing Owl Pl, Oliver, BC MAP

Nearby Scout Members

The following are active supporters of ours and are well worth a visit. (Be sure to say “hi!” for us.) If your company would like to become a part of the Scout Community, please contact us at membership [at] scoutmagazine.ca.

Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards 697 Highway 97 South, Peachland MAP
Mission Hill Family Estate 1730 Mission Hill Road, West Kelowna MAP
Tantalus Vineyards 1670 DeHart Road, Kelowna MAP
8th Generation Vineyard 6807 HWY 97, Summerland, BC MAP
Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellars 2385 Allendale Road, Okanagan Falls MAP
Culmina Family Estate Winery 4790 Wild Rose St., Oliver MAP
Coolshanagh Vineyard RR1, S16, C47 Naramata, BC MAP
Daydreamer Wines 1305 Smethurst Road, Naramata MAP
Dominion Cider Co. 102016 Gould Ave, Summerland, BC MAP
Eau Vivre Winery 716 Lowe Drive, Cawston MAP
Hester Creek Winery 877 Road 8, Oliver MAP
Kettle Valley Winery 2988 Hayman Road, Naramata MAP
Meyer Family Vineyards 4287 McLean Creek Road, Okanagan Falls MAP
Quails' Gate Winery 3303 Boucherie Road, West Kelowna MAP
Summerhill Pyramid Winery 4870 Chute Lake Road, Kelowna MAP

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