Summer is always spectacular in the South Okanagan!
Immerse yourself in Kelowna summer elegance.
Every season has its own charm and magic in Kelowna, and summer brings with it the freedom of outdoor living and illuminates the incredible views our city has to offer. Embrace Kelowna’s summer lifestyle with an afternoon of wine tasting followed by an evening with friends and family on the patio. Toast your togetherness with a glass of something sparkling. This is what South Okanagan living is all about.
Kelowna Winery Openings
Kelowna is wine country, and this year supporting local wineries is more important than ever. As we move into the glorious summer months, award-winning Kelowna wineries open their doors to delightful wine tastings and vineyard tours. The sweeping hillsides of verdant green run down to the shining lake waters while the azure sky stretches overhead, the epitome of Kelowna’s unique beauty.
Mission Hill Family Estate Winery
One of the oldest and most respected wineries in the Okanagan, Mission Hill has been operating for almost forty years. This summer, tour the vineyard and enjoy a private wine tasting by reservation only. Sample a flight of award-winning wines or try a single-vineyard tasting. For an unforgettable afternoon, book a food and wine pairing with a private table on the loggia, where the breathtaking scenery suits the elegant experience.
Indigenous World Winery
For a unique experience that links Kelowna’s winemaking industry with its Indigenous history, visit Indigenous World Winery in West Kelowna. Owned by Robert Louis, former Chief of the Westbank First Nation, the winery showcases Syilx heritage in its stylish tasting room. Après-tasting, dine on Indigenous inspired cuisine at the top-rated Red Fox Club attached to the winery. Call ahead to reserve your tasting time and restaurant visit.
Cedar Creek Estate Winery
Cedar Creek Estate Winery is a historic Kelowna winery, featuring 30 year old vines and a spectacular view overlooking the lake. Tours and tastings are available by reservation with delightful addons that make for a memorable afternoon. Complement your wine tasting with crafted small plates from the winery’s Home Block restaurant, featuring ripe, seasonal flavours of the South Okanagan.
Ancient Hill Estate Winery
This venerable winery in Lake Country offers unusual and complex wines in their magnificent European-style tasting room. Sample a less common Okanagan varietal such as Lemberger, Zweigelt, or Baco Noir on their sunny patio surrounded by a riotous garden of local flora. Pack a picnic lunch or purchase cheese and crackers from the wine shop to top off your afternoon.
Summer Living Homes
These gorgeous properties feature expansive decks and private patios for the ultimate summer lifestyle. Contact Jane Hoffman Realty for information on these stunning homes. We can help you find the perfect home for outdoor living.
5308 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna
Ultimate luxury and privacy is yours in this unique custom home set amid lush lakeshore forest. 180 feet of shoreline and a licensed dock are accessed by a short forest path that winds through your property and crosses the creek on a private bridge. An enchanted setting for the covered patio with barbecue and lounging area, plus outdoor hot tub and exercise pool. A glass greenhouse lets you keep summer going year-round.
Embrace lakeshore living with this custom built home set on 84.5 feet of beachfront. Soaring floor to ceiling windows bring the outdoors in so you can enjoy the incredible view every day. Entertain on the huge covered patio which includes a dining and barbecue area, lounging area, and outdoor hot tub. The park-like setting with mature foliage and cedar hedge brings privacy and serenity.
4-315 Kalamalka Lakeview Drive
Immerse yourself in the intense beauty of Kalamalka Lake every day in this luxurious modern home. Pass through your great room to the outdoor kitchen and entertaining area with heaters, media, and four sets of Nana doors that allow you to use the area year-round. Step onto the deck of the saltwater pool with jets and an eight-person hot tub. A dramatic property designed for elegance and comfort.
2331 Campbell Road, West Kelowna
This new contemporary home features unobstructed lake, city, and bridge views from every room. While you soak up the incredible view, enjoy lakefront living on your expansive deck. The two-level beach house on the sandy lakeshore, plus the new dock, allow you to fully experience the summer Okanagan lifestyle. Lose yourself in the view on your spacious upper level private deck as the sun sinks across the water.
Custom Cocktails for the Summer Season
Summer is made for evenings on the patio, enjoying the company of good friends in the warm Okanagan weather. As the stars come out, share laughter and friendship over a custom cocktail that shows your guests how glad you are they came.
Classic cocktails with minimalist ingredients are a hot trend for summer 2020. The refreshing Cape Codder gets an Okanagan makeover with a swap of fresh cherries for the traditional cranberry juice.
- 8 oz. vodka
- 16 oz. muddled cherries (approximately 24 cherries)
- 4 oz. fresh lime juice
- lime wedges for garnish
Place pitted cherries in a shallow bowl and mash. For a sweeter cocktail, add a tablespoon of sugar and let mashed cherries sit about an hour.
Fill four highball glasses with ice. Add 2 oz vodka, 4 oz muddled cherries, and 1 oz lime juice to each glass. Garnish with lime wedges and serve.
Blender drinks are making a comeback this summer. Inspired by the classic Rock Lobster, the Ogopogo reimagines the fruity blender drink with a local twist.
- 1.5 oz. light or white rum
- 0.75 oz. peach liqueur
- 0.5 oz. grenadine
- one ripe peach, peeled and sliced
- splash of orange juice
- 1 cup of ice
- 0.25 oz. dark rum
In a blender, combine all ingredients except for dark rum. Blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled highball glass and float the dark rum on top (slowly pour in rum over the back of a spoon). Serve immediately.