We drove 5.5 hours from Seattle to Kelowna, B.C. on the 4th of July, to take advantage of a long weekend. We met up with family who traveled 3.5 hours from Lake Chelan. We decided to stay in downtown Kelowna, and found an AirBnB condo right in the heart of all the city bustle. Although we knew Kelowna was a University town, we weren't aware of the beautiful lake Okanagan views and beaches, and trendy shops and restaurants. We were aware of the "country side" of Kelowna, which is home to many vineyards! We found a great tour guide to take us around to some of the top wineries, and had a great time getting to know the locals, the wineries, and our awesome tour guide! Downtown Kelowna is fairly flat, so we brought our bikes so we could explore the breweries around town and not worry about driving or finding an Uber. We ended the trip with a visit to the kangaroo farm that was so fun!
Q & A
What would you have changed?
We learned there are a lot more wineries just south of the Lake Okanagan, around Lake Osoyoos. Had we known, we would have extended our trip and stayed a night down there!
Anything go wrong during the trip?
Our weather wasn't typical July weather (a lot of the locals told us this), so we did dodge some rain during our wine tour. But nothing that a little wine couldn't help!
How was the food?
BNA for atmosphere, The Jammery for old diner breakfast, and The Terrace for a very nice dinner.
What tips would you give a friend?
Bring a bike!
Comfortable outfits, lots of outdoor activities!
Great road trip, but also an easy flight! It was nice to have our car to explore out of the city.
Exceptional wine! And of course (not really a surprise), friendliest locals.