Fall is an ideal time to get away for a weekend as temperatures cool and the colours transition to a collage of orange and gold. Make the most of the fall splendour in the Okanagan and indulge in liquid libations, outdoor adventure, and culinary delights. Here are a few ideas on how to spend a fall weekend in Penticton.
Be curious and make it a road trip through the Okanagan Corridor.
Harvest is a time of great celebration throughout the Valley, and the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival hosts ten days of events every year during grape harvest. This year, the festival runs from September 28 – October 8, with events ranging from full-course wine-paired dinners to exclusive wine tastings.
Tantalize your taste buds at “Cropped by Valley First,” BC’s largest wine tasting & farmers market. Cropped is a sensory and visual experience right in the heart of Penticton featuring over 200 wines and an indoor farmers market.
The Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail is the longest rail trail network in British Columbia, running right through the heart of the Okanagan. Once a comprehensive railroad system, the decommissioned tracks are now home to an extensive recreational trail providing almost 650 km (400 mi) of connected pathways throughout the region.
One of the most scenic sections begins with a view right above Okanagan Lake and takes you downhill through the Naramata Bench, right into downtown Penticton. Take a guided cycle tour with Hoodoo Adventures, as they share a little history of the Okanagan Valley en route to the trail. Lake views and vineyard vistas provide the backdrop as you witness the incredible engineering and perseverance of British Columbia’s railway pioneers. This section, known as McCulloh’s wonder after its head engineer, is considered the jewel of the Kettle Valley Railway.
One of only two cities in the world located between two lakes, Penticton is surrounded by shimmering water, gentle mountains, and vineyards galore. Named from the Interior Salish word snpintktn, the name ‘Penticton’ is commonly translated as “a place to stay forever.” Featuring a community rich with diverse culture, there are many ways to enjoy a weekend here. With ample options to choose from, here are just a few ideas.
Eat: Start your day the right way with breakfast at The Bench Market with brunch. They boast the ‘best coffee in town’ made from locally-roasted organic coffee beans. Take a stroll through the Penticton Farmers’ Market every Saturday and enjoy delicious treats from local farmers. If you love craft beer, check out Bad Tattoo Brewery with their handcrafted brews and oven-fired pizza. For a unique experience, enjoy dinner at The Hooded Merganser. Set on Okanagan Lake, the menu is inspired by fresh ingredients from their own farm.
Enjoy: Check out the work of talented artisans at one of Penticton’s art galleries or pay a visit to the SS Sicamous, the largest surviving sternwheeler in Canada. Catch live music at The Dream Cafe or try your hand at the casino.
Stay: There are many types of accommodation options in Penticton, it’s all about preference. Escape the conventional and stay in a gorgeous glamping yurt, sleep in a roofless room underneath the stars, or treat yourself to a romantic night with a jacuzzi fireplace suite at the Ramada Penticton Hotel & Suites.
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