The weekend is almost here – where should you go?
In the beautiful Okanagan Valley, the possibilities for going somewhere great in only one day are virtually limitless. Why not take the short drive to the South Okanagan and explore the beautiful history and the breathtaking views from any one of more than a dozen award winning Naramata Bench wineries?
Get the girls together for an epic wine tour
With nearly 30 wineries on the Bench, deciding which wineries to take in may seem overwhelming. I don’t think you can go wrong by trying any of the stunning lake view wineries but if you would rather leave the decision to an expert I recommend taking a tour. Taking a guided tour allows you to sit back and enjoy the day (and of course not have to drive). With rave reviews from wine enthusiasts around the world you know you’re in for a treat if you chose a tour company like this one. Your friendly host will get to know you (and your taste) and make recommendations about which impressive boutique wineries to visit. As part of a full day tour your guide will arrange lunch and dazzle you with their knowledge of the Naramata Bench and its history.
Fill your trunk (with wine) at Elephant Island
If you want to forgo the tour and explore the stunning wine country yourself I have one recommendation: Elephant Island Orchard Wines! Anyone who lives in the Okanagan Valley and considers themselves to be a wine connoisseur is probably familiar with such wineries as Red Rooster, Therapy, Township 7 and Poplar Grove. But have you heard of my personal favorite in Naramata – Elephant Island? If you’re looking for something unique look no further than Elephant Island Orchard Wines. This winery features wines made from fruit other than grapes. Think cherries, pears and even black currants and raspberries.
If you’re looking for a great red wine that will have everyone talking at your next dinner party I suggest trying the 2013 Blackberry wine. With hints of cinnamon and strawberries elegantly blended with blackberries this wine is truly a treat for the palate. It’s not too sweet and is best served chilled. On the other hand if you want to sample a luscious dessert wine, the 2013 Apricot Dessert wine is a must try! It pairs amazingly with real vanilla ice cream or sip it as a dessert all on its own. Elephant Island wine truly is exceptional. While you’re there be sure to ask how the winery got its name.
Where to Stay in Naramata
With so many wonderful wineries to visit you may be tempted to turn this one day trip into a whole weekend adventure. If so where should you stay? There are several quaint motels, resorts and B&B’s located among the Naramata Bench wineries. For something really unique check out the Naramata Heritage Inn and Spa and step back in time. This 12 room inn was originally built in 1908 and extreme care has been taken to preserve as much of the original architecture and furnishings as possible. Modern amenities and an elegant atmosphere make this inn the perfect combination of old world charm and new world conveniences. The inn features the Cobblestone Wine bar for fine dining and the End of the Road Bistro for more casual or family dining. As the name implies, guests can also take advantage of the Heirloom Spa on site.
Thinking of getting out of town for the day or even the weekend? Look no further than the stunning wine country just a short jaunt away in Naramata. You’ll be glad you made the drive!
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