Chris had never been farther east than Chilliwack, and while I had been to the Okanagan, I hadn’t been to Kelowna. We thought, what better way to spend our five year anniversary than to go somewhere new.
We drove up to Kelowna after work on a Friday. We checked in to Hotel Zed, a cute and quirky motel in the hear of Kelowna. Chris and I were tired from the four and a bit hour drive, so we quickly grabbed dinner at Earls down the street and went to bed.
On Saturday morning, we got up and went to the Bohemian Cafe. This cafe is a must if you ever go to Kelowna. I ordered the salmon eggs Benedict and hashbrowns. Chris ordered eggs, sausage and hashbrowns. We both ordered Pink Grapefruit mimosas to start. The food was amazing.
To continue our day, we decided to head to Mission Hill Winery. We decided to bus, to one, save money, but also, I knew I was going to be drinking, so I wasn’t going to drive. Honestly, taking the bus from downtown Kelowna to the winery is not worth it. It took us nearly two hours in total with the way the bus times feel, including a 30-minute uphill walk once you’re dropped off.
Once we arrived, the winery was beautiful. You overlooked the Okanagan lake, through the vineyards. You walk through some interesting architecture before going into the tasting room. The tasting room was wide and full of many different knick-knacks and wine. You can go to one of two tasting bars in the main room; one on the right and one on the left.
When you arrive at the tasting bar, you are given two tastes for free. Then you can choose from the menu with tastings, if any, you would like to pay for. We did the $15 each tasting, which, if we bought two bottles of wine, that money was used towards them.
The tastes were lovely, and we had quite a bit. We enjoyed it so much we decided to sign up for the wine membership. This has three different tiers, we chose the second tier. We receive 18 wines a year and have access to members-only events. We also get free tastings every time we visit Mission Hill, in the private members-only lounge.
After our visit to Mission Hill, we went back to the hotel to relax before dinner. We decided to head out to West Coast Grill for oysters and charcuterie (which we had to send back because it was filled with nuts, which Chris is allergic to, even though that wasn’t stated on the menu). I don’t know if it was just a bad night, but it really wasn’t something to write home about, and a bit overpriced for what it is.
We had a great time in Kelowna, but it was definitely short. I feel like we missed a lot of great things to do, so we will definitely be going back.
Have you been to Kelowna before? What is your favourite thing to do?