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Three and a half months in the past, we obtained married! We had a fantastic ceremony on the Oasis of the Seas, and spent every week celebrating with our closest household and associates. A month later, we hosted a neighborhood marriage ceremony reception for our family and friends. It has been a busy couple of months, however we’re settling into married life and looking out ahead to being journey companions for all times.

I am means behind on our journey diaries! I nonetheless should compensate for our Navigator of the Seas cruise and Paris. It is laborious to consider that journey was 9 months in the past. However I’ll undoubtedly get to them, and get to our Oasis of the Seas marriage ceremony cruise. Within the meantime, whereas that is recent on my thoughts, I will soar proper into our little mini-moon journey final month. We can’t be happening an actual honeymoon, so that is as shut as it can get!

The husband goes to the Okanagan for work twice a yr in the summertime. The Coquihalla freeway is infamous for its steep, mountainous terrain. It is particularly harmful within the winter, which is why he visits in the summertime. I’ve by no means been the Okanagan so we thought it could be a good suggestion for me to affix him for the weekend. It was additionally an opportunity for me to discover my very own province!

I flew up late after work one night time to rendezvous with the husband. The flight was over an hour delayed, and it was by way of a small, little propeller jet. For a woman who flies usually, I used to be nervous about this tiny little airplane. It truthfully felt prefer it did not have sufficient energy to take off. Thank God it was a brief airplane experience. We have been solely within the air for about 40 minutes.

Kelowna undoubtedly had a small-town appeal vibe. It was very quiet, and the air was nonetheless. It is laborious to explain, however within the metropolis, you at all times really feel rushed like there’s at all times a way of urgency. There’s at all times honking and folks speaking within the background. It is completely different in small cities.

We had lunch at Previous Vines Restaurant at Quails’ Gate Property Vineyard. I visited my first winery, and boy, do I really like being within the winery. I simply needed to run up and down the rows for days (really, I’m majorly off form so I did not.) It is an awestruck feeling although, and the views are past attractive.

I am not massive on wine, sadly, I have not fairly acquired the style of wine but. I do know, I used to be in wine nation and all the pieces is dry! I’ll have the odd Riesling, however I’m completely responsible for being a Moscato fan.

For lunch, we had oysters to begin. I had the cod (pictured), he had the steak (not pictured).

After lunch, we drove to La Frenz in Penticton to choose up a couple of bottles of wine. Penticton is about fifty minutes away from Kelowna. Whereas we have been there, we stopped by Tickleberry’s, a neighborhood favorite ice cream store. Right here, two scoops was the minimal!

The subsequent day, we drove Oliver, which is about an hour and twenty minutes south of Kelowna. We stopped at Terrafina at Hester Creek Property Vineyard for lunch. I had a squid-pea sprout salad, and the husband had pasta. Each dishes have been very distinctive and scrumptious!

Oliver was the place we began to see cherry bushes in every single place. Being within the produce business, I knew that cherry season had simply began. I had by no means seen a cherry orchard earlier than, so I used to be fairly excited to see them. Sadly, U-Choose would not begin till July, so we missed out on cherry selecting.

We additionally made a pitstop at LaStella, the one vineyard within the Okanagan that makes a Moscato! LaStella is a smaller vineyard, nevertheless it was the tip of the day, so we have been capable of pattern a few wines whereas we have been there. Wine tastings at LaStella are to be pre-booked, so the sommelier was very good to allow us to pattern a couple of.

From there, we continued our drive to Osoyoos, one other twenty minutes west. Osoyoos is a border city to the US. It is usually probably the most southern city within the valley, so it was fairly sizzling and humid. We stayed at Spirit Ridge at NK’IP Resort. It’s a distinctive space with lush vineyards for miles. Whereas the resort neglected Lake Osoyoos, behind it was the Cascade Mountains. It was additionally a desert, residence to rattlesnakes and gophersnakes, each of that are “at-risk” species in BC. The resort is on the Osoyoos Indian Band’s reserve. There was a cultural centre within the resort, however we did not have time to go to.

It was raining and the climate was cool after we checked in, in order that meant we needed to skip the pool.

We visited the NK’MIP Cellars and had our first wine tasting. I did not strive something I appreciated, however the husband actually loved their Merlot, and ended up shopping for a bottle for himself, and some bottles of Meritage for our household. Afterwards, we walked across the vineyards and the desert path to absorb the environment and the attractive view.

We took benefit of our full kitchen, and cooked dinner. We had cedar plank salmon, candy corn and grilled mushrooms. We watched the solar set and loved a glass of Moscato on our balcony.

Is not {that a} cool sundown image on the appropriate? I examine this trick on-line – utilizing your iPhone as a mirror to {photograph} a “stay” reflection together with your SLR. I actually appreciated the way it turned out!

The subsequent day, we checked out and had lunch within the resort restaurant, Mica. It was Father’s Day, nevertheless it was a really quiet day. Perhaps it is identical to this on a regular basis within the Okanagan?

Earlier than we set off on our means residence, we had three extra wineries to cease at. We stopped at Platinum Bench Property Vineyard. Funnily sufficient, Platinum Bench is thought for his or her artisan bread. We had pre-ordered three loaves. It was so good. Subsequent cease was Burrowing Owl Property Vineyard, a really well-known BC vineyard. Burrowing Owl had an statement deck for viewing. The climb up the tower was properly value it – the view was breathtaking.

Lastly, we mad a fast pit cease at LaStella to choose up a pair extra bottles of wine! It was a lot busier than it was the day earlier than. However we have been out and in very quickly.
On our means out of the Okanagan, we stopped at many fruit stands, shopping for cherries for our households. We took Freeway-1 residence. It was a 4 hour drive, a shorter route than the Coquihalla.

Even thought I’m from this province, BC is uncharted territory for me, and I really like with the ability to discover it like my very own yard. We had an exquisite time within the Okanagan and I might love to return for an extended go to subsequent time! And whether or not you want wine or not, I extremely suggest a go to to the Okanagan!

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