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Beautiful sandy beaches, great weather, great wines
Not much to actually do here, not easily accessible from Vancouver
In a nutshell
More than just a place to visit : A place to live and retire
The place is overpriced for what they offer. We stayed there early October and the suite was not cleaned when we got in the room. Also the toilet seat had to be replaced as it was yellowed and peeling. The cleaner had to come back and when she/he did they left their bag of rags in the suite and we had to return to the front desk. Also, the sofa was extremely uncomfortable to sit on. We travel about 6 times a year, staying in many hotels/motels along the way and were disappointed in the Super 8 on Main Street in Penticton.
Written Oct 12, 2007
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring lightweight clothing that will protect you from the sun, but not not hold in enough heat to make you ill.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring sunscreen for you and anyone you are responsible for.
Miscellaneous: Bring bottles of water... not soda or other soft drinks... but WATER. It is very easy to dehydrate in Penticton without realizing it. Sunburn, dehydration, sunstroke and heatstroke are all very common in Penticton during the summer.
Updated May 24, 2004
Fondest memory: vacationing in the Okanagan Valley in south-central British Columbia with my family. I believe I spent 4 summers in the Okanagan. My father's a high school science teacher by day, but was a wine educator by night. So every time we travelled to the Okanagan we always spent a day or two touring some of the dozens of the amazing wineries. Most people are completely unaware of BC's large wine industry because a) many people think Canada's too cold to grow grapes (they're wrong), b) many of these wines aren't available in stores outside of Canada (unfortunately!) and c) BC's wine industry is relatively young and has been around for only about 20 years. But according to wine experts, these British Columbian wines are at the same excellent level as some of the top wines in the world. Check out Okanagan Wine Tours, BC Wine, Hidden Wineries of BC and the Okanagan Wine Festival Society to find out what's going on!
Photo: Grapes growing at Hawthorne Mountain Vineyards in Okanagan Falls, BC
Written Aug 31, 2002