10 Ideas for Hosting an Outdoor Dinner Party in Summer

10 Ideas for Hosting an Outdoor Dinner Party in Summer

When it’s summer in the Okanagan, it’s time to take advantage of the beautiful outdoor weather as much as possible. Hosting an outdoor dinner party is a fun way to do that, and it will mix up your next event with friends and family. Here are our top 10 ideas for hosting your own outdoor dinner party in summer. 1. Cozy up against the evening chill. Provide your guests with plenty of blankets, heat lamps or even set up the table by a fire pit if you have one to protect against the chill in the air as the evening goes on. 2. Add fresh decor. An easy way to decorate is by placing fresh-cut flowers in re-usable mason jars. You can then send them home with guests after dinner as party favours! 3. Add enough lighting. String lights, candles, and little tea lights add both a dreamy ambiance as well as some much-needed light as the sun begins to go down. 4. Keep bugs at bay. Invest in some good citronella candles and provide your guests with bug spray or bug wipes to keep mosquitoes away. You can also use upside-down cupcake covers as drink covers to keep bugs out – just punch a hole through the middle for a re-usable straw and you’re set! 5. Have a backup plan. Check the weather ahead of time and try to schedule for a clear evening. But if there’s a chance of rain, have a backup plan readily available, such as moving to the indoor dining room or under a covered portion of your outdoor space, or putting up a...
The Best Hikes In & Around Kelowna

The Best Hikes In & Around Kelowna

One of the best parts of living in the Okanagan is the access to beautiful nature and hiking trails. As soon as the snow clears in the spring, you’re sure to see locals hitting the trails and enjoying the stunning mountain and lake views. In this post we’re sharing our favourite hikes in and around Kelowna! 1. Knox Mountain Easy to difficult; 1-5km Right next to downtown, Knox Mountain Park is Kelowna’s largest natural area park. The summit rises approximately 300 metres above Okanagan Lake and offers stunning views of the city, water, and surrounding mountains. Trail access beings at the bottom or via the mid point. There is also a parking lot at the top if you just want the view! The Apex Trail is moderate to difficult with many steep inclines, or if you want an easier hike you can take the shorter Paul’s Tomb hike with less of an incline and still extraordinary views. View this post on Instagram Glad you could come on this one!! @matthew.strother A post shared by ᴀɪᴅᴀɴ (@aidanfedds) on Apr 19, 2019 at 3:47pm PDT   2. Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park Moderate to difficult; over 100km of trails Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park offers several trails steeped in the rich history of the Kettle Valley Railway accompanied by scenic views. The Trestles, a 12km section of trail between the Myra access and the June Springs access, is a fantastic day trip whether on bike or foot. The park is an especially busy attraction in summer, but it’s open year-round with services from mid-April to mid-November, so take advantage of the early spring while it’s...
6 Fresh Decorating Ideas for Spring

6 Fresh Decorating Ideas for Spring

If you followed our recent spring cleaning checklist, your home is probably looking pretty spic and span. Now it’s time to spruce things up a little bit and give your home a decorative refresh. Here are some fresh decorating ideas for spring! 1. A Pop of Colour One of the easiest ways to refresh a room is by adding a small pop of colour. It’s also an inexpensive way to change up your décor. Pick up an accent pillow or throw in a bright colour or print to make your room feel much more spring-like. If you’re looking for even more of a commitment, a colourful area rug or even furniture can really brighten up a drab room. 2. Fresh Cut Flowers Who doesn’t love a fresh bunch of spring flowers? Not only will your home look nice, but they’ll smell beautiful as well. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, keeping fresh flowers in your home is a cinch. If not, head to a local flower shop once in a while to make your home look and feel special. 3. Natural Elements One of the biggest home design trends in 2019 is incorporating more natural elements in the home. Natural textiles and woven accents such as baskets add an earthy feel and make it easier to stay connected to nature from your living room. Also, leafy plants bring a touch of nature while simultaneously adding a pop of colour and air filtration benefits. It’s a win-win! 4. Cheerful Artwork Switching out the art on your walls or adding a few new pieces can really change the look...
10 Things to Do in Kelowna this Spring

10 Things to Do in Kelowna this Spring

Spring has officially sprung in the Okanagan, and with the warmer weather comes plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the best of the Okanagan lifestyle (before all the summer tourists hit!) Here are 10 of our top things to do in Kelowna in the spring. 1. Go Wine Tasting You can go wine tasting in any season, really. But spring is the best time to take in the stunning vineyard views from all of the local wineries before they become busy during summer. It’s also a great time to try some of the new spring releases from wineries – if you love aromatic white wines (like riesling, gewürztraminer and viognier) then this is the season for you! Stock up on your favourites before they sell out to enjoy on your patio throughout the rest of spring and summer. If you’re looking for a picturesque winery and great views, Summerhill Pyramid Winery and Mission Hill on the west side are two spots we highly recommend. 2. Hiking & Adventuring in Nature There’s plenty of nature to enjoy in Kelowna and the surrounding areas. Spring is a great time to hit the trails and take in all of the fresh, new scenery after the winter. One of our favourites is Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park, which offers over 100km of hiking trails at varying difficulties, as well as a historic railway trail offering hiking & biking over trestles & tunnels. Make sure you come prepared and be aware of wildlife you could encounter on your trip! 3. Shopping & Lunch Downtown The main strip of Bernard Avenue in Kelowna is bustling...
Top 10 Reasons to Move to Kelowna, BC

Top 10 Reasons to Move to Kelowna, BC

If you’re thinking of moving to a new city, there are many factors to consider. What kind of lifestyle do you want? Where’s a good place to raise a family? How about the weather? Finding the right place for your new home can be difficult, but we’re here to help. Here are ten reasons why you should consider moving to Kelowna in BC’s beautiful Okanagan region. Top 10 Reasons to Move to Kelowna, BC   1. Access to Nature One of the biggest reasons why people love Kelowna is its central location to scenic nature and the beautiful outdoors. From the lake and beaches to public parks, hiking and biking trails, all are mere minutes’ drive out of the downtown center, if not walking distance. 2. Wineries Wine is one of Kelowna’s major industries, and as such there are countless wineries within Kelowna and surrounding areas to explore. Even if wine isn’t of interest to you, the wineries offer an elevated atmosphere with delicious food in the restaurants and stunning vineyard vistas to take in while you dine with friends and family. 3. Great Weather Kelowna is known for its warm springs and hot, vacation-like summers. There is little rain throughout the year, and with the picturesque fall and enchanting winter, you get to experience the best of all the seasons year-round. 4. Sports & Recreation In the warmer months, residents partake in a variety of recreational activities including watersports, golf, and hiking. While in the winter you’ll find skiers and snowboarders hitting the slopes at Big White. No matter the time of year, there are always activities to...