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O'Rourke's Peak Cellars Winery a fantastic year-round destination

Peak Cellars rises above rest

We could sit here and go on and on about how great O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars Winery is, but several organizations that specialize in the wine industry have essentially done just that recently.

Start with the National Wine Awards of Canada, which named Peak Cellars the 19th best winery in all of Canada and lauded its wines with a pair of gold medals and a silver.

Then there is the BC Lieutenant Governor Awards, which dished out a gold and three silvers to wines from the Lake Country location.

And that was just in the last couple of months.

And that was just the wine.

There is a reason the word ‘Peak’ is in the name at this 300-acre Carr’s Landing location, which is open all year round. That’s because in addition to the splendid wine that Stephanie Stanley and her team produce year in and year out, Peak Cellars takes the winery experience to new heights.

“We are about quality wine, food and experiences,” general manager Heather Courtney says. “We are a young winery that focuses on 100 per cent Lake Country cool climate quality wines.”

A good place to start is the winery’s Garden Bistro, which offers a pristine setting and mouthwatering food that is supplied, in part, by the winery’s half-acre garden and two greenhouses. Fresh vegetables will find their way to your plate, along with that pizza, tacos, burgers, sushi, tenderloin or salmon you so desire.

Garden Bistro’s Happy Hour run from 3 to 5 p.m. daily, which will also get you $5 off pizzas. It also throws special events from time to time, like Pasta Night and Date Night, to keep things spicy.

If you’re more into the wine than the food, Peak Cellars offers educational tasting sessions that will allow you to get to know your favourite beverage a little better. It also encourages vino lovers to enrol in its wine club, which enables members to secure exclusive invitations to events and first access to its most enticing wines.

Speaking of wine, the four 2020 vintages that recently impressed the judges are now available as part of a four-pack for just more than $100. The Skin Kissed Pinot Gris, Goldie Red, Broken Granite Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir Rosé are all part of the award-winning collection.

Peak Cellars is outstanding on its own, but it will soon have a sibling under the O’Rourke Family Estates umbrella. O’Rourke’s Family Winery, which is currently under construction nearby, is going to take the wine experience to the next level when it opens in the next couple of years. It will consist of winding tunnels and an amphitheatre for big concerts and shows.

In the meantime, Peak Cellars is the perfect getaway if you’re looking to get out of the holiday hustle and bustle for a few hours.

And don’t forget to buy a ticket or two for the barrel auction, the proceeds of which will go to Lake Country Food Bank and The Salvation Army.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

Super Save Propane offers 500 free litres to new residential customers

Super offer of 500 free litres

Super Save Group offers a wide variety of services, including gas stations, waste disposal, recycling, fence rentals, portable toilets, hydro vac, shredding, street sweeping and propane.

And now that winter is upon us and we are all cranking up our heat, Super Save Propane is offering a stunning deal to Okanagan residents who are thinking about using propane as their heating or power source.

Super Save is giving 500 free litres to new residential customers, which the company’s propane sales manager, James Lisson, said is a significant offer in this day and age.

“A good sized home would typically use a 500- or 1,000- gallon tank,” Lisson says. “It’s a large portion of your first fill, and with fuel prices on the rise it’s a substantial savings”

The company covers the Okanagan, Lower Mainland and beyond, going as far north as Salmon Arm and as far east as Grand Forks, and the need for its propane services is showing no signs of slowing down.

“There’s a surprising number of people using propane in the B.C. Interior, and you don’t have to travel very far in any direction to find them,” Lisson says. “We’re bringing on new commercial and residential customers on a daily basis.”

Thanks to its more than three decades of work in the propane industry, Super Save is an expert at installing tanks and heating systems.

“We are certainly available for installation work where required," Lisson says. “A big part of what we do, in addition to delivering tanks, is making sure that things are set up safely and in accordance with the local gas safety code.”

“We work really closely with our customers to determine what size tank they require. Do they have a generator? Do they have a furnace on propane? How many other appliances are there? We make sure that they’ve got ample fuel to get them through a cold stretch.”

The propane offerings do not end there, as Super Save also supplies cylinders to power forklifts through an exchange program. It can also make daily or weekly visits to companies to fill their cylinders on site.

Super Save is essentially one-stop shopping for construction sites as well. One call does it all if you need fencing, toilets, bins and construction heat.

All you have to do is call The Blue Guys at 1-800-665-2800 or visit the Super Save website here.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

Oh Baby! Consignment Co. makes kids' clothes shopping easy

Oh Baby! Shop with ease

Quality goods, a relaxed shopping experience and saving money are exactly what you can expect when you shop at Oh Baby! Consignment Co.

Whether you shop online or in the boutique at 1427 Ellis St. in downtown Kelowna, Oh Baby! co-founder Brielle Fahlgren wants moms and dads to enjoy their experience of clothes shopping for their little ones.

“We’re hoping this business can create a sustainable ecosystem for mamas to reduce, reuse and re-love their children’s quality clothing for other little ones to love,” says Fahlgren, who started the business with her mom, Carrie. “Quality, small shop and boutique brands can cost a fortune, but it’s well worth it. They are designed for timeless style and durability to last. The only issue is kids grow way too fast. This is one of the reasons Oh Baby! was created and the main motivation behind this business—to provide a consignment service designed to make parents a good, fair profit from their little ones' outgrown, quality clothing.”

“I dreamt of starting this business because I just love shopping for my little one, but I found something was missing from the children’s clothing stores that are already out there and I wanted to find it—a quality, sustainable, local and pre-loved shopping experience. I wanted a boutique location for the outing and, for baby's nap time, the convenience of a fully integrated online pre-loved shop.”

Fahlgren is one of four children and has a little boy herself, so she and her mom are both well aware of how quickly babies, toddlers and children grow out of their clothes. Oh Baby! allows moms to bring in their clothing and earn some cash that can be put towards the next size. Part of the mission at Oh Baby! is to help the environment, too, by keeping kids’ clothes out of landfills.

Oh Baby! Consignment Co., which offers clothing for newborns to six-year-olds, also features a maternity section since there is an inventory gap on that front in the Okanagan. There is also a section of strictly Lululemon and Artizia consignment clothing for moms to peruse.

“It’s starting to become a really trendy thing,” Fahlgren says of consignment buying and selling. “We’ve seen it. It seems like people are turning to shop that way.”

Fahlgren's mom and Oh Baby! co-founder Carrie Fahlgren loves watching the younger generation enjoying the pre-loved shopping experience and the excitement of starting a young family.

"I wish this concept was around while raising my children," she says. "Really, it just makes sense."

Another popular trend is online shopping, and Oh Baby! offers an easy experience on that front, too. If your little one does not like being cooped up in a stroller while you walk up and down the aisles, simply visit the Oh Baby! website and shop in your pyjamas from the comfort of your kitchen.

It is all part of Fahlgren’s mission to help moms spend as much time with their children as possible, which has also been a benefit of starting Oh Baby! with her own mom.

“The time we have already spent building this together has been priceless, and my dream has quickly become our reality,” she says. “I am so grateful, and we are so excited to share this with local moms.”

Over the next year Oh Baby! will be bringing in a small collection of sought after, quality new brands to start the reduce, reuse and re-love cycle.

“We love watching this consignment community grow," Fahlgren says. "With every single purchase you are supporting countless families in your neighbourhood. Each purchase puts a smile on our consignors' faces. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for shopping local and sustainable."

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

Contest will give away prizes to enjoy Penticton's 10 hidden gems

Penticton's 10 hidden gems

By Kim Lawton and John Arendt, Hidden Gems of BC

The beautiful city of Penticton in British Columbia's South Okanagan has a lot to offer residents and visitors alike.

Putting together a list of our top 10 favourite hidden gems for fall in Penticton was no easy task. There are plenty of remarkable places to see and things to do in the city. However, this list shows some of our favourite recommendations for Penticton.

Ramada Penticton Hotel

The Ramada Penticton Hotel and Suites, on Eckhardt Avenue, is a great place to stay in Penticton at any time of the year. We live close by, but we’ve stayed here a few times because it’s a great spot when visiting Penticton or for a local staycation. This hotel offers the best of both worlds. It’s locally owned and operated, and they are continually updating and upgrading the rooms, property and amenities. It’s also part of the Wyndham group, so you know you’re getting a high standard of service and care. The rooms are spacious and well-maintained with a wide range of room styles for couples, families or groups of friends. Some rooms even have kitchens. We like to stay in the rooms that walk out to the large and beautifully maintained courtyard, which also includes a heated outdoor pool and hot tub.

The location is ideal, since the South Okanagan Events Centre and the Penticton Golf and Country Club are both within easy walking distance, and Penticton’s downtown core is just a short drive away.

The Station Public House

The Station Public House, at the Ramada Penticton Hotel, is not your typical hotel restaurant. It’s well-loved by locals and hotel guests, as it offers a delicious menu filled with locally sourced ingredients, fresh house-made soup and baked goods, and delicious pizza from their forno oven. They feature a great selection of craft beers and local wines, and the menu is updated regularly. At this time of year, we like to grab a table by the fireplace. When the weather is beautiful, we opt for their massive patio. For more on The Station Public House, read our full blog here.

Hoodoo Adventures

Hoodoo Adventures, on Ellis Street, has everything you need for all of your adventures in Penticton and area. They rent equipment and supplies for a wide variety of outdoor sports, including kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, snowshoes and bikes. They offer shuttle services and unique guided tours such as Kayak Wine & Picnic Tours, Paddle, Pinot & Paint Tours and Spirited Brews Cruise as well as Snowshoe Under the Stars. They also have an indoor climbing wall. The selection of e-bikes is impressive, and we have rented these bikes for some two-wheeled exploring around the area.

Kettle Valley Rail Trail and Little Tunnel

Penticton’s portion of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail offers a relatively flat ride on a well-maintained path to explore the area. A bucket list ride for us was from Hoodoo Adventures to the Little Tunnel along a former railway bed. The ride is 16.8 kilometres each way, featuring stunning lake and valley views, meandering through orchards and vineyards. The ride to the Little Tunnel is on a slight uphill trail with a small grade that doesn’t exceed 2.2%. It’s a manageable ride, although even with the e-bikes that we rented, the ride to the tunnel requires some effort. But the view from the tunnel is well worth every bit of the effort. Besides, the return trip to Penticton is a relaxing downhill ride. This trail is used by hikers, joggers, dog-walkers and cyclists throughout the year.

Allow a couple of hours for the return trip and bring water and some snacks to enjoy at the tunnel, as well as your camera to capture the picturesque views.

Cannery Brewing

Another Ellis Street attraction, Cannery Brewing is a popular gathering place for many Penticton residents. The brewery staff takes pride in creating a variety of quality craft beers, including a rotating selection of limited release beers. The family friendly taproom also offers locally inspired dishes designed to complement its beers. We typically order the chicken and roasted red pepper nachos, which are said to be the best in Penticton. They also have B.C. wine, cider and a nice selection of non-alcoholic drinks. On Sundays, they have free live music in their warehouse taproom space.

Nautical Dog Cafe

The Nautical Dog Cafe at Skaha Marina offers tasty breakfasts and lunches at a lakefront setting. The breakfast options are updated daily and include inspired offerings such as eggs benedict that range from a crispy prosciutto and cranberry goat cheese benny to a portobello mushroom, spinach and avocado benny. They also have waffles, French toast, breakfast sandwiches and even a breakfast charcuterie board. Other offerings include house-made soups, sandwiches and a variety of delicious baked goods, from cupcakes to brownies to cheesecakes. Order your meal along with your favourite coffee and enjoy it on their spacious patio overlooking Skaha Lake, or take your coffee to go for a walk along the boardwalk in Skaha Lake Park.

Oh, and by the way, the owner of The Nautical Dog Cafe is an incredible baker and cake maker. She also creates amazing and elaborate cakes for all occasions.

Skaha Lake Park

At the south end of Penticton, along the water, Skaha Lake Park offers waterfront enjoyment for all seasons. The park features a wide, paved pathway where you’ll see people biking, running and walking with their families, strollers and dogs. There are plenty of benches to stop, rest and enjoy the views, picnic tables to enjoy a meal, and trees to park your chairs under.

Skaha Lake Park is a four-season destination. In the summer months, people of all ages will spend a day at the beach playing in the lake. You can find people on boats, kayaks and canoes most months of the year, and on windy days watch for kite surfers. During the coldest part of the winter, when the lake freezes near the shore, you’ll even see people skating on the ice.

McCulloch Trestle

A few kilometres from Penticton along the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, the McCulloch Trestle offers spectacular views of Okanagan Lake, the mountains, vineyards and orchards. The trestle offers a feast for the eyes. The view from the trestle is spectacular any time of the year, but in the fall, the ever-changing colours of the vineyards and orchards are breathtaking.

Munson Mountain Lookout

A spectacular view spot, Munson Mountain Lookout, at 630 Munson Mountain Rd., offers views of the city of Penticton and the south end of Okanagan Lake.

The mountain is famous for the iconic Penticton sign. It also features paved and gravel trails to the summit, a one-kilometre hike from the parking lot. It’s a bit steep in some sections, so wear good quality footwear. We recommend heading up to Munson Mountain to catch a breathtaking Okanagan sunset.

Okanagan Lake Boardwalk

There's plenty to see on the walk along the paved path from Marina Way Park to the SS Sicamous. The 1.7-kilometre walk includes the Penticton Ikeda Japanese Garden, Okanagan Lake Park and a stop at Penticton's iconic Peach. For those who want a longer walk, the path continues west and then follows the Penticton Channel.

There is so much to discover in Penticton. We hope you enjoy these top 10 hidden gems of Penticton.

For your opportunity to explore all of these attractions, enter to win the Ultimate Hidden Gems of Penticton contest on Castanet. The grand prize is valued at over $650. The contest is free to enter and can be done so here. The contest closes Dec. 8, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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