Vernon Tourism's top 10 positive local stories

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Vernon Tourism has come out with its top 10 positive local stories, just in time for the long weekend.

"The last few months have felt like much longer, with negative news stories wherever you looked and little to do other than stay home and wait out the storm," the organization says. "As British Columbians have re-emerged, first locally, and then provincially with responsible travel within B.C. encouraged again as of June 24, we thought it would be nice to share a few positive stories from around Vernon."

In no particular order, they are:

Planet Bee Honey Farm

This year’s honey crop is shaping up to be the best in Planet Bee’s 23-year history, thanks to cooler wetter weather, the nectar just kept on flowing.

Marten Brewpub

Stop by Marten Brewpub to try the brand new craft beer creation “Bonnie Henry Blonde Ale” – dedicated to the hard work and leadership Dr. Bonnie Henry has done for all British Columbians.

Davison Orchards

After finally getting some summer heat, the crops at Davison Orchards are growing in leaps and bounds. Stop by to enjoy fresh apricots, peaches, blueberries, cherries and vine-ripened cucumbers, zucchini, beans and peppers. If you’re feeling the heat, head to their brand new ice cream shop.

BX Press Cidery

Vernon’s BX Press Cidery has been keeping busy, keeping spirits up, and keeping everyone fed and entertained with live music and wood-fired pizza nights.

Triumph Coffee

Triumph reopened on May 29 from a two-month closure, and although it was a slow start, they are starting to return to more normal figures and have launched a brand new breakfast and lunch menu using local ingredients as much as possible as well as adding outdoor seating.

Ratio Coffee

The team at Ratio has been supporting those in need during the recent health crisis with bags of goodies each week and even more exciting is there new series of live music events. Enjoy an evening of physically distanced live music by reservation. 

Kalavida Surf Shop & Sun Country Cycles

Now that summer has arrived and local beaches have reopened, businesses catering to outdoor pursuits, such as Kalavida Surf Shop and Sun Country Cycle are seeing a dramatic uptick in customers. In addition to rentals, Kalavida is still planning to host its annual Kalamalka Classic Aug. 23-24.

Sparkling Hill

After reopening their doors on June 17, Sparkling Hill Resort received bookings for the equivalent of 900 room nights in just three days. 

SilverStar Bike Park

The bike park at SilverStar Mountain Resort opened for the 2020 season to much fanfare. With limited tickets available to ensure the ability to properly physically distance on lifts and trails, the park has experienced several sell-out days for riders and campers alike. Visitors are encouraged to purchase their tickets online early to avoid disappointment.

Predator Ridge Resort

Predator Ridge Resort’s accommodation bookings have increased year over year, and they’re on pace to record their best August ever. Predator Ridge has also seen positives on the golf side, with record green fee revenue since opening June 1, along with kudos from SCOREGolf Magazine in their latest release of the Top 100 Golf Courses in Canada.

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