Michael Vaughan's Vintage Destinations

Okanagan Fall Wine Festival 2007
September 28-October 7, 2007
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Autumn in Okanagan wine country is the perfect time to take advantage of the multitude of harvest celebrations centered on the annual Okanagan Fall Wine Festival. Experience an endless variety of vineyard tours, lunches, dinners and special events. For ten days in early October enjoy over 165 events throughout the valley - all focused on wine, food, education and the arts in one of North America's most spectacular settings - the Okanagan Valley.

For more information contact Okanagan Wine Festival Society at 250-861-6654 or email info@TheWineFestivals.com or visit www.thewinefestivals.com

I highly recommend WestJet, the official airline of the Okanagan Wine Festival. Fly WestJet direct non-stop Toronto and Kelowna. Note that there is a current Fall Sale (until September 6) featuring seats as low as $214 one way. Flights depart from Toronto daily at 9:20 am and arriving at 10:57 am, Kelowna time (vs. 8:10 am departure for Air Canada). The Westjet return from Kelowna is at 11:40 am (arriving at 6:47 pm, Toronto time). To book click here.

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A top destination is the Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa located in the hills overlooking Osoyoos at the southern end of the Okanagan Valley. There is no better way to unwind than settling into your luxurious Desert Suite or Vineyard Villa. Their "Grape to Glass Escape" features a tantalizing start to your day with Nk'Mip Cellars Breakfeast Club, followed by a tour and tasting. At night, after a game of golf on the deluxe Sonora Dunes Golf Course 9-hole course (to see click here), or touring the adjacent award-winning Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre (to see click here), join Chef Brad Lazerenko for a gourmet food and wine pairing dinner at Passatempo Restaurant celebrate the best of the Okanagan. Call 1-877-313-9463 (click here to go to the website). Also make time to visit the stunning adjacent winery Nk'Mip Cellars, for information click here.

An alternative hot new destination is Burrowing Owl Winery which is only a short drive from Spirit Ridge. Accommodation is available in the Burrowing Owl Guest House, with 10 suites plus a penthouse. There is also a great dining room available at the winery. For more information click here.

For the best bet cuisine in Okanagan, try Theo's restaurant. For information click here.


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