Michael Vaughan's Vintage Destinations

Okanagan Summer Wine
Festival 2007

August 9-11, 2007
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The Okanagan Summer Wine Festival is held every second weekend in August at Silver Star Mountain Resort in Vernon. Come and treat yourself to a weekend of wine education, arts, music and mile high outdoor recreation. The summer wine festival offers unique wine seminars, great evening entertainment, a foot stomping musical outdoor wine tasting and wonderful presentations by local artists. Enjoy gourmet meals, wine education seminars, a unique consumer wine tasting and a wide variety of on-mountain activities. The beauty of mountain wildflowers in a Victorian-inspired mountain resort setting may be your most enjoyable and relaxing experience this summer.

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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