Recharging in the Okanagan

You may have been wondering what I’ve been up to lately, other than traversing the globe. In my last couple of posts about Australia and Bali, I mentioned I’ve been spending a lot of time reflecting. Nothing could be more true. Since the craziness of the grad trip and graduation, I’ve definitely needed some time to decompress and think through everything that happened, really come to terms with it all.

I’ve been lucky enough to do so in the Okanagan. For the past couple of months, I’ve been staying in the Okanagan while the uncertainty of the future mapped itself out. Having my feet on solid ground here has been a good feeling. Even though I’m still not feeling 100% and can’t exactly go wine touring as I usually would, I’ve still had the chance to explore some of the great treasures that the Okanagan has to offer.

Oliver

I’ve spent most of my time in the South Okanagan in my hometown. I will be the first to admit that Oliver doesn’t appear to have much to offer, but upon closer examination, there are a few redeeming qualities it has in store. It is nice to explore the back roads and the lake, and check out some of the local wineries if you have the chance. Personally, I’m a bit biased and think Oliver has the best wineries in the Okanagan – but don’t take my word for it, come check it out yourself!

Osoyoos

This friendly town just south of Oliver is so close to get to, and always has something incredible in store. Whether it’s an award winning car show, soaking up the sun at the beach, incredible sunsets, or delicious wine – Osoyoos has it all. I used to work in Osoyoos a few years ago, and spending so much time there recently has reminded me of why I enjoyed it so much. Though it does get a bit crazy in the summer during tourist season, there is a ton to love about this place.

Penticton + Okanagan Falls

I’ve also spent my fair share of time in Penticton. Checking out the Farmer’s Market and visiting the beaches are two of my favourite Penticton highlights. And of course, no visit is complete without stopping at Tickleberry’s in Okanagan Falls along the way (I’ve heard their new in-house ice cream is to die for!).

Kelowna

I’ve also made a few visits up to Kelowna in my time in the Okanagan. Catching up with friends and family is always nice, especially when it’s in a setting as stunning as Kelowna. Downtown Kelowna is always a great area to explore, and walking along the lake feels so peaceful.

Spirit Ridge in Osoyoos

All in all, I’m glad I have had the past couple of months to take in some of the best that the Okanagan has to offer before heading back to Vancouver. I’ll be moving back to Vancouver next week, and I have some very exciting things coming up soon that I can’t wait to share with you all. Until then, check out my Instagram and Facebook for all of the latest updates 🙂

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