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  • Wander into Winter at The Cove Lakeside Resort

    The Okanagan Valley is a top Canadian destination year-round due to its stunning nature, unbelievable snow peaks, mild climate and endless winter activities. At the heart of the valley, The Cove Lakeside Resort is the ideal place for your winter weekend getaway, staycation, or holidays away from home.

    At The Cove Lakeside Resort, we recognize the benefits of connecting with nature and taking a wellness getaway during the winter. Escape to The Cove with our exclusive Wander into Winter Packages. Book your stay and explore the winter wonderland of the Okanagan.

    We’ve compiled a list of the health benefits of getting outdoors this winter season that you can enjoy with your family and friends when you book at The Cove Lakeside Resort.

    The Benefits of Your Winter Getaway

    Leaving your routine for a quick change of scenery is the perfect way to recharge and return home feeling refreshed. Winter trips to The Cove are a great way to discover all the sights and activities the Okanagan has to offer.

    Whether you’re planning a quick weekend staycation or visiting the Okanagan from afar, getting out of your normal environment and routine offers incredible health benefits including reduced stress, increased energy and mood levels, and improved mental and physical health.

    Some other great ways to reduce stress and improve physical health are to book your treatments with Spa at The Cove and visit our on-site fitness center. The spa offers a range of treatments from facials, and body wraps to esthetic services and massage, all sure to be an incredible treat for your mind and body after a day in the snow. Our well-appointed fitness center features Precor equipment, free weights, an elliptical trainer and a treadmill, so you can still get your workout in even on vacation.

    The Cove Lakeside Resort in West Kelowna offers guests breathtaking views of the Okanagan Lake, luxurious one, two and three bedroom suites and tons of recreational opportunities.

    Wander into Winter with Telemark Nordic Club

    Winter is one of the Okanagan’s most gorgeous seasons. Take advantage of the stunning snow peaks, mild weather and endless outdoor winter activities when you retreat to The Cove this winter. Enjoy panoramic views from our luxurious rooms and the health benefits of a vacation away from home. Just fifteen minutes down the road you will find Telemark Nordic Club, one of the top destinations for high-level cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in Canada.

    Take advantage of extensive trails for all skill levels, including some pet-friendly trails, and enjoy the serene Okanagan Valley covered in a beautiful blanket of snow.

    Explore Okanagan Powder

    Take advantage of The Cove Lakeside Resort’s central location and close proximity to three amazing ski resorts, all within approximately a one hour drive.

    Big White Ski Resort is the second largest family ski resort in British Columbia with one of Canada's largest, modern lift systems. The mountain's amazing 2,765 acres of skiable terrain offers impeccably groomed runs suitable for downhill skiers of all abilities. Book your shuttle to the mountain from Cheers Okanagan tours for just $49 per person return, with pick up and drop off right from The Cove Lakeside Resort.

    Silver Star Mountain Resort, with its champagne powder and varied terrain attract every kind of skier to BC’s third largest ski area. The colourful mid-mountain village offers a true ski-in, ski-out access to the slopes, and Canada’s first all-inclusive lift ticket provides affordable, family-friendly fun for guests. With four distinct mountain faces and 132 runs, the progressive terrain is perfect for learning. For the more adventurous, the backside of the mountain is an uncrowded paradise of over 1,900 acres of steep and deep, black and double black diamond runs.

    Apex Mountain Resort is south of The Cove, just outside of Penticton. Apex receives the perfect mix of large amounts of precipitation, combined with low humidity and the dry champagne powder snow we’re famous for, is born! And because Apex Mountain Resort is the only mountain in the Okanagan that faces northeast, those beautiful powder snow crystals are less affected by the sun and the famous light, dry powder snow can survive for days after a snowfall. With an average of 600 cm of this special snow falling each season, Apex provides the moderate winter conditions and dry power snow craved by skiers and snowboarders alike.

    Sip Okanagan Wine

    Spend the day taking scenic photos of the snow covered mountains while sipping on delicious local wine for the ultimate winter experience. Enjoy the beauty and serenity of quiet tasting rooms in the winter season and book a wine tour with one of our preferred partners.

    Enjoy a chill and fun tour with Uncorked Wine Tours, to experience West Kelowna’s Westside Wine Trail or book with the Okanagan’s first wine tour operator, Okanagan Wine Country Tours, to experience Kelowna’s Lakeshore Wine Route.

    As you're planning your Okanagan wine tour, be sure to ask about ice wines and which wineries produce and sell it. Icewine is traditionally a unique sweet wine produced from the juice of naturally frozen grapes that are grown and picked in ideal winter conditions. It’s the perfect treat to pair with a charcuterie and cheese board from Bonfire Restaurant.

    Wander into Winter with Special Winter Packages at The Cove Lakeside Resort

    Wander into the winter with one of our special winter packages. It’s the perfect way to explore the gorgeous snow peaks and reap the benefits of the outdoors and a vacation away from home. Take advantage of one our winter packages today.

    Indulge in the Okanagan winter with accommodations in a cozy and luxurious suite and a day of adventure in the snow at Telemark Nordic Club. Wander Into Winter Packages include a one night stay, a gift of welcome hot chocolate and a Cove branded thermos, cross-country ski or snowshoe passes and rentals at Telemark for 2 adults, and a $25 credit per adult to Bonfire Restaurant.

    Ski-enthusiasts that have come to BC to discover Okanagan snow peaks, explore our Wander into Winter Packages and our central location to many winter activities. The opportunities to indulge yourself are endless throughout BC’s Okanagan snow peaks.

    Book your winter trip at The Cove Lakeside Resort for the most unforgettable winter escape and experiences.

  • Festive Season at The Cove

    Celebrate the festive season in style with The Cove Lakeside Resort in West Kelowna. Throughout the month of December, we will be hosting a number of holiday events, perfect to get into the holiday spirit!  

    Bonfire’s Boozy Brunch

    Join us on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm for our exclusive adult-only holiday boozy brunch at Bonfire Restaurant. Our menu features all your favourite breakfast foods that are as inspired as they are delicious!

    Don’t miss our delectable boozy brunch with everything from Classic Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon to Bourbon Peach French toast for $59 per adult, plus taxes and gratuities. We’ll also be featuring a selection of brunch-appropriate cocktails, wine and beer - because who doesn’t want a Caesar or Mimosa to wash down that heavenly hash? Or warm up with a special coffee!

    For more information or to book your reservation at Bonfire Restaurant, please call 250.707.1810.

    Selfies with Santa Fundraiser

    Your kids will absolutely love our 6th Annual Selfies with Santa Fundraiser on Saturday, December 15th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Bring the whole family, pets included, for family holiday photos in the lobby with Santa.

    Bring your camera and capture that special moment. Take your family photos (furry family members welcome) in our festive lobby! Christmas bake sales and raffle tickets will be available for a collection of amazing packages and baskets! Raffles prize tickets are available for purchase in the lobby from November 28 until December 22, 2018.

    Proceeds from the Selfies with Santa Fundraiser will assist The Cove Lakeside Resort in sponsoring families in the Central Okanagan Food Bank of West Kelowna. Cash only donations will be accepted for a visit with Santa.

    Festive Family Brunch

    On Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm, join us for our classic family-friendly holiday Festive Brunch! Bring the whole family and enjoy a delicious holiday brunch buffet with all your favourite classic breakfast foods and features such as an omelette station, beef carvery station, and seafood!

    For more information or to secure your reservation with Bonfire Restaurant, please call 250.707.1810. Our Festive Brunch is $36.95 per adult, $34.95 per seniors, $17.95 per child, plus taxes and gratuities. Children 5 and under eat free and reservations are required.

    Christmas Dinner at The Cove

    Relax this Christmas and let us take care of the cooking for your family and friends. Join us on Christmas Day for our delicious 3-course holiday dinner, which includes bubbly on arrival!

    Our 3 course Christmas Dinner is $47 per person, plus taxes and gratuities, children 5 and under eat free. We also have a turkey entrée only for just $29 per person, plus taxes and gratuities.

    For more information or to secure your reservation with Bonfire Restaurant, please call 250.707.1810. Reservations are required, and bookings are available from 4:00pm until 9:00pm.

    Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Cove

    Looking for great plans to ring in 2019? Make your New Year's Eve celebrations a night to remember and take the elevator home!

    Add on reservations for our New Year's Eve Celebrations to any overnight accommodations at The Cove for a memorable and fantastic start to the new year. New Year’s Eve celebrations include a delicious NYE inspired 4-course dinner, live jazz music from The Trevor Salloum Jazz Trio, NYE party favors, and of course, a local bubbly toast at midnight!

    $69.95 per adult plus taxes and gratuities, for dinner and celebrations only. Reservations are required, available from 6:00 pm. Call 250.707.1810 to book now!

    Our team at The Cove Lakeside Resort wants to make your holidays unforgettable. Elevate your holidays with The Cove Lakeside Resort this season when you book your stay and attend our many festive events.

  • Your Fall Corporate Retreat at The Cove Lakeside Resort

    The crisp, cool air and changing leaves throughout the Okanagan Valley makes fall one of the most breathtaking seasons. If you’re planning on attending or hosting an event in the Okanagan, The Cove Lakeside Resort offers the ideal setting for your corporate meeting, event or retreat.

    We offer a range of venues with beautiful surroundings that set us apart. Whether you’re planning a small business meeting or a series of large corporate events, we exceed expectations to ensure that every detail is perfect. In addition to tailored planning, we can arrange a variety of group activities for your event.

    Host Your Event with Stunning Views

    Each of our unique meeting and event venues looks out over gorgeous views of Okanagan lake, mountains and garden views. All function rooms offer natural lighting and complimentary Wi-Fi. State-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and support are available through our preferred supplier.

    We are passionate about producing memorable meeting and event experiences. We are exclusive and original, and we take meetings and events to the next level. Most importantly, we save you time and help you shine by offering you a virtual home office in the heart of the Okanagan.

    For events at our Resort, our team provides customized event planning services, including recommendations and referrals for décor companies that will transform any space into a warm and inviting atmosphere. Whether it's a corporate retreat, conference or team building session, your event is sure to be one you and your guests won't soon forget.

    A Gorgeous Fall Corporate Retreat

    The beautiful fall colours make The Cove Lakeside Resort a perfect setting for your next corporate meeting or retreat.

    When it comes to offsite events, we can arrange memorable Okanagan experiences that fully capture the essence of the Okanagan lifestyle. In addition to recommending and arranging quality transportation, we can design a range of group experiences, from wine tastings and private dinners to golfing, lake activities, cycling or hiking excursions, and corporate team building activities.

    Take advantage of the gorgeous local scenery including the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park, a 4 hectares working heritage farm. The park is a significant and unique site because of the heritage components as well as the recreational, archaeological, and educational values.

    Corporate Rewards Program

    Are you planning a corporate event or do you travel to the Okanagan regularly for work? Experience exceptional hospitality first hand with our special corporate rates and rewards program.

    We want to deliver unique, memorable guest experiences that keep guests returning year after year. We know that our truly personalized service is exactly what creates loyal guests.

    Individual Corporate Guests will receive:

    • Preferred corporate rates

    • Same day cancellation with no penalties, excluding summer

    • Complimentary upgrade to a Garden or Lake view suite at check-in, subject to availability

    • Complimentary breakfast and in-room bottled water

    Contact us directly to set up your corporate profile and start saving today.

    The Cove Lakeside Resort: Your Home Away From Home

    If you’ve recently sold your home, your home is undergoing renovations, you’re planning an extended getaway or you travel regularly for work, The Cove Lakeside Resort is the perfect home away from home. Enjoy all the amenities you need during your stay, whether for pleasure or business.

    Each of our rooms includes a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen, in-suite washer & dryer, complimentary high-speed internet access & local calls, complimentary secured underground parking, Telus optik TV with on-demand and an on-site fitness centre. Inquire about long-term stays and make The Cove your home for the winter.

    Our team at The Cove Lakeside Resort wants to make your meeting, corporate gathering, team building getaway or retreat the best trip imaginable. Contact us to plan a trip that makes you want to keep returning again and again to explore everything our great city and surrounding area has to offer.

  • Fall Wine Festival

    Join The Cove Lakeside Resort as we celebrate the Fall season and Okanagan wine with the 10 day Annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival. The Okanagan Valley is renowned for its world-class wine and picturesque vineyards.

    Discover an array of wines including crisp whites, rich reds, rosés, sparkling, and fruit wines, crafted and grown from local Okanagan soil. Wine Enthusiasts, if you’re attending events, make the most of your Okanagan Fall Wine Festival when you stay at The Cove Lakeside Resort.

    The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society

    The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society began in 1980 when Okanagan wine industry was just beginning. Since that time, the festival has matured and grown alongside the industry itself. Today, there are four seasonal festivals with over 100 events annually. The festivities also include two wine judging competitions - one of which is the oldest in the province.

    Fall in the Okanagan Valley

    Fall is an exceptional time to visit the Okanagan Valley; the array of changing colours paired with the great weather make for the perfect getaway. Our luxury resort is situated alongside Okanagan Lake, offering gorgeous panoramic views across the water and mountains.

    Spend your days taking picturesque photos while sipping on delicious local wine for the ultimate Fall experience.

    Westside Wine Trails

    West Kelowna is home to world-class vineyards, wines varietals and views of Okanagan Lake and the mountains. Locals and visitors boast their wine tour and tasting experiences exceed expectations. The Westside Wine Trails are rich with local winemakers, chefs, farmers and artisans.

    The unique soils are a mixture of clay, mineral deposits, glacial till, volcanic rock and large boulders along the Westside Wine Trail. This unique characteristic makes your wine experience absolutely unparalleled. Vineyards in the area are procured from Mt. Boucherie which is the remnant of an ancient volcano and a spectacular focal point in the community.

    Spend this Fall enjoying West Kelowna’s vibrant selection of local wines along the Westside Wine Trails. Experience wine from everything from world-class operations to family-run boutique vineyards.

    If discovering world-class wine or attending the Fall Wine Festival sounds appealing to you, the West Kelowna team at The Cove Lakeside Resort wants to make the most of your wine experience!

    Stay at Heart of Wine Country

    Keep it simple, experience the unforgettable 10 day Annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival when you stay at The Cove Lakeside Resort. We’re perfectly located at the centre of the events.

    In celebration of the only festival in North America to happen at the heart of wine country, we’re offering Fall Okanagan Wine Festival Special Rates. With so many events, we want to make it easy for you. Keep it simple, indulge in Okanagan wine and take advantage of our Fall Okanagan Wine Festival Special Rates, starting at $249 per night. Rates are available from September 27 - October 7, 2018.

    Make your Fall Wine Festival Unforgettable. Book your stay at The Cove Lakeside Resort; the heart of wine region.

  • Bonfire Restaurant: Farm to Table

    The Okanagan Valley is well known for its stunning nature, awe-inspiring mountains, incredible climate with rich soil and endless idyllic farmland. With so much local agriculture, our West Kelowna Resort is the perfect location for fresh, local, organic fruit, vegetables and herbs.

    It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that The Cove Lakeside Resort’s restaurant, Bonfire Restaurant, in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, carefully crafts delicious, high-quality dishes with fresh local ingredients.

    The Okanagan Valley: Farm to Table

    With so many quality farms, wineries and agriculture located throughout the Okanagan Valley, Bonfire Restaurant at the Cove Lakeside Resort is committed to using locally sourced food.

    The farm to table approach strives to create dishes using local products picked at the height of their freshness. Experience how our exquisite culinary team turns fresh, local products into delicious meals at our dynamic Farm to Table Restaurant.

    Local Favourites: From Codfather’s to Fester’s Peppers

    Purchasing locally grown food is ideal for the environment, the economy, and for our health.

    When we purchase and support local farmers and sellers, we ensure a sustainable market and more accessibility to fresh produce and agricultural products. That’s why we carefully select local vendors including Codfather’s and Fester’s Peppers.

    Codfathers Seafood Market is passionate about the ethical practices their suppliers work under when bringing in their catch and offers a wide selection of fresh Seafood, in peak condition, often day-boat caught. They encourage sustainable harvesting of Seafood products and top quality seafood.

    Fester’s Peppers is a local grower well known throughout the Valley for quality produce and natural flavours.

    Our efforts to work with local farmers helps create a sustainable food system for British Columbia. We are proud to provide our guests with sustainable, fresh local ingredients from farm to table.

    Bonfire Culinary Garden

    Providing and producing top quality dishes made with the most nutritious and fresh products is a top priority. We strive to create an environment in which we can consistently produce high-quality dishes for our guests with the culinary garden at Bonfire Restaurant in The Cove Lakeside Resort.

    West Kelowna’s Premiere Bonfire Restaurant

    Bonfire Restaurant offers guests breathtaking lakefront views, superb ambiance and extraordinary dining.

    Bonfire Restaurant’s signature dishes are carefully crafted with only the best locally produced and sourced ingredients. Our culinary team is passionate about continuously challenging culinary boundaries, experimenting with new flavours and refining traditional practices with only the freshest, locally produced ingredients.

    Dine in, indulge in the intimate lounge or on the stunning seasonal outdoor patio with panoramic views of Okanagan Lake while you enjoy exceptional dishes created and served to perfection.

    Bonfire Restaurant & Lounge is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Savour the flavours of the region. Pair your meal with local wines to truly capture the tastes of the beautiful wine and fresh local ingredients the Okanagan has to offer. Spend a weekend at The Cove Lakeside Resort and enjoy our delicious menu. 

    Contact The Cove Lakeside Resort for the ultimate and luxurious resort getaway and indulge in carefully crafted dishes made with only the best local produce at Bonfire Restaurant.

  • Wine Tasting in the Okanagan Valley

    Article re-posted from PostcardsByHannah:

    When you think of wine where do you think of? France? Italy? South Africa? I doubt Canada springs to mind, but hopefully that will change once you have read a little further.

    We knew when we were planning our Canada trip that it would be beautiful but hard work and very full on so we wanted to schedule some time in for relaxation, I knew from the first photo I found of the Okanagan Valley that this would be the perfect spot to sit down and put our feet up.

    The region boasts a sunny and dry climate, whilst we were there the sun shone and temperatures hovered between the mid to late 20’s. We chose to stay at The Cove Lakeside Resort, this family-friendly resort stretches down to the Okanagan Lake, offering gorgeous views across the water and the hills beyond.

    The resort is a full service, all-suite property meaning extremely spacious rooms and stunning lakeside views. We also had a large balcony which we enjoyed both evenings.

    We arrived around lunchtime on the Saturday and checked in, to maximise our time here we decided to visit a couple of local wineries to the resort in the afternoon. Whilst the Cove is situated on the lakeside, surrounded by stunning scenery, you are in a very convenient location to West Kelowna meaning you can head out to shops and restaurants easily.

    We visited Mission Hill and Quail’s Gate wineries, two very popular and picturesque spots around a 10/15 minutes drive away from where we were staying. It was a long weekend in Canada so you would have thought it would have all been extremely busy but it was pretty perfect! We were driving so we were here to admire the scenery, not the wine!

    We were tired so didn’t want to venture far for dinner, we ended up at Bonfire Restaurant which is part of the resort. This suited us perfectly as it was casual, delicious and offered lake views. I enjoyed a steak sandwich and chips, they won me over with the garlic mayo, I would 100% recommend dining here if you ever have the pleasure of staying.

    The next day we were picked up early from the hotel by Okanagan Country Wine Tours to commence the wine tour that we had arranged with Tripadvisor Attractions.

    Our guide was super friendly, as were the other people on the tour. This was a small group tour which suited us, meaning there were just 6 of us in total, offering flexibility over timings and where we visited. We managed to visit over 6 wineries, they really are dotted all over the countryside here.

    I would highly recommend taking a wine tour if you end up in this corner of the world, it means you can enjoy as much wine as you fancy without having to kill the budget on taxis to take you to and from each place.

    This day was one of my favourites on the whole trip, the sun was shining, each winery was beautiful, we met so many friendly people and we also ate great food (and drank great wine of course). The region is not on the direct route between the national parks and Vancouver so can often get overlooked by tourists, we came across many Canadians but not many British which we were surprised about. If you are considering a trip to British Columbia then this is definitely a destination not to be missed.

    PostcardsByHannah is run by Hannah, who also posts about her Britain travels on InstaBritain. Hannah has always worked in the travel industry and is now a travel blogger and instagrammer.

    If you would like to book your own holiday at The Cove Lakeside Resort and take advantage of our special offers, please click here.

  • Summer Activities at The Cove Lakeside Resort

    West Kelowna is home to stunning weather and breathtaking views making it the ideal destination for your next vacation.

    The Cove Lakeside Resort is a luxury all-suite resort featuring 120 elegantly decorated one, two and three-bedroom suites, indulgent treatments at the Spa at the Cove, a private lakefront beach, two outdoor pools and a private marina.

    With so many recreational activities for the whole family to enjoy, our premier lakeside resort will provide you with endless enjoyment during your stay. We’ve compiled a list of recreational activities for you and your family to enjoy when you book your next vacation at The Cove Lakeside Resort.

    The Cove Lakeside Resort’s Private Marina: LakeSurf Okanagan

    With a stunning waterfront setting and dramatic views of Okanagan Lake, it’s the perfect location for adrenaline pumping high-speed watersports or a leisurely day on the water. Operating from our private marina, LakeSurf Okanagan has a variety of watersports to choose from including sport boats, pontoon boats, waverunners, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and water toys.

    All power boat rentals are fully fueled and equipped and include Coast Guard approved safety equipment and life jackets. All you need to do is turn the key and enjoy! No matter what you choose, we’re sure your experience will be an unforgettable one.

    Enjoy a special offer on waverunner rentals until the end of August! Buy one hour and receive the 2nd hour at 50% off.

    Kidz Klub

    Summer is the best time to spend time with your family and create lasting childhood memories for your little ones.

    Our Kidz Klub is the perfect place for your children to make lasting memories and enjoy various activities including tie-dye workshops, summer souvenirs, wizard workshops and more!

    Our family-friendly resort invites your children ages 5-12 to join our Kidz Klub this summer! Pre-register at the front desk 24 hours prior to an activity. Visit Kidz Klub directly for last-minute sign-ups. Prices vary depending on the activity.

    Pools With Lakefront Views

    If finding a resort with an incredible pool to soak up the sun poolside or make a splash in is at the top of your priority list when choosing the best resort for your summer getaway, then The Cove Lakeside Resort is your ideal vacation destination.

    Lounge by the lakefront pool or make a splash with the kiddies in the adjacent pool and waterslide. Pools are open seasonally, starting on the May Long Weekend through to Thanksgiving. The resort also offers two hot tubs, one of which overlooks Gellatly Gardens and is open year round.

    Endless Recreational Activities: Putting Greens

    Whether you’re feeling rusty or you want to practice your swing before your tee time, grab your putter and hone your putting stroke on our lakeside putting green. Improve your skills, have fun doing it and enjoy the stunning views. You can compete with yourself, or spend time on the putting green having fun with your friends.

    Sports: Tennis & Basketball Courts

    With splendid views of the mountains, our tennis courts and basketball court offer a one-of-a-kind setting for a little friendly competition. Strike up a game of tennis or basketball before cooling off poolside.

    Fire Pits and BBQ Grills

    Open seasonally, our three gas fire pits and four large BBQ areas are perfect for unwinding with family and friends.

    Enjoy the peace and relaxing ambiance at The Cove Lakeside Resort during your next vacation. You’ll never run out of things do both at and around the Resort.

    Book your summer getaway at The Cove Lakeside Resort and take advantage of West Kelowna’s premier lakeside resort.

  • Wine Tours in West Kelowna

    West Kelowna is home to stunning vineyards, world-class wine and extraordinary views of Okanagan Lake and surrounding mountains. Locals and visitors often boast about unparalleled wine tours and wine tasting experiences.

    If discovering world-class wine sounds appealing to you, the West Kelowna team at The Cove Lakeside Resort has some suggestions to ensure you make the most of your wine experience!

    Westside Wine Trail

    The Okanagan Valley is renowned for being an outstanding grape growing region filled with local winemakers, chefs, farmers and artisans. The sun-drenched valley offers world-class vineyards and a vibrant selection of local wines. Spend a day enjoying West Kelowna’s Wine Trails and experience exceptional wine from world-class operations to family-run boutique vineyards.

    The wineries along the Westside Wine Trail benefit from rich, unique soils that are a mixture of clay, mineral deposits, glacial till, volcanic rock and large boulders. Vineyards in the area are procured from Mt. Boucherie which is the remnant of an ancient volcano and a spectacular focal point in the community.

    The grape varieties that are planted in the region include Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Auxerrois, Chasselas, Chenin Blanc, Zweigelt, Maréchal Foch, Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Cabernet Franc, Lemberger, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Optima.

    Wine Tour Companies in West Kelowna

    The Westside Wine Trail is a wine touring destination. The best way to truly experience West Kelowna’s abundance of wine and vineyards is by booking a reputable wine touring company. Each wine touring company offers a unique experience that aims to create a memorable wine experience. Here are a few companies we recommend to make the most of your wine tasting tour.  

          Okanagan Wine Country Tours

    Okanagan Wine Country Tours is dedicated to offering unforgettable wine tours in West Kelowna and throughout the wine region. They offer a knowledgeable, professional and friendly experience that makes for an exceptional wine tasting experience.

    Their Sampler Tour West Kelowna is a great introduction to the Westside Wine Trail. With Okanagan Wine Country Tours, you will explore three world-class wineries along the Westside Wine Trail including Quails Gate Estate winery and soak in the scenic region.

          Uncorked Okanagan

    Uncorked Okanagan Wine Tours offers a selection of scenic and iconic wine tours to ensure guests experience the best of the Westside Wine Trail wineries and beyond.

    Discover Canada’s world-renowned wine region with this exceptional wine tour company. Take a journey through some of the Okanagan’s best wine tours where you will explore hidden gems, boutique wineries, and some of the most awe-inspiring scenery West Kelowna has to offer.

    If you’re visiting the Okanagan Valley, book with The Cove Lakeside Resort and take advantage of the Westside Wine trails or our Discover Okanagan Wine accommodation packages. A day spent at any of these wineries is certain to leave a lasting memory.

  • The Cove Lakeside Resort Takes Home Medals in Best of Kelowna 2018

    The Cove Lakeside Resort has been named a silver winner for the Best Spa Resort in the Okanagan, a bronze winner for the Best Hotel/Resort and a bronze winner for the Best Spa Within the Central Okanagan for Spa at The Cove in the Best of Kelowna 2018 Awards. The Cove Lakeside Resort was also a runner-up for Best Wedding Venue and the Spa at The Cove for Best Manicure or Pedicure.

    “[Best of Kelowna 2018] received hundreds of thousands of votes into this year’s competition and it’s amazing to see people throw their support behind their favourite businesses, places, people and more. They can be your guide to some of Kelowna’s favourite spots and things that you can try for yourself over the next year. Who knows, you may find your new favourite Kelowna hotspot through the Best of Kelowna results!”

    The annual Best of Kelowna awards program, focusing on companies based or operating in the Kelowna area, is nominated and voted on by the general public and Kelowna locals on their favorites in various categories. Categories for the Best of Kelowna awards include Arts & Entertainment, Health, Beauty & Style, Digital, Local Goodness, Sports, Wining & Dining, and Other Goods and Services. The resort is located in West Kelowna, which was the gold winner for Best Community. The Cove is honored to be recognized in these awards and thanks everyone for all of their nominations and votes in various categories.

    For a full list of gold, silver and bronze winners in the Best of Kelowna 2018 Awards, visit: bestof.kelownanow.com

  • Benefits of a Yoga Retreat at Your Kelowna Resort

    Taking a break from daily stressors to attend a yoga retreat is an exceptional way to rejuvenate your body and practice mindfulness. At The Cove Lakeside Resort, we recognize how beneficial practicing yoga is for our guests. Attending a yoga retreat at our resort will offer a transformational vacation unlike any other!   

    Our Kelowna team has carefully crafted yoga-retreat packages that vary from 4, 5 or 7 days as well as optional drop-in sessions throughout the summer. Our ultimate Yoga Retreat sessions will be held on the shores of Okanagan Lake for a uniquely stunning and relaxing retreat experience.

    Here are 3 reasons why a yoga retreat at The Cove Kelowna resort will be the most beneficial getaway you take this summer.

    • Physical Wellness & Health

    • Mental Wellness

    • Connection With Nature

    Physical Wellness & Health

    Yoga is one of the oldest and most practiced forms of physical activity. It is believed to have originated in India during the Golden Age, nearly 26,000 years ago. The purpose is to find peace within yourself by focusing on the union between self and spirit. When you tap into your inner peace, you will benefit from a myriad of physical advantages.

    Practicing yoga regularly increases your health and body awareness. Additionally, yoga will increase your flexibility, strength, stamina, relaxation and balance. It also has the ability to reduce stress and joint pain, therefore contributing to your overall health.

    Mental Wellness

    Yoga also has exceptional benefits for your mental wellbeing. Yoga gives you space to detox digitally, which will promote a positive mental state.

    By focusing on your mental wellbeing through calming and mindful practices, you can recharge and cleanse any negative patterns that are affecting your demeanor and mood. Silence is one of the most effective medicines in the fight against stress. By the end of your yoga retreat, you will have the resources and inspiration to bring your yoga practice into your daily life for a more mindful and profound daily existence.  

    Connection With Nature

    Studies have found that practicing yoga in an outdoor environment is an excellent way to maximize the benefits of your yoga practice.

    Fresh air heightens our spacial awareness and replenishes energy levels. Furthermore, viewing the beautiful mountains, lakefront views and natural scenery releases endorphins that will improve your overall health. The beautiful lakefront views at The Cove will melt your stress away and take your yoga practice to the next level!

    Kelowna Resort with Lakefront Views

    Join us on the shores of Okanagan Lake for a drop-in session, 4, 5 or 7-day retreat! Each week a guest instructor will share their knowledge and passion in an Ashtanga inspired week that will challenge your body, spirit and mind.

    Yoga at The Cove is a time for rest, relaxation and mindful yoga in the heart of wine country! Individual drop-in sessions, $15 per class, 4-5 days of unlimited yoga sessions, $99 and 7-days of unlimited yoga sessions, $175.

    This year's dates and instructors are as follows:

    • June 12 - 19: Jelena Vesic & David Robson
    • Aug 2 - 9: Mel James  
    • Aug 11 - 15: Angela Plaquin  
    • August 16 - 23: Brandon Jacobs and Heather Grazley
    • Aug 23 - 30: Geoff MacKenzie  

    Contact Norma Lachance to book your yoga, wipcoaching@gmail.com.

    Call The Cove Lakeside Resort at 250.707.1800 for accommodation bookings and inquiries.

  • The Cove Lakeside Resort Earns 2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

    West Kelowna, BC – May 25, 2018 The Cove Lakeside Resort today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its eighth year, the achievement celebrates businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, restaurants and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. 

     

    “TripAdvisor is excited to announce the recipients of the 2018 Certificate of Excellence, which celebrates businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition allows us to publicly honour businesses that are actively engaging with customers and using feedback to help travellers identify and confidently book the perfect trip.”

     

    The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

     

    About The Cove Lakeside Resort

    The Cove Lakeside Resort is a luxury all-suite resort featuring 120 elegantly decorated one, two and three bedroom suites, indulgent treatments at the Spa at the Cove, a private lakefront beach, two seasonal outdoor pools and a private marina. With a peaceful waterfront setting and dramatic views of Okanagan Lake, they are a place where the beauty and solitude of nature are just 20 minutes from the shops and restaurants of downtown Kelowna. While their surroundings are known for their breathtaking views and recreational opportunities; unparalleled guest service and boutique style hospitality are the heart of The Cove experience. Whether you’re visiting for a family vacation, romantic getawaywedding celebration or corporate gathering, you will feel truly at home away from it all.

    About TripAdvisor
    TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site*, enables travellers to unleash the full potential of every trip. With over 600 million reviews and opinions covering the world's largest selection of worldwide travel listings – approximately 7.5 million accommodations, airlines, attractions and restaurants – TripAdvisor provides travellers with the wisdom of the crowds to help them decide where to stay, how to fly, what to do and where to eat. TripAdvisor also compares prices from more than 200 hotel booking sites so travellers can find the lowest price on the hotel that's right for them. TripAdvisor-branded sites are available in 49 markets, and are home to the world's largest travel community of 455 million average monthly unique visitors**, all looking to get the most out of every trip. TripAdvisor: Know better. Book better. Go better.

    * Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, November 2017
    ** Source: TripAdvisor log files, average monthly unique visitors, Q3 2017

    FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT: 

    Leasa Kennedy, Director of Sales & Marketing, The Cove Lakeside Resort, 250-707-1830, leasa@thecovekelowna.com

  • Rejuvenate & Benefit From a Relaxing Weekend Getaway

    We all need a break from our busy lives to rejuvenate. A change of scenery, even for just a few days, can do wonders for you mentally, emotionally and physically. Taking regular weekend getaways gives you something to look forward, and helps you feel more refreshed and focused the following week.   

    The Cove Lakeside Resort in West Kelowna is the ideal place for a relaxing weekend getaway. Soak up the sun, pamper yourself at the spa, or enjoy the natural beauty the Okanagan Valley has to offer guests. We offer exceptional getaway packages that are perfect for a romantic escape or girls weekend so you can return to your life feeling more refreshed.

    Change of Scenery and Routine Boosts Your Health

    Rather than spending every weekend at home dreading the work week ahead, leaving your routine for a quick change of scenery is the perfect way to recharge and return home feeling refreshed. Shorter trips are an affordable way to travel locally and discover all the sights and activities it has to offer. Plus they require less packing, less travel time, and more time actually enjoying your destination!

    Above all, these quick weekend getaways offer incredible health benefits including reduced stress, increased energy and mood levels, and improved mental and physical health.

    The Cove Lakeside Resort in West Kelowna offer guests breathtaking views of the Okanagan Lake, luxurious one, two and three bedroom suites and tons of recreational opportunities. West Kelowna is also the ideal place for taking day trips if you’re looking to see more of the Okanagan Valley.

    Planning Frequent Getaways Improves Your Overall Wellness

    Studies show people who take frequent weekend getaways tend to be happier, calmer, and more energized than those who rarely take time off. By the end of your weekend getaway at The Cove Lakeside Resort, we promise you will see how just a few days away will drastically improve your energy, mood and health!

    According to research, the best thing you can do for your health is to block off your vacation days for the entire year. It gives you something to look forward, gives you a break from the stresses of your daily life and helps buffer future stressors.

    There are endless recreational and relaxation opportunities at The Cove Lakeside Resort that can’t be matched. Indulge in world class wine at local vineyards, discover the stunning views of the Okanagan Lake while hiking or biking, or spend a day golfing at Two Eagles Golf Course, Shannon Lake Golf Club, or one of Kelowna’s many other prestigious golf courses.

    Indulge and Pamper for the Ultimate Weekend Getaway  

    Pampering yourself and focusing on your wellness is an ideal way to spend a weekend. Our Girls Getaway Package is the quintessential way to spoil yourself and enjoy some rest and relaxation while spending quality time with your friends.

    The Spa at The Cove, a lakeside Aveda Spa, located in The Cove Lakeside Resort, believes that if we soothe the spirit, beauty will follow. They are committed to creating a quiet refuge in a world full of stressful demands on your body and time. The spa team is dedicated to providing guests with exceptional services and a peaceful, elegant and calming atmosphere for the ultimate rejuvenating experience.

    We want to make your weekend getaway the best trip imaginable. We want our guests to leave feeling rejuvenated and excited to keep returning again and again to explore everything our great city and surrounding area has to offer.


    Call us today at 250.707.1800 to book your Weekend or Girls Getaway at the Cove Lakeside Resort for the most outstanding weekend escape.

  • The Cove Lakeside Resort & Vintage Hospitality Announce Partnership to Enhance Resort Offerings and Restaurant

    The Cove Lakeside Resort & Vintage Hospitality recently announced their new partnership to enhance the West Kelowna Resort’s offerings and bring a fresh take on Bonfire Restaurant. The two companies will join forces to deliver new product and service updates to benefit both the local West Kelowna community and the many great outside companies and associations that frequent The Cove throughout the year.

     

    Vintage Hospitality is a unique hospitality provider located in Penticton, BC and operating within the Okanagan Valley - Canada's fastest growing wine region. Vintage specializes in partnering with quality businesses to identify their food service needs and to plan & execute solutions to enhance the overall experience within their properties. They currently operate six distinctive food service concepts, with Bonfire Restaurant at The Cove Lakeside Resort being their newest addition.

     

    The Cove Lakeside Resort is a luxury all-suite resort featuring 120 elegantly decorated one, two and three bedroom suites, indulgent treatments at the Spa at the Cove, a private lakefront beach, two seasonal outdoor pools and a private marina. With a peaceful waterfront setting and dramatic views of Okanagan Lake, they are a place where the beauty and solitude of nature are just 20 minutes from the shops and restaurants of downtown Kelowna. While their surroundings are known for their breathtaking views and recreational opportunities; unparalleled guest service and boutique style hospitality are the heart of The Cove experience. Whether you’re visiting for a family vacation, romantic getawaywedding celebration or corporate gathering, you will feel truly at home away from it all.

     

    Together the two will bring a mix of exquisite wines, amazing menus, welcoming atmospheres, and the best culinary team to make Bonfire Restaurant the top dining location in West Kelowna for both locals and visitors alike.

     

    For media inquiries please contact

    Leasa Kennedy, Director of Sales & Marketing, The Cove Lakeside Resort, 250-707-1830, leasa@thecovekelowna.com

  • Best Day Trips from The Cove Lakeside Resort in West Kelowna

    If you’re looking to explore the stunning scenery of British Columbia and the Okanagan Valley, then West Kelowna is the ideal place to start.

    Centrally located, there are endless opportunities for incredible road trips in any direction. For a day of adventure, pack your hiking boots, swimsuit, bicycle or kayak. If you’d rather enjoy a leisurely day trip, then bring your appetite for delicious Okanagan wine and food. No matter what you’re looking for, the Okanagan Valley has something for everyone! Here are The Cove Lakeside Resort’s top 5 day trip suggestions.

    1. Summerland
    2. Penticton
    3. Osoyoos
    4. Enderby Float
    5. Okanagan Valley Wine Tours

    Summerland: The Heart of the Okanagan Valley

    Summerland is nestled in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. The short 30 minute drive from West Kelowna offers gorgeous views of the Okanagan Lake, spectacular orchards, vineyards, sun-drenched beaches, wilderness trails for biking and hiking, and world-class golf courses.

    The Downtown core of Summerland is a quaint town that embodies a true sense of community and small town vibe. It features charming boutiques, delicious local restaurants, as well as several opportunities to explore the rich historical and cultural heritage.

    Penticton: The Okanagan Summer Resort Town

    Penticton is less than an hour south of West Kelowna - just 45 minutes from our resort! It is located between Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake and surrounded by stunning mountain views. This long-established summer resort town is known as a summer hot spot and the centre of the burgeoning Okanagan wine industry.

    Vacationers looking for adventure flock to Penticton for swimming, boating, windsurfing, kiteboarding, hiking, cycling  golfing and rock climbing. Others visit Penticton to take advantage of the world-class wine tasting and dining, to visit galleries and museums and to take in the symphony, plays and concerts.

    Osoyoos: Canada’s Outback

    From Penticton, Osoyoos is less than an hour drive. The drive itself offers absolutely stunning views of the mountains and gorgeous lakes. Along the way, take advantage of the endless wineries, orchards and fruit stands.

    Once you’ve arrived in Osoyoos, you will immediately see why it is one of Canada’s top destinations for soaking in the sun. Visit the Osoyoos Desert Centre, a 67-acre nature interpretive park that includes a 1.5-km elevated boardwalk where you can look out for rattlesnakes, coyotes and black widow spiders.


    There are tons of outdoor opportunities, from trekking through desert trails, swimming in Canada’s warmest lake, golfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, fishing, cycling and more! Once you’re adventured-out, spend some time exploring the charming boutiques, spas and restaurants in downtown Osoyoos.

    Enderby River Float

    Tube floating down the Shuswap River is one of the most popular activities in Enderby. The Shuswap River is a salmon spawning ground that runs between Mable Lake and Enderby.

    There are a few different routes depending on how adventurous you’re feeling or how long you’d like to spend on the water. It is the ideal place to spend a morning or afternoon.

    As the weather warms up, locals and visitors can enjoy a leisurely float or more adventurous ride down the Shuswap River while taking in the stunning views.

    Okanagan Valley Wine Tours

    The Okanagan Valley is renowned for its world-class wine and picturesque vineyards. Authentic and unforgettable wine tours are at the heart of the Okanagan Valley experience.

    For wine enthusiasts that have come to BC to discover Okanagan wine, explore our Discover Wine Package. The opportunities to indulge yourself are endless throughout BC’s Okanagan wine region. Guided wine tours with well established tours, such as Distinctly Kelowna Tours or Okanagan Wine Country Tours, are the perfect way to indulge yourself in the finest wines.

    Book your Okanagan Valley getaway at The Cove Lakeside Resort for the most unforgettable day trip and experiences.

  • The Cove Lakeside Resort & WestCabs Announce Partnership to Bring a New Level of Luxury Travel to the Okanagan

    West Kelowna, BC, March 8, 2018 - The Cove Lakeside Resort & WestCabs recently announced their new partnership to enhance the West Kelowna Resort’s offerings and bring a luxurious transport mode that’s entirely different from traditional cabs and airport shuttles. The two companies will collaborate to offer a wider range of service offerings for both the local community and the many visitors that frequent both West Kelowna and The Cove every year. The unique partnership will deliver a valuable and indulgent full-service experience to its guests.

    WestCabs offers high-end transportation services to accommodate the needs of its customers. Whether in a hurry to get to the airport, going wine tasting, or spending the evening enjoying Kelowna's nightlife, WestCabs offers luxury service for the same price as a regular taxi. They also offer city-to-city transportation throughout the Okanagan, from Peachland, West Kelowna and Kelowna to Lake Country and Oyama. Experience affordable and personalized service at its best.

    The Cove Lakeside is a full-service luxury resort situated on the shores of Lake Okanagan, minutes from the award winning Mission Hill and Quails Gate wineries and plenty of other local wineries along the Westside Wine Trail. Just a short drive away you’ll find shopping experiences, golf courses and variety of outdoor pursuits including hiking trails, watersports, paintball, ziplining and more. The resort’s Bonfire Restaurant and Bonfire Culinary Team recently introduced Vintage Hospitality as a partner as they continue to be a popular local spot and offer great farm-to-table  meals.

    Together these two will bring a new era of luxury travel and vacation to West Kelowna and the Okanagan for both locals and visitors alike.

    For media inquiries please contact

    Leasa Kennedy, Director of Sales & Marketing, The Cove Lakeside Resort, 250-707-1830, leasa@thecovekelowna.com

  • The Ideal Romantic Getaway in West Kelowna

    The month of February ignites a sense of romance in us all. With Valentine’s Day at the heart of the month, we’re surrounded by romantic gestures and gifts from gorgeous flower bouquets and heart shaped candy to adorning cards and affectionate couples.

    The Cove Lakeside Resort has experienced its share of romantic couples and recognizes the importance of sharing quality time with your loved one. This February we’re celebrating love with our Room for Romance special offer.

    For more romance, our special one night Valentine's Day Romance Package is sure to impress your significant other.

    This exclusive one night offer includes a nights stay in one of our luxurious one bedroom suites on the night of February 14, 2018, a bottle of red or white wine in your suite upon arrival, a romantic 3-Course Valentine's Dinner with bubbly, $50 credit to Bonfire Restaurant, turndown service and complimentary late check-out.

    Luxurious Suites for Romantic Nights

    It’s the perfect time to cozy up with your partner by a warm fire, indulge in lavish couples spa treatments, or relax in the hot tub with a glass of local Okanagan wine while enjoying breathtaking mountain views.

    Our luxurious mountain view suites offer the ideal place to cozy up and spend much needed quality time. The most romantic gift you can give your partner is one-on-one time away from the regular stresses of day to day life. We’ve made it that much easier and that much more memorable with our Valentine’s Day special.   

    Winter Wonderland Adventures in West Kelowna

    If your ideal romantic getaway includes spending time together in the snowy winter wonderland, then West Kelowna has incredible outdoor activities and scenery to make for a memorable vacation.

    British Columbia’s stunning snow covered panoramic mountain peaks is one of the most romantic sights in the world. Enjoy the views while snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowboarding or skiing down snowy mountains.

    Wine and Dine with the Okanagan Valley’s Finest Wines

    The Okanagan Valley is renowned for world class wines. The Cove is perfectly located near a number of exceptional local wineries including the Westside Wine Trail, Quails Gate Winery and The Hatch.

    Our in house Bonfire Restaurant carries a wide selection of local wines that pair perfectly with our chef’s delectable dishes. Perfect for the 3 course romantic sit down dinner included in the Valentine’s Day Romance Package.

    February is undoubtedly one of the most romantic times of year and a wonderful time to shower your loved one with affection. We are dedicated to making it the most special time of year for you and your loved one.

    Enjoy an array of gifts, lovingly handpicked by our team for the perfect night away with that special someone. Our package includes a complimentary late-check out so you can sleep in and stay in bed even longer; enjoy breakfast in bed with your Bonfire Restaurant credits.

    Book a romantic getaway at The Cove this Valentine’s Day with our Valentine's Day Romance Package for the most romantic night to remember.

  • Top 5 Reasons Winter Weddings in Kelowna are the Best

    Kelowna is renowned for being a summer destination because of its stunning nature and gorgeous weather. It’s no secret that summer in Kelowna is a highly sought after time to tie the knot.

    The Cove Lakeside Resort has seen its share of stunning weddings, but what you might not realize is that a cozy winter wedding can be just as enchanting.

    While most Canadian cities experience harsh winter conditions, Kelowna experiences mild weather and stunning views of pristine snowy mountain tops. The stunning views from The Cove Lakeside Resort make it an ideal venue for a winter wedding.

    Winter weddings are becoming more popular, and it’s no surprise. Here are our top 5 reasons why Kelowna is the best winter wedding destination.

    1. Venue Availability  

    2. Flawless Look & Fashion

    3. Winter Seasonal Decor & Colours

    4. Kelowna’s Stunning Views

    5. Comfort Foods and Local Okanagan Wineries

    1. Venue Availability & Better Rates

    Summers are always booked well in advance throughout Kelowna and at The Cove Lakeside Resort. Competition for venues, accommodations, and guests availability is in high demand.

    A winter wedding is a refreshing change for everyone involved, and can be a wonderful way to highlight the holidays.

    Take advantage of better rates, and venue availability. If Kelowna is the winter wonderland you’ve been dreaming of, contact The Cove to discuss wedding plans today.

    2. Flawless Look & Fashion

    During the winter season, you can add layers and choose thicker fabrics to combat the cold, but in during the summer, you risk being overheated. Outdoor winter wedding photos are absolutely flawless if hot and sweaty wedding pictures are a concern.

    Winter fashion and gowns can be glamorous. Wear long sleeves, or a strapless gown and accessorize with an embroidered coat, faux fur, or upper arm gloves. Get inspired by these Winter Wedding Gowns.

    For the groom and groomsmen, it’s far more ideal weather for formal tuxes than the hotter months.

    3. Winter Seasonal Decor & Colours

    Winter weddings are unique, and give the wedding party more room to experiment with colour palettes, decor and theme.

    The neutrality of the winter months complements a variety of shades from rustic to glamorous, so any colour will look flawless against winter foliage and make your wedding stand out.

    4. Kelowna’s Stunning Views & Winter Activities

    When Kelowna’s mountains are covered in snow, they’re absolutely stunning, and make for gorgeous wedding photos.

    After the wedding, take advantage of Kelowna’s winter activities and enjoy a winter wonderland for your honeymoon.

    Ski, ice skate, curl, snowshoe, or just snuggle up around a glowing fireplace. The Cove Lakeside Resort is the perfect location for exploring everything the Okanagan has to offer.

    5. Comfort Foods and Local Okanagan Wineries

    Winter comfort foods are one of the best things about winter, so just imagine the delicious and endless array of dishes that you could serve at your wedding.

    The Cove’s restaurant, Bonfire Restaurant & Bar, can bring your winter wedding alive with extraordinary culinary dishes.

    Okanagan wineries produce world class wines. There’s even delicious ice wine in the winter months, which would be perfect for your winter wedding.

    Take a look at these Breathtaking Winter Weddings that’ll inspire you to start planning your wedding winter.

    Contact The Cove Lakeside Resort to discuss venue bookings, wedding plans and accommodations for your winter wonderland wedding.


  • Holidays at The Cove


    December is finally here and The Cove is fully embracing the seasonal spirit! If you are planning a stay with us later this month or live nearby, you won’t want to miss:

    Selfies with Santa

    (December 16th, 2-6PM)

    Join us for our annual tradition of pictures with Santa December 16th. We will be accepting cash donations for the opportunity for your children and pets to take a picture with Santa Claus, which will help support the Westside Community Foodbank. There will also be a Christmas bake sale and raffle tickets for sale, which gives you access to an amazing collection of gifts and packages.

    If you are visiting us for a picture with Santa on the 16th, ensure you stop next door at Gellatly Nut Farm for “Winter Magic”! The regional park with be lit up on the 16th and 17th to celebrate the season, with tables set up to make indigenous style decorations and ornaments. There will be tree decorating, hot chocolate and refreshments for your family to enjoy as you soak in the beauty of the Christmas lights.

    Bring your family, children and friends and take capture a memory that will last a lifetime!



    Holiday Stay and Dine

    This holiday season we are also offering a “stay and dine” package, which makes planning a West Kelowna winter getaway a no brainer! For only $129, you gain access to a premium, one bedroom suite and a delicious 3 course meal at Bonfire Restaurant. After a long day of Christmas shopping or if you are visiting family in town, the Stay and Dine package is the perfect way to treat yourself to a night or two of indulgence and relaxation.

    Christmas Day Takeaway Turkeys

    What are the holidays really about? Sharing time with family, exchanging presents and stories. Unfortunately for many, the day of Christmas is about cooking and baking all day long. Let our team take care of the cooking on the big day and treat your friends and family to Take Away turkeys, available in quarter, half or whole bird options. Our turkey comes with traditional fixings and is prepared by the talented team at Bonfire who ensure all of the ingredients are locally sourced for your families health. $35 per person gets you everything you need for Christmas dinner and leaves you free to spend the day celebrating!



    Christmas Festive Dinner in Bonfire

    Bonfire Restaurant will be open Christmas day for a festive buffet with all your favourite holiday dishes. Bring your family and leave the cooking to us! Only $48 per person, plus applicable fees and gratuities.



    New Year’s Eve Bonfire Blues Bash

    Looking to dance the night away as the clock strikes midnight this New Years? The Cove & Bonfire Restaurant is offering a New Year to remember, a 5 course dinner with wine,live entertainment from Swamp Honey Blues Band, New Years party favours and of course a glass of welcome bubbly to ring in the year! This magical night only costs $139.00. Make a night of it and take the elevator home!

    Don’t spend December 31st sitting at home bored on the couch, enjoy the rhythm of blues and get excited about a brand New Year with friends, family and a full dance floor that's partying the night away alongside you! Don’t forget to let us know you’re coming on Facebook!

    Whether you are looking to celebrate, dance, rest or dine, we have a holiday treat just for you! If you are interested in attending any of our events, please call 250-707-1800 for more information or to confirm your reservation.

    All event pricing listed above does not include any taxes or gratuities.




  • West Kelowna in the Winter- 6 Activities you Don’t Want to Miss out on!

    Winter is finally here in the Okanagan!

    We absolutely love our sun filled summers here at The Cove, but the colder months bring so many snow inspired activities in West Kelowna that we can’t help but get excited at the sight of white flakes falling from the sky! Considering visiting us this winter? Here are six activities you should incorporate into your trip!



    1.Sip and Savour Some Ice Wine

    West Kelowna is home to the best Chardonnay Ice Wine in the world! Kalala Organic Estates Winery placed first out of 300 entries in 2016 to take home the top award. West Kelowna is home to many other wineries that also offer icewine for you to sample. We recommend stopping by Volcanic Hills Estates, Grizzli Estates, and Quails Gate.

    Fun Fact: Ice wine was invented in Canada!

    2. Immerse Yourself in Nature with Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing

    Just fifteen minutes down the road you will find Telemark Nordic Club, one of the top destinations for high level cross country skiing and snowshoeing in Canada. With extensive trails for all skill levels, and even some pet-friendly trails! and rental equipment available, a trip to Telemark is a great way to enjoy the Okanagan Valley covered in a beautiful blanket of snow without braving a black diamond ski run.



    3.Find an Adrenaline Rush with Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

    For those who are looking to ski on a steeper slope, The Cove sits directly between two world class downhill options. If you drove north east, you would find yourself at Big White Ski Resort in about an hour and fifteen minutes. If you headed to the south of the Cove, you would be at Apex Mountain Resort with fresh powder as far as the eye can see. After a long day of skiing or boarding you can return to the Cove to warm up over a locally sourced dinner at Bonfire!



    4.Ice Fishing, Skating and Pond Hockey!

    Ten minutes down the road you will find Shannon Lake, a small body of water that offers big time adventure. Look to catch dinner by dropping a line down a hole in search of a rainbow trout, or join the on ice activities and show off your pond hockey skills. If there is no clear ice at Shannon Lake, you can always head over to Jim Lind Arena for a public skate.



    5. Channel Your Inner Chef Ramsey with a Culinary Class

    West Kelowna is home to Mission Hill, a winery restaurant that is hailed as one of the best outdoor dining experiences in Canada. In the winter, their restaurant is closed, however they do offer culinary workshops all season long. Discover a deeper passion for food and wine as you learn the techniques and ingredients the Mission Hill chef’s use to create world-class, fine dining dishes.



    6. Cheer for the Home Team at a Warriors Game!

    West Kelowna is home to the Warriors, our local BCHL team. Watch future NHL stars show off their skills and join the crowd in cheering them on. Even though some of the players are highly talented (Stevenson recently invited to Team Canada camp), the ticket prices at the junior A level are still extremely affordable. Gather your friends and family and treat yourself with a bag of popcorn or a hotdog- just don’t spill any when you jump out of your seat!

    Excited to plan your trip yet? Reach out to our team today to take advantage of our “Cozy up at the Cove”  this winter. This package which includes:

    • A romantic one night stay in a luxurious one bedroom suite
    • $50 per person credit for Bonfire Restaurant & Lounge or room service
    • $50 per person credit for The Spa at The Cove
    • A welcome bottle of Quails' Gate Wine
    • A Cove Lakeside Resort snack basket

    *Package price starting from $175.00 per person plus applicable taxes and based on double occupancy.

    See you soon!





  • Planning a Large Event in West Kelowna? Here’s What You Need to Do

    Planning a large event can be stressful at the best of times, especially if it is not something you do on a day to day basis. When you have to plan a corporate event or a Christmas party, your to-do list can seem like a mountain of tasks that you have to attempt to scale. How many business cards do we need? What hor d'oeuvres should be served?

    Take a deep breath and a step back- planning a large event doesn’t have to be complicated! The Cove Lakeside Resort in West Kelowna has put together a simple set of rules that you can follow to make the orchestration of your next event a breeze!

    1. Understand Your Objectives

    Start with your end goal in mind. Why have you been assigned the task of planning this event? What are you hoping to accomplish with the gathering? Perhaps you are collecting the various branches of your corporation in one location to share insights and plan for the future? If you are having a Christmas party, are you focusing on year end recognition or simply looking to blow off some steam and build the relationships within your team?

    Your core objective will be the foundation of all event related decisions from here on out.

    2. Define Your Audience

    Who are you hoping will attend your event? Define your target attendees and construct a guest list as soon as possible. Once you have determined who your guests are, look to analyze their specific demographics so you can determine the feel and style your event should feature. At this stage you can also begin to think of venue options based on size restraints now that you know how many guests will be attending.

    3. Pick Your Date and Time

    If you are having a Christmas party, you probably want to host the event sometime in December. It is important to evaluate your audience and determine when they will be able to attend your event with ease. If your group of attendees is local and middle aged, they may not be able to attend a late event during the week because they have busy lives and children to care for. Look to maximize turnout and avoid conflicts with other important dates, such as major holidays. Call us at 1-877-762-2783 for availability at The Cove!

    4. Determine your Budget

    The amount of funds that you have to play with will determine all the details of your event. By constructing a budget beforehand, you can keep track of all your finances and avoid unwanted surprises down the road. There are many aspects to consider at this stage including food, beverages, giveaways, AV equipment etc.

    There have been many employees that have been tasked with planning a large event but have not been provided with enough funds. A detailed budget will give you peace of mind but it will also be a powerful tool to show your boss or client before the planning progresses any further.

    5. Choose an Appropriate Venue

    You want your venue to be large enough to accommodate all of your guests but you also want it to mirror your central theme and have the ability to accommodate all of your functional needs. What type of environments do your guests usually choose?

    Here at the Cove, we have a refined and rustic environment that is nestled in the most beautiful location of the Okanagan Valley. Guests are often stunned with views of Okanagan Lake, which sits right at our doorstep. We might be a little biased- but we truly believe that our venue will blow your guests away. We have spaces designed to accommodate a wide range of event sizes, from small intimate groups in a boardroom, to quaint weddings of 60 guests. We even have a grand ballroom that will fit up to 150 guests with ease!

    6. Select Your Food

    Every great event features great food. If your guests are hungry, they won’t be able to pay attention to whatever the objective of the event is. Most venues will have their own kitchen that can supply foods, which is also true for The Cove. When you are inviting your guests try to take dietary restrictions beforehand (gluten free, vegetarian etc). If you do not inform your venue of these requirements beforehand, it can be difficult to devise a suitable solution on the fly.

    With an amazing fine dining restaurant on property, you can say that we have an appreciation for great food, which is an asset that we always incorporate into our events when requested!

    7. Invite Your Guests

    Now that you have the important details decided, you can formally invite your guests. The sooner you can do this, the better, as they will have more time to schedule it into their busy schedules. Email invitations work great but if you are looking to leave a lasting impression, have some old fashion physical invites created and send them to their office!

    Remember, it is important to work closely with the venue that you choose and ensure that between their staff and your organization, all the bases are covered.

    Interested in finding out more about hosting an event at The Cove? The spaces are booking up fast as Christmas approaches! Call or email our team today to reserve your spot!

  • The Cove Kicks Off Fall with Reds, Whites and Blues!

    As the last days of summer slip away, the perfect time to embrace all the wonderful aspects of an Okanagan autumn has arrived. The air has begun to clear, the leafs will soon transition into their warm fall hues and the winemakers are ready to initiate their harvests. Comfy sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes and deep glasses of velvety red wine all help with our transition into the cooler days ahead. Here at The Cove, we like to kick off the season of fall with a bang and celebrate with an event we call “Reds, Whites, & Blues”.

    What and When is “Reds, Whites & Blues”?

    Reds, Whites & Blues is a fantastic fusion of Okanagan wine, food and music, all placed on the beautiful waterfront of Okanagan Lake. Whether you are a Okanagan resident or are simply passing through on vacation, this is a party you don’t want to miss. Yes, as the name implies, you will be able to indulge in a wide range of world class red wines, white wines and blues music simultaneously!

    This is will be the 6th annual event and we plan to keep the momentum rolling with a plethora of amazing local wineries and the Bonfire Restaurant to excite our guests palates. Keep your eye open for these local rockstars:

    -Quail’s Gate

    -Mission Hill

    -Mt. Boucherie Winery

    -The Hatch

    -Volcanic Hills

    -Kalala Organic Winery

    -Summerhill

    These businesses have a reputation in Kelowna for delivering some of the most tantalizing and delicious food and wine in the entire region.

    This year, the event will be held on Friday, September 29th, with reception starting at 6:30PM. The reception will run for approximately one hour, with the Chef Stations opening up at 7:30PM. At 9:30PM there will be a cash bar that will open up, which will fuel the dance party which will last until approximately 11:30PM.

    Clues About the Blues

    The perfect pairing to an epic event is an atmosphere full of soulful harmonies, rhythms and musical injections. Once again, the amazing Sherman (Tank) Doucette will headline the show and is sure to have the crowd grooving along to the wavering tunes of his harmonica.

    Sherman Doucette is originally from Saskatchewan but left there early on with only his love for music and a twenty dollar bill. In Vancouver, Sherman became infatuated with the Chicago blues style and found his calling playing in a series of local blues bands. Sherman has since played with some legendary musicians such as John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Sonny Land Slim, Pinetop Perkins, Jim Byrnes and Long John Baldry.

    Today he proudly calls the Okanagan his home where he is constantly performing and recording with his band, “TANKful of Blues”. He promises to bring incredible passion and conviction to the event and will give attendees a new found love for blues.

    How Do I Get Tickets?

    The best way to secure your pass to Reds, Whites & Blues is to call The Cove Office at (250)- 707-1814. We have package deals starting at $219.00 per person, which is based on double occupancy. This package includes one night stay in a luxurious bedroom suite and a ticket to the event.

    If you were looking to simply attend the event without staying over, the individual ticket price is $88.00 per person. Of course these packages and tickets are subject to availability and applicable taxes.

    Whether this is your first time joining us at The Cove, or you have visited many times before, we are confident that you are going to love our private lakefront resort. The dramatic views of Okanagan Lake set the stage for an amazing experience every time. To learn more about our resort or to start planning your future getaway, visit our Home Page to check availability.

    We hope to see you at the party! RSVP on Facebook. Bring your dancing shoes and prepare your palate for a barrage of incredible flavours. Reds, Whites & Blues won’t be the same without you - call today!

     

  • West Kelowna- The Playground of the Okanagan

    The Okanagan Valley is a breathtaking collection of luscious grapevines, pristine freshwater lakes and towering ancient peaks. Nestled in the centre of the Valley you will find West Kelowna; our home here at The Cove Lakeside Resort.

    At the Cove, we have designed our resort to meet every need you may have during your stay. Our team has designed our facilities to deliver an ideal mixture of relaxation and excitement, all conveniently located on the waters of Lake Okanagan in West Kelowna.

    As we transition from summer to fall in West Kelowna, the entire town will be buzzing with activity as visitors indulge in the endless entertainment options. Whether you are looking to try a new chardonnay, or you are seeking a thrill that will get your adrenaline pumping- West Kelowna promises to be captivating.

    Okanagan Wine

    The area surrounding The Cove Lakeside Resort contains some of the best wineries in Canada. The wineries in this region cater to everyone from first time sippers to well trained sommeliers, typically offering tastings from 10 AM to 6 or 7 PM in the fall months. While you are waiting for the estates to unlock their doors, you can start your day off with a locally sourced breakfast from our world class restaurant at the resort, Bonfire.

    After enjoying some of Chef Fowke’s delicious creations, it’s time to experience some of the award-winning wineries nearby.

    You have two options when enjoying the wine in West Kelowna. You could opt to join a tour and be guided around to various locations with the knowledge of an experienced guide at your side. We recommend Distinctly Wine Tours or Okanagan Wine Tours as they offer a vast array of tour options including lake cruises and golf infused wine experiences.

    If you are feeling a little more adventurous, you can create your own wine tour and guide yourself around. Some of the famous wineries of West Kelowna that you won’t want to miss include Mission Hill, Quails Gate, and Volcanic Hills. Each of these wineries will offer an impressive view of the Valley and have dining on-site. If you are looking to try a unique option, we highly recommend going to say hi to the eclectic team over at The Hatch. Last year The Hatch was rated the 9th best winery in all of Canada and have a potential claim for the title of the most unique winery in B.C.

    Fruit from the Valley

    If you want to experience the true taste of the Okanagan, you need to get your hands on some fresh organic produce. For a sweet treat, head to Paynter’s Fruit Market to indulge in some heavenly ice cream or pick your own fruit right from their fields!

    Hit the Links

    The wine is not the only offering that is world class in the Okanagan. There are many pristine golf courses that have placed their greens amongst the ends seas of vines, coupled with a skyline full of rocky peaks. The views are just as breathtaking as the fairways, making a round of West Kelowna golf a perfect addition to any vacation at The Cove.

    We recommend inquiring with Shannon Lake or Two Eagles Golf for amazing experiences right in the heart of West Kelowna. If you are willing to take a short drive 40 minutes to East Kelowna, you can indulge in a world class experience and book a tee time with Tower Ranch Golf Club. This course has been rated by Travel+Leisure as the 4th best golf course in the world and will challenge your skills and appease your eyes all day.

    Adrenaline in Kelowna

    Perhaps you are looking for a little more adventure during your stay in West Kelowna.

    Okanagan Adventures offer just about every experience you can think of. You could go parasailing or rafting on one of the many crystal clear lakes or rivers. They can put you in a go-kart or on a motorcycle for an afternoon of speed or launch you airborne with a zipline or hang gliding excursion.

    If you prefer to mix in some competition into your daily dose of adrenaline, head over to Safari Ridge Adventure Park to join a game of paintball, outdoor laser tag, or archery battles.  

    The Beauty of the Valley is Found in Nature

    Although there are hundreds of businesses in the Okanagan that offer unique and exciting experiences, one of the best ways to spend your time is to appreciate the allure of the Valley itself.

    You can head to the Bear Creek Provincial Park, which is located along the shores of Okanagan Lake, offering 400 meters of sandy beaches and extensive hiking trails. A highlight of this park is the picture perfect canyon which has been carved into the rock over thousands of years by the waters of Bear Creek.

    Another option is the Glen Canyon Regional Park which offers 74 hectares of land in its natural state, structured around Powers Creek. If you don’t have the urge to be completely immersed in greenery, you and your family can enjoy the free beach at Gellatly Bay Aquatic Park. This park also has a full designated dog park so your furry family friends can join in on the fun too.

    As you travel around West Kelowna you will notice you are always in close proximity to the water, which is the resource that supports another world class offering in the Okanagan - fishing.

    Whether you are looking to chase bass, salmon or trout, the Valley offers the opportunity to boat the catch of a lifetime. If you are not sure where to start, connect with Rodney’s REEL Outdoors for advice or to set up a fully guided trip.

    Additional Offerings in the Okanagan

    The opportunities to relax and enjoy yourself are nearly endless in the area surrounding West Kelowna. There is literally something for everyone to enjoy at all times. Are you into horseback riding instead of hiking? Not a problem. Maybe you want to stay indoors on a rainy day and catch a movie at The Cove’s private 18-seat theatre, or hone your kitchen skills with a cooking class.

    The Okanagan is spectacular year round, so don’t feel left out if you will be visiting The Cove in the winter months! You will get to indulge in cross country skiing, snowshoeing and downhill skiing at world renowned locations such as BigWhite.

    See You Soon!

    Come relax with us at The Cove and explore all that West Kelowna has to offer. We have built our resort with your every need in mind and promise that the Okanagan Valley will not disappoint. Click here to plan your adventure!