After quite the hiatus I am back. And I’ve gotta say, I wrote up a really nice, detailed recap and I somehow lost it — I think I’m an idiot and didn’t save it when given the option. ANYWAY – I am annoyed to say the least so this will be a slightly shorter and to the point version, including a workout close to the end! Greg for my birthday (which was in July) got me a weekend away in Okanagan Falls, doing some beer and wine touring and enjoying the water and the beach. What a guy! He even made a little laminated (obviously) ‘gift card’ from him, that was good to use at any of the places we go in OK falls and I can use it BUDGET FREE . (That’s a whole other post for another time, but Greg and I are on a budget trying to save for a house…. This gift card meant some guilt free spending!) So we left for the weekend SUPER early. We were out the door around 5am on the Saturday morning of the August long weekend. We beat all the traffic, caught the sun rise through the mountains and made it to our hotel by about 9:15am. Of course we stopped at the corner store on the way into town for a 6 pack of Big Rock to enjoy on the beach — it’s 5oclock somewhere, right? Greg also mentioned to me that part of my birthday gift from his fam was a present every day we were away (3 days, 3 presents). I opened the first one when we got there and it was an outfit. Dress, shoes (TOMS! My fave) and jewelry! What an amazing idea. The other 2 presents followed suit — dress, shoes and jewelry … for me to wear while we were out wine and beer touring of course J So much fun and what an awesome idea!
The first day we hung out at the beach for a little while and took the pups for a swim until our motel room was ready. Did I mention we were staying right on the water, 50 feet away from the beach? So. Much. Fun!!!! Once our room was ready we dropped our stuff and the pups off and headed out. We did Stags Hollow winery (which was delightful) and then we stopped at The Cannery Brewery. Greg had heard a lot about this place, and they’ve been around a long time. They have several tasty brews and a really cute little space! We stopped for some lunch while we were out too at another ‘Tap house’ which I can’t recall the name of right now. Beer wasn’t great and either was the food to be honest, but it was nice to be able to do a flight tasting! Before heading back to the motel we went to See Ya Later Ranch. This is one of our fave spots for a few reasons. The view is fantastic, the wine is delicious, and the winery donates tasting fees to the local SPCA. As well, the story behind SYL winery is awesome. Check it out here . Another really neat thing about SYL is they name most of their wines after dogs the owner had in past years. They also have a little doggie grave yard where you can visit these pups on the side of the winery. Pretty different – I love it! We brought a bunch of food to make for lunches and dinners so we didn’t have to go out for every meal. It works out to be SO much cheaper, and a heck of a lot healthier too ! We had a nice relaxing night in playing cards, drinking wine and listening to the waves with the pups … Glorious! Day 2 we got up nice and early (partly because we wanted to get a good start on the day, and partly because we fell asleep at 10pm the night before!) We put together a little picnic table workout and did that with the most amazing backdrop to keep us going — what a way to start the day!? Workout: Picnic table burpees Walking pushups Chest Press (with sandbag, dumbbells, bands – whatever you got!) Bicep Curls Close Grip Bicep Curls (yes, it’s supposed to burn, back to back!) Box Jumps (with a walk across if it’s available to you) Dips Tricep Presses In and Outs Opposite hand to toe plank kicks Do each exercise for 50 seconds and take 10 seconds rest in between Repeat x2 (or 3 depending how aggressive you’re feeling!) Once we finished the workout and getting the pups in the water for a swim, I put on my day 2 outfit (LOVE!) and we were ready to head out! We hit up a brewery called Bad Tattoo for our first stop and we were super stoked about it. So excited that I didn’t take very many pics here at all. It was such a cool space, and they were a brand new brewery (only open for a month or so I believe) so kudos to them! They had 4 beers to try (A Lager, a Cerveza something or other, an IPA and a Stout) . We sampled them all of course, and there wasn’t a single one I didn’t like. The IPA was of course my fave. Definitely recommend checking out Bad Tattoo though, if you’re in the Penticton area and like a good brew. You won’t be disappointed. Following this, we went to Tin Whistle. This is a really old school brewery (hence why they have no website to link!) that has been around for quite awhile. They do have good beers for sure, but their space could use a little updating. I guess though, at the end of the day, if they have good beer, it doesn’t really matter what the location looks like, right? After our two breweries, we did a couple more wineries. After all, I did have $200 to spend, budget free!! We went to Wild Goose, which was absolutely fantastic! The wines there were all really tasty. Different flavor profiles than some of the ones I am used to, and they were more than generous with sample sizes. I ended up buying 3 or 4 bottles here I think! After Wild Goose, we went to a couple other wineries that I don’t recall the names and for good reason. I wasn’t impressed at all. Overpriced, and they didn’t have any reds in stock, AT ALL! Not a single red to try. But the day finished off on a good note when we stopped in to Liquidity! This winery looked super fancy and modern, but they also weren’t crazy overpriced, and had really good wine! The girl that was sampling for us was lovely and had some really good suggestions. I ended up getting a couple bottles here as well. We spent the rest of the afternoon swimming with the pups and enjoying the view and the weather. It was perfect out. Later in the eve after dinner we walked over the Tickleberry’s for icecream. This place is insane. I mean, their icecream is really good, and they have like 50 different options (so that’s impressive) – but I could not BELIEVE how busy it was. There were honestly, over 100 people in line to get icecream. We decided to go back the next morning instead because I was not about to wait over an hour for icecream. Overall, it was an absolutely fantastic weekend and I couldn’t have asked for a better surprise! I had such a great time and I can’t wait until our next visit to OK falls ! Where is your fave place to head to in the Kelowna/Penticton/OK area? xoxo Andrea