Friday, August 10, 2007

Okanagan Valley, BC - Day 3 and Princeton, BC

British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley wine region brings to mind the Napa Valley area thirty years ago and, in comparison, features a large lake and even more dramatic mountains.

Our accommodations were at the Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa.

Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa

Recently developed (some areas of the property are still under construction), Spirit Ridge is a resort of great potential, beautifully located a short distance from Lake Osoyoos and in the town of Osoyoos, BC. The resort includes the Passo Tempo Restaurant, where Liis and I had dinner on both nights of our stay.

Deck of Passo Tempo Restaurant

Spirit Ridge general manager, Mohamed Awad

The resort’s general manager is a former colleague of Liis, at O’Doul’s Restaurant and Bar, in the Listel Vancouver Hotel.

If you noted above that the resort's full name includes the term vineyard, the reason is the grapes grown for the adjacent NK’Mip Cellars winery.

NK’Mip Cellars

Next door to both the resort and the winery is the NK’Mip Desert Cultural Center. developed by the Osoyoos Indian Band, the owners of the winery.

After leaving Spirit Ridge and the Osoyoos area, we drove towards Princeton, BC, to visit Brad and June, friends of Liis. We made a few stops on the way, including Crowsnest Vineyards.

After arriving in the Princeton area, we visited an equestrian center Liis helped build and worked on before moving to Vancouver.

Continuing down the highway, we stopped Sherry’s ranch. She was another friend of Liis from her Princeton days:

Finally, we arrived at our destination. Brad and June’s home. They own a beautiful piece of property and we took a walk, visiting some of their horses, along the way.


Liis and June

We ended the day at Brad and June’s for dinner, under the watchful eye of a cat.

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