Monday we headed south to Kelowna. The road is very familiar to me, as it is the start of the long drive I take when I go to visit my mom in the States. It was very nice to be able to go at a leisurely pace and take some time to stop and enjoy the beautiful scenery on the way. Kalamalka Lake, just south of Vernon, has beautiful shades of blue-green running through it.
It is hard to see from a distance, so here's a closer look.
Kelowna is known for its orchards and vineyards. In spite of the fact we have lived here for seven years, we have never taken the time to go do one of the winery tours that are offered. This is the great thing about having visitors - it forces you to get out and see the local attractions you never quite get around to on your own.
The setting for the Mission Hills Winery is stunning. I have driven through Kelowna more times than I can count, but have never been in this section of the city. Now I understand why people say Kelowna is so beautiful.
The contrast between the temperature outside, which was a toasty 30C (86F), and the temperature down in the wine cellar was dramatic.
Of course, the best part of the tour came at the end when we got to sample some of the wine.
We each had two spoons in front of our wine glasses, one with cheese and one with chocolate. I made a trade with Jay. I got his chocolate and he had three of my four wine samples.
I'm almost embarrassed to own up to the next part of our day. We also stopped by a brewery. No tours here - we went straight for the samples. I am not a beer drinker, so I tried their cider.
It was nice, but I would rather have had chocolate.