While this has definitely been a summer like we’ve never seen before, our family has felt incredibly lucky to be able to explore our own province for some much-needed change of scenery. One of our favorite places to visit is BC’s beautiful Okanagan Valley, which is known for it’s dry, warm climate, lake life, orchards, and vineyards and wineries. So obviously we were thrilled when we were invited to visit Penticton Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre. I’m so excited to show you around the Penticton Lakeside Resort and it’s amenities and give you a chance to WIN a one-night stay of your own!
*Our stay at Penticton Lakeside Resort was gifted, however as always, all opinions are my own.
We stayed in the resort’s stunning west wing, the modern new addition to the hotel built with wood sourced from sustainably-managed B.C. forests. I absolutely loved the modern, luxurious vibe of our room, and starting and ending our day with this view was pure paradise! More on our room a little later in the post.
Ok, let’s talk amenities! If you like starting your day with a workout, PURE Gym & Juicery offers a full workout studio with group classes (spin classes are currently located in the east ballroom due to COVID-19). I also highly recommend a pre or post-workout juice or smoothie from their juice bar!
The resort has a private licensed beach complete with complimentary towels and loungers. It’s a beautiful spot to relax under an umbrella or enjoy a refreshing swim in Okanagan Lake.
Castaway Watersports offers a wide variety of rentals and lessons for the whole family including: sea-doo’s, ski boats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and parasailing.
Penticton Lakeside Resort has lots of options for dining. The Bufflehead patio is great for a quick breakfast and also serves pizza for lunch or dinner. It’s conveniently located just steps from the beach and has gorgeous views of Okanagan Lake! The Barking Parrot Bar is located just inside and has refreshing drinks and delicious food all in an amazing eclectic space.
After a busy day exploring the local wineries and enjoying the beach, it was so nice to come back to our beautiful room!
Our suite was very spacious and bright with amazing views from both the master bedroom and living area. The spa-like bathroom was perfect for freshening up for dinner!
Floor to ceiling windows in the living area allows you to take in the beautiful desert landscape while relaxing after the day’s adventures.
We had dinner at The Hooded Merganser, which in case you didn’t know ( I didn’t!), is named after a reclusive North American duck that happened to land on the restaurant’s patio during name selection. The Hooded Merganser is an award-winning farm-to-table restaurant that offers a BC focused and inspired menu by Chef Dan Vichittavong.
The restaurant’s views are breathtaking (the night we visited, we were treated to an incredible sunset!) and their drink menu offers a lovely selection of local wines and a tempting cocktail list.
The inspiring farm-to-table menu by Chef Dan V. offers fresh daily creations prepared with organically grown and sourced ingredients. Produce is grown at the hotel’s very own one-acre Valley View Farm and fresh herbs and edible flowers are grown on-site just adjacent to the restaurant. Our meals were beautifully plated and simply delicious. Perfect from start to finish and a must if you are staying at the hotel!
Another wonderful amenity within the resort is the GEO Wine Experience Centre, conveniently located in the west wing where we stayed. It’s a great place to learn about local wine, enjoy a tasting or purchase wine to take home with you!
We couldn’t have had a better stay at Penticton Lakeside Resort! This was our first stay in a hotel since COVID-19 and we weren’t really sure what to expect. I’m happy to say that we felt very comfortable and at ease seeing the steps the resort is taking to keep their guests and staff safe. These include providing hand sanitizing stations throughout the hotel and special attention to sanitizing high touch point surfaces. Social distancing measures are also in place for check-in, room service, and throughout the hotel. In-room housekeeping service is not currently available, but fresh linens, towels, etc. can happily be delivered to your room.
So how would you like to visit Penticton Lakeside Resort?? I’m giving away a one night stay in a West Wing King Lakeview guestroom, redeemable September 15, 2020 – June 15, 2021 subject to availability and based on double occupancy. Comment below and tell me what would you look forward to experiencing most at the resort..the private beach, the amazing view, dinner at The Hooded Merganser, paddle boarding on Okanagan Lake, morning coffee from your private deck?
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I want to thank everyone at Penticton Lakeside Resort for making our stay so wonderful! And thank YOU for stopping by today, I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about our visit to Penticton Lakeside Resort and consider visiting in the future.