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Oasis in Osoyoos

JULY 22ND, 2010

Oasis in Osoyoos

Like wine with desert temps? Part Napa Valley, part Palm Springs, Osoyoos is the hottest holiday you’ll find in B.C.

Situated right on Lake Osoyoos, the Watermark Beach Resort is casual coziness kicked up a couple notches. Amenities include a lakeside pool and hot tub, outdoor wine bar, yoga and Pilates studio and spacious private balconies. Waterfront suites and townhomes are outfitted with kitchens and in-suite laundry to accommodate longer stays, and as a family-friendly spot they offer kids camps so parents can pretend they’re once again footloose and fancy-free (by way of poolside pedi, perhaps). From $245 a night,

Learn where Watermark chef Natasha Schooten gets her organic produce from by booking yourself on one of her once-a-month “Down and Dirty” field trips to local Harker’s Organics or Covert Farms. You meet the farmer, harvest some bounty and finish the day with an al fresco meal made on-site. Next one July 29, book through Watermark Beach Resort.

Focus your South Okanagan wine tour on the three S’s: Seven Stones, LaStella and Stoneboat. Although very different from one another, they all have their special charms and we suspect that, like us, you’ll find a bottle or three you like at each.

Squeeze in one more wine tasting and then some. At the newly refurbished Hester Creek Estate Winery, take your 2008 pinot blanc on the patio and picnic with a view of the valley and vineyards. Still have room for more grapes? Classic Canadian folk rockers The Grapes of Wrath play the estate’s outdoor amphitheatre July 30 ($35-$50, call 1-866-498-4435 to reserve tickets).