Golden Sound Festival: a Music Festival in the Heart of Golden

If you’re a music fan, then this blog post is for you!

Golden Sound Festival's Summer Block Party is Saturday, August 23rd.

Golden Sound Festival’s Summer Block Party is Saturday, August 23rd.

Golden Sound Festival’s “Summer Block Party” is happening on Saturday, August 23rd in downtown Golden. The party starts at 8:30 in the morning and lasts well into the night, giving you plenty of time to take in the sights and sounds of the vibrant town centre.

The event, which is organized by the Golden Sound Festival Society (a registered non-profit organization), will take place at a variety of different locations. This year’s participating venues include Rockwater Grill and Bar, The Golden Taps, and Riverhouse Tavern – there is also a free concert in Spirit Square!

One of the things that makes this particular event so great is the assortment of local and national acts attending. Artists include; Bend Sinister, Mayday and the Beatcreeps, Mobina Galore, Devon Coyote, Sam Weber, and many more.

Naturally, one of the big goals of the event organizers is to promote the arts and music, but they also want to help draw attention to the area’s stunning natural beauty and promote tourism in both Golden and Kicking Horse Country. The Golden Sound Festival Society was only established in 2013, but has already hosted a number of excellent festivals in Golden, this weekend’s upcoming offering being the latest.

If you’d like to learn more about the Golden Sound Festival, you can do so HERE.

Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival Kicks Off This Weekend

(Photo: lovethemac, Flickr) Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival is truly for music lovers.

(Photo: lovethemac, Flickr) Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival is truly for music lovers.

The annual Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival returns this weekend! Now in its 22nd year, the volunteer driven fest kicks off on the 15th and runs through until the 17th. This year’s lineup includes Mavis Staples, The Sheepdogs, Josh Ritter, Ian Tyson, Shad and many others!

Throughout the past couple of decades, the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival has developed a reputation for giving gifted up-and-comers an opportunity to perform. The bill often features a mix of emerging talent and established stars and this year is no different.

If you’re attending the festival, you are allowed to take a cooler and your own water/soft drinks into the grounds. In addition, festival goers are also welcome to take their own chairs and a tarp for sitting/lying on. Tarps can be no larger 8ft. x 10ft., while chairs that have a seat that is 8 inches or higher from the ground, will be required to sit at the back. There are also designated seating and standing areas at the fest.

For the past 15 years Roots and Blues has had clear and warm weather and that trend looks set to continue with the weather forecast looking great for the weekend. It promises to be another amazing weekend!

If you’re staying with us while you attend the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, we look forward to serving you at our Salmon Arm location!

You can learn more about the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival via the festival’s official website.

Golf, Fishing, and Waterslides in Vernon, B.C.

Vernon is the BC interior’s oldest city and one of the Okanagan’s most attractive destinations. As one of the interior’s biggest centres, Vernon offers lots of activities for visitors and locals alike.

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Atlantis Waterslides offers a fun way to beat the Okanagan heat during your stay in Vernon.

Golf
There are many great golf courses in Vernon and the surrounding area, so we’re not going to name all of them here, but Predator Ridge Resort, The Rise, Vernon Golf & Country Club, and Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club, are excellent destinations for golf fans. We highly recommend making time for a round of golf during your stay with us in Vernon!

Waterslides
If you’re looking to do something fun with the kids while you’re in town, we recommend taking the short trip to Atlantis Waterslides. Atlantis is just 5km north of Vernon, and features 10 waterslides for plenty of fun in the sun. It also has a hot tub, arcade, mini-golf, and so much more. Atlantis Waterslides is guaranteed fun for the whole family.

Fishing
Ready for an interesting statistic, particularly if you enjoy fishing? Within about an hour’s drive of our city, there are more than 100 lakes!

The fishing in our area is fantastic! For your first fishing venture in the Vernon area, start with Okanagan Lake, Swan Lake, and Kalamalka Lake. Please be sure to check fishing regulations before heading out.

As you can see, there really is a lot of fun to be had in Vernon – we haven’t even touched on places like O’Keefe Ranch, Davison Orchards Country Village, or the historic downtown murals! We advise planning ahead to make sure you take in as much as you can, or ask our friendly staff for some local recommendations.

We look forward to seeing you at our Vernon location on your next visit to town.

West Kootenay Glacier Challenge – Bike to Help Beat MS

Are you an active and skilled cyclist? If so, you may be interested in taking part in the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge to help beat Multiple Sclerosis on August 16th and 17th!

west kootenay glacier challengeThe two-day, 222 km challenge takes place in the Selkirk Mountains, starting in New Denver, and travelling as far as Kaslo, before returning to New Denver. The trip includes an overnight stay in Nelson, so that cyclists can relax and refresh after a hard day’s cycling in the mountain air. As you might imagine, the ride takes place over some spectacular terrain and riders will be cycling around the Kokanee Glacier while taking part in the challenge.

There will be food, entertainment, and rest stops provided along the route of the challenge, and it is sure to be an excellent weekend in support of a great cause.

At the time of writing, thousands of dollars have been raised, more than 80 cyclists are signed up to take part, and there are 8 registered teams.

The money raised from the event is going to the MS Society, West Kootenay Chapter. All funds will be used to help local people who are living with MS and to finance research.

A note of caution; riders are advised that this is an event for trained cyclists.

You can learn more about the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge HERE.

Top 5 Tips for Wine Tasting in Kelowna

The Okanagan Valley is an absolute gem, offering gorgeous weather, friendly faces, and dozens of award-winning wineries. This area was recently voted one of the best wine regions to visit by USA Today and 10Best, second only to Alentejo, Portugal.

The Kelowna area is home to many award-winning wineries with beautiful scenery

The Kelowna area is home to many award-winning wineries with beautiful scenery

In Kelowna, winery tourism is becoming an increasing popular reason for visitors to relax and unwind in the city. With more than twenty wineries located within a thirty-minute drive of our downtown Kelowna inn, and many more just a scenic drive away, it’s easy to see why many of our guests are choosing to make wine tasting a part of their Kelowna vacation.

Here are 5 great tips for wine tasting in Kelowna

  1. Consider a tour
    Paying a little bit extra to have a professional driver escort you to multiple wineries is a great idea. You don’t have to worry about directions and navigating the summer traffic and you can enjoy your wine tastings without determining a designate driver in your group. Best of all, most wine companies have experienced staff on hand who can tell you more about the history of the area and the wineries that you will be visiting.
  2. Try a bit of everything
    Each wine and each winery is different. Try to stay open minded and sample everything on offer. You might just find a merlot that you love or find that all rieslings are not created equal.
  3. If you like it, buy it
    Each vintage is different, so if you like a particular wine, be sure to purchase a bottle or even a case. Not only will you be getting the best pricing available because you are purchasing direct, but you are also helping to support the winery in a more tangible way. Plus, there are no guarantees that you will find that wine in a liquor store later.
  4. Get ready to learn
    Even seasoned wine lovers find that they are constantly learning about the wines that they drink, so listen to the proprietors, winemakers, and servers carefully. They can give you tips for tasting the wines and enhancing flavours as well as information on the growing conditions of the grapes and what makes a particular vintage different from the prior year.
  5. Have fun
    Kelowna is a laid-back place and though you may be sipping wine, most people aren’t taking it too seriously. It’s ok if you don’t like the wine that recently won 8 international medals and it’s also ok if you love the $12 bottle of wine that’s won nothing. Take some photos, share a laugh and enjoy yourself.

 

Our staff at Prestige Inn Kelowna would be happy to recommend excellent wineries in the area, or a wine tour company that can help you relax and enjoy your time in our city. Our downtown location is conveniently located on Highway 97 across from Kelowna’s stunning City Park and Okanagan Lake, making it the perfect place to stay for your Okanagan wine vacation.

 

Inaugural Multi-Cultural Festival to Take Place in Cranbrook

The first ever Cranbrook Multi-Cultural Festival is happening on Saturday, August 16th in Cranbrook’s Rotary Park from 11am to 3pm. The Cranbrook Multi-Cultural Society is behind the event and, along with sponsors, volunteers, performers, and vendors, has worked hard to plan an interesting and engaging festival that is sure to be very popular.

The goal of the Multi-Cultural Festival is to celebrate the rich diversity and different cultures that make up the communities of Cranbrook and the surrounding areas. Just like the rest of Canada, Cranbrook is proud of its multicultural heritage and the event is a great addition to the annual social calendar.

The Cranbrook Multi-Cultural Festival will feature music, exotic foods, visual art, athletics, cultural exhibits, and a traditional fashion show. This family-friendly event will also feature a craft tent for children, where youngsters can get involved with different cultural crafts such as origami and dream catchers, among other things!

The Inaugural Multi-Cultural Festival is a great way to celebrate our rich diversity and experience cultures from all over the world! It promises to be a fantastic, fun-filled afternoon journey for people of all ages, and is sure to become a Cranbrook tradition.

Learn more by visiting the Cranbrook Multi-Cultural Society’s website.

 

28th Annual Cranbrook Pro Rodeo Takes Place This Weekend

Cranbrook Pro RodeoNorth America’s best cowboys and cowgirls are set to visit Cranbrook, as the 28th edition of the annual Cranbrook Pro Rodeo gets underway on August 15th. The highly entertaining and action-packed spectacle runs for the whole weekend, ending on Sunday, August 17th.

The Cranbrook Pro Rodeo is on the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association’s schedule, as well as being a part of the Kenton Randle Bareback Series, and the Duane Daines Saddle Bronc Series.

In addition to the rodeo action, Shelby Cummings will wow the audience with some expert trick riding, and Liberty Horse Trainer Niki Flundra will also be on hand to entertain those in attendance. A Rodeo Dance will take place on Saturday, while Sunday is Children’s Day at the rodeo.

Tickets for adults are $20 ($18 in advance) for adults, and $18 ($16 in advance) for seniors and youth, while kids under 10 get in for free. Tickets for the Rodeo Dance are $10 at the door ($5 if you have a ticket for Saturday) and can be purchased at Alpine Toyota, Top Crop Farm, and Hill Billy Hardwear.

From volunteers to riders and horses, it takes a lot of work to pull off an event like the Cranbrook Pro Rodeo, and it is always an incredible amount of fun!

The rodeo takes place at the Wycliffe Exhibition Grounds (5325 Wycliffe Park Road) – that’s about 13km north of Cranbrook on Highway 95A (AKA the Kimberley Highway). Yee-haw!

What to Bring to the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival

r&b_12x22_poster_draft1.inddBack for its 22nd year, the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival takes place this coming August 15th, 16th and 17th. This year’s fest features The Sheepdogs, Shad, Mavis Staples, Ian Tyson, Josh Ritter and many, many more!

Over the years, this volunteer driven festival has gained a reputation, not only for being an excellent event, but for giving talented emerging acts spots on the bill, making it a great place to see the next big act! Examples of now-established artists who have played Roots and Blues in the infancy of their careers include Feist and Shane Koyzcan, although there are plenty of others as well. This year’s lineup is another blend of legendary and well-established acts along with gifted up-and-comers!

So, if you are attending this year’s Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, the big question is: what should you take with you?

Worry not! We can help. Here’s our handy checklist:

  • Sunscreen(you really don’t want to forget this – it has been clear and warm for the last 15 years at the festival!)
  • Your own water and soft drinks. Yes, you can bring your own drinks in. Coolers are even permitted (please note; you can’t take alcohol into the festival, but there are beer gardens in the festival grounds)
  • Your own chair (please note; if your seat is higher than 8 inches from the ground, you will have to sit at the back)
  • Your own tarp for sitting/lying on (8ft. x 10ft. is the maximum permissible size)
  • Your dancing shoes (the festival has designated seating and dancing areas for the enjoyment of all)
  • An appetite (there are food trucks on-site)
  • Your tickets (it is probably not the best idea to forget your tickets – just a hunch)
  • We look forward to seeing festival goers at our Salmon Arm location!

You can learn more about the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival via the festival’s official website.

Silver Star Summer Wine & Food Festival Showcases The Okanagan

The Okanagan has a wonderful and well-deserved reputation for making delicious wines. Our region also has a growing reputation for the food that we create.

Imile high wine 2f you’re a wine or food lover, no matter whether you’re a visitor or a local, you’ll love the Silver Star Wine & Food Festival.

This fantastic event takes place August 8th to 10th at Silver Star Mountain Resort, offering wine & food seminars, art gallery viewings, Wine Masters’ Dinners, The Mile High Wine Tasting and guided alpine flower hikes.

The jewel in the crown of the weekend is the aforementioned Mile High Wine Tasting. Vernon’s GumTree Catering is providing delicious food for the event and there will be some 25 Okanagan wineries in attendance, offering up 100 different wines! There will also be live entertainment and guests can stroll around Silver Star’s Victorian inspired village.

In addition to the feast of food and wine, you’ll get the opportunity to see Silver Star during the summer, take a ride on the chairlift and enjoy the incredible views!

Attendees are reminded that the Silver Star Summer Wine & Food Festival is an outdoor event, and with the event taking place on the mountain, you should be prepared for sudden weather changes.

Click here to purchase tickets or to learn more about the Silver Star Summer Wine & Food Festival.

 

Downtown Kelowna Block Party Has Fun for Everyone

The Downtown Kelowna Block party is set to take place this coming weekend. The annual event, which takes place along Bernard Avenue (from Abbott St. to Richter St.) and in Kerry Park, is turning 25 this year! As always, it’s going to be a whole lot of fun.

The Downtown Kelowna Block Party is turning 25 this year!

The Downtown Kelowna Block Party is turning 25 this year!

The Downtown Kelowna Block Party is happening on Saturday, August 9th, with the festivities running from 11am through to 5pm. The Block Party is free to attend and suitable for all ages. There are great activities for the whole family!

Bernard Avenue, Kelowna’s main street, will be closed to traffic once the Block Party gets underway. There will be more than 130 vendors in attendance, offering all sorts of deals and goodies. In addition to the vendors, there are activities for kids such as face painting and the Wentworth Musical Petting Zoo. Other fun activities include a fashion show, yoga classes, a dog agility show, lots of live music featuring many local artists and a whole bunch more!

If you’re going to be in Kelowna on August 9th, we highly recommend checking it out! Maybe we’ll see you there!

To learn more about the Downtown Kelowna Block Party, as well as to find the full schedule, click HERE.