Exploring Summerland with the Family

May 24, 2016

MOM LIFESTYLE

A few days ago my sister said to me, “Ok so can we go on our next family vacation to Summerland, where you just went?” and of course I said something like, “UMMM YES! That is exactly want I wanted to propose to everyone.”

Long story short my family is made up of four girls (I am the youngest//not that that matters but just a tid bit) and we often try to get away either for a girls weekend every year or with the whole family at least once a year. I think that we have missed the last year (maybe even two) so the thought of making the time to get away together is very much on my mind. While lounging in the pool and walking the beach at Summerland Resort and Spa I was imagining just that, my whole family away on vacation with all of our kiddos enjoying the open air and quaint oasis that Summerland, BC offers.

Summerland Family Vacation Tips

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Throughout our trip we had the pleasure of exploring more of Summerland and it’s surrounding areas, we were given the opportunity to tour various places that were enjoyable for both kids and adults. Our family headed up a night early before meeting up with ten other Vancouver Bloggers and their families, special thanks to VancouverMom.ca. We took the day to relax, explore the resort and of course splash around in the pool even at the later hours of the night.

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The next morning we got ourselves together and were excited to explore Summerland with our tour guide from Authentically Okanagon (side note: Karen was our guide and she was incredible // highly reccomend her for families as her personality is SO amazing with kids).

Our first stop was at OK Crush Pad, a 10-acre Switchback Orchard Vineyard that overlooks Okanagan Lake. Here everyone got to try out the different wines being offered, baby belly and I watched with a little bit of jealousy, soon enough it will be my turn again. ha! Karen took the kids down to see the ducks, chickens, and dogs that roam the winery. It was such a delight to see how much all of the kids were loving the pets.

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We took a quick pit stop on our way to Summerland Sweets at the nearby Kettle Valley Railway Trestles. The view was amazing and Sophie loved running down the overgrown tracks.

Family Vacation to Summerland, BC

Family Vacation to Summerland, BC

We made it to Summerland Sweets, which again was perfect for both the adults and kids. As our children were brought into the syrup tasting room the adults were in the next room trying out some of their syrup wines. The shopping here is right up my alley and I got to explore all the different syrups, jams and all sorts of other goodies that they had stocked on their shelves. We picked up a gift, did some exploring in the trees and were headed on our way to get icecream!

Summerland Sweets

Mother and Daughter walking through the trees

During this pregnancy icecream has been a HUGE craving of mine, Tickleberry’s lived up to all of my expectations. We were warned that they are a popular place and that it is rare that you won’t have to wait in line a bit to get your icecream, but when you do get it, they do not disappoint. The whole family got to enjoy a delicious cone with the option to sit outside in the sun or in their shaded area. It was the perfect treat for the afternoon, if you are passing by Tickleberrys while in the Okanagan it is a must visit in my books.

Tickleberry's Icecream in Summerland, BC

Tickleberries Icecream Okanagan

A shot of all the kids with their cones outside of Tickleberry’sv

Last stop of the day was an afternoon spent at Osoyoo’s Pig Out Festival (the name speaks for itself really!) The hardest part was figuring out where to begin, as we walked past people we heard conversations like, “Oh did you try the tacos?” or “Wow that Chilli Bowl!” — I headed off to take the kids to the giant yellow pillow for bouncing and James took our plates to try out the grub! It was a win win, great food, drinks and playtime for the kids.

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What a day, the kids were pooped, Sophie had a nap on the way back to Summerland Water Front Resort & Spa in the car, our bellies were stuffed and we were all feeling so content. The day wasn’t over though, once we got back to the hotel the kids were eager to get themselves back into the pool and splash around some more.

We were so impressed with how much there was to see in Summerland and it’s surrounding areas all in one day and loved seeing how much fun our kids were having exploring with us. Believe me when I say we will be back Summerland Resort, this is one family vacation that we would love to repeat.

Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa

Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa

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  1. Robin Rue

    May 24th, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Summerland sounds like an amazing place to visit. I would love to get my family up there one of these days.

  2. Wendy Polisi

    May 24th, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Wow this looks like an amazing place to check out. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  3. Blythe Alpern

    May 24th, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Summerland looks like a great place to visit. I like vacation spots where the whole family can find something to do together.

  4. CountryLifeCityWife

    May 24th, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Looks so incredibly relaxing! With the exchange rate also a great option for those in the US on a budget!

  5. Rachel Langer

    May 24th, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    It looks like you all had an amazing time! I love that the kids got to roam and explore and play with the little pets. Too cute.

  6. Amanda Love

    May 24th, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Oh Summerland looks amazing and that pig out festival would be the place I hit up because I just love pigging out. Might be why I’m now overweight. 🙂

  7. Kait

    May 24th, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    This looks amazing! I also love your photos — they are so bright and beautiful. Summerland looks like a lot of fun 🙂

  8. Rebecca Bryant

    May 25th, 2016 at 3:20 am

    WOW! Summerland sounds amazing. I would love to come hang out here for sure.

  9. Michele Hall

    May 25th, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Its so fun to live vicariously through your post/pictures…. it helps me remember what vacation is like? Must remedy the no vacation lately scenario….

  10. Whitney S

    May 25th, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    This looks like such a beautiful place to visit!! I especially love the first two picture that you shared 🙂

  11. beccadorr

    May 25th, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Wow, what a wonderful place to vacation. I am in desperate need for a getaway myself!

  12. toughcookiemommy

    May 25th, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    There really is so much to see and do in Summerland. I think my family would have a blast there because there are so many activities to choose from.

  13. laura londergan

    May 26th, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    well this looks like the perfect place to meet up with others and looks like you all had a blast!

  14. Ana De Jesus

    May 26th, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Summerland looks like the ideal vacay for me to get away right now. Especially the water resort and spa.

  15. CourtneyLynne

    May 26th, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Omg Summerland looks like one fun place!! I bet my family and I would have a blast visiting!

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