August Road Trip
We spent the last 10 days of August on ‘the road’ with a combination of business and personal stops along the way. Because golf is our business and food, wine and great resorts – some of which include golf – are our personal favourites, it is easy for us to combine both for a great road trip. This trip included stops in the Okanagan and the Kootenays.
Mt. Boucherie and Quails Gate
Our first over-night stop was at Predator Ridge located in the Okanagan Valley about 20 minutes south of Vernon. It would normally take us about 5 1/2 hours to drive from downtown Vancouver but with winery and lunch stops the trip took just over 8 hours. Whenever we travel into the Okanagan our must stop wineries are Mt. Boucherie and Quail’s Gate. Both are located in West Kelowna off Highway 97 on Boucherie Road. Our must haves include Quail’s Gate Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir (worth the higher price tag) and Mt. Boucherie Family Reserve Cabernet Franc. We were disappointed to find out that Mt. Boucherie has not made the Cab Franc each year and was sold out of the latest version (good thing we still have 2 bottles left). We did purchase the Summit Reserve Pinot Noir and Melange Noir so watch for blog posts coming up.
We checked in to our 2 bedroom Peregrine Cottage at Predator Ridge and were very impressed. First, since we could not drive up to the cabin the valet with a 6 passenger golf cart loaded it full (it almost didn’t fit) with all of our stuff and was extremely helpful unloading us into the cabin. The cottage (#26) had a large great room with full kitchen, living, dining, a half bath and a patio with table and chairs on the main (entrance) level with two bedrooms (good friends shared the cabin with us) each room had their own bath on the lower floor (walk-out basement level). It was much larger than we had expected and had lots of storage for golf clubs and a pull out in the living area for extra guests if needed. As requested we were located right across from the community pool, hot tub and BBQ area. It was a great start that continued over the four nights of our stay. The staff was terrific at accomodating all of our crazy requests (we hosted a BBQ for 14 people one night) and smiled the whole time. Most impressive were the valet and cabin staff who seemed genuinely happy to be doing their job – which seems to be a rare thing in the service industry these days.
We did play a round of golf on the new Ridge Course which Jeff will blog about soon. We did not have time to visit Sparkling Hill (a bit of a slow-moving morning caused a change in plans) but plan to go back next summer. The overall experience was fabulous and if you get a chance you should check out Predator Ridge soon.
Mount Boucherie Winery, West Kelowna, BC
Predator Ridge, Peregrine Cottages, Vernon, BC