Ahhh. What beats a weekend away with your girlfriends? There are laughs, food, wine and coffee for days. It’s the ultimate relaxation where you are only responsible for yourself and in the company of your oldest and most trusted pals where there is no pressure to be anyone but you. No filter needed. No topic offside. No one to impress.
These days life is busy for us all. Trying to juggle busy careers and growing families makes it really tricky to set aside time to get away. Depending on who is preggo, nursing or working, we often can’t have everyone together (we missssssed you gals) but those that can make it, do, and we have a blast. Vegas and Banff (I know, significantly different vacations) are our usual go-to’s so this time we thought we would try Okanagan wine country.
This was my maiden voyage using Airbnb and I was really impressed. The owner of the condo was kind enough to let us check in at 9am when we arrived, so we were settled and comfortable long before we would have been in a hotel. Plus, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a deck with an incredible view and a full kitchen are huge bonuses over a dark hotel room. Dollar for dollar, I thought it was a huge win. Plus, when the welcome instructions noted that the Wifi network was called “orangewifichicken” I knew I loved this place 😂
The first thing we tracked down were mimosas, I mean, brunch 😉 We headed to the cutest spot in downtown Kelowna called Bohemian Cafe. It was delish. I was still forgetting that I didn’t have my two year old in tow, so I hoovered my meal because usually, I don’t know when the next will come and I have to share everything delicious with my little sidekick. But seriously, those grapefruit mimosas..
While we are talking about local restaurants, I need to tell you about Waterfront Wines. A small, simple space in downtown Kelowna with the BEST food ever. The kind of restaurant where you turn off your calorie counting app or Fitbit or whatever and chalk it up to a yummy culinary treat. We stopped in for dinner on Friday and literally ate and drank for hours. We started with one of the best charcuterie boards I have ever tasted. Local meats, cheeses and olives paired with fresh breads, and homemade spreads. If no one was looking, I would have ordered about three of these. The food was just so interesting. Perogies filled with ricotta, pesto and pork, lightly charred squid and octopus with a siracha type sauce, shaved asparagus salad with honey miso dressing, the most amazing melt-in-your-mouth flatiron steak and creme brûlée with fresh cherries on the bottom. I could go on but I don’t want you to know just how much we consumed lol. It was really an experience. We never felt hurried and our server was amazing. I will stop there. You should go.
Saturday was jam packed with wine tours and tastings for breakfast, lunch and dinner 🙈 It was an amazing day. At our first stop, Sperling, our guide bought us all fresh spudnuts to have with the late harvest wine. It’s rude to say no right? Well, Heaven does come in donut form. Melt in your mouth deliciousness. Did I mention we ate well this weekend?! There were too many highlights to the day and this blog is already getting long, but my favs were Sperling (this may or may not have to do with the donuts), lunch at Cedar Creek and strolling the orchards at Vibrant Vines. This light and fun romper from Anthrolpologie was comfortable and fun for a full day outing. ps – I had to tag my girlfriends kimono because 1) I really wanted to steal it and 2) it’s from a local shop in Lethbridge called Urban Cowgirl. I have linked her Insta page. She has the cutest things and the kimonos are customizable with lace detail etc. I want.
I wish I could see these girls all the time, but weekends like this are totally worth the wait. I am truly grateful to have the greatest friends and a hubby who takes the best care of my little nugget while I am away. I am one lucky girl.