Summer in Penticton

Penticton is a beautiful city in the south Okanagan in the interior of British Columbia, Canada. Summer in Penticton is a great time to visit with plenty to see and do. There are a lot of vineyards and wine tasting tours, but if you’re looking for other things to do, the area is wonderful for outdoor enthusiasts.

Biking on the KVR (Kettle Valley Railway) trail just outside of Penticton.

There are numerous walking and biking trails through picturesque vineyards, orchards, and rolling hills, with bike rental shops if you don’t have a bike with you.. The climate is hot and dry in the summer months and Penticton is one of only two cities in the world situated between two lakes which offer many water activities.

A view from the bike trail (KVR) just outside of Penticton.
The KVR trail in Penticton that goes by the Penticton creek.

There are beautiful hikes in the area or leisurely shopping in the city itself. There are a variety of excellent restaurants and specialty food shops for the food lover to choose from.

Walking path alongside the Penticton creek.

A beautiful courtyard area behind The Dragon’s Den art shop on Front street, Penticton:

A specialty milk shake shop on Lakeshore Drive right along the Okanagan lake front:

Cherry on Top Shake Shop, Penticton, B.C.

There are numerous festivals and events throughout the summer to enjoy within the city, such as the Peach City Beach cruise, a premier car show with over 800 cars on display which features a large selection of classic collector vehicles.

Penticton is a wonderful place to visit and with it’s beautiful summer climate, and all that it has to offer, you won’t be disappointed.

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Places we Loved to Eat and Drink in Portland

We recently enjoyed time trying out some fabulous food and coffee in Portland on our trip to Oregon. Year after year, Portland is consistently ranked as one of the top food cities in America. Here are some places we loved to eat and drink in Portland.

1. Keeper Coffee Co.

This quaint coffee shop in SE Portland is a little corner cafe where we enjoyed an awesome oat latte, lemon tart, and vanilla latte. We wanted to try this coffee shop because of the wonderful reviews and also the work place of Morgan Eckroth. Who is Morgan Eckroth?

Morgan Eckroth is the 2022 US Barista Champion and has captured the coffee shop experience by doubling her day job as a barista at Portland’s Keeper Coffee with a career in being very much online with her multiple social media channels that include MorganDrinksCoffee on YouTube as well as @morgandrinkscoffee on both Instagram and TikTok, boasting a combined following of some 6.5 million.

Keeper Coffee Co., Portland, Oregon
Keeper Coffee Co.
Keeper Coffee Co.

Places we Loved to Eat and Drink in Portland

2. Frank’s Noodle House

Frank’s Noodle House in NE Portland serves delicious and fresh Asian food. Their homemade hand pulled noodles and pork dumplings were delicious. Frank’s Noodle House was featured in the popular tv show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives back in 2017 with great reviews.

Frank’s Noodle House, Portland, Oregon

3. Kate’s Great Plant – Based Ice Cream

Kate’s Ice Cream is made using organic coconut milk and is 100% plant-based and gluten-free. Inspired by her younger sister who couldn’t have dairy, Kate Williams began making plant-based ice cream in 2014. She’s also crafted a popular, delicious gluten-free, vegan waffle cone.

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4. Jojo Food Truck

Jojo food truck serves gourmet sandwiches, fried chicken, jojos (potatoe wedges), burgers, and more! Jojo food truck is located in a cute little truck pod, with plenty of parking and outdoor seating.

We ordered the fried chicken sandwich, jojos, a cheeseburger and a patty melt which is like a grilled cheese sandwich with a burger inside. All of it was delicious.

The fried chicken sandwich had a flaky, crispy, crunchy batter like Popeyes, layered in pickles, sauce, and cabbage slaw. I was impressed with how many different ingredients were in the Jojo Patty Melt, which consisted of a hamburger patty, American and cheddar cheese, caramelized onion, Alabama white mustard sauce, pickles, and chopped chives.

Places we Loved to Eat and Drink in Portland

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Oregon Travel-Peony Farm

I am always on the hunt for beautiful open gardens and flower farms, so on our Oregon travel when we came across a peony farm south of Portland we knew we had to visit. Adelman Peony Gardens is located in the farm community of Brooks, just north of Salem, Oregon.

If you are a flower lover like myself, then I can’t recommend a visit to the Adelman Peony Gardens enough! Be sure to catch the peonies during their blooming season, May through Mid-June in the Willamette Valley.

Oregon Travel-Peony Farm

Jim and Carol Adelman began growing peonies nearly 25 years ago, and have three generations of Adelmans working to pass on their love for peonies on their farm.

What amazed me the most during our visit, besides the immaculately weeded beds, was the number of varieties in the patch. Their catalogue and peony root order form lists over 200 different peony varieties.

Oregon Travel-Peony Farm

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We arrived at Adelman Peony Gardens mid May- while there were many varieties in full bloom, there also were a lot that weren’t quite open yet (a sign at the entrance stated full bloom in the gardens was expected to be at the end of May).

Oregon Travel-Peony Farm

Cut Peony Flower Care instructions:

It is best to cut flowers early in the morning while the buds are still cool.

Leave at least 3 sets of leaves on the plant to keep the plant vigorous

Most peony varieties can be cut when the bud feels like a large, firm marshmallow or when you observe the first petal move away from the bud.

Prepare your vase by washing it with dish detergent and bleach. Fill the vase about 1/3 with water. Add a packet of flower food or plan to change the water every couple of days.

Run cool water in a bowl or basin. Remove all leaves that would be underwater in the vase, as they will rot, reducing the life of the flower.

Immerse the flower stems in the water and cut off 1/2 inch of the stem underwater. This will allow water to adhere to the pores that uptake the water into the flower. You can then transfer them to the vase.

Place the vase in a cool location out of direct sun.

To open flowers faster, place them in warm water in a warm room. To slow the progress, place them in a dark, cool room-if desperate, add ice to the water.

Enjoy your cut peonies!

Have you visited a peony farm? What are your favorite spots to visit in the spring and summer? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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Oregon Coastline Trip – Astoria

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We started our Oregon coastline trip in the quaint city of Astoria, with its beautiful historical homes on the steep hills of the city. This small coastal town is at the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge. Astoria is the oldest city west of the Rocky Mountains. Astoria was founded in the early 1800s and named after John Jacob Astor. We visited the Astoria column, a monument which is the cradle for America’s claim to the Pacific coast.

Astoria Oregon
Astoria Oregon
The Astoria Column

For 300 years, Spain, England, France and Russia had competed for this prime land-now constituting the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and parts of Montana and Wyoming. But three events in or near Astoria, over short years, enabled the U.S to make the decisive argument that it had explored the area by land and water and it had set up commerce in the region.

The Astoria column is an artful summary of the triumphs, conflicts and turning points of the frontier. It has a height of 125 feet, 164 steps, is constructed of concrete, and the length of artwork, unwound is 500+ feet.

You can purchase a light wooden airplane for $2 from the gift shop and fly it off the top of the tower.

Oregon Coastline Trip – Astoria

The Astoria Column, Astoria Oregon

We also briefly stopped and took some photos of the house(privately owned and not open to the public)of the house used in the movie The Goonies. The owner doesn’t allow cars to drive up to the house(private driveway) but does allow people to walk up for photos(as per signs posted at the mailboxes).

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House from the movie ‘The Goonies’ in Astoria, Oregon.

The Goonies movie (if you didn’t already know) is an adventure comedy about a bunch of kids from the ‘Goon Docks’ in Oregon that band together to try to save their homes from being demolished. In the process of saving their town, they come across an old map that leads them on a crazy adventure to find the hidden treasure of a 17th-century pirate.

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Spring Blooms in the Okanagan

If you’re thinking of taking a spring holiday in Canada consider the South Okanagan. A trip here in April is a great time to see spring blooms in the Okanagan. The South Okanagan is a fruit growing area in the southern British Columbia interior that is very scenic with mountains, lakes, orchards and vineyards. The south Okanagan is about a 4 hour drive east of Vancouver. The fruit trees start blooming in April with the apricot trees being the first to blossom with their white blooms.

Apricot trees in the Oliver area.

Apricot trees in the Oliver and Penticton areas of the south Okanagan.

Next to start blossoming are the cherry and nectarine trees and the wild Okanagan sunflower. You’ll see the beautiful bright yellow Okanagan sunflower (also known as Arrowleaf Balsalmroot) all over the sides of the mountains throughout the Okanagan in April.

Nectarine trees starting to blossom in Summerland.

Spring Blooms in the Okanagan

Wild Okanagan sunflowers near Penticton.
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Photo by Jess Vince Photography

Kalamalka Lake which is between Vernon and Kelowna is a beautiful lake with turquoise clear waters that makes for a gorgeous rest spot and a picnic lunch.

Kalamalka Lake by the town of Oyama.

A local park area in the town of Oyama on Lake Kalamalka in April.

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You’ll also see beautiful blooms within the cities of the Okanagan. Below are some photos of Magnolia tree blooms, Forsythia blooms and crocuses around the city of Penticton in April.

A beautiful fragrant Magnolia tree in bloom.
A forsythia in full bloom.

Crocuses around and near Penticton.

The Penticton Farmers’ Market starts up in April and some vendors are starting to sell fresh local cut flowers then.

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Spring Hike in the South Okanagan- KVR Trail Naramata Section

Spring is such a great time to be outdoors and enjoy seeing the earth come to life again. It’s March and we’re in the south Okanagan and I want to share another spring hike in the south Okanagan – KVR Trail – Naramata section that we’ve done this month. Spring in the South Okanagan is beautiful and this is an easy hike that offers beautiful views of Okanagan Lake and the Naramata bench. The Naramata bench is a plateau of land that lies along the southeast corner of Lake Okanagan.

Overlooking part of Okanagan Lake and the Naramata bench.

For all you international visitors to my blog who are wondering where or what is the Okanagan -it’s in Canada. It’s an area in the southern interior part of the province of British Columbia, which is the first province on the west side of Canada. The south Okanagan is an area surrounding the communities on or near Highway 97, which runs from Osoyoos (near the Canadian/USA border) through Vernon to Kamloops and on into the Cariboo.

The KVR (Kettle Valley Rail) is a railway bed that is now home to an extensive trail that provides almost 650 km of connected pathways from Hope to Castlegar. You can experience the KVR trail by walking/hiking, biking, or horseback riding. The Naramata section we walked today is just one small part of the KVR trail, and just one small part of the Naramata section of the KVR trail.

This is a popular hike if you want to check it out if you’re in the area or in the area at this time of year. This hike looks much different in the spring as compared to the summer, but new growth and the singing of birds was all around. It was a great hike to spend on a lovely spring day.

We started our hike at the parking lot by Naramata creek and hiked toward the Little Tunnel. (See map in above photo). To get to the “Naramata parking lot” as the locals call it, from Penticton you take Naramata road for about 10 km. Naramata road is on the east side of Okanagan Lake. From Naramata road, you take a slight right onto North Naramata road and then turn right onto Smethurst road. Stay on Smethurst road until you come to a parking lot on your right. Park your vehicle there and then take the KVR trail leading towards Kelowna, heading west across Smethurst road from the parking lot.

Signs of spring along the hike – leaves budding, spring wild flowers, green moss and water trickling.

The south Okanagan is known for its milder climate year round and hot summers. It is a fruit growing area with many varieties of orchards and vineyards.

KVR trail – part of the Naramata section.

The little tunnel is a tunnel that the train went through that now many people enjoy walking through.

The little tunnel along the KVR trail – Naramata section.

This hike took us almost three hours, but we took out time. If one wanted a shorter hike, you could hike to a quicker landmark, such as Robinson Creek and then return. There are beautiful creeks along the way and we stopped to explore one. There is an outhouse if needed and benches to rest on to take in the beautiful views.

If you’re looking to travel off season, when the cost of accommodation and travel is cheaper than during the high summer season and the weather is not too bad (12-15 C) this is a nice spring getaway – hiking in the south Okanagan.

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Spring Hike in the South Okanagan- Naramata Falls

Spring is such a great time to be outdoors and enjoy seeing the earth come to life again. It’s March and we’re in the south Okanagan and I want to share a beautiful spring hike in the south Okanagan – Naramata Falls that we’ve done this month. Spring in the South Okanagan is beautiful!

This is a popular hike if you want to check it out if you’re in the area or in the area at this time of year. This hike looks much different in the spring as compared to the summer, but new growth and the singing of birds was all around. It was a great way to spend a spring day.

For all you international visitors to my blog who are wondering where or what is the Okanagan -it’s in Canada. It’s an area in the southern interior part of the province of British Columbia, which is the first province on the west side of Canada. The south Okanagan is an area surrounding the communities on or near Highway 97, which runs from Osoyoos (near the Canadian/USA border) through Vernon to Kamloops and on into the Cariboo.

The south Okanagan is known for its milder climate year round and hot summers. It is a fruit growing area with many varieties of orchards and vineyards.

The hike to Naramata Falls is 1.77 km out and back, taking about 20-30 minutes depending on your speed. There are places along the trail that cross the creek; two of the places have bridges, and a couple of places do not. You can cross over a tree that spreads across the creek or wear waterproof shoes that you don’t mind getting wet.

There are a lot of beautiful hikes in this area; I’m just sharing one of them with you today: the Naramata Falls hike.

Naramata Falls is north of the city of Penticton on the east side of Okanagan Lake towards the town of Naramata. The falls are in Naramata Creek Park about 10 km from Penticton. From Penticton, follow Naramata road about 10 km until you see the Creek Park entrance side on the right side of the road. It’s a paved road that leads to a parking lot which is where the hike starts.

This is a beautiful trail that parallels a creek and climbs up through a gulley past the Naramata falls, and at the top of the gulley intersects the Trans Canada Trail which follows the rail bed of the Kettle Valley Railway. Be aware there is poison ivy along the path but there was none up yet (too early in the season.

An area at the base of Naramata Falls.

Naramata Falls were partially frozen from the winter but a good portion had free flowing water.

If you’re looking to travel off season, when the cost of accommodation and travel is cheaper than during the high summer season and the weather is not too bad (12-15 C) this is a nice spring getaway – hiking in the south Okanagan.

Here are some photos of the same hike later on in the spring in May:

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