My First Time in Wine- Country | Visit Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos

The beautiful beach view of Osoyoos Okanagan BC

‘It’s my first time in wine-country!’, I say to myself.

 

View of the okanagan mountains in osoyoos BC wine country

Being in Vancouver for the last 6 years, it’s surprising that I haven’t made the trip down to Osoyoos in the Okanagan. For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Okanagan is famous for spectacular views, and being a hub for vineyards. It is located on the south end of the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.

Disclaimer: Accommodations during our stay was by compliments from Watermark Beach Resort. Tastings at all wineries were also provided by each vineyard. That said, all thought and opinions are my own.

 

Getting to Osoyoos:

downtown of the small town of osoyoos BC okanagan

By car, it takes you approximately 5 hours from Vancouver, depending on traffic.

By plane, it takes you about an hour to fly in to Kelowna International Airport. Followed by an approximate 90 minutes drive to Watermark Beach Resort.

roadside view of the drive from Vancouver BC to Osoyoos BC in the Okanagan

I do recommend taking the drive as it is so beautiful. You get stunning views of the mountains and lakes during the drive.

The only caution is to ensure you start the drive early as there are very little to no street lights, and the roads get pretty windy. Go slow, and be cautious of wildlife (we saw a deer in the middle of the highway).

Oh, and pack food & water!

 

Where I stayed: The Watermark Beach Resort

View of the pool and courtyard of The Watermark Resort in Osoyoos BC in the Okanagan

I love being by the beach.

Beachfront views at The Watermark Resort in Osoyoos BC Okanagan Relaxing in my robes from The Watermark Resort on the patio in Osoyoos BC Okanagan  My magazine reads for lounging on the beach at The Watermark Resort in Osoyoos BC Okanagan

The Watermark Beach Resort is located right by the Okanagan Lake, serving a stunning view of the mountains, water and is in the heart of the town. As you drive into the town, you will see a huge Boston Pizza sign. The restaurant is connected to the resort and is very convenient if you plan to grab a quick bite arriving late.

Relaxing on our private patio at The Watermark Resort in Osoyoos BC Okanagan while reading a magazine

Who called for an 11 pm, Medium Pizza delivery? We sure did.

We were staying in the 2 bedroom, lakeside view suite in Watermark Beach Resort and it is divine.

The 2- bedroom suite comes with a kitchen, living room, a master bedroom, second room, outdoor patio facing the mountains and pool. Both bedrooms have a queen-sized bed, as well as a queen pull out sofa bed. Oh, plus 2 bathrooms, which is PERFECT for bigger families. I have a family of 5, and we need our space. 

I share about my experience staying at the hotels in Japan, Vegas and Hawaii as well- all of which I think is great for families too!

A view of the outside of The Watermark Resort in Osoyoos BC Okanagan  The Watermark Beach Resort is a very family friendly resort. Kids and families are seen rather frequently throughout the resort. There is a pool + slide, hot tub, BBQ areas that you can book in advance, a game & movie room. In addition to that, you can rent Stand Up Paddle Boards, Kayaks, and relax with Beach Yoga that’s available to guests.

My favourite part about staying at Watermark Beach Resort is the beyond stunning views. I take for granted how beautiful BC is, but it’s nice to sit down, have breakfast and stare at a view that literally looks like a Bob Ross painting.

Beautiful beach and mountain views from The Watermark Resort in Osoyoos BC Okanagan The outdoor area at The Watermark Resort in Osoyoos BC Okanagan Delicious yogurt snack from The Watermark Resort in Osoyoos BC Okanagan

I also love how close everything is to the resort. Mind you, stores and most restaurants are closed by 7 pm. In the day though, it’s easy to walk around town and drive to the vineyards that are 10-20 minutes away.

Strolling on the beach with mountain views at The Watermark Resort in Osoyoos BC Okanagan Enjoying the beach sunshine with mountain views at The Watermark Resort in Osoyoos BC Okanagan Enjoying the sunshine and sand at The Watermark Resort in Osoyoos BC Okanagan

Things to do in Osoyoos: Winery Hopping, Fruit Stands and U-Picks

I sure love wine

I paid a visit to three wineries during my stay. These wineries are family-friendly and my brother who is still a minor, still had fun taking in the views and food.

Here are the wineries that I love:

 

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards + Miradoro Restaurant (15-20 minutes via car from Watermark Beach Resort)

Front entrance of Tinhorn Creek Winery in Osoyoos BC Okanagan Glasses at Tinhorn Creek Winery in Osoyoos BC Okanagan ready for BC Wine tastings TInhorn Creek Winery vineyard views with a seating area in Osoyoos BC Okanagan Wine grapes on the tour of Tinhorn Creek Winery in Osoyoos BC Okanagan

I am blown away by how beautiful the Tinhorn Creek Vineyard in Osoyoos is! The drive uphill is a spectacular sight and when you reach the top, you catch the beautiful skyline of the mountains.

My family went on the guided tour through the winery. There is so much to learn about the process behind creating high quality wine. Our lovely tour, Zola took us through the learning about the grapes, the process and the various flavour notes within each wine.

Posing with my wine glass between the vines at Tinhorn Creek Wineries in Osoyoos BC Okanagan Wandering through the Tinhorn Creek Winery Vineyard in Osoyoos BC Okanagan  The sunning view of the mountains and vineyard at Tinhorn Creek Winery in Osoyoos BC OkanaganEnjoying my glass of red wine in the vineyard of Tinhorn Creek Winery in Osoyoos BC Okanagan

Bring your family as there are several activities that you can do! There is the Golden Mile Trail that you can hike as well.

Grab a bite to eat, while indulging in wine that isn’t available for sale at Miradoro Restaurant while you’re at it!

Grabbing a bite to eat at the Miradoro Restaurant during a bc wine tasting break in Osoyoos BC Okanagan

*My favourites from the tasting are the Pinot Noirs (Reds), Old 2Bench whites and Chardonnay!

 

NK’MIP Cellars and the Sunset Lounge (8 minutes via car from Watermark Beach Resort)

View of the seating area at NK’MIP Cellars and Sunset Lounge The indoor wine tasting room at NK’MIP Cellars and Sunset Lounge The collection of BC wines at NK’MIP Cellars and Sunset Lounge

The NK’MIP Cellars (pronounce it as In-ka-meep) is one that tops the list! NK’MIP Cellars is conveniently a mere 8 minute drive from Watermark Beach Resort. NK’MIP is the first Aboriginal-owned winery in North America. This inspires the names of the wines and on the cap of the wine bottle, you will see an illustration of a turtle. This turtle illustration plays an important role, as it is a symbol of mother nature and giving back to the Earth.

The incredible outdoor view at NK’MIP Cellars and Sunset Lounge The incredible outdoor view and seating area at NK’MIP Cellars and Sunset Lounge

A good story only makes the wine taste even better.

I don’t know if I have a favourite because I loved them all but we brought home with us a whole lot of wine 😉

The views at the Sunset Lounge/Patio Restaurant feels just like I was dining in Italy. You get a fantastic view of the mountains and water with their alfresco dining concept.

The incredible outdoor view and seating area at NK’MIP Cellars and Sunset Lounge

If you’re a fan of charcuterie, definitely have that with a glass of wine! Talk about a great way to absorb the view and relax.

NK’MIP Cellars connects to the NK’MIP Resort. Thus, there are accommodations and various activities for the whole family to enjoy.

 

*My favourite wine is their award winning Chardonnay, their reds and their Ice Wine (not too sweet and fantastic aftertaste)

 

Stoneboat Vineyards

The front entrance of Stoneboat Vineyards in Osoyoos BC Okanagan

Along Black Sage Road, Stoneboat Vineyards is a smaller vineyard where you can taste their variety of wines. Each wine has beautiful packaging as well!

Glasses in the tasting room at Stoneboat Vineyards in Osoyoos BC Okanagan Ice Wine collection at Stoneboat Vineyards in Osoyoos BC Okanagan Menu of the wine selection at Stoneboat Vineyards in Osoyoos BC Okanagan

My favourite wine from Stoneboat are their Ice Wines. As well, their Sparklings are very popular!

There’s also a Jackson Triggs winery that I didn’t get a chance to visit but if you want to learn more about their wines check out my post here.

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Delicious fresh local fruits and jams in Osoyoos BC Okanagan

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