If you’re getting into the holiday spirit, you’re likely excitedly planning a weekend away from Vancouver this winter. There are several factors you’ll want to consider when choosing your destination. Perhaps you’re craving warm sun, tropical beaches and quiet serenity. If you’re over tropical destinations, maybe you’re instead seeking a whimsical winter wonderland. Or, perhaps all you really want is to visit a luxury hotel away from Vancouver that has amazing holiday vibes. Here are 6 awesome destinations for a weekend getaway:
- Penticton Lakeside Resort – The Okanagan, British Columbia
Although it’s popular in the summer, the Okanagan is a fun destination in the winter, too! Penticton offers visitors awesome snowshoeing adventures, cross-country skiing, ice fishing and the Penticton Winter Farmer’s Market.
The Penticton Lakeside Resort is a beautiful and peaceful resort right on the lake, and each winter the hotel converts their private beach into a fully lit outdoor ice-rink, providing guests with lake front ice-skating! This hotel also really gets into the holiday spirit with a fully decorated lobby complete with a story-telling Santa. The hotel’s Hooded Merganser restaurant is located directly on the lake with stunning views and delicious food. The only casino in Penticton is at the Penticton Lakeside Resort, and the hotel’s Barking Parrot bar always has something fun going on for hotel guests to enjoy (from live music to comedy shows). If that’s not enticing enough, the Penticton Lakeside Resort also offers a 2 night Ski & Romance package during the winter season. The Okanagan is famous for its wine, so while you’re there for the weekend make sure to get recommendations from restaurant staff and taste some local wines!