Today we planned a tour of three of our local Bed & Breakfasts, to get an idea of accommodation options for our summer visitors. Alexandria House was our first stop and we were pleasantly surprised by a beautiful home with cozy bedrooms, a hot tub and fantastic hosts. There are two rooms for guests, which may be used for families or groups, or one will be booked at a time for individual couples. We came upstairs through the gorgeous garden to a mystical garden patio, with a trail leading up to a gazebo and a raspberry bush for the guests to help themselves. All the breakfasts and baking are homemade and absolutely delicious. Suzanne and Paul went above and beyond when they treated us to their homemade banana chocolate chip bread and invited us to sit and visit on the deck. They were fun and easy to talk to, sharing stories of their unique and wonderful experiences with different guests from around the world.
Our next stop was to the breathtaking A View of the Lake where we were warmly greeted by Chrissy and Steve. Our first part of the tour was right to the patio, with a million dollar view of Okanagan Lake, which explains the name. They served us some delicious, homemade cherry cake and fresh lemonade. They continuously entertained us with their humour and fun personalities. We gradually made our way to the tour of the house, starting in the demo kitchen. Steve is a professional chef who proudly prepares seasonal and exquisite breakfasts for their guests, made from locally sourced products. Upstairs were four stunning and expansive bedrooms with unique themes, each with a private on-suite (with heated floors!) and large closets. The most impressive was the Grand View suite, which had a Jacuzzi tub facing a lake view window, a window seat, and a couch which folded into a bed. They made a point of not including televisions, to allow the guests to visit and enjoy each other’s company over patio discussions and a selection of board games. It was definitely the place for a relaxing, getaway weekend.
Our final stop was to Morning Glory Bed and Breakfast. We were lead through a cozy house where we had the opportunity to admire Betty’s artwork. She then took us outside to see the great work she had done to create a lovely garden. We all sat outside and she served us some delightful, homemade strawberry shortcake and mint-lime water. The weather was perfect for relaxing on the back patio. We left nicely warmed by the sun and full of so many goodies.
The tour was educational and a lot of fun. It is good to learn about and see what West Kelowna has to offer.