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GETTING THERE

Fly into Kelowna International Airport or the Penticton Regional Airport.

LODGINGManteo Resort Waterfront Hotel & Villas

3762 Lakeshore Rd.

Kelowna, BC

250 860-1031

800 445-5255manteo.com

One of the area's more high-end properties, the lakeside Manteo is also family-friendly. Its stand-alone villas can accommodate eight. With a swimming pool, spa, library, and various recreational activities available, there is something for everyone. Don't miss the resort's restaurant, Wild Apple Grill. Rates range from $149 to $350 (Canadian dollars) for a beachfront 3-bedroom villa.

Hotel El Dorado

500 Cook Rd.

Kelowna, BC

250 763-7500eldoradokelowna.com

Known as "the El" to locals, this boutique-style inn is also home to one of the area's most popular restaurants. Rooms in the recently expanded hotel, which dates back to the 1920s, are furnished in a quirky vintage style. In addition to a pool and sunrooms along the lake, the hotel offers lakefront dining on the patio in the summer and a wine shop that stocks hard-to-find local wines. Rooms start at $89 (Canadian dollars).

Joie Farmhouse Cooking School

2825 Naramata Rd.

Naramata, BC VOH 1NO

250 496-0093; 866 422-5643joie.ca

Former chef/sommeliers Heidi Noble and Michael Dinn are the proprietors of Joie. They'll will make you feel right at home at their B&B-cum-cooking school. It's a great choice for those who want a hands-on introduction to the region's artisanal food and wine. An added bonus: You'll be able to sample the fruits of their foray into winemaking with Joie's new From the Ground Up series of red and white wines.

Naramata Heritage Inn & Spa

3625 1st St.

Naramata, BC V0H 1N0

250 496-6808; 866 617-1188naramatainn.com

This lovingly restored 1908 hotel features locally produced food and wine at its restaurant and wine bar. For those looking for a little pampering, there's an Aveda spa on the premises. Rates are $125 to $390 a night.

Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa

1200 Rancher Creek Rd.

Osoyoos, BC

877 313-9463; 250 495-2684spiritridge.ca

E-mail: info@spiritridge.ca

Set to open in summer 2005, this new resort sits next to the the Nk'Mip vineyard, which is a partner. The resort includes villas, a swimming pool, a desert-style golf course, and a spa.

DININGFresco

1560 Water St.

Kelowna, BC

250 868-8805

This popular downtown eatery features contemporary Asian-influenced seasonal cuisine and is considered one of Kelowna's top restaurants (with prices to match). A rotating selection of artwork adorns the brick walls, and there's a martini bar for those who want a break from wine. Entrees are $20 to $25.

The Terrace

Mission Hill Family Estate

1730 Mission Rd.

Westbank, BC

250 768-7611

With stunning lake and vineyard views, the Terrace is a perfect spot to stop for lunch (May-October) or in the summer months for dinner. The menu features local organic ingredients.

The Sonora Room

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

100 Burrowing Owl Place

Oliver, BC

250 498-6202; 877 498-0620burrowingowlwine.ca

Burrowing Owl's on-site restaurant features local seasonal ingredients and the opportunity to drink some of the winery's coveted "library" stock, which is no longer available to the rest of the public. Entrees are $20 to $30. Closed from Thanksgiving to Easter.


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