About Kelowna - Amid summer sunshine, sparkling waters, and warm Okanagan smiles - Kelowna is Okanagan’s largest and liveliest population centre and a popular vacation destination. Located in the heart of BC’s wine country, this beautiful resort city, called “Little California” over the years, is mid-way between Penticton in the south and Vernon in the north. It is accessed via the Coquihalla Highway from Hope, B.C. The drive through the pass is an experience in itself. Make sure your camera is ready to go because a scenic haven of wildlife and wilderness await you. Making sure you get everything you need in order for you to relax and enjoy like a local, Owner Direct Vacation Rentals has accommodations perfect for your getaway to enjoy all that Kelowna has to offer while providing the comforts of home.
Where to Stay & Why - Perfect for couples, families, and groups, the vacation rentals are wonderfully furnished and outfitted to accommodate from 2 or more guests comfortably. Bedrooms are equipped with comfortable beds and fresh linens, spacious closets and drawers for your stuff, and huge windows overlooking the views. Take pleasure in high-end furnishings including a large kitchen, featuring counters offering tons of cooking space for all your gourmet adventures, and well equipped will all the items you will need to feel totally at home. The spacious living room provides an open atmosphere for friends and families to gather and entertain. There are sofa beds, TV, and DVD player, DVDs, and books, - some accommodations even have a game console, and a fireplace to keep warm and cozy while relaxing. Outside, a large deck offers a dream oasis with breathtaking panoramic views of the lake or mountains, or both! Watch the kids play and swim while you fire up the grill and prepare meals or snacks on the patio with table and chairs. Aside from that, some of the home rentals are pet friendly and have a penned area, there are laundry facilities, games room (with pool and ping pong table, and darts), air conditioning, free cable and WiFi, hot tub, parking, and some provide paper products, soaps, dishwasher/laundry soap, hair dryer, extra linen and pillows, bath and beach towels, coffee/tea, spices, and garbage bags. Talk about having the whole package!
What to See & Do - With its feast of recreational activities and a full plate of cultural offerings, Kelowna is the destination with the largest buffet of choices. Golf courses such as Gallagher’s Canyon and Kelowna Springs Golf Course will entice golfers to grab that five iron and explore these or one of the other best Okanagan golf courses. Whether house boating down Lake Okanagan, touring wineries like Calona, Quail’s Gate, and Summerhill, visiting galleries and museums such as Kelowna Art Gallery and the B.C. Orchard Industry Museum, checking out restaurants & bars or exploring a landscape covered in orchards as far the eye can see, visitors to Kelowna can have their cake and eat it too.
Winter time brings many ski and snowboard visitors. Visit our Okanagan ski resort comparison to pick the best mountain for you.
Where to Eat & Drink - Kelowna is a palate pleaser, to say the least, with its diverse and rich food scene. From street-side cafes to lake-side bistros, there’s an abundance of appetizing dining and nightlife options. Enjoy a fresh drink from one of the breweries, cideries, or distilleries while visiting Kelowna. Some of the common restaurants are the Cactus Club, Earl’s, and Joey’s.
How to Get Here & Getting Around - Kelowna International Airport (YLW) provides daily service to several cities including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Prince George, Los Angeles, and Seattle. By car, from Vancouver, take Highway 5 (Coquihalla) to Merritt, then switch to Highway 97C (Okanagan Connector). From Calgary, take Highway 1 (Trans-Canada) to Sicamous then switch to 97A. From the interior of Washington State, cross the border to Oroville, then take Highway 97 north to Kelowna.
By car is the preferred way to get around Kelowna as most attractions are spread out and hard to get to otherwise. There’s also a pretty good bus service that can get you from downtown to the shopping mall or to the beaches, but not all attractions can be reached by the transit. There are some attractions that are only a few minutes away that you can go on foot or by bike. (Remember: Bring and wear your helmet since it’s mandatory in British Columbia).
When to Go - Every summer (June through August), tourists from all over the country head to Kelowna looking for a hot and sunny escape among the spectacular beaches, bountiful vineyards, and world-class golf courses. In the winter, Kelowna is sandwiched between Big White and Silver Star Ski Resorts. You’ll find yourself carving down plenty of challenging ski runs, snowshoeing through picturesque trails, or skating under the stars at some of the most beautiful outdoor rinks in the valley. Most ski hills open in early November and stay open well into April.
If you’ve never been to Kelowna, you’ll wonder what took you so long. If you’re a returning visitor, welcome back! Find condo rentals and other lodgings for rent directly from owners with OwnerDirect. Book your vacation today.