During the cold winter months in the Okanagan, the city of Vernon comes alive with a plethora of seasonal events, transforming it into a wonderland of snowy fun for couples, families, and friends. Everything from skiing and carnivals to shopping, spirit-tasting and relaxing in a spa – Vernon has it all in a charming, easily accessible community.
How about experiencing all of it from a convenient location? How fun would it be to spend the day skiing at Silver Star, and then return to the Prestige Vernon Lodge to relax and recharge in our tropical oasis? How about a free 2-night stay at the Prestige Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre?
To inspire you further, here’s a list of some of our favourite wintertime activities in charming Vernon:
Get your ski on at Silver Star Mountain
A mere 25 minutes away, this family-friendly ski resort has a fun and memorable mix of activities for all ages and skill levels. For example: skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, tubing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, biking (yes – in the winter!), snowmobiling, and snowcat tours are just the tip of the iceberg! Find out more at www.skisilverstar.com
Have some fun at the Vernon Winter Carnival
Held in early February (and dating back to 1893), the Vernon Winter Carnival is a must-do/must-see! Every year has a theme – this year is “Remember the 60’s”. Fun activities for everyone, including hot air balloon rides, snow and ice-sculpting, a Suds n’ Cider showcase, cultural events, and much more. Keep on truckin’ dude!
Sample some local Okanagan Spirits
What better way to end a busy winter day than to sample some incredible locally-sourced and produced spirits. From farm-to-glass, try a selection of more than 25 internationally awarded spirits ranging from single malt whiskey to gins, vodkas, liqueurs, fruit brandies and even aquavit and absinthe. You can also take a tour of their modern, fully operational production facility and learn about the fascinating process of creating these luscious libations. Find out more at okanaganspirits.com
Visit Planet Bee Honey Farm and Meadery
Step into the amazing world of the honeybee at this fully-operational bee farm! View live honey bees working in the indoor glass observatory hives. Taste over 20 different flavors of honey at the tasting station, and sip some honey wine at the Honeymoon tasting bar. Free admission and fun & educational for the whole family. How sweet it is! Find out more at www.planetbee.com
Do some shopping in downtown Vernon
Vernon features a beautiful downtown core featuring over 50 restaurants, 250 shops & boutiques (many locally owned and operated), three art galleries, shopping malls, and much more. Check out the Pink Spotted Goat for some unique local products, or Mary-Ann’s Closet for vintage designer clothing and accessories. Stop in at the Wedge Cheesery to try some of the best quality cheese on the market. The list is endless!
If any of this sounds like fun to you, be sure to enter our Prestige Property of the Month competition to be in the running!
1. LIKE the photo labeled Prestige Property of the Month on our Instagram feed
2. FOLLOW @PrestigeResorts on Instagram
3. TAG a friend who you would like to join you
4. TAG as many friends as you want for additional entries. No limit.
And here’s a great way to increase your odds of winning: We are running this contest across both our Instagram and Facebook platforms, so make sure to visit both social media sites and REPEAT steps 1-4. The winner will be announced on the last day of each month.
Competition fine print: Transportation to and from the hotel is not included in the prize package. The prize is not transferable and must be used within 12 months from the draw date. The winner must still be following Prestige Hotels and Resorts at the time of the draw to be eligible, otherwise, a redraw will be performed until a winner is found. Make sure to follow our Instagram @PrestigeResorts and Facebook to stay updated.