The table is set at Spirit Ridge for a relaxing getaway in the Okanagan sun. (Adrian Brijbassi/Vacay.ca)

Osoyoos sets the mood for romance

From secluded hikes to wine tastings, the Osoyoos Indian Band delivers a variety of activities

Story by Adrian Brijbassi

Vacay.ca Managing Editor

Desert settings have a reputation for romance. A combination of warmth, unique sunsets, and breathtaking landscapes has inspired generations of poets, photographers, and dreamers to entice others to follow their paths.

Canada’s largest sub-Arctic desert region is no different.

Romantics flock to Osoyoos, a city of 5,000 people located in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley, for its relaxing escapes, wine tours, and luxury resorts.

Unlike most other arid parts of North America, Osoyoos is in the heart of an agricultural hotbed. The area known as the South Okanagan produces the majority of B.C.’s wine-growing grapes and also has working farms and a thriving tourism industry that has made romantic appeal part of the attraction.

At Spirit Ridge, a high-end resort that is the first property in Canada to join the Unbound Collection by Hyatt, guests have the chance to indulge in the best of the region’s offerings.

Solterra Desert Spa provides a variety of treatments in an intimate setting with Indigenous decor — a nod to the Osoyoos Indian Band, whose traditional territory includes nearly all of the Okanagan Valley. The spa’s services include a Couples Vitality Massage as well as a full range of bridal services for those guests who have succeeded in levelling up their romance. Following an expertly done treatment, you can relax quietly with a beverage, feeling satisfied in the moment, or laze in the sun on the spa’s patio.

An eyecatching ceiling fixture at Mica depicts a dreamcatcher while the flavours that appear on your plate will be a real treat. (Adrian Brijbassi/Vacay.ca)

You can also catch rays at Spirit Ridge’s gorgeous outdoor pool, which overlooks Lake Osoyoos and the Monashee Mountain range.

It features a view of the vineyards that grow some of the grapes used in neighbouring NK’Mip Cellars’ award-winning wines. Those wines — along with a selection of others from wineries in the area — can be enjoyed al fresco with cuisine from Mica, Spirit Ridge’s fine-dining restaurant whose menu spotlights local flavours in recognizable dishes. (Try the mushroom ravioli that’s served with shaved black truffle on top).

Take a bottle of wine back to your room, where you’ll appreciate Spirit Ridge’s incredibly spacious accommodations that include full kitchens and upscale appointments throughout. Many rooms showcase the scenery, where the Okanagan sunsets can be appreciated on decks that entice you to linger, thanks to outdoor temperatures in spring that can climb above 30 Celsius degrees.

With Spirit Ridge as the base for your stay, couples can explore the area, hiking nature trails, including those at the NK’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, located a few steps from the hotel. The centre’s exterior highlights include a 20-minute walk to a replica teepee village where visitors can learn about the Osoyoos Indian Band’s practices and history.

The teepee village at the NK’Mip Desert Cultural Centre is one of the attractions that give visitors an insight into the traditions and practices of the Okanagan Nation. (Nic Amaya photo for Vacay.ca)

Farther afield are hikes through grassland thick with sage, Mariposa lily, bitterroot and other plants that are important to this delicate ecosystem. Grassland comprises less than 1 per cent of B.C.’s land area, and much of that terrain can be found in the South Okanagan.

The most dramatic hike in the region may well be the one that takes you to the summit of nʕaylintn (prononuced nigh-lin-tin in the nsyilxcən language of the Okanagan Nation).

Climbing to an elevation of 673 metres, the cliff graces hikers with a superb panoramic view of the vineyards, mountains, and distinctive land that define the region.

The scenery below and around the landmark cliff provides a picturesque look at the landscape of the South Okanagan. (Mark Romans photo for Vacay.ca)

Like so much else in the region, the outdoor experience of hiking to a peak with nature in bloom fills you with appreciation for all that is in front of you — and next to you. That’s one reason why couples seeking an ideal destination to kindle their romance are sure to warm up to the idea of a visit to the South Okanagan.

MORE ABOUT SPIRIT RIDGE, UNBOUND COLLECTION BY HYATT

Location: 1200 Rancher Creek Road, Osoyoos, B.C. (see map below)

Website: spiritridge.hyatt.com

Telephone: 250-495-5445

Room rates: A search on the property’s booking engine returned a nightly rate of $256 for a June weekend.

MORE VACAY.CA

NK’Mip Cellars continues to blossom — One of Canada’s leading wineries, NK’Mip Cellars is building on the reputation it has built for producing award-winning wines and providing outstanding tasting experiences.

Destiny matches winemakers and the South Okanagan — Immigrants from India, farmers devoted to sustainability, and Indigenous community members have turned the grape-growing regions of Oliver and Osoyoos into global success stories.

Osoyoos Indian Band cultivates success — The grape-growing land of the South Okanagan resides in the traditional territory of the Osoyoos Indian Band, which is a community of about 540 members

Comments are closed

Just Posted

‘Powerful’ Punjabi youth writing contest lauded in Surrey

The Dhahan Prize contest invites B.C. teens to connect to their culture through storytelling

FOCUS: New arena, more ice in Surrey – but will it be enough for everyone?

With both rinks to close at North Surrey rec, the result is a net gain of one ice sheet this fall

Accused Surrey transit cop shooter’s bail hearing set for April

Daon Gordon Glasgow, 35, is accused of shooting Transit Police Constable Josh Harms, 27

Watchdog called after man who yelled racial slurs at Surrey vigil hurt during arrest

BC RCMP say man was ‘acting suspiciously’ at prayer vigil for victims of New Zealand mosque shootings

Two suspects sought after man shot in Surrey’s Hawthorne Park Sunday

Police say victim was arrested after being treated for gunshot in hospital

VIDEO: RCMP ask kids to help name soon-to-be police dogs

13 German shepherd puppies will be born this year

Kids found playing darts with syringes in Vancouver Island park

Saanich police is urging people to throw out their syringes properly and safely

5 to start your day

IIO BC probe arrest at Surrey vigil for mosque shooting, Maple Ridge closes homeless evacuation centre and more

‘The whole city has changed:’ B.C. woman in New Zealand reacts to mosque attacks

An expatriate and Muslim students at UBC Okanagan deeply affected by white supremacist shooting

Trudeau condemns hateful, ‘toxic segments’ of society after New Zealand shooting

Prime Minister expressed sorrow at the many attacks in recent years

Air Canada grounds its Boeing Max 8s until at least July 1 to provide certainty

Airlines around the world have been working to redeploy their fleets since their Max 8s were grounded last week

Budget to tout Liberal economic record, provide distraction from SNC furor

This is the Liberal government’s fourth and final budget before the election

Horvat scores 16 seconds into OT as Canucks beat Blackhawks 3-2

Pettersson sets rookie scoring record for Vancouver

Vancouver Island overdue for the big one, can also expect mega-thrust tsunami

The last big earthquake was 70 years ago in Courtenay

Most Read