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Okanagan Named #1 Wine Destination in the World Again!

Top 10 Wine Destinations Around the World - Number 1. Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

Chillin' in Kelowna - Great Escapes

If you are contemplating visiting Canada's beautiful British Columbia, then you must plan to visit the Okanagan Valley. Quite simply, the area is a must see. Read more...

The Okanagan Valley was named by Frommers.com among their top 2007 destinations.

ShermansTravel.com lists the Okanagan Valley among their Top 10 Places to go for 2008.

Here are some articles that have been written about The Villa:

Eloping, the new alternative - Madeleine, A Woman’s World

Wow, what a B&B! - Spa Life Magazine

Local B & B is Calendar Worthy - Kelowna Daily Courier

For a Romantic Getaway to Remember – Best Romantic Inns

 

Eloping, the new alternative

By Sherry Cote

(As published in Madeleine, A Woman's World December 2007 Copyright)

The traditional definition of 'elope' refers to a sudden and secretive marriage, usually to avoid parental objections. Today's elopements are often exciting, planned alternatives to traditional weddings -- and parents, close friends, and family may even be invited.

Reasons People Elope
Parental objection to their child's choice of spouse is no longer the only reason couples elope. There are many benefits that make it an attractive option for modern couples. Advantages over having a traditional wedding include:

:: Saving Money: This is one of the most popular reasons for eloping. Feeling pressured into having the 'perfect' or most 'unique' wedding, many newlyweds find themselves buried in debt. Rather than spend thousands of dollars they may or may not have, couples may choose to forego a lavish wedding and reception in favor of eloping.

Statistics indicate that an average wedding costs approximately $20,000, and that does not include the honeymoon! Eloping is so much less stressful and a bargain, when you consider the cost of a conventional wedding. An elopement package can cost about $1,000 and for less than $5,000 a couple can get married and have a one week honeymoon in Kelowna.

:: Fun, Excitement, and Romance: The thrill of having a destination wedding or taking off with your fiancée is what lures some away from traditional weddings. The sense of spontaneity and adventure that accompanies an elopement can be very appealing.

:: Avoiding Stress of Wedding Planning: Even a planned elopement that includes family and friends does not take the time and attention to detail of planning that a traditional wedding ceremony and reception can.

:: Privacy and Intimacy: For some, the wonderful experience of getting married is best celebrated through a private and intimate getaway. This allows the couple to really focus on one another and the special joy of their marriage.

Is eloping right for me?
Savvy, independent couples elope to do something different, to create the wedding they want without any compromises. Today's elopements are no longer taboo affairs, they are happy surprises. Eloping is the wedding day as it was before the advent of Bridezilla, the 250 person guest list, and the bar bill. A wedding is a day, but a marriage is forever.

And while elopements have traditionally been an exclusive affair, they don't have to be. Just because you elope does not mean that family members or friends can't be with you. You can still have your father walk you down the aisle or your best friend witness your ceremony. The best part of eloping is that there are no rules!

Wow, what a B&B!

By Jane Cassie

What determines a great romantic getaway? Spectacular views? Luxurious accommodations? Fine dining? An intimate spa? How about all of these and more? Well, that's what we discovered at this unique sanctuary in the heart of BC’s sunny Okanagan.

From its lofty plateau perch in prestigious Golfview Estates, A Vista Villa Bed, BBQ and Spa undeniably lives up to its name by offering a sweeping view of the growing community of Kelowna, where it snuggles up to Lake Okanagan and sprawls over the scenic rolling hill backdrop. A rock-lined pathway, flanked by manicured perennials, directs our way to a shimmering outdoor pool where the same breathtaking vista is shared. Lights twinkle below, during our dusk-time arrival, to remind us that the city’s busy hub is just a short drive away, yet from our pristine podium, the night is still and serene, and we feel blissfully freed from any hustle and bustle.

Sherry Cote, owner and creator of this heavenly haven, greets us with her welcoming smile, and congenial charm. Her effervescence for life is exuded instantaneously and it comes as no surprise to find out that this retreat for romantics has become a raving success. Instead of the standard bed and breakfast, Sherry goes all out by including a complimentary full course dinner and optional treatments from her in-house spa.

“I want to Wow my guests at every turn,” Sherry proclaims. “After all, you have to give, in order to receive.” And during our two-day stay, we discover that Sherry is true to her word!

Fragrant clematis and flowering wisteria drape the poolside gazebo and, while boasting abundant foliage, they provide a discreet form of privacy that couples come here to find. Gliding love seats and intimate groupings gather around patio tables next to the glistening oasis. Splayed out lounges invite luxury-loving guests to return when the sunny Okanagan rays will provide a warm embrace. And when the sun slips below the horizon, an alluring gas heater warms dampened towels and complements star-studded skies.

Continued promises of relaxation are imbibed from the moment we step into the Villa’s luxurious interiors. The light drenched décor, boasting soft emerald hues is deliciously inspired by the region’s abundance of fresh fruit. Candle lit sconces emit a soft glow to infuse the perfect ambience, and a flickering fire warms overstuffed couches where we later share a video flick. Guests have free reign over the full kitchen facilities, whether it’s to chill their bottle of bubbly or create a midnight snack.

Although we arrive long after the dinner hour when Sherry performs her mealtime magic, waiting in the fridge is a platter of delectables that includes strawberries hand-dipped in Bernard Callebaut’s chocolate, and wine from Summerhill’s nearby vineyard. Pure decadence? You bet!

As well as attentive service, Sherry displays her mastery in design throughout. Her four divinely appointed havens tug at heartstrings and inspire intimacy in even the most jaded romantic. While the three ground level abodes pay homage to the neighboring orchards by bearing signature fruit titles, the upper Regal suite treats its king and queen occupants to a true taste of royalty. Although each is swathed with its exclusive colour scheme, they all share elegant commonalties like jetted tubs, goose down duvets, and hidden bar fridges where the morning’s breakfast goodies are housed.

Our Grape suite, cloaked in royal and olive signature hues, has been designed with honeymooners in mind, and although I’m certainly no blushing bride, we soon discover compelling reasons to remain behind its closed doors. As well as lounging in the double Jacuzzi tub, we revel in the deluxe two-headed shower, laze around in monogrammed terry robes, and snuggle soundly in the comfy king bed. Flickering candles set the ambience, foaming bath oils sensuously soothe, and the sophisticated décor artfully portrays attention to detail.

For ultimate pampering, I head for the Villa’s spa, where I am soon lulled into blissful tranquillity while enjoying the Cleansing Back Treatment. “Our backs do so much work,” my aesthetician quietly states as she places heating pads over my entire lumbar area. “They truly deserve this ultimate facial.” While the warmth permeates my pores and harpstring melodies weave over the candlelit sanctuary, my gnarled muscles begin to unravel. Lisa skilfully follows with the application of an Ambrosia cleanser, an herbal tonic, exfoliation with an almond peel, a divine foot treatment and a marvellous massage that transforms my entire body into putty. Needless to say, I wobble away, feeling like a new and very relaxed woman.

The Pamper Suite hosts an array of other incredible indulgences, that will lull guests into blissful tranquillity, and for the piéce de résistance in revitalization, the Royal Treatment promises to appease the most discerning spa aficionado. Guests start with a foaming Jacuzzi bath, followed by a European facial, then the back cleansing treatment and last, but not least, a manicure and pedicure. The package can be enjoyed over a full day, or can include an overnight stay, complete with the complimentary full course dinner.

Every night guests are treated to Sherry’s gastronomic specialties, like grilled teriyaki pork tenderloin, or tender flaky salmon. And while they sip on wine and watch the setting sun perform it’s magic, Sherry’s nineteen-year-old son, Jesse, disappears to secretly hand wash their vehicles. “It’s just another Wow that we enjoy providing,” Sherry humbly reveals. “And it’s just one more perk that keeps our guests coming back for more.”

On Site:
• 4 well appointed rooms
• Outdoor heated pool (seasonal)
• Guest living room and kitchen
• Complimentary videos
• Pampering spa

Nearby:
• Summerhill and Missionhill wineries
• Lakeshore beach
• Major city centre
• Skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling
• Horseback riding
• Airport access

Travel Planner:
A Vista Villa BED, BBQ & SPA
962 Ryder Drive
Kelowna, BC V1Y 7T5
Phone: (250) 762-7837
Fax: (250) 762-7167
http://www.avistavilla.com/

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Local B & B is Calendar Worthy

The Kelowna Daily Courier, January 25/03

This isn't your usual calendar exposure. The format is oversized, seven photos are used for the month and distribution is to high net-worth individuals.

A Vista Villa Bed, BBQ & Spa is the featured February property on the TD Canada Trust blotter calendar.

The 18 x 20 inch size allows for seven photos of A Vista Villa to be used, showing luxury rooms, the spa, backyard pool with view, quiet outdoor sitting areas and the front of the house.

TD Canada Trust has had 12,000 of the calendars printed for distribution to high net worth clients.

TD Canada Trust always goes with a theme for it's calendar - this year it is unique luxury B & B's from coast to coast.

Last year, it featured golf courses and the year before, upscale restaurants.

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