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Established in 1968 as a family owned and operated grape grower, the Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery in beautiful British Columbia offers a wide range of white, red, and dessert wines. Boasting a beautiful tasting room with an outdoor picnic space with spectacular views overlooking Okanagan Lake, a visit is highly recommended.

What Kind of Wine Can You Expect?

Aside from a wide range of common wines, they also specialize in rare varietals such as Blaufränkisch and three types of ice wines, which are wines made from grapes frozen on the vine. They also have three different tiers for the wines: Estate Collection, Summit Reserve, and Family Reserve. The tasting fee is only $3 (and refundable with the purchase of wine), making this a fun, affordable,

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The family of the restaurant you may or may not know as Quail's Gate started farming back in 1908 in Okanagan Valley. Their primary focus was farming wine and grapes. Almost 50 years later in 1956, the family purchased the estate that would become Quail’s Gate. This is a family who celebrates each and every year they continue to do something and share something they are passionate about.

Recent Restaurant News

Recently, the restaurant was named as one of the top 100 outdoor dining restaurants. What better way to enjoy a nice chilled bottle of wine than outside with a view? With summer in full bloom, it only makes sense to head over to their patio, relax, and enjoy a nice glass of wine alongside a tasty meal.

Not Sure What You Want To Order?

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Someone who is overly optimistic and eager to sell their home may pick a sales price for the home that is way overpriced and unrealistic. These are the same people who make the assumption that dropping a price is a very easy and harmless thing to do. You also have some homeowners concerned that the real estate agent might just be suggesting a sales price that is nice and low so they can get a fast sell and a quick profit.

Yes, But Real Estate Agents Have a Good Reason

Yes, real estate agents want to set the sale price slightly below the market value. This is because they do want to sell the home and make some money. However, this is a fairly common practice real estate agents use because it is the easiest way to sell the home. Furthermore, you

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Intermezzo Restaurant & Wine Cellar is a restaurant you can find smack dab in the heart of the downtown portion of Vernon. This is an elegant restaurant that offers you a fine dining experience you will not forget. From seafood to steak to Mediterranean dishes, a whole assortment of mouth-watering choices to consider is just an order away.

They are Famous For

Intermezzo Restaurant & Wine Cellar is known around Vernon for the “The Moroccan Lamb,” which is their signature dish handmade with love by their impressive and talented chef. Italian, Mediterranean, and European cuisines are all available for you to sink your teeth into them.

They Now Offer Lunch Too

Have you always hated that the only time you could enjoy the delicious food is at

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If you've mentioned you might be buying a home to family or friends, you may have heard a few of the many myths surrounding home buying. Here's a look at a few of the myths and the truth about each one.

Mortgage Pre-Qualification isn't Necessary Until you Find a Home

This simply isn't true. The best way to approach your mortgage is to get pre-qualified before you start shopping for a home. If you do this first, you will avoid falling in love with a home you cannot afford or get a mortgage for. It will also allow you to move faster once you find the right home.

Buying is Always a Better Option than Renting

While buying a home is a great thing for many, it's not always a better option than renting. Sometimes, renting makes more sense because

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A place for fun Greek Dining, Theo's Restaurant provides the right atmosphere for dining with your family. This is a great choice if you love Greek food and the culture. The dishes are made with plenty of flavours and provide something for everybody. Here's what you will discover at Theo's Restaurant.

The Menu

You will find a lunch, dinner, group and dessert menu at Theo's. They also provide the necessary allergy information for diners with specific food allergies. Some of the favourite dishes include:

  • Avgolemono
  • Fasoulatha
  • Houmous
  • Taramasalata
  • Artichoke Salata
  • Orekteka
  • Spanakopita
  • Phyloo Appie Sampler
  • Dolmathes Avgolemono
  • Kalamarakia
  • Moussaka
  • Chicken on Pita
  • Greek Omeletes
  • Filet of Sole
  • Tzatziki
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Is a vacation not in your budget but you are tired of staycations? Find a happy medium around Okanagan with an affordable weekend getaway.

God's Mountain

You don't have to worry about eating the fruit on this mountain. The area is surrounded by vineyards, so you can eat all the grapes you want. God's Mountain Estate has several suites available, even a penthouse suite if you feel like splurging. Wake up in the morning to gorgeous views of the cliffs and Skaha Lake, and spend the afternoons hiking. This is a heavenly getaway for the true nature lover.

Sparkling Hill Resort Vernon, BC

Situated in the Monashee Mountains, this European inspired hotel is new to the area. It is on Okanagan Lake, and there are so many views, including an open

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One of the best parts of summer is the overwhelming amount of farmers markets that are available in Okanagan. These markets allow you to enjoy organic fruits and veggies, as well as artisan goods, arts and crafts, bake goods, and a variety of local entertainment. These markets usually open in April or May, and last until the early part of autumn.

Some are offered at various times through the week, and always on the weekend. Typical start time for these markets is 8:30am, and close around 1pm. A variety of markets are available in at evening. Offerings and prices will vary among the various markets in Okanagan.

Here are some for you to check out.

  • Armstrong, BC Farmer’s Market – Available in April through November. Open on Saturdays from 8am
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Zabb is a Thai restaurant that is owned and operated by Mon Chowchong. He has owned three other restaurants in Okanagan, but was determined to make a mark with his highly known Zabb Thai Restaurant. This eatery quickly became popular among patrons in Kelowna.

The Menu

In Thai, Zabb means tasty or delicious, and Chowchong has created a menu that is just that. Service is exceptional, and the atmosphere is inviting. Gift certificates are available.

There are a variety of dishes available on their menu. Here are some of the favorites that patrons rave about.

  • N1 Pad Thai with Shrimp – rice noodles, shrimp, egg, tofu, bean sprouts, green onion and crushed peanuts.  
  • M1 Chicken Cashews – cashews, pineapple, red peppers, onion, zucchini and
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Founded in 2009 by owners Tetsu Mori, Hide Takahashi, and Kiyan Mitsuru, Mabui specializes in authentic Okinawan - Japanese dishes served in a warm and friendly atmosphere. They offer a variety of meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes for their guests and are the only restaurant in the area to have authentic Japanese beer on tap.

They Have a Traditional Menu Anyone Would Enjoy

Their traditional menu covers a wide variety of Japanese dishes. Karaage is a Japanese take on fried chicken, and the pork Tonkatsu is a delicious fried cutlet with special BBQ sauce. If you are a fan of beef, the Tataki prepared beef is an excellent rare preparation with a tangy citrus sauce. However, seafood is where Mabui truly shines. The salmon cheek will introduce you

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