August 30, 2010

Travels: Penticton, BC's Fruit and Vegetable Stands and a stop at Summerland Sweets and Sleeping Giant Store

Back from the Beach

We are back from our vacation and pangs of sorrow are kicking in.

It certainly doesn't help that we came home to damp, frigid temperatures. I spent a week, soaking up the heat radiating from the sun rays, with the hot, grainy sand squishing through my toes and curling up with a good book under an umbrella with beautiful scenery surrounding me, without a drip of responsibility calling me. Sounds like paradise, doesn't it? Sure beats my day today, or more correctly, sure beats any day.

We spent an entire week on the beaches of Pentiction. We rented a house that was literally a stone's throw from the beach. I have never, ever been able to just lounge on the beach for an entire day (no, I'm not a Type-A but more a very busy Type-B personality) much less an entire week but I must of really needed to fill my energy tank reserves.

BC Farm Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Stands

Taking short breaks from the beach, we made excursions to BC's plentiful fruit and vegies stands. Penticton itself didn't have any of these stands (imagine my surprise), instead hosting a farmer's market once a week, thus, we found ourselves driving out to Summerland or Naramata to take in fresh fruit and vegetables.

We filled our baskets with ripe, tart plums and fat, juicy peaches. BBQ grilled corn on the cob and sweet, ruby-red tomatoes paid visits to our dinner plates often this week.

On one trip out, we paid a visit to Brian and Elsa, from our very memorable stay at the Glenoka bed and breakfast last year and left with the most succulent blackberries I have ever eaten in my entire life. I kid you not, if you can imagine what ambrosia from the gods tastes like, then you got a pretty close idea of what these blackberries did for my tastebuds with every pop into my mouth. Heaven. Sweet, tantalizing heaven.

Summerland Sweets and Cherry Orchard

One cannot go through Summerland without paying a visit to Summerland Sweets and the Sleeping Giant Wine Store. Numerous jars of fruit jams, syrups and honey were bought up so to be enjoyed throughout our chilly winters here in Edmonton. Not to mention bottles of fruit wines that were purchased but also imbibed during our week stay too.

Don't you wish you could have an al fresco lunch or dinner in that above orchard? How divine.

The Okanogan is truly a glorious piece of paradise in Canada. I just wished I lived closer to it.


Sue said...

lovely photos!

did you stumble upon any Penticton food finds? we were in naramata for two weeks in August. loved the coffee house there, lake breeze winery for lunch, salty's in penticton for cuban sandwiches, the bench artisan market. sigh. i heart it there too.

Maki said...

I feel bad saying this but we didn't really hit any food places. I know, BAD! We had a kitchen at the place we were staying at and decided to make most of our meals for the week and save our eating out spending money for the next week when we went to Vancouver.

We did stop for coffee and ice cream, which I'll be posting tomorrow.

Thank you for your suggestions though! I will definitely try some of them out next time we go. I love when people let me in on great places to try out!

Chris said...

Welcome back Maki. I was just wondering when you'd be here again. The pictures are lovely..and nothing says a good time like lazing on the beach!

Maki said...

Thanks Chris.

Oh, I was so lazing on the beach. The hot weather made me so lethargic that I just could not drink enough coffee to wake myself up. But, I'm not complaining :)

Sue said...

Hey, using a kitchen on holidays is SMART!

Forgot about my new favourite burger place: burger 55 in Penticton.

I think I should get busy writing an Okanagan food post, too!

Anonymous said...

Maki -

What a lovely story of picturesque Penticton! We so appreciate your coverage of us.

Next time you're in town, PLEASE check out Amante Bistro downtown, as well as Bogner's Penticton. Two FANTASTIC hard-to-find but amazing farm-to-table restaurants you'd find compete with Vancouver's best any day.

Also, LOVE your pictures. Stunning.

Come back soon!

Jessie Campbell
Tourism Marketing Manager
Penticton & Wine Country Tourism

Maki said...

Thanks for the places to check out. Sometimes in all the hubub of packing and getting ready for travel, I find I don't have the time to research places to see and eat.

I'm set for next time I visit and I assure you, there will be a next time!

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