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Spring Cycling, Hiking and Golf… oh my!

March 16th, 2015

Yes, just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Veranda Beach spring vacationers have so many activities to choose from…

Ian MacLeod and Ross McGaw cycling from Veranda Beach

Road cycling is all the rage right now, however this appears to be no fad, but a sport with staying power;  and the Okanogan County delivers fabulous road biking routes with Veranda Beach as your base.  Both serious cyclists and leisurely riders will enjoy the backroads of the Okanogan.   Penticton’s Ironman cycling route through Canada’s South Okanagan popularized that race, and just across the border in our Okanagon County,  you will find the same spectacular scenery of vineyards, orchards, rivers and lakes, only with roads far less traveled, and thus perfect for road cycling from Veranda Beach!

Jude Brunt at the top of Cactus Mountain at Veranda Beach

Hiking at Veranda Beach has proven a most popular activity over the years with three trails to choose from, and each varying in difficulty and aptly named.

  1. The Beach Trail is a fabulous, easy, partly shaded walk along the Beach, perfect for families with small children.
  2. The Lakeside Trail is our moderate trail, climbing in elevation, to take in spectacular views of the Resort, Veranda’s Vineyard and Lake Osoyoos.
  3. The Cactus Mountain Trail is, as it is named, a mountain trail, climbing up beautiful Cactus Mountain overlooking the Resort, Lake Osoyoos and surrounding mountains and once at the top, the view is seemingly endless stretching south to Tonasket and north to Oliver!

Paul Doherty tees it up at Oroville Golf Club - 10 minutes from Veranda Beach.
Golfers can start their stick swinging spree at our local Oroville Golf Course, hop across the border to play Osoyoos, Inkameep Canyon or Fairview Mountain, or head South just an hour to take in Washington’s newest course quickly climbing the ranks, Gamble Sands.  There are over 10 area golf courses to choose from!

Add in a kite flying with the kids,  casting a fishing line right from our Veranda Beach dock or at one of the nearby mountain lakes,  touring the local wineries, and of course, time to relax,  and you’ve got the makings of a fabulous Spring vacation!

Many thanks to our previous Veranda Beach models Ian McLeod, Ross McGaw, Jude Brunt and Paul Doherty for permitting the sharing of their photos!

Veranda Beach Awarded Trip Advisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence Award

June 13th, 2014

Veranda Beach - Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

Veranda Beach is thrilled to have been honored with a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire Veranda Beach Crew and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Jim Hammond, Managing Partner of Veranda Beach. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.  It is reviews like “HEAVEN – look no further” and 43 other Veranda Beach TripAdvisor reviews that contributed to this Award!”

Veranda Beach - TripAdvisor Review HEAVEN - look no further“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”

Most Content at Veranda Beach by Karina Alibhai

April 28th, 2014

As part of Karina Alibhai’s university application, she was asked this question….

Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?

And here is her reply…

As you drive down the winding road, the bright colored dots gradually grow into small cottages and the sun creates a golden glow behind the mountains as it reflects off the shimmering lake. As you continue down the lane, you see families sitting in their verandas chatting over a meal, kids playing a game of tag on the grassy field, boys racing their bikes across the road and grandparents watching their grandchildren play in the water from their beach chairs in the shade. Everything here is perfect, from the 1950s-themed cottages to the sunset over the lake. But what makes this place so special is the sense of community, the unique lifestyle and the family memories.

Karina Alibhai & her brothers at Veranda Beach

Karina Alibhai & her brothers at Veranda Beach – Easter 2014

Every family has a tradition.  Our family tradition is driving five hours to Lake Osoyoos. And while a five hour drive may seem long or boring to some, it is one of the highlights of the trip. Being together in one car and having conversations, playing car games and telling jokes is the best start to our vacation. The journey is perhaps as memorable as the destination – Veranda Beach.

When a family comes to Veranda Beach, they don’t just come to a beach resort.  They go back in time to when life was simple and they become part of a magical community. Whether families have been coming here for years or this is their first visit, the lifestyle at Veranda Beach is unique. People stop and say hello to one another on the beach, bikers have the right of way on the roads, the cottages remain unlocked at all times and most of all, there is a feeling of happiness and contentment which is contagious at Veranda Beach.

I have noticed that regardless of how busy my family is or how stressed my parents are, when we come to Veranda it is like everything is lifted off our shoulders. There is a sense of peace and we are all relaxed. While there are still the occasional arguments and pranks, everything has a loving touch to it.

The weeks go by so fast, and by the end of the summer my brothers and I are almost in tears because we don’t want to leave the place we call our second home. Coming to Veranda Beach is not a typical vacation. Our days consist of working out, playing games, having long, intellectual conversations over meals, reading books, playing sports, completing homework, watching movies and bonding with one another. The life here provides us with something we lack in the real world – balance.

My favorite part about Veranda Beach, however, is being with my family. While we do have the occasional fight, I love my brothers and my parents; they have always been my number one fans. As we sit around the table talking about current events, cuddling around the small fire not saying a word, or laughing at one another for being silly, the love that we have for each other becomes crystal clear.

I am the happiest at Veranda Beach because my family is the happiest when we are there. Hearing the laughs, seeing the smiles and simply being together are the highlights of my summer. Veranda Beach brings out the best moments and creates our best memories. It is where I feel most content.

Veranda Beach is Blooming with Flowers, Great Spring Deals and Garden Cottages!

April 11th, 2014

Forsythia in Bloom at Veranda BeachSpring has sprung at Veranda Beach…  colorful crocsuses, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and forsythia now adorn the gardens, birds sing through the day and Lake Osoyoos is warming.  And the best tell tale sign that Spring has arrived…  our cottage owners & vacation guests are returning to the Beach!

One need not wait for summer to enjoy a fabulous time at the Beach.  Spring is a perfect time to step back in time, relax and enjoy…   from leisurely strolls along the Beach and fantastic reads… to invigorating hikes, cycling, golfing, fishing, flying kites, antiquing, wine touring and special events… your Beach Escape awaits!

Save 30% on Spring Beach Escapes

Spring savings are also available to anyone attending our Special Events through June 29th…

Veranda Beach is blooming with more than just flowers this Spring.  Our new Garden Cottages are bursting forward as well to welcome the new season!

Call our Veranda Beach Crew at 1-888-476-4001 to book your Spring Beach Escape or inquire about our Garden Cottages today!

New Veranda Beach Garden Cottages and Hillside Hacienda Collection are Proving Popular!

August 1st, 2013

Veranda Beach’s new Garden Cottages are proving popular with unbeatable value at $319,900 with their close proximity to the Village Center amenities and Veranda’s sandy beach. “The floorplans are fantastic, the location is unbeatable and at these prices they will not last long” Those are the comments as the new Veranda Beach Garden Cottages were released this past month.

Veranda Beach Garden Cottages Renderings

Also proving popular, for unbeatable lakeview value and upgraded architecture and furnishings is Veranda Beach’s new Hillside Hacienda Collection…. incredible views, Mediterranean influenced design, and private courtyards with outdoor fireplaces await.
Veranda Beach Hllside Hacienda Collection

Veranda Beach also offers the rare opportunity to own in a working vineyard with their Vineyard Cottages, also well appointed and boasting incredible views.   Pictures are available in their Vineyard Cottage Gallery.

Three distinctive neighborhoods to choose from, same Veranda Beach brand promise of exceeding expectation!

Celebration News from Veranda Beach

June 30th, 2013

Happy Canada Day and Independence Day everyone!  We are celebrating with one day sales, barbeque parties, and open houses!

Fourth of July and Canada Day Sale at Veranda Beach

Our Canada Day and Fourth of July Barbeque parties are set to go and we’ll be holding an Open House each day where guests can learn of ownership opportunities at Veranda Beach including our new hacienda collection and garden cottages as well as our vineyard cottage neighborhood.

We’re also celebrating two double-golds and a silver for Veranda Beach Cellars wines at the Seattle Wine awards! Taste them at our 5th Annual Winemaker’s Dinner and the Gold Medal Experience in Seattle!

And we are celebrating the release of two new neighborhoods for cottage and hacienda real estate ownership opportunities on Lake Osoyoos!

Please join us is raising a glass this weekend as there is plenty to celebrate!

Veranda Beach Cellars Hijacks the Wine Bloggers Excursion Bus

June 7th, 2013

Veranda Beach Cellars Wine Bloggers EventThis weekend Penticton is holding the Wine Bloggers Conference, an international event of all things wine and blogging! Veranda Beach Cellars had the pleasure of hopping on the bus in Chelan and taking over for a wine tasting and 3 course paired lunch for the next two hours until the bus dropped us back off in Oroville, WA.

Trisha and myself served a delicious 3 course paired lunch prepared by the Breadline Diner which included:

Picnic Melon with Fresh Basil
Cantaloupe, honey dew, grapes, and watermelon tossed with honey and basil
Paring: 2012 Lakehouse

Spring Green Salad
8th Street spring greens, spinach, cucumbers, carrots, c’rasins, almonds and feta with rhubarb vinaigrette
Paring: 2012 Regatta Rose

Italian Chicken Sandwich
Grilled Chicken, salami, provolone with Italian dressing on rosemary bread
Pairing: 2010 Collage
Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Meanwhile Rhonda, Veranda Beach Cellars’ Wine Associate extraordinaire, explained to the group of bloggers from all over the United States and Canada about Veranda Beach and our 3 award winning wines! It was such a treat to meet influential wine bloggers with such experienced pallets and share the Veranda Beach story with them!

That leg of the excursion wouldn’t have been possible without the help from the Lake Chelan Valley Wine Association, as well as our family at Veranda Beach, including Katy Perry, Veranda Beach Cellar’s winemaker (also the owner and winemaker of Tildio Winery in Manson, WA), who has crafted our 3 award winning wines and Finis Hale, Veranda Beach Cellars’ Vineyard Manager, who carefully watches over our grapes all year long! Last but not least, a huge thank-you to the Bloggers for their attention, patience, questions, and compliments on our wines!

We had such a fantastic time and we cannot wait to have some of the bloggers join us at Veranda Beach for a true 1950’s experience!



3 Awards for Veranda Beach Cellars at Seattle Wine Awards

May 24th, 2013
Veranda Beach Cellars Wins 3 at Seattle Wine Awards

Wine Judge Sean Sullivan

In April, Seattle’s Historic Rainer Club played host to the 8th annual Seattle Wine Awards
where a distinguished panel of local and national wine professionals, buyers, writers and
sommeliers tasted and evaluated over 900 Washington wines in a single blind format (meaning
grape variety is known, but not the price or producer) and recognized the top wines with Double
Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze Grand Awards of Excellence.

Double Gold = Best of the Best
Silver = 2nd Best in Category

Veranda Beach Cellars is thrilled to have claimed 3 of these prestigious awards in our inaugural wine competition…

Double Gold 2012 Veranda Beach Cellars Lakehouse Riesling, WA

Double Gold 2012 Veranda Beach Cellars Regatta Rosé, WA

Silver 2010 Veranda Beach Cellars Collage, WA

Raise a glass in celebration this weekend to our winemaker Katy Perry, our Vineyard Manager Finis Hale and our Wine Associate Rhonda Hinkley!  Thank you for making us smile!

Summer has arrived at Veranda Beach…

May 10th, 2013

While true, the official first day of Summer does not arrive until June 21st, Veranda Beach’s first day of summer arrived today!

The pool is open….

Veranda Beach Pool
And… The new Breadline Diner

In true small town fashion, word sure does travel fast!   We are very excited to announce the addition of the Breadline Diner to Veranda Beach!

Veranda Beach's New Breadline Diner MilkshakeThe Breadline Cafe has expanded its operations to Veranda Beach providing the community with the same wonderful and original home-style cuisine they serve everyday in Omak along with 1950′s Diner favorites including awesome burgers, milkshakes and malts!



Weekend Getaways in May

April 22nd, 2013

The beginning of May has brought us some amazing weather and it and it doesn’t look like the sun is going to stop shining any time soon!

This weekend is the 79th Annual Oroville May Festival on May 10th and 11th. Activities start off on Friday night with the Coronation of the May Festival Royalty. The fun continues on Saturday with a fishing tournament, pancake breakfast, Fun Run, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, farmers market, grand parade, car show and more!

Veranda-Beach-Fabulous-Fifties-Sock-HopThe Victoria Day long weekend is a busy weekend at the Beach with our Veranda Beach Cellars Wine Release     Party in the afternoon and the Fabulous 50’s Sock Hop later that night. Start the day by sampling Veranda Beach Cellars highly anticipated 2010 Collage as well as the 2012 Lakehouse and the 2012 Regatta Rose. Then hop into the time machine, put on your poodle skirts and boogey your night away at the Fabulous 50’s Sock Hop!

This year we are bringing back the popular Wine Weekend getaway! This package includes:

Veranda Beach Cellars Wine Club


  • choice of 3 nights
  • wine reception
  • winery tour
  • wine pairing dinner

To book now or for more details click here.
Cheers to more sunshine coming our way!



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