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Splashing into Summer at Veranda Beach…


Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Unlike other seasonal transitions, the arrival of Summer is a heralded celebration!  Officially, the first day of Summer is June 21st – the longest day of the year!  Ask anyone when the first day of Fall, Winter or Spring is and they may be hard pressed to tell you – however almost everyone can name the first day of Summer!  Shortly thereafter is the eagerly anticipated last day of school for families, some having counted down from as far as twenty days to the true commencement of Summer holidays!  And then it’s long weekend fun for the entire family with Canada Day and Independence Day Celebrations on July 1st and July 4th.  It is now time for Summer at the Cottage and freedom – Veranda Beach style! 

Girl’s Getaway Weekend


Thursday, May 31st, 2012
Wine with friendsNikki’s story… My typical day starts out by waking up before the sun has even had a chance to peak over the horizon just so that I can send a few extra e-mails before it’s time to wake up my children.  Those few minutes in the morning are the calm before the storm as once my kids are up my day really starts rolling.  Just as I’m about to close my computer I get an e-mail from Susan, my best friend from the second grade.  I could tell this was important because she didn’t even bother with the usual courteous ‘Hello, long time no talk…’.  Instead she jumped right into it, “June 8th-10th, You! Me! Julie! and Lee-Anne!  We’re going to the Girl’s Getaway Weekend at Veranda Beach!”  Instantly I thought to myself, not a chance, between my family, my career and housework it’s hard to even find a moment in the day for myself never mind an entire weekend!  Susan, who obviously knows me too well, knew it would take more convincing then that so she continued to tell me about the weekend. “I know what you’re thinking a whole weekend away… Not going to happen!  Let me put it to you this way there are 365 days in a year and all I am asking is for you to take 2 1/2 of those 365 days for yourself.   She did make a good point; I mean it is only 2 1/2 days I’m sure my family could manage without me.
I was just starting to think about it but my bags were by no means packed. She then went on to say, “I know I spoke to your voice of logic, now let me tell you about all the fun were going to get into!  We’s start the trip off right with ice tea, beef jerky and Shania Twain en route to Veranda Beach, and then we’ll get into some wine.  As soon as we get to Veranda Beach we get a welcome bottle of wine in our lakeside cottage and an invitation to a wine reception (when I talked to Julie on the phone this is where she instantly said YES!).Wine by the Water
What a way to unwind on a Friday night, then on Saturday, the crew  at Veranda Beach Resort has set up a healthy breakfast, followed by a energizing hike, or we can play a round of golf.  (Susan knows I love to golf and rarely get time for it), or maybe try our hand at scrap-booking.  She had me at golf.  Saturday afternoon we can watch the poolside fashion show and shop at the boardwalk boutique as we sip on our complementary cocktails!   As for the evening we have our choice of a wine pairing dinner at the Globe, the regular menu or could barbeque at our cottage and then take in a “chick-flick” by the pool.   Sunday morning we will be partaking in the lakeside yoga as Lee-Anne has always wanted to try it. If I haven’t convinced you yet well I’m…I’m not sure but this is exactly what us girls need!”
She honestly had me convinced long ago, I can just imagine myself laying by the pool with no kids, no baseball, soccer or dance, no e-mails to check, no dinners to cook, no clothes to fold. My only worries would be friends, food, fashion and FUN!  Plus I think I deserve a weekend with my girlfriends to refresh and replenish!  Now I can hardly wait to catch up with the girls over a few glasses of wine!
Girlfriends Getaway

Long Weekend Fun slated for Veranda Beach!


Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Veranda Beach Events - Fabulous 50's Sock HOpIt’s long weekend time and Veranda Beach has plenty on the events calendar! Canadians celebrate first  with Victoria Day on May 21st – and the Beach will definately be a happening May 18-21st! Gals pack your Poodle skirt and that ruby lipstick! Guys grab that BrylCreem, and Bowling Shirt, for the 4rd Annual Fabulous 50′s Sock Hop at Veranda Beach on May 19th!  Stay in the ’50′s fun through the weekend and cruise on over to the Globe Diner for an old-fashioned Milk shake, Burger and Fries!  What a weekend to experience Veranda Beach in all its glory and simple pleasures!

Veranda Beach Events - Celtic Lobster FestMay 25-28th is the American long weekend with Memorial Day on Monday, and we’ll be celebrating in fine fashion with the return of Celtic Lobster Fest at the Beach!Don the attire of Kilts and dance scarves, and join in as Celtic song and dance fills the evening at Veranda Beach. Bring your appetite as you enjoy a feast of Lobsters, with all the trimmings, including the chardonnay and ice cold beer.

Check out our Veranda Beach Events Calender and Screamin’ Deals on right now including 3 Nights for the price of 2 for both the Canadian and American long weekends!

Discover Veranda Beach – Presentations in Seattle and Vancouver


Friday, April 20th, 2012

Our Veranda Beach Crew is taking the Beach to Seattle and Vancouver next week. Well not the sand per se, nor the cottages, the vineyard or abundant amenities, amidst 300 days of sunshine a year, but a great slide show presentation on “What’s New at Veranda Beach”  for 2012 and an outstanding offer to test drive “Life at the Beach”.

Veranda Beach Invitaitons to Bellevue Club and Morgan Creek

 

 

Living Slow


Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

With the dawn of a New Year, so came resolutions for many. Exercise more, stop smoking and eat healthier were undoubtedly popular choices with which are being grappled now some thirty days later. Our resolution… to live slower, and yes, we too have been challenged.

Living Slow at Veranda BeachVeranda Beach was built to encourage living slow. The vision began by reminiscing events of the 1950’s – an age of innocence and simplicity. A time when Blackberries were just a fruit, children’s laughter echoed as they played with real sticks rather than joy sticks, and friends connected face to face rather than through facebook. Veranda Beach takes us back in time – a welcome reprieve from the pace of the 2010’s.

Living slow at Veranda Beach is easy when you are on vacation, with many becoming so completely relaxed they forget what day it is. Living slow amidst already busy reservation phones and preparations for the 2012 season requires a conscious effort.

Our keys to living slow amidst today’s pace… savoring your first cup of coffee, a daily walk along the beach and lakeside trail, lunch on the boardwalk rather than at our desk, having the entire family around the dinner table and doing what you love on the weekends!

Cheers to living slow in 2012!

Veranda’s Vineyard yields a plentiful bounty.


Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Veranda Beach Vineyard Harvest 2011It took 18 pickers helping out over two days to bring in this year’s grape harvest at Veranda Beach – a whopping 9.5 tons!  And not only is it a plentiful bounty; Veranda’s soil, vines and the tender care of our Vineyard Manager Finis Hale and his crew have yielded the finest grapes in the Okanogan County.  2011 will always be remembered as a year of vintage quality.

Father David joined our vineyard harvest crew again this year to ask for God’s blessing;  the fine results of last year are about to be bottled and this year’s bounty -  3 1/2 times last year’s crop.

The grapes are now in internationally acclaimed Winemaker Rusty Figgins hands as he begins to craft them into fine wines for our ultimate enjoyment.

A Superb Wine Weekend at Veranda Beach


Monday, August 1st, 2011

You know, we’ve hosted seven wine weekends at Veranda Beach, only last weekend was not a formal wine weekend – it just happened.   And like all spontaneous undertakings – it was superb!

Wine Touring from Veranda Beach to Lake Crest Winery

Wine Tasting at Lake Crest Winery

Joined by Joyce Wegner – Chief Editor for Wineries Refined and her son Warren, we toured four local Oroville wineries: Copper Mountain at Taber’s Taste of Summer, Esther Bricques, Lake Crest Winery, Okanogan Winery and then had the rare pleasure of a barrel tasting of Veranda Beach’s own 2010 Barbera with Winemaker Berle “Rusty” Figgins.  Our quest – to select one wine from each of the local wineries to sell at Veranda Beach General Store and to introduce Joyce to wines from the other Okanogan.  When one thinks wine, the Okanagan area of British Columbia immediately comes to mind (along with Napa, Sonoma and Niagra) and the Okanogan area of Washington is somewhat of an extension of its’ northerly cousin, boasting superb whites, interesting reds and amazing ice wine.  Our pics…  Copper Mountain 2006 Chardonnay,  Esther Bricques 2006 Ice Syrah, Lake Crest 2007 Merlot, Okanogan 2009 Gewurtztraminer and Veranda Beach 2010 Barbera (although it is still in the barrels).   “twas a truly delightful sampling the rich bounty of the Okanogan area!

Vineyard Cottages at Veranda Beach

Vineyard Cottages at Veranda Beach

Our afternoon of wine touring concluded with a reception in one of the new vineyard cottages at Veranda Beach overlooking Lake Osoyoos and the vineyards from which we had just sampled.   Just like good wine, vacation resort communities have a tendency to come into their own as time ticks by.  As the plan comes together and the vision unfolds, things also tend to get a little more comfortable and laid back.  And the finer things in life – like good wine! – take on a greater role.  The Vineyard Cottages at Veranda Beach offer the rare opportunity to own in a working vineyard complemented with the Vintner’s Table wine program.

We added a little golf the next day and discovered poolside heaven with a glass of cool crisp Okanogan Pinot Grigio in the thirty degree weather.  The sunshine has been a long time coming and we welcomed its warmth.  The warmth of the day continued into the evening as we joined Veranda Beach Winemaker Rusty Figgins for his third annual Winemaker’s Dinner.

Veranda Beach Winemaker Rusty Figgins hosts "A VIntner's Journey through Latin America"

Veranda Beach Winemaker Rusty Figgins

“A Vintner’s Journey through Latin America” commenced with Pisco Sour Cocktails from Peru and Pacific Salmon Ceviche on the Boardwalk, followed by Green Gazpacho Soup with grilled lime and cumin spiced sour cream – a cold soup and my husband’s absolute favorite in the warm temperatures, paired with a 2010 Casillero Del Diablo Carmenere from Chile.  The first course & my personal favorite – Seared Tuna with a 2010 Don Miguel Gascon Malbec from Argentina, followed with Pork Two Ways – Red Chimichurri Tenderloin and Baby Back Ribs paired with a 2008 Juanico Don Pascual Tannat Reserva Roble from Uruguay – a definite crowd pleaser!  And for desert, a spiced molten lava cake with Tavi Tequila Anejo – a truly unexpected pleasure.  It was an evening of great food, great wines and great company, complemented with Jazz Operation offering latin inspired music so enticing that even winemaker Rusty Figgins was drawn to the drum kit for a song or two.  It was a perfect summer night at the Beach and the Globe at the Beach staff did a terrific job.

We walked through the vines the next morning with our miniature australian shepherd, thankful for a wonderful, unexpected and forever cherished wine weekend at Veranda Beach!

 

 

 

Tsawwassen Gang Reunion at Veranda Beach


Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Family and Friends Reunion at Veranda Beach

Tsawwassen Gang Family and Friends Reunion

Last Night was Texas night for the Tsawwassen Reunion Gang of five families from Vancouver! Even the adults were all decked out. The night prior was Caribbean night and a Mexican, 50′s and White Trash night are still to come!

It’s the Tsawwassen Reunion Gang’s first time to Veranda Beach, having discovered it through a friend that owns a family cottage at Veranda Beach. Historically the Gang went to Tofino, however, no more as they are loving it at the Beach and they’ve already booked again for next year!

Veranda Beach is the perfect place for reunions of family and friends!

What an incredible kick off to summer at Veranda Beach!


Friday, July 8th, 2011

What a glorious weekend of sunshine and celebration to welcome summer to a full Veranda Beach cottages resort on Lake Osoyoos!  Packed with both Canadians and Americans, the Resort celebrated both national birthdays with flags a flying!

Canada Day Facepainting at Veranda Beach

Getting ready for the Celebrations!

Canada Day on July 1st kicked off with face painting and tatoos to decorate everyone for the festivities, followed by a British Columbia Salmon BBQ, “North Half” Rock and Roll band on the Boardwalk and finished with many Veranda Beach guests watching Canada’s second largest Fireworks show from the water in Osoyoos.  Fireworks by boat is simply an amazing experience.

Prince's Grilling Competition at Veranda Beach

Prince's Grilling Competition at Veranda Beach

 

Saturday, there was a grilling competition on the Veranda Beach boardwalk with four competitors preparing  some awesome Kabobs for the judges and Veranda Beach guests taste tasting!  Saturday night,  70+ kids of all ages watched an outdoor movie on the Village Green.

 

Independence Day Celebrations at Veranda Beach

Independence Day at Veranda Beach

Independence Day on July 4th was celebrated in similar fashion with a Beach Party, great music on the Beach including the American national anthem, a Beach BBQ for 150 and then not to be outdone by the Canadians an amazing fireworks show all around Lake Osoyoos.

 

 

All in all a fantastic start to the summer.   Kudos to the entire Veranda Beach Crew for putting on an awesome show!

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Jim

Veranda Beach is about to get Greener…


Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

8 large shade trees plus 13 native trees & shrubs greener to be exact. Veranda Beach will get more colorful as well with native wild flowers. All thanks to the sponsorship of thirteen Veranda Beach families.

Chinese Elm Shade Tree in Veranda Beach's Village

Veranda Beach cottage owners and guests will partake in the 1st Annual Arbor Day Planting taking place next Saturday, April 23rd at Veranda Beach. Under the guidance of Veranda Beach Crew horticulturists John and Tree Kiesecker of Plain-N-Simple, LLC, 8 – fifteen foot large shade trees will be planted along Veranda Drive and the beach front and the 130 one foot starts of native trees and shrubs will planted around the common areas and trails for all to enjoy. Forever homes will be found for 10 bird and butterfly houses and a custom blend mix of wildflower seeds will be sown along the “wild shoreline” and Cactus Mountain.

Each large tree planted at Veranda Beach next weekend will grow to provide shade, animal and bird habitat such as the 50 year old Chinese Elm in the Village and EACH tree will absorb approximately 10 pounds of air pollution annually.   While there are no additional Chinese Elms being planted next week, Tree Kiesecker cherishes this old tree from when the land housed a dairy “as it appears that perhaps when the tree was young, a cow may have stepped on it contributing to it’s unique shape”.

Keeping within the many shades of green soon to be added at Veranda Beach, Dan Ogden, a Veranda Beach cottage owner, has been working with the Methow Valley Recycle Program and the County to launch a recycling program at Veranda Beach.

Veranda Beach is clearly a community working to minimize its’ own environmental impact, as well as benefit the greater community of Oroville and the Okanogan Valley.