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Veranda Beach has what’s hot…


Monday, July 26th, 2010

Hot temperatures, stunning beach, new wine program, vacation rentals and hot cottage real estate offerings!

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. Of course, there’s always incredible excitement and anticipation in the things yet to come. But watching new projects come to life, experiencing new events and social activities, and seeing the smiles on new and familiar faces, well, that’s an awesome thing to be a part of. Welcome to Veranda Beach.

A 50s-themed waterfront resort community snug on the pristine shores of Lake Osoyoos, Veranda Beach can be exceptionally pleased with how far it’s come in just a few short years. In 2000 the gorgeous spit of land where Veranda Beach is situated – highlighted by a stunning mile-and-a-half stretch of beautiful private beach – lay empty. That is, until the owners of Legend Resorts discovered it. They realized very quickly they had something very, very special on their hands. In their words, “We felt like archaeologists unearthing a rare treasure,” says Jim Hammond, President.

Fast-forward to 2010 and so many incredible things have transpired. Veranda Beach is now home to 110 beautiful and spacious lakeside cottages (and, yes, they all have large verandas to enjoy!), a village centre, a general store, a diner, a marina with plenty of boat, jet-ski, and paddleboat rentals, and so much more. There is a vibe here that’s bound to win you over. It’s reminiscent of yesteryear when summer vacations were simple, neighbourly affairs, packed with fun and something you looked forward to all year.

And the vibe is only getting stronger. Bigger and better things are at hand for this one-of-a-kind resort community. Exciting new events are being planned. Exciting new vineyard cottage ownership opportunities now available. A wine program including Veranda Beach’s private vineyard, is underway. A new restaurant – Globe at the Beach – is open for business. An 18-hole championship golf course is part of the vision for the future. When it’s all said and done, Veranda Beach will be a 900-hundred acre slice of lakeside heaven. (Of course, everyone who’s been there would say it is already!)

“The vision for Veranda Beach is quickly moving forward. And with plenty of passion!” says General Manager, Claus Larsen. “Typically, when people visit Veranda Beach for the first time they’re absolutely ‘wowed’ with this place. On the surface, it looks too good to be true. But then you stay here for awhile, settle in, and realize Veranda Beach is the real deal. And you’re hooked.”

Unquestionably, wine lovers will have no problem settling in to the lifestyle at Veranda. Great wine – thanks to the “Vintner’s Table” initiative – will be a big part of things here. The program, which will be available to everyone (not just cottage owners at Veranda Beach), features intimate dinners, wine tastings, and much more. Believe it or not, the first grape harvest at Veranda’s Vineyard takes place this fall and the first of many – Veranda Beach wines will be bottled. Additionally, one of the most exciting aspects of the wine program is the recent announcement that esteemed Washington winemaker, Berle “Rusty” Figgins, has come on board to preside over Veranda’s vintages and lead the resort’s wine program.

Tying into this new resort experience with elevated wine program privileges and benefits, are the new Vineyard Cottages at Veranda Beach.  Nestled amongst the rows of Barbera and Sangiovese grapes, these stunning cottages will have sweeping views of the lake and exclusive access to the resort’s Vineyard Pavilion amenity – private tasting room, wine cave, swimming pool and more.

Interestingly, Greg Ashley, President of Colliers International, recently spoke at an Okanagan Urban Development Institute luncheon where he noted cottages, are and will be the exceptionally “hot” product sought after by those looking to purchase recreational property. And, to top it off, when they are enhanced by wine programs, they are attracting even greater levels of interest, noted Ashley. You want to get in on what’s “hot?” Veranda Beach is the answer!

Of course, if your desire is to be right on the beach, you’ll be happy to know that a few lakeside cottages – starting in the $300′s – are still available at Veranda Beach. Close to the marina and the central village, the lakeside cottages are just the ticket if you want to be close to the action and a hop, skip, and jump from the beach.

Not surprisingly, fun-loving people, both young and old, will have no trouble keeping busy at Veranda Beach. Swimming (in the lovingly-maintained outdoor pools and hot tub!), beach volleyball, kayaking, bocce ball, water-skiing, lake trampoline, jet-skis, paddle boats, outdoor movies, plus many special events such as music nights, dances and extraordinary wine and culinary events; the list of fun things to do is extensive, to say the least.

So, really, the short of it is this: Veranda Beach has what’s “hot.” From the most attractive resort real estate ownership opportunities to the best beach around, Veranda Beach has got what you want. This is a resort with a vibe that’s really coming into its own. Take a stroll down the beach and see the smiles, you’ll see. www.verandabeach.com