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Veranda Beach’s Wine Weekends are a huge hit!


October 2nd, 2010

Just ask the twelve ladies who escaped for a girls’ getaway, the friends reacquainted after not seeing each other for months, or the couples who found some time for one another – all over wine at a Veranda Beach Wine Weekend and everyone with one resounding comment – fabulous!

So what has made the Veranda Beach wine weekends so fabulous? In a word… intimacy. Veranda Beach’s own Rusty Figgins hosts the wine reception, wine tour and wine dinner, not for one hundred, nor fifty, but rather for twenty people, thus enabling a personal connection to the winemaker to be formed. “For many” says event coordinator Rhonda Hinkley “it is a discovery time on wine. Where the participants may have long enjoyed wine and are now taking this opportunity to learn more about it.” They are fortunate to do so in such a relaxed and intimate setting, and the best part says Hinkley, “each weekend keeps getting better and better”.

Guests listened intently as Figgins grabbed a cluster of grapes from the Veranda Beach Barbera vines to measure sugar content in “brix”so as to determine the optimal harvest time, and then it was onto the reception to enjoy various wine selections and discussion about the character of those wines in one of Veranda Beach’s new Vineyard Cottages.

A South Okanagan wine tour was the order of the next day – but this was no ordinary wine tour as each stop grew with intimacy. Road 13 was a treat as always, however it was wine shop manager Kathy Mercier at Hester Creek who met our guests upon arrival and personally provided a “behind the scenes” look at the Vineyard, production and storage areas, and then we participated in a wine tasting. Lunch was served at Burrowing Owl. Saeed at Le Vieux Pin and Mohammed at La Stella offered tastings of their respective French and Italian wines in their barrel rooms. And then it was onto Stoneboat Vineyards where Tim, the winemaker, himself, welcomed our guests to his table on the lawn.

A three course wine pairing dinner followed on Saturday evening with each course exquisitely paired by Rusty and Chef Michael of Globe at the Beach. The food was created out of local flavors of the season. The first course was an Okanagan Peach salad, paired with Rockwell Cellars Riesling; the main course – Grilled Striploin paired with Veranda Beach’s own Syrah; and the finale – a Molten Dark & White Chocolate Lava Cake, paired with Rockwall Cellars Foch Lore. The atmosphere was a culmination of great knowledge, food, and wine, and to have shared it with friends, old as well as some new, was superb!

Our guests are wine touring again today, and I am quite sure enjoying festivities of the Okanagan Wine Festival during what is likely to be the best Veranda Beach Wine Weekend yet. Or, will it be next weekend? Why not join us for an intimate wine weekend at Veranda Beach? You will not find anything else like it, especially with pricing from only $199 per person for the wine weekend package. Call us at 1.888.476.4001 and we’ll reserve you a place at the table.

For the love of art and wine…


August 25th, 2010

The slight hues of amber are indicative that fall will soon be in the air, and with it, some fabulous fall events at Veranda Beach.

Fine art lovers take note of the First Annual Veranda Beach Fine Art Walk on September 4th and 5th. Six Veranda Beach cottages will be transformed into fine art gallery showcases for Northwest artists. Grab a glass and enjoy!

Enjoying a glass is exactly what will happen on the following five wine weekends at Veranda Beach. Wine weekend packages are available from only $199 pp, and include 3 nights lakeside cottage accommodation, a welcome wine reception, Okanagan winery tour, three course wine pairing dinner and a bottle of Veranda Beach’s own Syrah! Space is limited, so gather your friends and book your wine weekend getaway to Veranda Beach.

Veranda Beach has what’s hot…


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

Five Lakeside Cottages Sold in June!


July 11th, 2010

Five lakeside cottages SOLD in June at Veranda Beach! For two families, it was the unique 50′s theme that drew them, for another, the mile of private sandy beach on Lake Osoyoos, for another it was marina, and for all it was the developer’s vision and the incredibly good deal received when buying in the US, where the price is what it is - no PPT, GST or HST!  Only four lakeside cottages are now available for purchase at Veranda Beach!

Fireworks on the Beach


June 25th, 2010

National birthdays MUST be celebrated with fireworks and at Veranda Beach on Lake Osoyoos in Oroville Washington, you can double your pleasure and celebrate both Canada Day on July 1st and Independence Day on July 4th. Check it out the Veranda Beach events calendar for details.

Celtic Lobster Fest – SO much fun!


June 2nd, 2010

60 lobsters, chardonnay, celtic tunes, roaming fiddlers, what a night!  Not often can you take children to a culinary event without them loosing interest within ten minutes, however such was not the case last Saturday night at Veranda Beach. Perhaps it was the mound of 60 Atlantic lobsters awaiting their boiling bath, or Bill Lynch with his festive apron, maritime Sou’wester hat and engaging demo on how to dig in. However, I think the best moment was their faces when their own 1 lb lobster arrived, they cracked into the claw, dipped it in clarified butter and savoured that first morsel. It was sleeves up and full on from there! The lobster dog appetizers were a little spicy for them, however SO enjoyed by the adults, and everyone enjoyed the brownie volcano finish. Thanks for the family fun Veranda Beach!

Long Weekend Fun at the Beach!


May 25th, 2010

Wine, italian cuisine, & sunshine were enjoyed by all at Veranda Beach as the Canadians descended upon the Beach for their Victoria Day holiday weekend. Children’s laughter echoed as they swam, scooted, kicked balls, flew kites, and built sand castles, only to be outdone by their parent’s enjoyment of the “Italian Job” Dinner and Wine Pairing on Saturday Night. Globe at the Beach Chef Michael did an outstanding job and the Barbera pairings selected by Winemaker Rusty Figgins were exceptional. I honestly do not think I have ever had better Tiramisu! Three days felt like a week’s vacation as I laid poolside yesterday savoring my last few hours at the Beach before returning home to my work week, content that it would only be four more sleeps until I was back at the Beach again!

Terrific Season Opener at Veranda Beach


May 10th, 2010

Veranda Beach’s season opener was enjoyed by all this past weekend under blue skies and sunshine. “Globe at the Beach” attracted the most attention, opening with rave reviews of Chef Michael’s first offerings. Fantastic food (the ribs are amazing), fabulous new lunch and dinner menus and a terrific Mother’s Day Brunch. The Veranda Beach General Store opened with a bang as well, chalk a block full of new surprises and selling out of a few items on its first weekend. The warm weather also welcomed the Resort’s first waterskiiers and wakeboarders on Lake Osoyoos and of course the kids were in the pool! With all the events planned it’s shaping up to be a great summer at Veranda Beach.

New Restaurant & Enticing Events Calendar


May 5th, 2010

Veranda Beach has a new restaurant – Globe at the Beach- as Jude Brunt and Paul Doherty owners of Globe Café & Tapas Bar at Big White and Sun Peaks, join the Veranda Beach Crew on Lake Osoyoos to open Globe at the Beach this weekend. Those who have come to love the previous 1950’s Diner style menu as part of your summer at Veranda, need not be alarmed as Globe will continue to offer great onion rings, an awesome burger, homemade authentic milkshakes and the infamous rootbeer float! But your dining choices will be further enhanced with the addition of fabulous Italian specialty coffees to start your day, and a more extensive, great tasting lunch and dinner menu inspired by the cultures and cuisines of the owner’s travels – full of fresh, fun and creative summer comfort foods all cooked from scratch using the best local ingredients. Globe will also offer daily chefs special creations, a wider selection of local boutique wines and beers and many culinary theme events featuring cuisines from around the world.

Wasting no time, Globe at the Beach will bring forth international flavours from England, Italy and Atlantic Canada in three culinary events in May. Upon opening the doors on Saturday, Globe at the Beach extends an invitation to the English custom of afternoon tea for Mother’s Day, followed by Mother’s Day Brunch the following day. Two weeks later it’s off to Italy for “An Italian Job” Winemaker’s Dinner on May 22nd with a five course Italian cuisine and wine pairing dinner, showcasing Barbera varietals from both the old and new world, and soon to be produced from the Veranda vineyard. And a week later, it’s Celtic Lobster Fest. You gotta be here.

Ahhh, back to the Beach…


April 20th, 2010

It is arguably the most beautiful time of the year in the  South Okanagan with the orchards all coming into bloom –  the colors are amazing. Airport manager Steve Johnston reports the runway expansion is not far off.  The Airport is busy with flights as clearing customs is so easy at Oroville.   Customs will meet incoming international flights with an hours notice.  I wonder how long it will be before we see regular charters from Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver delivering guests to Veranda Beach?   Wow, what a weekend, had to get out the sunscreen.  The Groeneveld girls were the first in the lake this year though it’s bit chilly yet they said.



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