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Happy Thanksgiving across the border!

Friday, October 9th, 2015

We may be across the border but we too like to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. (Any excuse for turkey and gravy, eh?) For one thing, we are incredibly appreciative of the continued support of all our Canadians friends and family. For another, we have so much to be thankful for, this and every weekend, and we like to take every opportunity to count our blessings. For example, right now, we’re giving thanks for:

Warm weather

If you thought summer was long gone, you’d be wrong. Okay, okay, so it’s not exactly bikini weather, but we are very grateful for the lovely, balmy Fall days we’re currently enjoying. This weekend promises to be no different – 66 and sunny. Come on down and join us – we’ll be on the beach while the turkey is roasting.

Beach weather... almost

The grape harvest

Nothing says ‘Fall’ quite like a gorgeous grape harvest. We’ll be giving thanks for our Veranda Beach Vineyard bumper crop with a communal picking on Saturday morning – think of it as the vintner’s version of a group hug. We’d love for you to join us in the celebration!

When: Saturday October 10; Time TBC
Where: Veranda Beach Vineyard
Why: Grapes = wine. Now that’s something we’re very thankful for!

Grape harvest

Happy Thanskgiving from Veranda BeachFree turkeys

What’s better than turkey dinner? Free turkey dinner! No, we’re not speaking gobble(dy-gook)! This weekend if you spend $150 at our local Oroville market, Akins Harvest Foods, you’ll get your turkey for free. Thank you, Akins!

Speaking of turkey, in 2013 Canadians ate enough turkeys to stretch, beak-to-tail-feather, from Regina to Fredericton… which they then drowned in enough gravy to fill a train 17 cars long! (Seems we’re not the only ones who love turkey and gravy with a grand passion!)

All turkey talk aside though, we do wish our neighbors a very happy weekend and many blessings in the year to come. Happy Thanksgiving!

Washington We’re With You!

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

While not in harm’s way at Veranda Beach, our hearts and prayers continue to be with the thousands affected by Washington’s wildfires this summer. We concur with Governor Jay Inslee that the Washington blazes have “burned a big hole in our state’s heart” and we marvel at the incredible outpouring of that same heart!

Largest Fire in History
The Okanogan Complex fire is the largest fire in Washington State history now encompassing some 300,000+ acres. The fire is being fought by more than 1200 firefighters from as far away as Australia and is only 10% contained.

Lives Lost
Three firefighters lost their lives as they battled with their teams to keep others safe. Our hearts and prayers go out to their families and loved ones. We cannot begin to express our thanks and appreciation for all firefighters everywhere who continue to put themselves at risk to keep our homes, county and own friends and families safe.

A Number of Washington Homes Lost
Again, while we are in no danger at Veranda Beach, the fires have taken many homes including the family home of one of our Veranda Beach Crew in the Tonasket area. They will need our help now, and for many days to come.

Despite the incredible sense of loss and fatigue, our county has come together in this time of need. From flying red balloons, filling small red wagons, hand painting rocks and preparation of personal care packages, to hundreds of thousands in donations to local businesses to look after our firefighters, we are #OkanaganStrong! Many of our Veranda Beach Crew assist daily with moving horses and helping out relatives and friends.

A SMALL RED WAGON AND GIFTS GO A LONG WAY IN THE OKANOGAN.  Read Jake Whittenberg's story about 8 year old Okanogan Levi Stone.

A SMALL RED WAGON AND GIFTS GO A LONG WAY IN THE OKANOGAN. Read Jake Whittenberg’s story about 8 year old Okanogan’s Levi Stone.

We are monitoring the fire situation and in touch with those coordinating assistance efforts to ascertain how we can best help.

If you wish to be of assistance in any small way, please contact Rhonda Hinkley, the General Public Liaison at 509-429-9328 or direct message her on Facebook. Furthermore, any organized groups that would like to join the volunteer effort in the many areas needed from the distribution center in Tonasket, please send your contact information via direct message to Rhonda on Facebook and a volunteer coordinator will contact you. “We have only been into this for a little over a week and we have a long way to go,” reports Rhonda. “Any help to ‘spell’ our faithful volunteers and give them a break would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for all the outpouring of support and prayers we are experiencing!”

Summer at the Beach despite the Wildfires
In spite of some pretty smoky days at Veranda (and throughout the Okanogan), life carries on at the Beach. Over the last two days visibility has improved greatly and Homeowners and Guests are at the beach, on the lake, in the pool, playing volleyball, on the golf course and some dedicated fitness buffs are even out cycling and jogging again. The forecast is for improved conditions in the days ahead.



Another great way to help is to continue to visit our beautiful state of Washington, to support our local businesses, and aid in economic recovery. While we are most certainly #OkanoganStrong, we welcome all the support offered by neighbors far and wide. And thank you for it with all our hearts.

Long, Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer…

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Time may be flying everywhere else, but not at Veranda Beach.  Here, you can still enjoy Nat King Cole’s long, lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer… those days of soda and pretzels and beer…

Nat King Cole's lazy, hazy, crazy, day so fsummer are still available at Veranda Beach
as well as milkshakes and burgers and fabulous Veranda Beach Cellars wines…

You see Veranda Beach is about a simpler time, a time wear blackberries were just a fruit (are they even anything else now actually?), a time where kids ran barefoot with unbridled freedom, only coming home when they were hungry or it got dark.

Veranda Beach is about community as well.  About impromptu potluck barbeque parties and bocce on the green space until dark, and “Go to my Den” (today’s version of “Kick the Can”) after dark.

Check out the Screamin’ Good Deals and join us at Veranda Beach.  Like Nat King Cole, you’ll wish that summer could always be here.

Spring Cycling, Hiking and Golf… oh my!

Monday, 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

Friday, 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.”

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

Friday, 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!

Veranda Beach Cellars Hijacks the Wine Bloggers Excursion Bus

Friday, 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!



Look what has arrived at Veranda Beach!

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Veranda Beach Cellars 2010 CollageCrafted from selected barrels, Veranda Beach Cellars 2010 Collage has unmistakable personality and balance that stems from the artful blending of 70% Barbera, 20% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Franc. Winemaker Katy Perry notes “the old world techniques used in the making of Collage offer up the feeling of opulence. It is exceptionally persistent, a blend for the most discerning palate and best enjoyed with good friends over a good meal”.

Veranda Beach Cellars wines are produced in such small quantities that we must offer it on an allocated basis. Join our Veranda Beach “Cellar Club” Wine List now to receive your allocation when it is released in May 2013.

Join Veranda Beach Cellars wine List

10 Cottages Sold in the last two months!

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

What a glorious fall we have had at Veranda Beach, including the sale of 10 cottages!

Construction will take place in three Veranda Beach neighborhoods this winter.  There is still time to order your new cottage for the Summer of 2013, however don’t delay.  New cottage orders for the 2013 season will be accepted until November 1st. View our Veranda Beach Real Estate opportunities online and then give our Sales Specialist a call.

Your Veranda Beach adirondack chairs await!

Veranda Beach on Lake Osoyoos

Celebrate Fall at Veranda Beach

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Fall is a pivotal season at Veranda Beach – a time of ripening, harvest and celebration.

Veranda’s Vineyard is plump with it’s annual bounty – the grapes turning a deep purple and the vine leaves edging into crimson, burgundy, and butterscotch shades. Sunlight shimmers through the prism of morning mist rising off the lake. Maple leaves along the beach trail deckle with gold.

Eric Von Krosigk to host Bubbles and Blues at Veranda BeachToast Fall’s arrival with Erik von Krosigk of Summerhilll Pyramid Winery during our Bubbles & Blues on the Beach event, Saturday, September 29th .  Join us for a  relaxed sunset evening on our private beach sipping and savoring six different Okanagan Sparkling Wines, paired with fresh oysters and caviar tapas, and the sounds of our local blues and jazz artist Tanya Lipscomb playing live on the beach!

Celebrate the harvest and join Veranda Beach Winemaker Katy Perry for a vineyard stroll and “Under the Okanogan Sun” picnic inspired by Tuscany on Saturday, October 6th from 12 – 3 pm.   We’ll start with a casual vineyard stroll enjoying a little education on the skills of the grape grower. Then be seated with your fellow guests at our outdoor viewpoint pavilion and enjoy a 3 course rustic Italian inspired lunch, paired with 3 Tuscan style wines from boutique wineries of the South Okanagan. Experience the onset of fall and the changing colors of Washington’s Okanogan and British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley with awe inspiring views from your table along the length of Lake Osoyoos. After lunch take part in our fun Bocce tournament on our official Bocce courts and play for wine prizes and bragging rights!   Under the Okanogan Sun Vineyard Picnic at Veranda Beach

Special weekend rates are available from $189 per night for a 2 bedroom cottage and for those interested in cottage ownership at Veranda Beach, we invite you to take a Wine Festival Test Drive.

Call our Veranda Beach reservations crew at 1-888-476-4001 to book a fall beach escape.