Summer in Osoyoos

Summer is a fantastic time to visit Osoyoos and venture into the beautiful scenery of the Okanagan Valley. Looking for a place to stay in Osoyoos? Desert Surfside Waterfront Accommodation is close to all of the action. Here is a list of some of the many adventures to be had in Osoyoos, close by to the many Osoyoos motels, including Desert Surfside:

LaStella Winery

The LaStella Winery, just a short walk away from the western shore of Osoyoos Lake and many Osoyoos motels, captures la dolce vita through their Tuscan-style winery and award-winning Italian-style wines, crafted by expert winemaker Severine Pinte.

For the ultimate wine-tasting experience, take A Symphony For The Senses, an in-depth tour of LaStella’s sustainable vineyard and guided tasting in the winery’s cellar.

If you’re staying at the Desert Surfside motels or anywhere else in Osoyoos, you should definitely check out the Lastella Winery.

Heatstroke Cycle

Heatstroke Cycle was founded by Richard Cooper, an avid cyclist and adventurer born and raised in Osoyoos, to offer year-round bike sales, rentals and services as well as unique guided tours to showcase the southernmost part of the picturesque Okanagan Valley.

The Golden Mile Wine Country Tour is a four-hour, 14-kilometre tour that visits seven Osoyoos-area wineries on an electric bicycle. This gives wine country adventurers the chance to have a nice little workout but not exhaust themselves on the hills.

Don’t miss Rustico Farm and Cellars, where guests are greeted by two miniature donkeys in a pen out front and treated to owner Bruce Fuller’s animated guided tasting and a great selection of wines. Don’t miss the adventure. Take the heat stroke cycle this summer while you’re staying at the Desert Surfside Osoyoos motels.

Osoyoos Desert Centre

Before the lush vineyards rolled into the Okanagan Valley, the Osoyoos area was largely a desert environment home to desert-adapted plants and animals, like the antelope brush, pocket mouse, American badger, burrowing owl, and brittle prickly pear cactus. These species still exist but their habitat has been drastically reduced due to agriculture and land development.

The Osoyoos Desert Centre, a 67-acre nature preserve, and interpretive centre, educates the public and works to raise awareness and restore some of this vital and fragile environment. Feel free to travel the 1.5 km long elevated wooden boardwalk with or without a guide, and explore the nature that surrounds you.

Don’t hesitate to visit the Desert Centre, especially if you’re staying at the Desert Surfside Motel. The Osoyoos Desert Centre is a stone’s throw from Desert Surfside and other motels.

Joy Road Vineyard Kitchen

Starting this June, two of the Okanagan’s most esteemed caterers and winemakers will join forces when Joy Road Catering opens their Vineyard Kitchen at the Black Hills Estate Winery.

Dana Ewart and Cameron Smith are champions of local cuisine, and widely acclaimed for their inspired menus featuring “cuisine du terroir” – the best of what grows in their Okanagan backyard, including their own drove of pigs.

Black Hills’ gorgeous winery is located on the Black Sage Bench, prized for its ideal grape-growing conditions and the birthplace of their coveted and hard-to-get Carmenere and Nota Bene wines. The dynamic Joy Road-Black Hills duo is sure to have mouths watering this summer.

Don’t miss out on the adventures available at Osoyoos this summer. There’s plenty to see and do and enjoy, so all at 1-877-495-2228 to book your suite today!

Benefits of Staying at a Beachfront Hotel

When planning a vacation, one of the first things you think about is where you’re going to be staying. Not only do you have to think about cost, you also need to think about location. Booking a hotel that’s in the area you plan on spending a majority of your time makes enjoying your vacation so much easier. For instance, if you’re planning a beach vacation, why not stay at a beachfront hotel? Osoyoos has a few hotels that are beachfront, like Desert Surfside for example. Keep reading to find out why staying at a beachfront hotel is beneficial.

Beachfront Spots Can Be Just As Affordable

Many people may think that staying a beachfront hotel might be expensive; and most times that is the case, but not if you do your due diligence and research. There are plenty of great beachfront hotels that are not only extremely affordable, but also extremely comfortable. Some might think that more affordable hotels lack certain amenities or quality of service. Osoyoos Desert Surfside Hotel not only delivers on high quality service, but also gives a home-away-from-home feeling with large, studio suites.

Prime Location

Location is key when you’re on vacation. In locations where there is a beach, you know all of the action is on the waterfront. When you stay at a beachfront hotel, you’re right where all the fun is. From having easy access to the beach, to great restaurants and shops on the boardwalk, you’re always a moments away from a good time. Plus, your hotel is within walking distance when you’re ready to take a break.

No Need for Excessive Travel

When you stay at a beachfront hotel, there is no need to make travel plans. Planning for a day at the beach can be difficult enough, but when you factor in the travel accommodations, it can be downright stressful. Hotels farther from the beach can be a pain for travel, especially if you don’t have access to a car and need to take a taxi or a bus. Not only are these time consuming, they can be pricey too, especially if you’re far away from the beach. By staying at a beachfront hotel, all you need to do is pack your stuff up and walk.

Looking for a beachfront hotel for your stay in Osoyoos? Book a suite at Desert Surfside today

6 Fun Ways to Spend Your Day at the Beach

Heading to the beach and wondering what to do when you get there? The possibilities are endless! Take a look at our list of fun things to do at the beach. Looking for a place to stay on your holiday? Osoyoos has hotels located right on the sandy beach, like Desert Surfside; book a suite today and have easy access to the beach anytime.  

6 Fun Things to Do at the Beach

Build a sandcastle: You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy building a sandcastle! If you’re going with a group make it a competition to see who can build the biggest sandcastle. Plus, when you’re done it’s just as much fun to smash them.

Work on your tan: The beach is a great place to lay back, relax, and soak up some sun. Take a break from the activity on the water and work on your tan! Just make sure to wear a good SPF to protect yourself from getting a sunburn.

Try surfing: While this is only possible at some beaches, if you have the opportunity, trying surfing is a fun activity to attempt and can only be done at the beach. If you’ve surfed before you can rent a board and go, but if not many beaches offer surf lessons for beginners.

Take a boat trip: Most beaches will allow you to take a boat out on the water; many even have rental centres. Take a canoe or kayak out on the water or rent a sailboat (if it’s windy) and spend the afternoon cruising the sparkling waters.

Enjoy some food: Most beaches will either have some restaurants or snack shacks nearby with affordable and tasty treats. Who doesn’t love ice cream during a hot day at the beach? You can also pack some fun and have a picnic lunch on the beach; just make sure to clear away your garbage to keep the beach clean and pollution free.

Go swimming: Might be the most obvious, but you haven’t lived if you’ve never swam at a beach. Whether you’re at a saltwater or freshwater beach, going for a swim is extremely fun and a great way to let go during your vacation. Rent some snorkel equipment and try and spot some fish, or bring a floaty and just relax in the cool water. The possibilities are endless.

Looking for a hotel located right on the sandy beach at Osoyoos? Book a suite at Desert Surfside today!

What to Pack for Your getaway to Osoyoos

Trips to the beach are definitely one of the best ways to spend your summer time, and regardless of whether you’re at a resort or even the local beach, it’s always a blast. While you’re enjoying your time at the beach, what if you realize you forgot to pack sunscreen or goggles? What if you forgot to pack a bathing suit? Well to have the perfect vacation, you have to have the perfect preparation plan first. Good thing we made a list of all the packing essentials for your trip to the best Osoyoos resort.

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It’s always important to pack the basics, like your travel documents, toiletries, and enough clothing to last your trip. However, these are all the thing you need to have the best beach trip possible at the Osoyoos resorts.

The Basics

  • Sunscreen
  • Multiple Towels
  • Multiple Bathing Suits
  • Flip Flops

These are all the things you’d probably find on any generic infographic about the beach. All these items are the building blocks to your perfect packing list. It’s always important to pack multiples of items like towels and bathing suits because you’re bound to be going the beach a lot during your stay, and you don’t want to bring the same dirty swimsuit every day.

Beach Accessories

  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Hat and Sunglasses
  • Book
  • Beach Ball/ Frisbee
  • Umbrella
  • Lotion

When you’re looking back on your greatest experiences, it was always the little things that added up to make that day amazing. Make sure you don’t forget to pack the convenient things like hand sanitizer before your picnic, reusable water bottles so you don’t get thirsty, or even a book, if you have kids that found their own way to have fun.

The Evening Bundle

  • Bug Spray
  • Light Sweater
  • Comfy shoes to walk in

Remember that the sun won’t be shining down on you the whole day. It’s important to pack things so you can enjoy the evening too. Mainstreet Osoyoos is full of things to do during these calm hours, and you don’t want things like insects or the cold to ruin your night.

Handy Extras

  • Backpack
  • Extra Cash
  • Space in Your Luggage for Souvenirs

These things are nice to have when you’re going to the beach, or walking down to Main Street Osoyoos. Having cash is always convenient because you never know when you might come across a cool souvenir or an amazing sandwich shop.

Now you’re ready for your trip to the amazing Osoyoos resorts. Make sure to book one of our luxury suites with beachside patios.

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Things to Do in Osoyoos in the Spring

Planning a trip to Osoyoos this Spring? There will be plenty for you to do! Reading our list of must-do activities to partake in when visiting Osoyoos in the Springtime. Looking for a place to stay? Surfside Osoyoos motels offer comfortable vacation homes that will make you feel like you’re right at home.

Play a Round of Golf

The golf courses in Osoyoos open fairly early in, usually around February and March, so finding an open course in the Spring is never a problem. With several courses in the area and the trees beginning to bud, you’re sure to have a great Spring day out on the green.

Acres of Blooms

Osoyoos is home to a lot of wildlife and greenery, including acres of orchards. In April, the valleys and hills are engulfed in white and colours orchard trees. Take a break from all of the Osoyoos excitement and take a peaceful stroll through the country lanes and see orchards, cherry, peach, and pear blossoms.

Model Railroad Displays

Have kids that are coming along or just an avid train lover yourself? The Osoyoos Model Railroad is the stop for you. With thousands of hand-painted of model trains, houses, and people, it’s definitely worth checking out. Plus, it’s open all year-round!

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre

Interested in Canadian and Native American history? The Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre offers both culture and heritage of the Okanagan native community. The Centre offers galleries, education displays, and exhibits. After March it is open Tuesday to Saturday.

Bike and Hike Trails

Osoyoos is located in the South Okanagan region and is home to numerous biking and hiking trails. Spend a day traveling along the winding roads that surround the many wineries. Hiking gives you the opportunity to experience the amazing plant and wildlife in the area. If you’re more into biking, there are a few bicycle tour packages available in the area to take.

Wineries

A visit to a South Okanagan winery is a must if you’re staying in Osoyoos. During the Spring, several wineries in the area are by appointment only or have set hours. But as the Spring is in the off-season, you’re sure to get a visit. Plus, you’ll get to experience the wineries at a quieter time for a truly unique experience.

Fishing

Fishing is a go in the Spring. Thanks to the warmer weather in the region, Osoyoos Lake warms up much earlier than other parts of Canada, making it the ideal place for fishing. You can expect to find it full of sockeye salmon and rainbow trout.

Looking for a place to stay while in Osoyoos? Desert Surfside offers cozy vacation suites that will make you feel like you’re right at home. Book a suite today!

What To Know For Your Beach Vacation

Trips to the beach can be a lot of fun, especially when it’s a trip to an Osoyoos resort like Desert Surfside. There’s nothing better than making memories with friends and family at the beach. However, there are certain tips and tricks to take into account when planning your beach vacation. To avoid any mishaps that might spoil the day and ensure your trip is as enjoyable as possible, read the tips and tricks on beach trips below:

General Beach Tips

When you’re packing for your trip, there are many things to consider. Besides booking a room at a top quality Osoyoos resort like Desert Surfside, bringing beach equipment like a sand-free beach bag is always a good idea. Sand is great when you’re at the beach, however, it is less fun once you get home and everything you brought is covered in it. Also, you may want to consider packing some bug spray. There’s nothing more annoying than getting bit by bugs all day.

If you are going to the beach with kids, you may want to take some other factors into consideration, and prepare for all kinds of situations. Creating a sponge lei as a necklace for your kids to wear in case they get too hot can be a great way to deal with the dangers of overexposure to the sun and sun stroke. Also, bringing along a cooler with ice packs to keep your drinks and food cool, can help when dealing with the heat. Bring a beach tent to provide shelter from the sun. Too much sun and heat will make anyone a little irritable, so bringing along your a tent or umbrella where you and your family can get some rest can keep your day at the beach from being a bummer. 

Sunscreen Tips

Everyone knows the importance of wearing a sunscreen while we’re outside, but not may people are aware that we have to keep reapplying it frequently. If you or one of your guests experiences a severe sunburn, one that results in pain, blisters or nausea, you should get medical attention as soon as possible. One tip we have is keeping your sunscreen in a cooler; this way when you apply or reapply the sunscreen, it will help to cool down your body as well. Remember to apply sunscreen on even on cloudy days as well; 40% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays reaches our planet even on days with overcast. Another tip is to set a timer on your phone to reapply sunscreen so you don’t forget. 

Want to learn more about our wonderful beach vacation packages? Visit our website today or call us at  1-877-495-2228  to learn more!

Why Beachfront Rentals are the Way to Go

Beachfront Balcony ViewVacations are necessary every once in awhile, and more often than not, you’re going to be travelling somewhere exciting and new. As fun as travelling is, it means you’re leaving the comfort of your home and all its commodities. Traditional hotels are pricey and they don’t offer amenities to make you feel at home. However, renting a vacation home is a great alternative to A hotel, as they offer all the features you’d see in your home, such as a fully equipped kitchen and well furnished living areas. Desert Surfside suites go one step further, as their beachfront rentals offer endless entertainment and a great view.

Benefits of Renting Vacation Homes

Beachfront rentals are similarly priced to traditional hotels, but offer much more value. The concept of vacation home rentals is to make the environment as similar to a household as possible, while offering luxury accessories such as private beachfront patios and barbecues. There are also a variety of nearby places to eat, so good food is always a short walk away, or you can cook a meal yourself with a fully equipped kitchen. Beachfront rentals don’t include any hidden fees either, as there are no unnecessary services or meal charges.

Comfortability

When you’re choosing a place for vacation, you should always be considering how enjoyable your stay is. Vacation home rentals offer space and privacy, which is accompanied with comfortable furniture. Our suites also offer the option to have multiple rooms, in case you plan on bringing more guests. The environment is much quieter, so you don’t have to worry about the ruckus you often hear in busy hotels. Vacation home rentals are generally made to make your stay feel less like a temporary living space, and much more like a vacation.

Activities

Beach rentals at Desert Surfside allow you to enjoy a variety of beach side activities including boating, water skiing, tubing, and jet skiing. Desert Surfside is also located along tourist-friendly Main Street Osoyoos, meaning there are still many things to do outside of our resort. Desert Surfside is perfect for groups and group events such as family get togethers, wedding parties or any special celebration you see fit. Our resort is the perfect place to spend your day, and has enough activities to keep everyone busy.

For an all around enjoyable trip, Surfside beachfront rentals is definitely the place to spend your getaway. With the unbeatable value you get out of your stay, you can enjoy your time off, without letting your wallet suffer. Plus, whether you’re spending your time in our resort or exploring the culture of Osoyoos, you’ll never be left with nothing to do.

For your vacation, leave your house, but don’t leave your comfort with it, rent out a suite here!

All You Need To Know About Osoyoos

Osoyoos is located in Southern British Columbia, in what is considered to be one of the most beautiful, and geographically unique areas of North America. What’s so unique about this region of British Columbia, is the warm climate, wineries, fruit, landscape and great resorts and motels, like the Desert Surfside. Considered a vacation hotspot destination, the town is pretty quiet over winter, but it becomes busy for summer vacation. Osoyoos motels and resorts get booked up quickly during the summer months!

Osoyoos, BC offers the best of both worlds: city and country. For a small town, Osoyoos allows visitors to see a different side of BC; one where the beautiful rolling mountains meet a beautiful lakefront city. The town is situated in an eloquent location, which features the best British Columbia offers for a vacation, all in one little place. Visitors range from families with kids, to older couples looking for a quiet get away. Osoyoos caters to a wide variety of visitors.

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In the summer Osoyoos Lake warms up, and becomes a wonderful beachfront destination. Some lake activities include: tubing, water skiing, and canoeing. Other summer activities include: hiking, vineyards visits, and golfing. Golfing is available year round, but becomes busiest during the summer months.

Because of its location, camping is also one of the most popular activities in Osoyoos. There are many beautiful campground sites located close to the town, and allow visitors to experience the beautiful surroundings of the BC landscape without being too far from the city.

Washington state is directly across the US-Canada Osoyoos border, which is a point of entry from the US to Canada. So, if you’re driving to the Okanagan from the US, you can enter the valley directly here. The town is situated in the Sonoran Desert, Canada’s only desert region.

The Southern valleys of British Columbia are also home to many bird, plant and animal species not found anywhere else. This area is well preserved and protected to help maintain the natural beauty of the area, and the wildlife. There are some great opportunities for exploring and learning about this ecosystem, first hand with Okanagan wildlife services. The name of the town, like other cities and towns in the Okanagan is named from First Nations language. The translation is ‘Narrows of the Lake’ or ‘Narrowing of the Lake’.

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Planning A Beach Vacation In Osoyoos

Planning a beach vacation can be difficult. Finding an affordable beachfront property with a great view, comfortable accommodations, and warm weather can be difficult, however, there is one place that has everything you are looking for! Osoyoos! The beaches in Osoyoos, BC are some of the nicest beaches in the world, with breathtaking views, and beautiful warm weather. The town of Osoyoos is a quiet, quaint town that has lots of stuff to do, and has everything you need for a relaxing vacation. When it comes to a relaxing beach vacation, Osoyoos is the right place! And when looking for waterfront accommodations, Desert Surfside is the right choice!

Come discover the Osoyoos beaches, and soak up the sun! Book your vacation today by calling us at 1-877-495-2228!

Below are a few tips put together as a guide to help you plan your perfect beach vacation, and why Osoyoos is the place you’ve been looking for:

Pick The Right Place To Stay

Accommodations are one of, if not, the most important features of a vacation.  Even if you’re planning to spend your days on the beach, you’ll still need somewhere to spend your nights. There are many Osoyoos motels to choose from, but Desert Surfside offers the best beachfront location, and the most comfortable accommodations at an affordable price. Desert Surfside is situated on one of the most beautiful spots of the beach, with an incredible view of the mountains, and located just a short distance from the town of Osoyoos.

Pick The Right Activities

There are many things to do in the town of Osoyoos, and in the surrounding areas. If you’re planning on passing the day with activities like surf lessons, wine tastings or horseback riding, it pays to organize everything before you get there. Many Osoyoos motels don’t offer the same kind of services that are offered at Desert Surfside, when accommodating guests. We strive to ensure that our guests have the best possible vacation, and we will help them with any questions they might have about planning an activity.

Pick The Right Time

There are many things to consider when booking a vacation, and time of year is definitely one of the most important decisions. When you plan your vacation, you should consider the kind of vacation you want, and the people you are going to be traveling with. If you are booking a quiet couples vacation, it might be best to avoid major holidays, and travel during less popular times of the year. If you are booking a family vacation, it might be best to book during holidays, or during the summer time. The “right time” totally depends on you and the kind of vacation you are looking to book.

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Okanagan Vacation Rentals Vs. Hotels

When traveling to Osoyoos or anywhere else, booking accommodations is often the most important thing to do. Finding the most comfortable hotel or resort, at an affordable price, can sometimes be a daunting task. However, now more than ever there are options. At Desert Surfside we not only offer traditional rooms, we also offer exclusive Osoyoos vacation rentals!

It’s important to get the most out of your travel budget, and deciding between a traditional room or Osoyoos vacation rentals, could be what makes or breaks your vacation budget.

So what is the smarter travel choice? When deciding what type of accommodations to book, there are a few important questions you’ll need to ask yourself. Keep reading to learn more. To book a stay at Desert Surfside, give us a call at 1-877-495-2228 or contact us online today.

Booking Questions to Ask Yourself

How Long Will You Be Staying?

The length of your trip to Osoyoos will be the biggest factor in whether or not to get a vacation rental or a traditional room. If you plan to stay for more than five days, a vacation rental has the ability to save you a good amount of money. If your plan is to only stay for a day or two, booking a hotelmight be a better option for you.

How Many People Are Coming?

Depending on the purpose of your trip, and the amount of people coming along, Osoyoos vacation rentals here at Desert Surfside might be the best option. If your party consists of 3 people or less, a regular room will be able to suit your accommodation needs. However, if your party consist of 3 or more people, than you may need to book multiple rooms, which will end up costing you more in the long run. Our Osoyoos vacation rentals can accommodate up to 4 people in one rental, making it the best accommodation option for larger parties traveling to Osoyoos. Also, due to our location, you and your party will be able to enjoy many more amenities, such as fishing or golf, than you would at a regular hotel.

Are You Booking Last Minute?

Looking to book accommodations for a last-minute weekend getaway? You can save money on both vacation rentalsand hotels, it just depends on how much effort you want to put in. Most vacation rental owners do not want their rental sitting empty, which is great news for travelers. If you have the time and patience you can easily score a last-minute deal. If you don’t have the time to negotiate, a hotel may be a better choice for you, though you will likely end up paying more. Last minute travelis a great way to save money when looking for a hotel.

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