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Aug 17, 2010 09:07 PM

Restaurants/wineries around Peachland

Hubby & I are heading to the Okanagan this weekend for a couple of eagerly anticipated days without the kids. Would love to hear about your favourite restaurants & wineries in the Peachland area. We've been to & love the Quails' Gate patio...other suggestions are welcome!

Quails' Gate Estate Winery - Old Vines Restaurant
3303 Boucherie Rd, Kelowna, BC V1Z 2H3, CA

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  1. Peachland is not far from Penticton, where the Naramata Bench is located. This is by far the best place for wine in the Okanagan. I would receommend Ruby Tuesday for a tasting and some of their great white wines (Viognier is my fav!) and THE BEST lake front view and lunch is at Lake Breeze (the address below is right except it is in Naramata not Kelowna.)

    Lake Breeze Vineyards
    930 Sammet Rd, Kelowna, BC, Canada

    1. Ok, I'm a shameless plug but I'd recommend the patio at Red Rooster on the Naramata Bench which has nice views of the Lake (my cousin is the winemaker there). I'm a big fan of the wines from La Frenz Winery (again, on the Naramata Bench), their whites are really great easy drinking summer wines. Fruit forwards types. Joie is also in the same area and does some really nice whites as well.

      If you don't mind driving a bit, one of my other favourites is Blasted Church in Okanagan Falls, which is a bit south of Penticton. If you're down there, hit Tickleberries for ice cream.

      Close to Peachland in Summerland is Sumac Ridge. Their sparklings used to be quite popular but I haven't tasted in ages so not sure how they're doing these days.

      1. You already have a great start with Old Vines, which has been getting even better now that they are also growing a lot of their own produce. And just a few minutes up the hill is Mission Hill, which is open for lunch only, but is quite an experience.

        A new player on the scene, Local Lounge and Grille at the Summerland resort, is just a short drive from where you will be (would be a nice fit on the way back of a tasting day in Naramata). A talented young chef (Paul Cecconi) has done a wonderful job of sourcing throughout the region, with a real flair for pairing back to the Okanagan Wines.

        1. Not wine-oriented, but we had a fabulous German meal recently at the Gasthaus on the Lake.

          240 Spokane St, Kimberley, BC V1A2E4, CA

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          1. re: islandgirl

            Last Summer i stayed in Summerland for a weekend and had a very good dinner at The Vanilla Pod ( and a very average dinner at The Cellar Door at Sumac Ridge - bland, overcooked food.

            Theo's in Penticton ( is basically an institution. For something more modern, there's Amante Bistro (


            Amante Bistro
            483 Main St, Penticton, BC V2A5C4, CA

          2. Thanks all for the suggestions. Didn't make it to Penticton/Naramata, but had a very nice (huge!) meal at Local Lounge (oceanwise Ahi tuna salad & Okanagan cherry spareribs, including delectable Gruyere-mashed potatoes), and another in a series of standout dinners at Quails' Gate. Tried Mission Hill but at 2:15 there was a 45 minute wait for lunch, which they stop serving at 3pm. Also can't neglect to mention the best sandwich in recent memory - prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, tomato, arugula, shaved onion on fresh-out-of-the-oven ciabatta - at Bliss Bakery in Peachland. And the sparkling at Sumac Ridge is still quite tasty, especially the Gewurtzraminer!

            Local Lounge & Grille
            12817 Lakeshore Drive S, Summerland, BC V0H 1Z0, CA

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            1. re: vannutmeg

              We had a really good dinner last night at Local. We were pleasantly surprised because walking by we had seen big TV screens tuned to sports...not usually a good sign. Turns out that was for the adjacent lounge, the restaurant is around the corner, and a handsome room. I have to confess to being wined-out after three days on the tasting trail. A dark-and-stormy with artisanal ginger beer sparked my appetite for some scrumptious ribs, and I am not usually a fan. Others, equally sated with food choice, had substantial salads ( one steak, one tuna) and nicely done pasta with local (!) ingredients. Fortunately we are staying next door so we can go back to ight for the desserts we didn't have room for last night. Service was knowledgeable and professional.

              Local Lounge & Grille
              12817 Lakeshore Drive S, Summerland, BC V0H 1Z0, CA