At Turtle Bay Pub, scenic views of Wood Lake enhance the experience of sipping cold brews and indulging in a diverse selection of pub fare. That cuisine ranges from hearty classics, such as racks of ribs or steak & Guinness pies, to lighter dishes, such as flatbreads topped with prosciutto, pear, and goat cheese. Live music sets the mood on Friday nights, and on others, it's set by the cheers and groans of patrons as they watch sports games. Sunday brunch, replete with omelettes and buttermilk pancakes, is also available.
The team behind Avenue Classic Bar sets out to create an upscale tavern with a warm, neighborly feel. A row of chandeliers shines soft light on intimate conversations below, as patrons nestle into soft folds of U-shaped leather booths. Bottles of top-shelf liquors rise from behind the bar, waiting to be plucked from obscurity and to melt some unsuspecting ice cubes. Stone walls and hardwood floors lend a rich quality to the upscale saloon.
Whether students want to tone their muscles, learn self-defense, or simply compete in martial arts, Pacific Top Team Kelowna is there for them. Brazilian jiujitsu classes help students in all three areas, whereas Future Champion kids' classes focus on building the values every athlete needs, including self-discipline, cooperation, and respect.
Women's only kickboxing and self-defense classes also build self-confidence, and they empower women by teaching them how to fend off an attacker. The classes rely on techniques from kickboxing, boxing, and jiujitsu, and often have a party-like atmosphere complete with pounding music and balloon animals.
During muay thai classes, instructor and world muay thai champion Adolfo Lozano teaches students the crucial eight points of contact—the two hands, elbows, knees, and shins. This class is designed to push bodies to their limits.
Michaelbrook Ranch Golf Course unspools in the Okanagan Valley, inviting players to tee off against a backdrop of mountains and wine vineyards. Measuring 3,799 yards from the back tees, the par-63 executive course is relatively diminutive in stature but outfitted with hazards such as water on four holes, troublesome rough, and the threat of interference from lost sommeliers. The distinctive 18th hole boasts two greens—one an island and one safely inland—each of which may be in play on any given day. After sinking your last putt, head over to the Brook Bar and Grill for a post-round meal and celebratory drinks.
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The crown jewel of Hopscotch Festival Kelowna is the tasting hall, where guests assemble to sip, sample, and learn about a massive variety of premium beverages. In its fifth year in Kelowna, the festival will showcase an expanding list of more than 200 libations, which patrons can convert from a jingling fanny pack full of tasting tokens to sips poured into their souvenir tasting glasses. Domestic and international beers can quench thirsts in styles such as Val Dieu Tripel, Deep Cove Loud Mouth Pale Ale, and Howe Sound HopRaiser West Coast IPA. Tongues can taste the single-malt Scottish fruits of the Bruichladdich and the Macallan 1824 series, hailing from the Firth of Cromarty.
Ex Nihilo Vineyards bottles distinctive whites and reds on a 10-acre slope overlooking Lake Okanagan. Wine tasters assume their positions for a flight of four wines within Ex Nihilo's Mediterranean-fashioned tasting room, designed by vineyard cofounder Jeff Harder. Both connoisseurs and newcomers to the grape game can tease taste buds with the ripe complexity of Night, Ex Nihilo's ultrapremium bordeaux, or can get to know the merlot, which, unlike a bust of Mussolini carved from ham, is fruity and approachable. Seasoned sippers may regard Night's oaky aroma as a striking counterpoint to the tropical scents of the pinot gris and may relish the balance of the riesling, which was rated Best Local White Wine - Central by Okanagan Life readers.