A few weeks ago we hopped in a car bright and early and hit the road for a trip with Destination Osoyoos to Osoyoos, Canada's only desert. It's about a 5-hour drive from Vancouver (not including stops for smoothies and snacks, of course.) We had a full weekend of wine tasting and exploring with our friends Elaine and Taylor of Local Wanderer.
One of our first stops was Covert Farms. This was a highlight of the weekend. It's in Oliver which is about 15 minutes from Osoyoos. Once we were there, We hopped in the back of this restored pickup truck and drove the bumpy dirt roads through the rows of vineyards and orchards. We stopped and enjoyed a very tasty charcuterie board filled with local honey, chutney, and organic cheese along with a bottle of sparkling zinfandel. After that, we stopped by the sunflower field and soaked up the amazing scenery around us.
I was really inspired and amazed by Covert Farms approach to everything, treating their land as a place where everything has a role and thrives off of each other. They had llamas, goats, gardens, orchards, and flowers galore. Such a beautiful place, and their wine is organic, major plus. We love their farm to table mentality, and actually provide certified organic crops to many businesses in the Osoyoos area. They also sell their veggies in their in-store location or you can pick them yourself in their orchards!
We were all dreaming up how lovely it would be to have a wedding or a family reunion at Covert Farms, definitely going to look into that in the future.
We were SO grateful we were able to jump in a Ford for our Osoyoos trip! Elaine's AC broke down right before the trip and we scrambled to get a vehicle that would give us a bit of a more comfortable drive through the desert. The 2017 Ford Escape was suuuuch a gift in the hot hot heat. We were able to use Apple CarPlay to listen to all our favourite summer albums (check them out here)
We had such a lovely time visiting with Chris Van Hooydonk from Backyard Farm Chef's Table . He had a wedding to prepare that evening and he took time out of his busy day to give us an intimate tour of his heritage orchard property. It was so special to see how many of his ingredients come from his very garden. If you are in Osoyoos, definitely try and book a dinner with him at his unique Chef's Table Offering. It is such a cool experience he is providing for his guests.
We had the loveliest stay at the Watermark Beach Resort! It was right along the water which allowed us to walk all around town and still be nearby the resort. The restaurant at the Watermark Resort is an absolute must if you're in Osoyoos. We had the best fish tacos with local Salmon, absolutely delicious! Their menu is constantly changing, as it's full of local, and fresh ingredients.
One of our favourite wines we tasted that evening was Stoneboat Pinotage, made nearby in the Okanagan Valley.
Not gonna lie, we were pretty impressed with this Ford Escape.. it was pretty luxurious. We charged our phones in the USB port and power outlet, plus it had TONS of storage for our Lo & Sons bags, (they are the best, we all had matching ones haha).