Staycations are the new Summer Vacation!

A good friend in California, told me that most of his colleagues are taking a “staycation” in lieu of a far-flung summer vacation this year. So I looked up “staycation” to find this on wikipedia: “a staycation is a period of time in which an individual or family stays at home and relaxes at home or takes day trips from their home to area attractions.” view looking towards Lake Skaha and Penticton

Not sure if a visit to Canada’s wine country, the Okanagan technically counts as a staycation since it is approximately 300 kilometres away from Vancouver, but since we made it there and back on just a few tanks of gas, with an emphasis on the journey rather than the destination, I think it veers toward the right direction of eco-consciousness. We also were lucky to be able to tie it into some yoga teaching along the way. (see my earlier post on Kelowna)

Therapy Vineyards, aren’t the roses pretty?

And so we got to Naramata an idyllic, mediterranean-esque town on the shores of Lake Okanagan. The weather was hot, the skies a washed out blue and we sampled local cherries and sipped some delicious organic wines on an outdoor patio at the lovely “Elephant Island” vineyard.
We also drove via Princeton through spectacular countryside on our way back to Vancouver and stopped in BC’s organic growing capital, the Similkameen Valley and bought some delicious apricots, peaches, cherries and tasty summer tomatoes from the lovely folks who run Blushing Trail Organics. We were even treated to a tour of the orchard. Really made me appreciate the bounty we are surrounded by and especially this season of so much fulfillment.

So here’s a toast to making the most of the current economic situation and discovering the beauty in your own backyard.

For more Okanagan and Similkameen photos, check out my flickr link.