fall in the vineyards

Fall in Love with Penticton

Fall is a fantastic time to visit Penticton. The harvest brings changing colours and weather, so it’s an excellent time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful sights or activities like hiking and biking. Penticton is in no short supply of stunning views or fun to-dos.

Why Penticton is Great to Visit in Fall

Penticton is known for its amiable weather and boasts one of the best year-round climates in Canada. But it’s also known for sparkling lakes, golden beaches and vast mountain ranges, which are absolutely breath-taking in autumn.

September in Penticton embraces the spirit of summer with sunshine and skies of blue, but channel fall feelings when the sun goes down. Warm days turn into lovely nights when you can cozy up with a sweater.

October sees the leaves change colour, and the wineries go into crush season (when the grapes are picked and “crushed” into wine). The vineyards look magical, and if you love wine, you need no other reason to visit Penticton in the fall. The Okanagan Wine Festival events take place up and down the valley during the first half of October, and you won’t want to miss a thing!

If you need any more incentive than walking/biking trails, warm days, beautiful evenings, and wine, there’s also plenty of golfing opportunities on the links and out in the crisp air…although we probably had you at wine!

The 39th Annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival

Wine lovers know that fall is a wonderful time of year to visit the Okanagan. This year, the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival takes place from October 3 to 13. With over 80 events spread out all over the region, it is a playground for your palate. You can enjoy wine tastings, live music, food pairings, sommelier battles and so much more!

wine glasses clinking together

Penticton will host the following events as part of the Festival:

October 3, 2019 – Taste of the Terroir
Okanagan’s Varietal Showdown, this event features 10 of BC’s finest boutique wineries and is hosted by the Villa Rosa Ristorante, where you can taste and explore five different varietals from 10 unique wineries.

October 10, 2019 – An Evening of Fine Italian Cuisine & the Wines of Da Silva Vineyards
Villa Rosa Ristorante offers multiple-course menus with expert wine pairings from the Da Silva Vineyards.

October 12, 2019 – Sensation
This signature event held at the Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre pairs wine with art, culture and food to stimulate all of your senses.

Harvest Dinner

Painted Rock Estate Winery proprietor John Skinner hosts Joy Road, Cuisine Du Terroir to serve up a five-course, plated dinner with Painted Rock pairings.

Hit the Greens

Fore! If golf is your game, teeing off in the fall is a special treat. With picturesque days and weather to match, golf should be on your list of things to do in Penticton. You can enjoy the outdoors from one of Penticton’s many golf courses like the beautiful Penticton Golf and Country Club.

golf putter and ball

Penticton Golf and Country Club

As one of the best-conditioned golf courses in the Okanagan Valley, this 18-hole course offers a variety of challenges for all players.

With narrow fairways, well-placed bunkers to protect the greens, and water in play on twelve holes, you will enjoy the challenge presented by this Penticton golf course. Pro tip: to score well here, you will need a strong wedge game and solid putting.

Daily fees for adult non-members are $67 for 18-holes or $37 for 9. Be sure to check ahead for available tee times.

Kettle Valley Railway Trail (KVR)

piece of Kettle Valley Railway Trail

A scenic path offering unbeatable views of Okanagan Lake and Penticton, the Kettle Valley Railway Trail is a multi-use trail that will take you around the mountains and vineyards. The route is accessible from Vancouver Hill and across the street from the Bench Market.

With something for everyone, the trail starts off easy for the first couple of kilometres, and parts of it are even family-friendly where you can look for wildlife and watch the boats bobbing in the water.
You can find yourself hiking or biking the trail, exploring it on your own, or hiring a tour company to show you around. More experienced cyclists can even plan an overnight adventure along the trail. Whichever way you choose to explore the KVR, you are sure to see Penticton at its finest in the fall.

Savour the Bounty of Falls Harvest

Apples, tomatoes, squash, peppers, and pumpkins are just a few of the fall fruits and vegetables that you will find as you stroll through the Penticton Farmers’ Market. Along with the bounty from the harvest, you will find a host of other amazing artisanal goods supporting local artists and culture.

Two hands handing one another an apple with a produce station in the background.

Where to Stay

Coast Penticton Hotel

Located right next to the Penticton Trade & Convention Center, South Okanagan Events Centre, and Penticton Wine Information Centre, the Coast Penticton Hotel is the place to stay.

Whether you’re coming for business or pleasure, Coast Penticton Hotel is a great launching point. You’re close to hiking and biking trails, as well as other local attractions, but you also have the amenities need to get work done. But it may be hard to concentrate on work when you are a mere few blocks away from Lake Okanagan and the Penticton Golf & Country Club.

Undoubtedly, the outdoors are calling, but the truth is that you may not even want to leave your pet-friendly Coast Hotel.

two queen guestroom at coast penticton hotel

We offer great amenities such as:
● Free Wi-Fi
● Indoor pool
● Hot tub
● Outdoor guest BBQ
● Half-acre of outdoor, grassy recreation area

If you don’t feel like BBQing outdoors, the Bears Den Restaurant—consistently awarded the best breakfast in Penticton—is conveniently located on-site and will take care of all your needs. It’s a family-style diner and a local favourite. Room service is also available.

If you’re travelling throughout BC, you’ll want to check out these other great British Columbia Coast Hotels:

Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna, BC
Coast Oliver Hotel in Oliver, BC
Coast Osoyooos Beach Hotel in Osoyoos, BC

Book any of these great hotels today!