If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll probably know that we went to the Okanagan this weekend. I haven’t done a “trip recap” in a while, and since there are some fun pictures from the trip, I’ll do a quick rundown.
First, the expenses. Because this is a personal finance blog, after all.
The total cost was $357.10, and I guess when you consider $105 (nearly 30%) of that was the wine tour at Mission Hill (for 2), it really wasn’t that bad. We definitely saved money by staying in a dorm in a hostel – we were only gone one day, so it’s not a big deal to share accommodation. Anything more than two days, and I would have wanted to at least splurge on a private hostel room.
Gas was also expensive – but considering the drive was about 1000 km, it was to be expected. This category also includes one taxi ride to the winery (took the bus back).
We ate cheap meals because food was one thing we didn’t feel like splurging on. So this included a trip to Subway, Booster Juice, and the grocery store. :)
And finally, I did do some splurging at the Mission Hill store – snagging a bottle of Compendium wine because it’s not available for purchase in stores. I plan on storing it for at least a few years.
Anyway, here are a few pictures of our trip! :)
We were on the road by 7am on Saturday morning, because our tour was scheduled for 11:30am at Mission Hill. Kelowna is just under 4 hours by car, but we wanted to stop for the world’s best pie along the way:
Once we had our fill of pie, we raced to Kelowna, and made it to Mission Hill Winery with 10 minutes to spare. The weather was gorgeous, and there were only 2 other people in our tour group, so it was a pretty good experience.
Then we got taken to the tasting room, where we got to sample a bunch of different wines. I liked our small group because we were able to ask a lot of specific questions about the wine, and the winery itself. I was impressed with how fun the tour was, and I would definitely like to go on more. But it was expensive, and sampling wines at the bar wasn’t as fun as going on the tour.
The next day, we headed south to Osoyoos, where we went on a short hike, stopped at Spotted Lake, and then headed home through the beautiful Similkameen Valley.
Well, that was my weekend. :) I hope to come back again, but likely not for a while. It’s a long trip for just a one-night visit. But it was relatively cheap, and since this year I’ll be focusing on more local travel, it was perfect for that. How was your weekend?