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Trip Report Bling in Okanagan Valley

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I don’t usually write about our annual 2 weeks in British Columbia in the tiny town of Sicamous…it is so predictable and so well loved – there are 1000 miles of shoreline on Shuswap and Mara lakes to explore by boat, BBQ s with friends on the patio of our rented cottage – very few trips outside of the local grocery and fruit stands. I don’t see how our experiences here could help other travellers.

Just the other day though, with no daughters with us this year to tow behind the boat, my husband and I decided to drive to the small city of Vernon…. find an outdoor patio with a view. My husband suggested Predator Ridge, a golf resort west of town. There was a different feel to the clubhouse, more casual and welcoming perhaps. We saw quite a few larger groups in the restaurant, some families with teenagers, and a table of older women, dolled up for a lunch out. Most of the patrons sat outside to enjoy the sweeping views , the fairways green against a backdrop of parched hills and orchards. Lots of jeans and short shorts, naturally as this is more than a golf destination.

Our meal was exceptional and the beer was cold – good selection of beers on tap. While dining we noticed a building high on the cliffs above Predator Ridge. My husband had attended a conference here 2 years ago and did not recall the spectacle glistening high above us. After lunch we visited the pro shop at Predator Ridge and were surprised to see them selling a few articles of Lululemon, popular yoga wear. Made me wonder if there were yoga classes offered at the activity center of the resort.

Once in our car we followed the road all the up. We parked outside of the building called …. as you might expect - Sparkling Hill - an all glass structure.

THIS is the PLACE where the next James Bond will be filmed ! Or it should be...

Right away we were greeted by a European sounding hostess. Her thick accent put us in movie mode right away. Beautiful views of Okanagan Lake from the lobby. Turning back, there were glimpses of Kalamalka, the prettiest lake in the universe, turquoise all through. There are a few places to really drink in the sights, an outdoor viewing platform, also a few places to sit leather couches and vertical grain fir benches.

Sparkling Hill is quite frankly….Dazzling. The chandeliers are magnificient, and you are bound to notice the lighting even though natural light floods in the windows. There were only a few people milling about , other inquisitive folks, drawn up the hill by the bling in the sky. The hotel has been open only since May.

On the way out we asked for the brochure for Kur Spa, which looks divine. Shoulder rates seem fair and we would consider Sparkling Hill for a destination to explore the wineries in the Okanagan valley. Would love to see this hotel at night!

On the way back to our cottage, we stopped at Sutherland's Bakery for ice cream. There was a long line but we left pleased and were seriously over-served - a single waffle cone there is the equivalent of a triple cone anywhere else.

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