We headed out to Invermere Thursday night to get a head start on the drive to Kelowna. My parents have a place another 30 min down the road, but we stayed with my girlfriend this time. Her house is a stone's throw away from Lake Windemere. I feel so lucky to have these opportunities to wake up, throw on my shoes, & go for a run near a lake - be it Windermere, Columbia, or Okanagan, I love them all dearly.
We stopped for lunch just past Sicamouse. There were already people heading out house boating for the long weekend. Sometimes BC is a different world from Alberta. We frequently get snow on May Long, whereas they plan boating trips.
That evening, I took Nathan out for dinner at the Hotel El Dorado. We had a fabulous meal together in celebration of his 27th birthday. There are so many great food options in Kelowna, but I'm so happy I settled on this one. Not only was the food wonderful & the service attentive & pleasant, but the space is also wonderful. It's an older hotel, worn in all the right ways, that sits right on the lake. They've got a marina and docks out back so you can go for a walk along the lake or park your boat. It feels a little bit like it belongs to another era - right up my alley. Not surprisingly, it was actually my second choice for our wedding venue. I had my heart set on a winery, but this would have been an equally stunning choice.
We started things off with the cheese board, as per N's brother's suggestion. It was fantastic. Dried cherries from the orchard down the street, some of the best honey we've tasted (also from the area), & roasted nuts (again, from nearby) accompanied a beautiful selection of cheeses - brie, port wine gouda, & a blue.
All in all it was a great weekend & I'm even more excited for our upcoming wedding. We're down to double digits so things are getting quite real at this point.