May 21, 2013 | by Christina Van
You hear a lot about the grapes and apples grown in the Okanagan, but orchards and vineyards aren’t the only kinds of farms worth visiting. If you’re staying in Kelowna, hotels are actually really close to several farm and studio tours that give you a taste of some surprising crops.
When you’re looking for different things to do in Kelowna, look no further than our hand-picked guide to the top three farm tours you won’t want to miss.
Kelowna farm tours where you can indulge in the senses:
Something salty – Carmelis Goat Cheese Artisan Inc.
This family-owned dairy boutique gives you the chance to explore the art of cheese-making and taste some of the finest handcrafted goat cheese in Canada. On your tour, you’ll see how Carmelis cheese is made using the traditional techniques of Europe and with 100% goat milk. Plus, you’ll get to meet the well-fed goats who produce that delicious milk and taste a platter of the cheese it produces. The farm, near wineries and offering views of Okanagan Lake, is located south of downtown Kelowna and many Kelowna hotels. Visit the farm any time during open hours or book a tour for eight or more one week in advance.
Something sweet – Arlo’s Honey Farm
If you have a sweet tooth or an interest in beekeeping, you’ll want to add a tour of Arlo’s Honey Farm to your itinerary. On your 1.5-hour tour, you’ll discover the secret world of bees and how they pollinate our flowers and fruit as part of nature’s cycle. From the working hive, you’ll head in to the honey bar for a tasting and a chance to buy Arlo’s award-winning honey. The farm, located just a short drive south of hotels in Kelowna, is open Wednesday to Saturday with tours by appointment.
Something scented – Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm
A field of lavender with more than 60 varieties of this aromatic flower await you at Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm. This family farm, located on the shores of Okanagan Lake, allows guests to take self-guided walking tours and pick their own bouquets. Take home one of the McFadden family’s handcrafted lavender products, too, such as jellies, teas, and bath oils. The farm’s annual summer Harvest Festival offers several activities and guided tours as well.
Enjoy all the farm tours and amenities the Okanagan has to offer when you stay at the centrally located BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites. This pet-friendly Kelowna hotel offers a courtyard, mineral pool, spa, restaurant and more. Book your room today!