November 22, 2011 | by Christina Van
'Tis the season to spread joy and cheer...and to potentially watch your bank account dwindle. There are the endless lists of food to buy for parties, gifts to buy for loved ones, and travel expenses to visit said loved ones over the busy holiday season. Fear not! You can save not only money, but also your sanity as many Kelowna hotels offer some pretty sweet deals this time of year.
Many people believe that the arrival of winter usually means it's time to follow the geese and head down south for some fun in the sun. But what they may not know is how wonderful and affordable Kelowna is during the winter months! Kelowna hotels are still pampering their guests, Okanagan Wineries are still open and producing amazing local product, local mountains like Big White and Silver Star are gearing up for thrills on the hills, and the downtown core of Kelowna continues to showcase arts and culture like you've never seen. Going somewhere tropical sounds amazing when it's -20 outside, but why not embrace the cold and save some money for a change? Kelowna will warm you up with all it has to offer!
If you're planning on coming to Kelowna to check out some winter fun (which is highly recommended), here are a few ways to save:
• Try to avoid peak traveling days, which will come with peak prices and delays. They're called "holidays" for a reason, so take advantage of time off and make a schedule that works for you and your wallet. All through the winter season, events in Kelowna are plentiful and offer a little something for everyone!
• Look for a hotel in Kelowna that offers extras at no extra cost! The Best Western Kelowna Hotel spoils our guests with complimentary amenities such as free hot breakfast buffet, free internet, and free parking, as well as unlimited access to our pool, hot tubs, and fitness room. Definite money savers, especially when paired with low seasonal room rates.
• Many Kelowna hotels offer reward programs for their guests, and the rewards can be huge this time of year! (As a Best Western Rewards® Member, you can use your points for flights, car rentals, accommodations, gas cards, restaurant and retail gift cards and more!) Book a flight and accommodations at a Kelowna hotel for yourself or use it to surprise someone else. Send a gift card to that special someone who lives across the country, without the added expense of shipping costs. The options are endless, which helps put an end to the panic of holiday shopping.
• Check out package deals that may be offered by Kelowna hotels or other local businesses. The point of packages is to bundle savings and give you the best bang for your buck, so do some research and see how much you can save while still enjoying your trip!
Stress and money tend to go hand-in-hand, but with some help from your favorite Kelowna hotels, you can avoid turning into Scrooge before the holidays even get here. We love winter in Kelowna and hopefully you (and your wallet) will too!
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