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Squeeze More Out of Your Summer Holiday Food Budget in Kelowna

June 06, 2014

Pancakes topped with ice cream, steak twice a day, more peaches than you count. For many people, one of the highlights of summer holidays at Kelowna hotels is being able to eat anything on the menu without having to cook or clean, but all that dining can add up.

So, how can you indulge your inner foodie without blowing all of your travel budget on meals?

1. Stay at Kelowna hotels that offer free breakfast.

For many families and individuals, being able to open your door in the morning and walk down the hall to find buffet tables filled with omelets and bacon is incredibly convenient, but it's also a big money-saver.

Think about how much you would spend per person each morning to start your day off with a hot breakfast from a restaurant. Now, tally how much you'll save over the course of your entire trip when you stay at a hotel that serves a free hot breakfast buffet.


2. Go to the market or grocery store and pack a picnic for the beach.

Just as when you're at home, summer eating on holidays can take on a casual feel and still be as delicious as it is easy.

Here in Kelowna, especially in the summer, you'll want to be sure to stop at the Kelowna Farmers' and Crafters' Market, where you'll find an amazing array of fresh, local and often organic produce. Grab a bit of bread, some Gouda, a few berries and peaches and maybe some mint lemonade and you've got all the makings of a delectable little picnic lunch perfect for the beach.

Visiting the market (walking distance to many Kelowna hotels) is a great way to taste fresh food unique to a region as well as support the farm families you'll meet at stalls.  For more tips on eating local and easy, read our post Kelowna Street Food Must Haves.


3. Eat your biggest meal at lunch

Some restaurants offer the same beloved dinner offerings for less on their lunch menus. You'll get to experience that restaurant and its gourmet fare for at least a few dollars less.


4. Pick up a copy of the local paper and scan for deals

Our city is fortunate enough to have two major newspapers—The Kelowna Daily Courier and the Kelowna Capital News. Most Kelowna hotels keep copies of both papers in the lobby. It's worth perusing both to spot any two-for-one coupons at restaurants for nights when you want to hit the town.


5. Choose a hotel that has a fridge and/or kitchenette

If you're visiting the Okanagan for a few days or more, and if you have kids, you'll love the convenience of being able to store snacks and a few extras—water bottles from a discount store and fruit from a supermarket.

If your room has a kitchenette, you'll be able to stretch your trip budget even further by being able to assemble your little ones' snacks or even meals in your room.


When you're looking for family-friendly and pet-friendly Kelowna hotels where you can enjoy a free hot breakfast and more, stay at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites. We also offer a mineral pool, grassy courtyard, hot tub, fitness centre, restaurant, and bar.

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