For some, the end of summer can be depressing -- especially when living in a climate where winter means swapping shorts, T-shirts and sandals for boots, heavy coats and long underwear. But in the Thompson Okanagan region of British Columbia, Canada, the arrival of fall is cause for excitement and celebration as its 100-plus wineries gear up for the annual grape harvest.
About four hours northeast of Vancouver, Thompson Okanagan is a popular destination for travelers year-round. There’s just so much to do there, from teeing off on one of the region’s world-class golf courses to slaloming down one of its award-winning ski hills (well-known for light, dry snow called “champagne powder”). But in October, visitors -- especially wine-lovers -- flock to the region for the harvest, specifically the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival, which for almost 30 years has celebrated the harvest through myriad events over a 10-day period (this year, Oct. 1-10). Festival-goers can tour the vineyards, lunch among the vines, learn about food and wine pairings from local chefs and, naturally, sample the region’s incredible vinos.
With the weather warm but no longer scorching, autumn in the Okanagan is the perfect time to watch the grapes ripening in the sun and indulge in harvest celebrations. But another benefit to visiting in the fall: travelers can score deals as much as 60% off summertime prices. Click here to read more about the region, and find unbeatable offers from local hotels, resorts, spas, golf courses and more.