During a Pinot-coloured Okanagan sunset a semi-wild peacock caws into the dry night heat, a pack of coyote pups respond in twilight. The soft waves of Okanagan Lake arrive at the beach as tenderly as a mother bathing her child. Lilacs and damp grass pepper the newly born summer air as you sit upon an old creaking porch with a glass of local Rosé. With each sip crickets sing the same old song that played when the Naramata Heritage Inn was newly built in 1908 by the founder of Naramata J.M.Robinson.
After a day of wine tastings, hiking, mountain biking or any water sport really, I cannot think of a better place to get away from it all than in the small town of Naramata. The Heritage Inn & Spa is especially ideal as it transcends time with it’s heritage rooms, classic patio ideal for sipping whatever your brew and the calming quiet that makes this place speak to one’s soul.
After many years of visiting their popular Cobblestone Restaurant I finally had the opportunity to stay at the Heritage Inn thanks to the new owners Julius and Toni Bloomfield. Julius, originally from the UK, bought the Heritage Inn with his wife Toni and now they can say they own a piece of historic paradise. However, they are bringing it into the 21st century with a hair salon that is rumoured to be on the horizon and the recent addition of a bistro enabling the huge front porch to be utilized as it should be – I personally tested it late into the evening feeling like a background character from the film Fried Green Tomatoes (luckily the Kettle Valley Railway isn’t running anymore).
During my visit I occupied the Tuscan room, one of two king bedrooms available with the room’s own patio overlooking the chef’s budding garden and entire front lawn conveniently equipped with a giant chess board.
As I walked into my room the floorboards thudded with a hollow echo. I was ecstatic with the large claw foot tubs and Aveda products provided alongside. A basket of local lavender soap, linen spray and lavender pouch rested upon the most comfortable king size bed. The curtains swung with fresh air pushing them aside and the sun was bright through the original single window panes. Throughout the room and hotel are antiques such as a school desk from when the building was an all girls school and a large safe that once belonged to the city.
With only 12 boutique rooms, each with their own character, claw foot tub and semi-private patios, this is the historic mansion to come when in need of some rest and relaxation. Wether you’re a yogi in hopes of scoring a tan during practice upon their huge lawn, a bocce ball enthusiast, a picnic connoisseur, a nature know-all, an outdoor adventurer or you just want to relax after a day of wine tasting by drinking some bubbly in the sunshine you may find your own paradise at the Naramata Heritage Inn & Spa.
This stay was sponsored, however, meals and other experiences were paid for by myself. All opinions expressed are my own and based on my own experiences. In short, if I didn’t like it I wouldn’t have said I did.
Naramata Heritage Inn & Spa
3625 1st Street
Naramata, BC, Canada
Toll Free: 866-617-1188