Sip back and relax because BC Wine Month is here. Kamloops’ history and landscape play a significant role in the wines produced here with stories waiting to be told. Explore the history of the city and the landscape this April and celebrate spring because wine not?
Wine Galore on the Kamloops Wine Trail
On cloud wine! April is BC Wine Month and what better way to celebrate than to sip through one of BC’s newest wine regions. Harper’s Trail, Privato Vineyard & Winery, and Monte Creek Winery are 3 of Kamloops’ wineries part of the Kamloops Wine Trail producing fresh, crisp whites and fruit-forward reds for drinking. Sip, savour and taste this season on one of their scenic patios (hello sunset, hoodoo, garden, and river view photo opps) with local charcuterie eats from their tasting rooms. Note: BYOPicnics are also allowed in designated areas at each winery. Through your tasting, learn about the history of the wineries, what’s unique about the local terroir, and more. Don’t forget to leave the driving to the pros with a guided wine tour so you can fully sit back, relax, and kick your feet up!
Sip Sip Hooray at Monte Creek Winery
New name, who dis? Monte Creek Winery has rebranded with a new name, labels, and look. Overlooking the South Thompson River from the expansive windows at the tasting bar, take in the views of the vineyards at the base of Lions Head Mountain (what the locals call it) as you taste either their red or white roster. Be sure to take in the history of Kamloops from the Tasting Room Ambassadors as they share the stories of how the Hands Up White and Hands Up Red were named. Once you’re finished tasting, shop for wine accessories, award-winning wine, and various local products in their wine shop. Planning ahead? Visit Monte Creek Winery after May 2 and enjoy a bottle of wine with local fare on the Terrace Restaurant patio.
Hint: Use the Luv’n the Loops pass for 2 for 1 tastings.
Drool-worthy Boards at The Cure Culinary Provisions
Warning: drool-worthy content ahead. The Cure Culinary Provisions is all about creating mouth-watering, insta-worthy share boards that taste as good as they look. This summer, they are bringing their A-game with summer picnic menu baskets that are ideal for pairing with your new favourite wine - remember the designated picnic areas at the wineries above? Yup, Kamloops knows how to do it right.
Unwrap the Present at Kamloops Museum
There’s plenty more history of Kamloops to learn, which is shared in the light of the present at the Kamloops Museum and Archives. Step into the KMA, one of the oldest museums in BC, and visit their current exhibit, Collective Memories: Japanese Canadian Reflections. The exhibit is on until May 28 sharing memories and reflections from the local Japanese Canadian community and exploring broader issues of history and identity. Admission is by donation (suggested are $1 for child and $3 for an adult) and is open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 9:30am-4:30pm. Another fun tidbit: The Kamloops Museum and Archives is trusted by the City of Kamloops to care for its collection of over 20,000 artifacts from the region, which is the largest in the Interior.
Hint: Free admission available with Luv’n the Loops
Set Up Home Base
Did someone say complimentary welcome cookies? Upon check-in at the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Kamloops, receive a warm cookie to welcome you to your stay. Ready to hit the down? You’re only a mere walking distance from Riverside Park, downtown suds and grub joints, nightlife, and local shopping. Harvest by Nandi is also on-site serving up local fare for you to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner… oh and dessert of course too - can’t forget about the sweet tooth calling your name.
Hint: Enjoy 15% off your dine-in bill at Harvest by Nandi with Luv’n the Loops
Feel like family on your vacation when you stay at Scott’s Inn & Restaurant, which has been family-owned and operated for over 40 years. Experience their personalized service and amenities that make guests feel like they are back in the comfort of their homes. Suites and pet-friendly rooms are available upon request in the centre of town and minutes to walking paths along the river and nature parks for hiking.
Hint: Enjoy 15% off breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a free appetizer when you buy an appetizer and bucket of beer with Luv’n the Loops
The cherished historic Plaza Hotel is a true piece of Kamloops heritage built in 1928 right in the heart of downtown Kamloops. Although historic, updated rooms and modern facilities are waiting for you to set up base. You’re also steps away from shopping til you drop at local boutique shops and indulging in local fare - like their on-site restaurant Tumbleweed Lounge where you can enjoy the sites of downtown while you dine.
Hint: 35% off all appetizers or 25% off draught beer when you dine in with Luv’n the Loops
Riverfront stays at your finest. Not only are you minutes from local suds and grub spots, at Riverland Inn & Suites, but you can also take in the spectacular views of the South Thompson River and Mt. Peter and Paul from your balcony room. Outdoor adventure your thing? At the Riverland Inn & Suites, you’re in close proximity to swing your clubs on the courses, take a hike on the local trails, or hit the highway to find 1 of 100+ lakes to cast a line.
Feel good about the environment where you’re staying. Relax in a cozy, luxurious bed at the Best Western Plus Kamloops Hotel, a 4 Green Key rated hotel with geothermal heating. You also don’t have to head to the ocean for saltwater - take a plunge and relax in the indoor saltwater pool followed by a soak in the hot tub. This hotel is conveniently located between uptown and downtown Kamloops giving you easy access to all city amenities.
A new season means it’s time for a new wardrobe! Rodeway Inn & Suites presents sweeping valley views and continental breakfast to start the day off right before heading to Aberdeen Mall where you can search for the perfect spring outfit with 2 floors of stores. We know shopping works up a thirst! Grab a cup of java and midday snack from a cafe, lunch from a nearby restaurant, or grab a brew from Iron Road Brewing just down the road.
Hint: If you live within 100km of Kamloops, receive 15% off your stay with Luv’n the Loops
Giddy up! If you’re looking for quiet and charm, a boutique waterfront getaway is calling your name. Enjoy a relaxing stay at the South Thompson Inn & Conference Centre, situated on 55 acres alongside the South Thompson River, a short 15-minute drive outside Kamloops. The hotel offers southern Kentucky style, western hospitality, and cozy atmosphere. Cruise the countryside on a scenic bike ride with one of their complimentary cruiser or mountain bikes and take a soak in their river-view hot tub.
Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun. At the newly remodeled Best Western Premier Aberdeen, take a plunge in the indoor pool or slip down the waterslide (one or ten times, who’s counting) then finish with a soak in the hot tub to warm up. The best part? You can do this again after you’ve headed out for outdoor exploration like mountain biking the flowy trails or hiking over 40km of trails in nearby Kenna Cartwright Nature Park. Take in eats at their onsite Twisted Steak with specially crafted cocktails and a steak dinner paired best with local wine.