This article was published on May 24th, 2015
Spring is here! That means it’s the perfect time to get away on your first road trip of the season. While there are plenty of choices, if you really want the perfect all-boys, all-girls, or a romantic weekend for two, Predator Ridge Golf Resort in the beautiful Thompson Okanagan is easily the top pick of where you want to go.
Don’t let the name fool you. Yes, Predator Ridge Golf Resort is a world-class golf resort that has hosted many prestigious golf tournaments and they have a number of A-list golf pro’s on staff; however, it is one of the best hidden gem vacation destinations you could ever imagine.
As you arrive, you will instantly be in awe and think you’re in a fantasy dream of perfection. An impeccably manicured golf course, with luscious green grass, peaceful ponds, and aromatic pine trees span acre after acre. Wood frame, craftsman style homes are carefully and strategically located throughout the resort, with the flagship lodge and clubhouse front and centre. Every turn, and every angle, is a picture perfect postcard photo opportunity.
For couples looking for a romantic weekend, staying at The Lodge is the best choice. The contemporary rooms are tastefully decorated in a modern country-rustic theme, with warm, rich wood floors and trim, slate and ceramic tiles, and a myriad of welcoming fabrics. The beds are soft, with duvets and pillows that make it feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud. The bathroom has a glass shower, but also a very sexy and romantic jacuzzi for two. The living room has a large, LCD TV, complete with TELUS Optik TV and surround sound, in case you want to spend the night on the couch cuddling to a good movie.
During the day there are plenty of activities. There are marked hiking paths that go up into the hills with spectacular views of nearby Kalamalka Lake, a fitness centre with state-of-the-art weigh and cardio machines that will keep a serious gym rat happy for the weekend, and nearby Sparkling Hill Resort if a spa treatment is in order. If you love being up-close with nature, then you are in luck! Wildlife sightings at Predator Ridge are a regular occurrence; from hawks to whitetail deer, you should have your camera with you all the time.
Foodies will be delighted too! Recently, Predator Ridge has taken the 100-Mile diet very seriously. In fact, they have even brought aboard a new chef, just to prove their commitment to locally sourced ingredients. This year there is a whole new menu available. From early morning breakfast, through to evening share-plates, the kitchen at the clubhouse pumps out an impressive menu. This is a fantastic change, especially for people who appreciate eating local and who have specific dietary requirements when on vacation. Eating locally become an important part of decision making for travellers, and Predator Ridge has stepped up to the plate, and really delivered, working with local farmers and suppliers.
Bottom line, Predator Ridge is one of the most beautiful and undiscovered vacation destinations in British Columbia. It’s located about a 10 minute drive from Vernon, BC, which is easily within driving distance of Vancouver. Unlike other resort destinations, Predator Ridge is affordable luxury that will exceed every expectation. From course-side accommodation with birds chirping every morning, to an evening cocktail on the patio listening to the frogs and crickets, you won’t find anything more peaceful, tranquil or fun, for an incredible weekend getaway.