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Best Local Hidden Gems in Osoyoos

Try something new and embrace the unexpected next time you visit Osoyoos in the South Okanagan! You can stay close to home while you explore these local hidden gems. Plan an exciting day of wandering out into the valley and gain a whole new perspective on our cozy town of Osoyoos. The call of adventure awaits you!

Eats & Treats

Osoyoos and its surrounding communities are rich with decadent dining options like 15 Park Bistro, Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek, and the Sonora Room Restaurant, and popular options like Boston Pizza and Smitty’s Family Restaurant. Here are some of the special bites you may have missed during your last visit.

Food Truck Tacos

If you’ve been visiting Osoyoos regularly or are new in town, there are some excellent culinary hidden gems nestled into the heart of our sun-filled valley. El Sabor de Marina is a local favourite and if you’re into authentic Mexican food, this is the place for you! Simple presentation and unbeatable flavours are what you can expect from this well-established mom-and-pop food truck. We recommend sampling their soft-shell tacos with assorted toppings such as chicken, beef, shrimp and fish. Diners can find El Sabor De Marina located in the same lot as Oliver Global Grocers along Okanagan Highway 97.

Sushi Take-out

Osoyoos’ pick-up-only Sushi and Japanese cuisine from Kozo Cafe is the perfect takeaway to bring to your beachside picnic! Kozo Cafe serves up all the classic Sushi and Sashimi rolls one can expect to see at their favourite Sushi spot, but their popular Sushi Burritos are sure to make a lasting impression on anyone’s taste buds. Kozo’s Sushi Burritos come in a variety of flavours that cater to everyone including our vegan and vegetarian friends. Kozo Cafe is open Tuesday to Friday for lunch from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, dinner from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, and is open for special occasions on Saturdays with a secret menu. Kozo Cafe is another hidden gem to check out while staying in Osoyoos, find them on main street right across the street from Watermark.

Sweet Cravings

To satisfy the sweet tooth in every bunch, there’s the Sugar Quail Bakeshop. Located on the corner of 89th and Oleander Drive, this super-sweet locally owned bakery is the perfect place to stop for a classic cupcake (or an entire custom cake!) Ultra-tempting baked creations and confections are made fresh daily and bring a sense of magical nostalgia to our treat-loving community!

Fine Wines and Vines

If you’re traveling through the South Okanagan, it’s likely you’ll want to stop at one of our many world-renowned wineries along the way. Take a trip down the road less traveled to some of our best-kept vino-loving secrets!

Platinum Bench Estate Winery & Artisan Bread Co.

Platinum Bench is located on Black Sage Road in Oliver and was lovingly established in 2009 by Fiona, Murray, and their adorable dog Wally. Known for their exceptional reds, delicious fresh baked bread, and extra personable customer care, Platinum Bench is a must-stop destination for anyone seeking an extra special experience! Platinum Benches’ 2020 Gamay Noir “Little Bro” pairs epically with a fresh-from-the-oven loaf of Sopressata and Swiss Cheese Epi.

We’ll take two please!

District Wine Village

New to the Okanagan, the District Wine Village is the first of its kind in Canada, and certainly a welcome sight to wine-lovers near and far! The Village is complete with 13 unique wineries, one brewery, one eatery, a 600-person amphitheater, and an on-site vineyard. Guests can enjoy sipping on Okanangan favourites such as Nk’Mip Cellars, UpperCase Winery and Valley Commons, or they can visit the Trading Post for ice-cold local brews.

French Door Estates

This stunning local vineyard located on the Black Sage Bench is known for its character-driven wines and beautiful tasting room and views. It’s French Door Estates’ goal to create honest, low-intervention wine, from sustainably grown grapes, in a classic old-world French style. We recommend stocking up on French Doors’ signature 2020 Rose or their full-bodied 2019 Malbec for a true taste of the old country.

We’ll cheer’s to that!

Sight-Seeing Adventures & Activities

Osoyoos and its surrounding communities are rich with decadent dining options like 15 Park Bistro, Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek, and the Sonora Room Restaurant, and popular options like Boston Pizza and Smitty’s Family Restaurant. Here are some of the special bites you may have missed during your last visit.

Golden Mile Hike

Beginning on a stunning local vineyard at Tinhorn Creek Estates Winery, this 4km hike takes you on a journey through vineyards and up a slight incline to take in the views of the valley below from a viewpoint perched high above the rippling terrain below. Hikers can take the Golden Mile trail and veer off to the left, where they will eventually find the dilapidated ruins of the old Stamp Mill which was built in 1895 to separate the freshly mined metals from rock.

Oliver Theater

Catch a showing and enjoy some movie-theater popcorn at the Oliver Theater on Main Street in the nearby town of Oliver. Rewind time and soak up all the glorious retro vibes of this groovy, 60’s themed theater while you (and your loved ones) enjoy a night out on the town! Featuring a handful of current popular titles, this local joint is lovingly referred to among locals as “the best little movie theater, ever.”

Haynes Ranch

Haynes Ranch is a historic site found in Osoyoos that is known as one of the oldest ranches in the Okanagan valley. Originally utilized as a cattle ranch, this local landmark has been a part of the local community since 1869 when it was first purchased and developed by John Haynes. The Ranch’s structures have been left to withstand the test of time, and though most are in ruin, visitors can still get a sense of the original homestead that it once was.

Mount Kobau

Mount Kobau is tucked right in between Osoyoos and Cawston and the trailhead is easily accessible from the parking lot found at the top of the well-maintained Mt. Kobau Forest Service Road. Soak in the birds-eye views of Osoyoos, Oliver, Spotted Lake, and the rest of the valley below. This stunning location offers unparalleled views from its many viewpoints and most trails are accessible for all activity levels. Don’t forget to pack a camera and a snack to eat while you take in the views.

Geocaching

Geocaching is a type of treasure hunting activity that people all over the globe can participate in through the use of GPS, online clues, and searching out hidden stashes of objects! This lesser-known practice can still be enjoyed around the Okanagan and has led to many exciting adventures. Geocaching deposits can be found all over Osoyoos and are a great way for locals and visitors alike to explore the local area. Venture into the unknown, or plant one of your own for the next explorer to find! This is a gift that truly keeps on giving and a fantastic way to leave a piece of your heart in our corner of the woods.

Recharge At Watermark

No matter where your adventures take you, the best way to unwind afterward is by slipping into some familiar comforts. Take a hot shower, go for a float in the year-round hot tub, enjoy a home-cooked meal made in your suite’s gourmet kitchen (or order in some takeout), and cap it all off by snuggling into your big fluffy bed for a great night of restful sleep.

For an unforgettable journey, join us at Watermark!

Contact us or give our friendly concierge a call at 1.888.755.3480 to book your stay today.
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