How to Picnic in Style in Vernon
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Bohemian, mountaintop and lakeside settings around Vernon make for great picnics and amazing pics!
Vernon, BC - Who needs a vintage typewriter, antique camera, bouquet of feathers, lace tablecloth, china plates, sterling silver cutlery, a mountain of pillows and an array of faux fur throws at a picnic? You do!
It's the ultimate picnic setup we're blown away to discover as soon as some friends and I step into grassy Sovereign Park in Vernon. We immediately feel special, spoiled and, well, bougie as hell. After all, this fête champêtre (basically, just a fancy French word for a garden party) is for us to enjoy, not only as eye candy, but to sink into the luxury and devour the perfect picnic.
"Isn't this beautiful, and fun?" asks Kari Sargaent rhetorically. Kari and business partner Jinny Beliveau own and operate Organizing Chaos by Design, the firm that put together this 'romantic boho' picnic creation.
But let your imagination be your guide in choosing your picnic theme—be it Hawaiian, Mexican, Medieval, Victorian, '80s or classic Okanagan Experience. Most of the picnics Organizing Chaos By Design (OCbD) has created are for proposals and anniversaries.
But again, use your imagination and request a themed picnic for a birthday, graduation, family reunion, bachelorette party, book club or just because you're hungry and want to nosh in style. The setup costs $150 for two hours, plus the cost of the food that you choose and OCbD shops for and presents at the picnic.
OCbD also drops by two hours later to clear up, meaning all you have to do is indulge. Some days, my job is tough.
How to have your own picnic in style in Vernon
Going posh is one way to picnic, but whether it’s a luxury fete such as this or DIY picnic on the fly, you’ll find Vernon has all the right ingredients to make a picture perfect—and tastebud rewarding—picnic.
Where to grab picnic lunch in Vernon
The 'romantic boho' picnic featured authentic eats from local artisan purveyors Helmut's Sausage Kitchen, Wedge Cheesery, The Bread Boutique and Karma Fruit Co. for beverages.
So, it's no surprise, when it comes time for us the next day to fashion our own DIY picnics for the next two days, we seek out Helmut's and the Wedge for tasty supplies.
Where to spread the picnic blanket
SilverStar Mountain Resort
Nothing amps up a picnic like a gondola. So, with a basket full of deli sandwiches from Helmut's and brie in vegetable ash wash from the Wedge, we catch the Des Schumann Summit Express Gondola at SilverStar Mountain Resort to be whisked up one kilometre to the top.
In order to combine jaw-dropping views with history, we snag a picnic table at the circa-early-1900s Forest Fire Lookout, which is just steps from where the gondola drops you off.
To work off some of the calories, we do one of the alpine hikes from the top to catch more views of SilverStar village below and the surrounding Monashee Mountains. The gondola ride on the way back down affords more such surreal vistas of Vernon's surrounding mountains. SilverStar's summer season runs until Sept 18, so you have until then to catch these stunning views!
Ellison Provincial Park
We know a good thing when we discover it, so for the next day's provisions we also hit up Helmut's for charcuterie, the Wedge for some Wisconsin BellaVitano and La Ballot semi-soft and Davison Orchard for fruits.
And then it's off to Ellison Provincial Park for picnicking on the shore of Okanagan Lake. Ellison is one of those parks that has it all—a campground, nature trails, beach and the type of water, forest and mountain views that keep people coming back.
For beachfront picnic time with all the amenities, Sovereign Park hits the spot. As the aforementioned location of our boho picnic, it's got the beauty spots as well as lots of recreation opportunities. Beyond the lake and the beach itself, you can find bocce, horseshoe and volleyball courts to strike up a game.
Harvest season is the ideal time to grab a partner, a picnic lunch and head for one of Vernon’s prime natural settings for an experience of your own. Hell, we can’t enjoy all this first-class treatment (and treats) to ourselves.
WHEN YOU GO
Add some excitement to your visit by checking out some of Vernon’s local fall events (as listed on FestivalSeekers.com):
- Sept 1 - 30: Apple Harvest Festival
- Sept 18: Okanagan Rail Ride
- Sept 23 - Oct 16: BC Culture Days
- Oct 1 - 31: Pumpkin Picking Festival
For more picture perfect picnic spots, and places to stay, eat and explore, check out TourismVernon.com.
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