Summerland Resort Blog
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It may be the views and vineyards that draw most guests to beautiful Summerland, but our beautiful, Okanagan location is also alive with artistry. Along our shores are masters of the brush, smelter, kiln and more. So, if you’re after beautiful, inspired souvenirs to commemorate your time at our resort, you won’t have to look far. Here are a few of our favourite destinations for local, hand-crafted goods!
Head to Red Willow Forge for beautiful wrought iron and rod iron art crafted by self-taught artsmith, Ted Howell. Howell was born and raised in B.C.’s Northern interior where, amidst the towering trees and mountains, he developed a keen interest in metallurgy and design. That interest evolved into a passion, the result of which is the beautiful art you’ll find in his studio. From sculptures, to furniture, to lamps, to door hardware, his charming, Summerland location has something for everyone. Yes, whether you’re after decadent decor for your home, or a gorgeous gift for a friend or family member, you’re likely to find what you’re looking for at Howell’s forge. Best of all, it’s just a short jaunt from our beautiful resort.
The owners of Bush Art Gardens, Carla and Wayne McLeod, describe their business as “a truly whimsical transformation of junk to garden art.” Intrigued? Well, you should be. Theirs is a seriously special operation. They specialize in turning junk— everything from black powder kegs from the construction of the Kettle Valley Railway to old pails—into one-of-a-kind garden art. And it gets better. Not only is it totally free to check out their repurposed goods, but all purchases are made on a self-serve, honour system. See something you like? Owning it is as simple as putting your money (cash only) in the red gas cans around the site. So, head on down to their location, just moments from our hotel, and find the piece that sets your lawn or garden apart from those of your neighbours.
Looking for an accessory to improve your favourite outfit, or a gift for your favourite relative? Head to DeLong Studio, which is along the Okanagan Wine Route and just moments from our hotel. There, you’ll find hand-crafted, quality sterling silver jewelry and semi-precious stones of sprawling and splendid variety. Everything in the studio is crafted by local artists, oftentimes in collaboration with artists from faraway places. The result? Unique and authentic products you won’t find anywhere else.
So, while you’re enjoying Summerland’s landscapes, and our resort’s luxurious suites, don’t forget to explore all the amazing art the area has to offer. You won’t leave town empty-handed!
Posted December 11, 2014