|The view from the room|
Upon check-in, we and our German shepherd were welcomed warmly, checked in efficiently, and given directions to the room. A dog bowl, treat and a welcome note addressed to the dog were waiting in the kitchen of our room, which could better be described as a one-bedroom apartment than a hotel room.
Because the property is a resort and not a business hotel, the room was not equipped with a work station per se, but the kitchen table proved to be more than adequate for our needs. In addition, each room has its own wireless router that provides excellent connectivity. The wireless connection was 12 Mbps for downloads and nearly 5 Mbps for uploads as measured by Speakeasy.net/SpeedTest. That compared quite favorably to what I have come to call the “hotel standard” of 1 Mbps.
|En suite kitchen|
Situated on the shore of the lake, there were plenty of places to walk the dog or for us to stroll when weather permitted. It is located on the one of the town’s main roads and an easy walk to several coffee shops, restaurants, a provincial liquor store and a grocery store for those who prefer to prepare some of their own meals or simply have a glass of wine or a cocktail on their patio or in their room while enjoying the view. Numerous other restaurants and pubs are just a short drive away.
Owned and operated by the Osoyoos First Nations Indian Band, we were told it is only one of two wineries in the world run by aboriginal peoples, the other being a winery in Australia. The cellars are on a resort that offers a restaurant, conference facilities, accommodations, a golf course, and an interpretive cultural centre. The band’s wines are marketed under an agreement with multi-national Constellation Beverages, but it’s always interesting, educational, and simply more fun to visit – and buy from – the winery.
More on our wine-tasting adventures in a separate article.
Finally, prices at the Watermark were quite reasonable. While room rates will vary depending on the type of room selected, the length of the stay and the season, prices in the restaurant were modest considering its resort setting, with tapas ranging from $6 to $18, depending on the dish. All room rates include complimentary Internet access, parking in the on-site garage, local and toll free telephone calls, use of the business centre and access to the Watermark Fitness Centre. A pet fee of $25 per night applies for guests who bring Fido or Fifi.
When we return to Osoyoos, I can’t imagine staying anywhere else.
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Photos by Carl Dombek
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