I was SO lucky to be able to get away for a girls weekend on holidays. When I said the stars aligned, they really did. We had our holidays booked since dayhome was closed to go and see Chad’s Mom and that’s when I saw that my yoga studio (The Breathing Room) was planning a weekend retreat. Even better? It was a half an hour drive from where we were!
Usually I would pass on things like this, thinking of all the reasons not to go. But this time I didn’t let myself do that and paid my deposit not knowing if I’d be going solo. I did convince a good friend to come and she was able to fly which worked out perfect.
Friday I picked up my friend at the airport and we headed south to beautiful Osoyoos. Our retreat was at the Watermark Resort there.
The view from our room:
Once we got there, we were given our itinerary:
First up, stand up paddleboard yoga! It was my first time on a board, let alone doing yoga on one so I had zero expectations. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it and even braved a headstand!
Photos from the Breathing Room:
I got up briefly before going back down, round 2 wasn’t as successful and I ended up in the water 😉
I loved the way our suppers were at this retreat. Both nights we had five courses served family style. So not only did we get to try everything we also could pace ourselves. I still ate way, way too much food though!
Only photo I had since it was dark for lots of our suppers!
Supper ran late, and before we knew it it was 11pm so we called it a night.
Saturday was a full day! It started with a delicious breakfast:
So delicious I had it again Sunday…
Then an awesome 90 minute yoga practice where we got to practice arm balances and did some fun partner poses.
Photo courtesy of the Breathing Room.
We had a bit of free time after so we checked out some shops, and grabbed smoothies for lunch. I did some minor damage shopping, and bought a new Matt & Nat purse and found my sunglasses that I broke a month ago. Plus, a really great present for my Mom.
Onto the “wine” part of the weekend! We had a tour van pick us up and take us to three local wineries. Our guide was awesome, she even baked us cookies! The first winery was La Stella. It was a beautiful building with an amazing view.
Photo courtesy of the Breathing Room:
I was sad that they were out of their rose wine since it’s the one I planned to buy.
Our selfie skills got a little better this weekend!
It was a short drive to the next winery, Hester Creek. I was pretty happy that this tasting was done inside since it was hot out. The tasting room was also pretty cool.
We tasted five wines, and I didn’t love any. But then again I’m not a huge wine drinker. Instead I bought some balsamic vinaigrette and chocolate 🙂 Just as good in my books.
The last winery was Church & State and by far my favourite. The building was a simple & industrial looking with an outside tasting area. I found a wine I loved and even better? Their fun labels:
I also took the wine & unwind to the next level:
Sandra and I:
We were the late supper so decided to enjoy some gelato once we got back and then had a few drinks before supper.
This was the best gelato I’ve ever had. I wish I could’ve brought some back for Chad to try.
Supper was amazing again, here is supper menu from Friday night, thought I had taken both menu photos but guess not!
After supper we took a walk before retiring for the night, sun, wine & yoga make you tired!
Sunday morning we got in a 7am yoga session on the beach:
It really can’t get much better than this.
After we had breakfast, then packed up and checked out.
It was such an awesome weekend, and I’m really glad I made the decision to go. I heard talk of another one next year and will be doing my best to make it work again!