We have finally said goodbye to the winter blues and hello to spring. It’s a great time to check in at Summerland Estate Winery + B&B.

Aside from the seasonal task of pruning and laying down canes, the winery is full of action as renovation plans come together. The brush has been removed to enhance the view of Okanagan Lake and areas are being sculpted to feature a picnic area by the wine shop and private event location for B&B guests.

In March, Summerland Estate welcomed Shannon Grimshaw to the team to manage the onsite, three-bedroom B&B as well as two vacation rentals; a deluxe four-bedroom with three and a half bathrooms, full kitchen, two living areas and two en suite Jacuzzi’s, and a two-bedroom suite featuring another full kitchen, dining, living room and bathroom.

Between preparing a total of nine bedrooms for upcoming guests, Shannon is also using her experience and skillset as the previous owner of a painting company to help with renovations at the winery.

“I was initially hired to freshen up some of the painting inside the B&B, and I kept thinking, I want to be a part of this! I love the Okanagan and I’m really looking forward to sharing my passion for the valley, BC wines and locally grown food with our guests,” Shannon said as she worked on putting together her next guests’ breakfast menu.

While it is still a little chilly to be thinking about swimming in the lake just yet, the winding path through the vineyard down to the private lake access is clear to walk along. It takes about 15 minutes if you can resist stopping to admire all the amazing viewpoints along the way.