When spring is in the air, the buzzing star attractions at Planet Bee Honey Farm & Honeymoon Meadery in Vernon get back to work. Watch thousands of bees, their back legs covered in different colors of pollen, return to the farm’s two indoor colonies. Meanwhile, sample the fruits of their labor in the tasting room, where 20-plus varieties of honey—from Alberta clover to B.C. blueberry blossom—are on offer. For a headier experience, try one of the farm’s types of mead, a winelike alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey.
Dine your way through the foodiest section of Kelowna, the valley’s largest city, on the Okanagan Foodie Tours’ Cultural District excursion. The three-hour outing weaves through a revitalized neighborhood—once home to a fruit-packing plant, a cigar factory, and numerous canneries—that now bursts with museums, galleries, and restaurants. Stops within the six-block area include a wine museum, a bicycle-themed café, and a bistro that wouldn’t feel out of place in a European village.
“The goats have a million-dollar view,” says Ofri Barmor, owner of Carmelis, a boutique dairy perched high above Okanagan Lake, about a half-hour drive south of Kelowna. “That’s why the cheese and gelato are so good.” You don’t have to take Barmor’s word for it. After watching the resident goats frolic outside (springtime means plenty of cute kids will be bouncing about, too), you can taste varieties such as creamy chèvre, nutty Goatgonzola, or beer-soaked Gouda in the creamery’s cheese shop. For something sweeter, get a scoop of one of the farm’s two dozen goat-milk gelatos. Tip: The salted caramel flavor is a favorite.