Triple Treat

If you’re in sipping—or spitting—distance of the South Okanagan, dining al fresco is the only way to experience it

When you’re in desert country, it’s worth seeking an oasis such as Watermark Beach Resort’s Wine Bar & Patio. Go for its “feast” sharing plate of braised lamb shank with an exhaustive wine list including feature house wines from the Orofino vineyard—all overlooking Osoyoos Lake (Canada’s warmest) and under chef Adair Scott’s epicurean eye. Everything flows beautifully at Liquidity Bistro—a locavore’s haven (Oliver-farmed Arctic char, Salt Spring Island mussels) punctuating the south end of Skaha Lake. Art lovers take note, too: the place is peppered with artwork by Vancouver’s Martha Sturdy and Brent Comber. Tinhorn Creek’s award-laden Miradoro Restaurant boasts a mountain backdrop, a wraparound deck and vistas to dine for. At the helm is executive chef Jeff Van Geest, who shoots for Mediterranean-influenced local creations (try the beets and faro risotto crowned with damson plum or crispy pizza bascaiola with fennel sausage). — L.H.