Harrison Uncorked Wine Fest returns April 21-23, 2017

Returning for a second year of sips and suppers, Harrison Uncorked Wine Festival pops the cork April 21 – 23, 2017 throughout Harrison Hot Springs, B.C.

Harrison Uncorked brings together the village’s eateries with the region’s local wineries and farm fresh fare for three days of wine-makers dinners and tastings.

Uncorked by Day offers afternoons of tasting at the Harrison Memorial Hall. Fifteen local wineries are on hand for tastings with small bites by from Muddy Water Cafe with cheese & meat from FarmHouse Natural Cheeses and Hopcott Meats.  Old Settler Liquor Store is on hand to help take home your favourite sips.
Tickets for Uncorked by Day are available online for $45 each day, with $5 going to support the Harrison Festival Society. 

Uncorked by Night is a series of winemakers dinners in the restaurants in and around Harrison Hot Springs.  Pairing a restaurant and winery for a tasted experience each evening of the Festival.
-Harrison Corner Cafe with Backyard Wines
-Morgan’s Bistro with Orofino Vineyards (Friday) and Kettle Valley Winery (Saturday)
-Rowena’s Inn on the River with Fort Berens Estate Winery
Reservations for Uncorked by Night are required and should be made directly with the restaurants.

Even though it’s #justuptheroad, to be able to fully enjoy Harrison Uncorked Wine Festival, consider staying overnight at one of many great resorts and inns around Harrison Hot Springs.

Harrison Beach Hotel, the Centre of the Village

HarrisonBeachHotel_2016-04-29, 20 02 26In the centre of the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, you’ll find the Harrison Beach Hotel, a perfect getaway.  On a street lined with accommodation,  from the renowned Hot Springs Resort at one end,  to the Bungalow Motel at the other, the Harrison Beach Hotel is a stand-out.

The modern property has a perfect location for accessing all that the Village has to offer, just a minute walk to public Hot Spring Pool, restaurants and shops are all around and the Harrison Lake beach is directly across the street.  Friendly staff greet guests at the front desk and send you on your way to your recently-renovated rooms.

The spacious suites, sleep 2-4 with either open concept, semi-private or private bedrooms.  The large rooms and fully equipped kitchenettes make them great for a longer stay.  I particularly liked the hardwood floors (Junior & Executive Suites), it would be especially helpful in the summer when people come and go from the beach and sand.  Big windows or private, some huge, balconies bring the amazing mountain or lake views front and centre to your suite, you won’t need to turn on your big screen TV.  If you’re lucky to have one of the lower floor suites facing the lake during Harrison Festival, you’ll have a front row view to the music stage across the street.  On our recent stay, we were able to turn on the fireplace, open the patio door and watch the sun go down over the lake and mountains.  HarrisonBeachHotel_2016-04-29, 19 48 18

Amenities in the hotel include indoor swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, fitness centre, guest laundry and computer workstation. Attached to the hotel lobby, Morgan’s Bistro, serves fresh, local fare in an ever changing menu.  We’ve enjoyed every meal we’ve had at Morgan’s.

Harrison Beach Hotel is located at 160 Esplanade Ave, Harrison Hot Springs, BC. (ample parking off Lilloet Ave)
Online at harrisonbeachhotel.com
Phone: 1.866.338.8111


Harrison Festival of the Arts 2015

HarrisonFestival15The 37th Annual Harrison Festival Of The Arts is set to get underway in just over a week away.  If you haven’t already, make your plans and get your tickets to the world class music festival with small town roots.

For nine days, July 11 – 19,  2015, the hamlet of Harrison Hot Springs is filled with music, entertainment and arts & crafts.  Tickets are available now for the Evenings In The Hall; a nightly line-up of global talents from Scottish Folk act Breabach, Moroccan Ayrad, local Folk/Soul The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, and more.

HarrisonFest_2014-07-12 13.18.17The outdoor Music On The Beach Stage brings the music to the shore with a daily line up of acts from around the world and around the corner.  Access the beach stage with a daily $2 donation for a single day Festival Button or $20 Full-Festival Button.  This year a second beach-side venue, Lagoon Stage, bring acoustic sounds to the swimming lagoon area.

Harrison Festival is not all music, the juried Art Market lines the greenway along the beach with unique arts and crafts finds.HarrisonFest_2014-07-12 13.02.28

Whether it’s for a day or more, a visit to Harrison Hot Springs during the Harrison Festival will fill your excursion with Arts and Culture along with the sun and sand.

Find tickets and more information on Harrison Festival Of The Arts at harrisonfestival.com 

Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa

One of a kind views of Harrison Lake

A dropping Canadian dollar makes this year’s vacations abroad more pricey and staycations more appealing. Harrison Hot Springs is a great destinations for your spring or Easter break.  The off-season is a great option for the usually bustling holiday resort, especially with this year’s rising temperatures bringing beach weather earlier than ever.
Harrison Hot Springs Resort is a perfect base for your getaway.  On our recent visit the Resort was sold out but the property is so spacious, it never felt crowded. The near-century old core of the historic hotel has the plenty of character, the additions that have expanded the hotel over the years provide room for the modern amenities expected of world-class resort.

Although the village has many great restaurants and cafes, the Resort’s dining options take guests from morning to night.  Start the day at Miss Margaret’s for coffee or juice and a breakfast muffin or granola, casual dining from lunch and dinner (good buffets on weekends) at Lakeside Cafe, fine dining & dancing in The Copper Room then wrap up your night with cocktails at Islands Bar.  An added treat at this time of year is a free 4pm cup of tea and biscuits served in the upper lobby of the Resort, that welcomes and bring all the guests out to mingle around the sofas, grand piano and massive stone fireplace in the lobby.

Of course, The Harrison Hot Spring Resort would not have its history without the famed hot springs pools, five pools – three outdoor, two indoor – range in temperatures and provide the relaxing and rejuvenating mineral spa experience that built the village.
Large suites, adjoining rooms or private cottages provide options for single meeting attendees, romantic couples retreats, or families getaways to spend a little or a lot of time in Harrison Hot Springs.

Harrison Hot Springs Resort is located at 100 Esplanade Avenue on the west edge of the Village.
Visit harrisonresort.com for information or reservations.

Hops to it at Harrison Beer Festival.

HarrisonOktoberfestThe third annual Harrison Beer Festival and Oktoberfest Dance happen in the hamlet of Harrison Hot Springs, on October 24 & 25, 2014.

Three events are spread across the two night fest; Cask Night on Friday and the Beer Festival and Dance on Saturday.

Cask Night sees six BC craft breweries; Old Yale Brewery, Dead Frog Brewery, Four Winds Brewing, Cannery Brewing Company, Red Truck Beer Company & Scandal Brewing Company putting their casks head to head in friendly competition.

The Beer Festival welcomes 23 breweries, each presenting 3-4 different beers, 70 beers in total, for sampling by the festival patrons.  That evening join in the fun at the traditional Oktobefest Dance, featuring Bavarian style beer on tap and the Oktoberfest Band will make sure you polka into the night.

Harrison Beer Festival Tickets are on sale online and start at just $18 for Cask Night or $60 for all three events. Food will be available at each event for $3.00 per item. Book one of Harrison Hot Springs‘ many hotels or inns to make it a weekend getaway

Kobo Town gets Harrison Festival dancing

KoboTown_7133668Kobo Town – Harrison Festival of the Arts – July 12, 2014

On the opening day of the Harrison Festival of the Arts, the nightly “Evenings In The Hall” concerts series got underway with a lively performance by Toronto based, Kobo Town.  Lead by Trinidadian-Canadian Drew Gonsalves (pictured left), the band plays a blend of calypso, infused with ska, reggae, and even a hint of hip hop.
The lead singer/songwriter was engaging with witty and colourful anecdotes about his life growing up in Trinidad and Canada and what led to the writing of his songs.  Nearly from the first note, the audience took his comment that ‘the seats are optional’ and many got to their feet to dance along to the Caribbean beats.  KoboTown_2014-07-12, 20 53 45_2The mix of genres combined with the mix of self-penned, classic Caribbean tunes and re-worked standards from the 30s & 40s like “Rum & Coca-Cola”, a popular one with the older members of the audience.
In closing up their 80 minute set, the quintet of Gonsalves, Saxophonist – Linsey Walter, Drummer – Walter McLean, Bassist – Don Stewart and Guitarist – Francesco Emmanuel unplugged and wandered down into the audience to get up close and personal with the dancers.
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If this is the way the rest of the “Evenings In The Hall” concerts play out, the Harrison Festival of the Arts audiences are in for a great treat.

The Harrison Festival of the Arts runs until July 20th in Harrison Hot Springs, BC.  Daytime concerts on The Music On The Beach stage, Arts Market and Art Exhibition are free but a $2 daily Festival button shows your support for the Festival.  General admission tickets to the Evenings In The Hall concerts are $25.

Harrison Festival Of The Arts : July 12 – 20, 2014

Harrison FestivalKnown as ‘the best little fest in the West’, the Harrison Festival of the Arts is a perfect summertime festival for the resort town of Harrison. For 36 years, the Harrison Festival of the Arts has been bringing the world to the lakeside town. This year’s festival hits town on July 12th to July 20th.

Since 1988 The Harrison Festival Society has been organizing the festival with the guiding belief that good quality live entertainment is an integral part of a healthy community and a commitment to celebrating the cultural diversity of the Canada and the world.  As a result the Society dedicates itself to programming the festival with the best Canada and the World has to offer while keeping it inclusive and accessible for the general public.

Music on the Beach, a juried Art Market, Art Exhibits & workshops, Children’s Day and Evenings in The Harrison Memorial Hall are all programs throughout the Festival.  For a donation of just $2 a Festival button allows everyone in the family to enjoy a great international line-up of artists.   The Festival Button helps support the Festival and allows access to Music On The Beach, Art Market and Art Exhibit.  Children’s Day, Wednesday July 16th, features a line-up of entertainment and activities in the Harrison Memorial Hall, all for the admission of $6.

The Evenings in The Hall, features a line-up of international music, literary reading and theatre; Calypso beats from the Caribbean, pipers from Ireland & Scotland, traditional Mexican singers, African rhythms from Tongo feature along with local performers “Straight from the Valley” throughout the Festival. Admission to Evenings in the Hall vary per performance, most are $25, or a Full Festival Pass for $160(before June 27th) allows for all 10 nights of entertainment.

Find the full line-up and ticketing information to the Harrison Festival of the Arts online and to enhance your visit to the village of Harrison Hot Springs visit TourismHarrison.com.