Vernon’s natural geography and its perfect location make it one of the most sought after places to live in the Okanagan. Vernon is the perfect sized city and offers its residents all of the perks of a cosmopolitan lifestyle in an unhurried and welcoming small town setting.
This cosmopolitan way of life is evident in the many services and amenities that are found throughout the city. The wide range of selection, combined with a beautiful climate and spectacular scenery are some of many reasons as to why the Vernon real estate market is one of the hottest in the province right now.
As the city has grown, so too have Vernon’s services. One area that has seen tremendous growth in recent years is Vernon’s food and entertainment sector. Keep reading for some of the award-winning restaurant and entertainment choices that abound in Vernon.
Vernon has an excellent selection of casual restaurants that are perfect for families or just a laid back, quiet dinner or lunch. Some of these choices include:
- Boston Pizza
- Pizza Hut
- Joey’s Seafood Restaurant
Other local family friendly eateries include the BX Creek Bar and Grill Restaurant, the Red Barn Family Restaurant and Tita’s Italian Bistro.
Vernon’s casual dining choices also include a wide range of International cuisine such as Japanese, Chinese, Mexican as well as Greek and Indian. Regardless of what you are in the mood for, Vernon’s casual dining choices have you covered.
Another great addition to the Vernon restaurant scene is its excellent selection of food trucks. These food trucks can be found at the famous Vernon Farmer’s Market as well as other various locations throughout town. These food trucks tend to be seasonal and are far more abundant during the warmer months of the year. The city’s food trucks offer a well-rounded selection of different foods and are a refreshing addition to Vernon’s restaurant scene.
If you are looking to celebrate a major milestone or just feel like stepping up and experiencing next-level cuisine, Vernon offers some of the Okanagan’s best fine dining.
Intermezzo Restaurant and Wine Cellar
Intermezzo is considered downtown Vernon’s hidden gem and is a fine dining experience like no other. They specialize in seafood and Mediterranean cuisine and have an extensive, local wine list that is the perfect pairing for any one of their signature dishes. In addition to their mouth-watering menu, Intermezzo is proud to offer homemade desserts that are an incredible accompaniment to any of their entree choices. The next time you want a special dining experience, remember Intermezzo.
Eclectic Med Restaurant
The Eclectic Med Restaurant specializes in rustic European specialties that are sourced from fresh, local ingredients. The romantic setting as well as their award-winning wine list make Eclectic Med an unforgettable fine-dining experience. The restaurant’s philosophy is simple; they strive to make every part of your overall dining experience something special and unforgettable. If you are looking for attention to detail in a romantic, intimate setting, then Eclectic Med is your next fine dining experience.
Some other popular local fine dining options that lie just outside Vernon include:
- Range Lounge and Grill
- Silver Grill
Keep reading because later I will tell you about some of Vernon’s entertainment hot spots and how you can combine them with your favourite restaurant to create an unforgettable night out on the town.
Pubs and Bars
If you are looking for a great evening out; a place to get together with friends to enjoy some casual conversation or a place to watch the big game, then here are some of the most popular pubs and bars in Vernon.
Sir Winston’s Pub
Sir Winston’s Pub has been a cornerstone in Vernon since 1995 and is a local hot spot. They offer great pub food, daily food and beverage specials, friendly service and a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The 2-level pub has a rooftop patio to enjoy those warm Okanagan summer nights as well as state-of-the-art surround sound and wide screen televisions to catch the big game. Make sure to stop by Sir Winston’s and see why it is a Vernon favourite!
Marten Brew Pub
Marten Brewery and Pub is located in downtown Vernon and is devoted to brewing and serving quality premium craft beer! They have been voted one of British Columbia’s best tasting rooms and offer a well-rounded selection of craft beer sure to satisfy any pallet. The unpretentious, friendly atmosphere of Marten Brewery makes it a perfect place to get together with friends and enjoy good times, good conversation and some of Vernon’s finest craft beer!
Match Eatery and Public House
The Match Eatery and Public House has been voted one of the best places to eat in Vernon. This gem offers a seasonal menu that is sourced from fresh, local ingredients. The Match is kid-friendly and offers a brunch menu as well as weekly features. It is also home to local and live music and features all of the big UFC and sports games live on their wide screen televisions. Make sure to include the Match Eatery and Public House in your next dining out decision.
Vernon is also home to an excellent selection of entertainment options. With so many different entertainment choices available, you should never have a dull or boring night again.
Lake City Casino
Lake City Casino is Vernon’s premier gaming centre. They offer hundreds of slot machines, live table games as well as off-track betting. In addition to their wide range of gaming options, Lake City Casino is home to live weekend entertainment. There is always something going on at the Lake City Casino, so come by and enjoy a fun-filled evening of entertainment and live gaming.
Vernon Towne Cinema
Vernon Towne Cinema is the place to catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster. In addition to their nightly screenings, Towne Cinema also offers matinees and Toonie Tuesdays where seats for all movies are only $2. The next time you are looking for a great evening out, remember that Vernon Towne Cinema is your full movie experience.
Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre
Vernon’s Performing Arts Centre is the place to catch some of the Okanagan’s best live entertainment. It is home to 22 live theatrical performances that include dance, theatre and local media and musical artists. The Centre offers comfortable seating as well as an exceptional digital sound system. Performers, presenters as well the audience all agree that the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre is the place to catch Vernon’s live entertainment.
Choices, Choices, Choices – Another reason to call Vernon home
Vernon’s eclectic and large choice of entertainment and restaurant options all contribute to that much-coveted Okanagan lifestyle. The friendly, welcoming and safe community feel of Vernon makes it a perfect place to settle in. If you are looking for a mid-sized city that is teeming with services, choice and endless possibility, then Vernon is the place for you.
If you would like more information on the real estate options that can be found in Vernon, or would like to see a specific property, please call me. I not only familiar with Vernon and its surrounding area, but I work and live in this fantastic community and would love to show you why I and many others love to call Vernon home.