10 things you need in a vacation home

Dec 19 2017, 2:24 am

With summer kicking off, there is an increase of dreaming about escaping reality and spending our weekends at a warm and sunny destination, where we can frolic in the lake and sip sangria in the sun.

Lots of Calgarians are on the lookout for a home in the BC’s Okanagan region – but what should you look for to get the most out of your vacation home?

Here are the top 10 things you need in a vacation home.

Outdoor space

There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting on your patio, enjoying a nice breeze and spectacular view, and sipping a glass of local wine. Outdoor space is a must in your vacation home.

Lake access

In vacation spots, such as the Okanagan, access to the lake is necessary during the summer months. There’s nothing like a refreshing dip in the lake during a hot afternoon.

Nearby recreational activities

Calgarians love to explore the Okanagan region and embark on a fun day trip. Homes at the community of Lakestone, in Lake Country, are a short drive away from more than 10 wineries, five golf courses, parks, and trails.

Image: Lakestone

Image: Lakestone


It’s only natural to get a little dirty when exploring the natural landscape around your vacation home. Make sure your vacation home has a mudroom to avoid tracking dirt into your beautiful home.

Outdoor toys

It’s no secret that us Calgarians love our water toys! Boats, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards are essential supplies for summer. With a boat launch less than a five-minute drive away, Lakestone offers an ideal home base for boating enthusiasts.

Entertaining area

Vacations are for socializing, so you’ll want to ensure you have a great space to host your guests. Lakestone’s showhome, by local builder Noba Vision, includes a built-in beer keg and 400 bottle LED edgelit glass wine display room – that’s entertaining the right way!

Image: Lakestone

Image: Lakestone

Extra bed

You may want to invite friends and family to come share your paradise, so make sure to stock up on an extra bed, even if it’s just a mattress – sometimes you just have to rough it!


You want the journey to your vacation home to be quick and painless. Lakestone is only a 10-minute drive to the Kelowna airport. The airport dispatches daily flights to destinations such as Calgary and Edmonton.

Clutter free design

You’ve escaped reality for some rest and relaxation, so your vacation home should make this experience as easy as possible. Opt for lots of storage and plenty of space, so your surroundings can put your mind at ease.

Image: Lakestone

Image: Lakestone

Proximity to amenities

While you love a serene escape, it’s important to be close to neighbourhood amenities in case something comes up. The best vacation home is within a quick drive to grocery stores, walk-in clinics, and anything else you might need.

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