Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Austin-Lehman Adventures Top Inns: BC's Burrowing Owl Winery Estate Winery

Burrowing Oil Estate Winery, Oliver, BC. Photo by Sue Frause.

Dan Austin and Paul Lehman, founding partners of Austin-Lehman Adventures based in Missoula, Montana, recently selected their top 10 favorite inns. The adventure company specializes in immersive, active travel and the inns will be included in its 2009 itineraries. Among the top ten inns was one from Canada, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery in Oliver, BC. Here's the complete list:

Fox Island, Kenai, Alaska: Guests boat-in to log-hewn cabins sited ina rocky cove on a small, private island.
ALA’s Alaska: Best of the Greatland

Burrowing Owl, Okanagan Wine Region, BC: Dramatic views of mountains and vineyards from the balcony of a charming 10-room guesthouse. ALA’s Okanagan Valley: Canada's Wine Country

Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, Wyoming:
Year-round luxury resort on a wildlife sanctuary enjoys Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List designation. ALA’s Grand Teton: Valley Floors to Jagged Peaks

Hotel San Juan de Dios, Chiapas, Mexico: Private gardens, antiques and chimneys grace guest accommodations of this one-time hacienda in the historic region of San Cristobal de las Casas. ALA’s Mexico Chiapas: Rainforest to Ruins

Hotel Monasterio, Cusco, Peru:
This former 16th-century monastery is built on the foundation of an Incan palace. Today its oxygen-enriched rooms are part of a five-star hotel at 11,024 feet. ALA’s Peru: Land of the Inca

Grootbos Garden Lodge, Gansbaai, South Africa: A lush canopy embraces private balconies and suites in the Grootbos Nature Reserve, home to 650 indigenous plants and conserving 1700 hectares of fybos, the Cape’s unique vegetation. ALA’s South Africa Safari & Multisport Adventure

Ant's Nest, Limpopo Province, South Africa: Guests experience classic Africa at this original veranda-laced homestead furnished with local fabrics, timber and stone and offering a swimming pool surrounded by manicured gardens. ALA’s South Africa Family Adventure Safari

Mountain Home Lodge, Leavenworth, WA:
A 12-room lodge with cabins offers classic cuisine in a 20-acre meadow overlooking the Washington Cascades. ALA’s Washington Cascades – Best of the Northwest Adventure

Chico Hot Springs, Pray, Montana: Rustic cum chic, mineral hot spring pools, spa services and gourmet dining are part of the experience at this National Register of Historic Places inn. ALA’s Montana: Canyons, Calderas, & Cowboys
Arenas Del Mar, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica:
Beach and rainforest near the Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific. Dining features fresh and local cuisine. Guests enjoy exemplary personalized service. ALA’s Costa Rica Coastlines to Cloud Forests Family Adventure

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