Comfy, cozy hearthside options in Penticton this winter

Cozy close to the hearth

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If you’re seeking a bit of comfort to combat the mid-January blues, plan to relax in the warm ambiance at a local pub or bistro. On a cold or wet evening, you may get to enjoy a warm fire without having to chop wood yourself.

During periods when only takeout could be offered, Gregory Condonopoulos, owner of Theo’s restaurant in downtown Penticton, would gather fir and light the double-sided fireplace near the entrance of the bistro.

“It’s one of my favourite things to do in the morning," he says. “We want to engage all of your senses, and if you were just picking up takeout, remind you that we would be here for you when we could open.”

With indoor dining, seating capacity around the fireplace is a bit smaller due to required spacing, and those tables are “coveted,” says Greg.

“It’s soothing, romantic, and brings back fond memories. It’s our secret weapon during the winter.”

Enjoy a classic Greek dinner around the fireplace (at Theo’s or at home with takeout or delivery), with Souvlaki Wednesdays, and save 20 per cent.

You might find the fireplaces at the Barley Mill Pub creatively decorated, and whether or not the flames are on, you’ll be “welcomed like you’re coming into our home,” says the pub’s marketing and event manager, Kori Iceton.

“The ambience is beautiful, the staff is warm and friendly, and we really care about everyone having a good time,” she adds. “Let’s get Penticton out and about during this cold weather!”

And the Barely Mill is proud to offer five nights of entertainment every week: Tacos & Trivia, Karaoke nights, Hot Rockin’ Bingo, and a retro classic – Meat Draws, with proceeds benefitting the Pathways Addictions Resource Centre. Kori is hoping this fundraiser can bring in around $2,000 monthly for Pathways.

Warm up at Neighbourhood Brewing with its Mexican-inspired comfort food; How about trying Tatchos, a tater tot version of nachos, or the Royale Burgerito, a cheeseburger-like burrito? When the expansive patio is open, enjoy your dishes and a local brew next to the large outdoor fireplace.

The Station Public House at the Ramada Inn has a warm fireplace to entice you inside on colder days to explore its menu of warm, house-made soups or choose a pizza from its forno oven. Pair with a local wine, beer, or cocktail.

The restaurant at Poplar Grove Winery is busy preparing a new menu and will be bringing back some iconic items, including its famous burger, its not too early to imagine a romantic return to table near its fireplace when it reopens in February after a winter break.

Beginning Feb. 11, dinner will return with a romance-inspired prix fixe menu, in addition to a la carte, just in time for the weekend leading up to Valentine’s Day. If you missed the New Year’s Eve experience next to the fire, gazing out over Penticton, you won’t want to miss this.

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