Chris & Sheila Hawthorne started Okanagan Oasis B&B in Peachland over 20 years ago.
They live in and run the B&B, as well as Red Haven Retreat Vacation Suites, which is located directly beside the B&B. The 2 homes share a driveway, although they have separate parking areas.
While Chris & Sheila respect the privacy of their guests at both businesses, they are available to answer any questions or if any issues do arise - they are not absentee owners!
Chris has lived in the central Okanagan for most of his life, while Sheila grew up on the Sunshine Coast, in Gibsons, BC, then moved to Ontario for several years for university (Queen's!) and work. Her career and family brought her back to BC in 1999 when she relocated to Kelowna, where she eventually met Chris.
Chris has been running the B&B full time for over 20 years and in 2016 they purchased the home next door and started their vacation rental. Yes, Chris is the full time chief cook, pool boy, gardener and schmoozer, while Sheila handles "the computer work" (emails, web listings, book keeping, etc.). Let's put it this way - Chris still has a flip phone, and it's not one of the new trendy ones!
Sheila is an engineer who works full time as the Operations Manager at a local manufacturing company.
Their son, Mason, is a teenager who you may see emptying garbages, recycling, picking up pine cones, etc. around the 2 properties. Mason just graduated high school in French Immersion so don't be shy about speaking to him en francais - it's good practice for him!
All of the Hawthornes love to travel and experience new locations and cultures. While they do visit "typical" tropical resort areas, they also enjoy finding places that are a little off the beaten path.
Between Chris and Sheila, they have seen much of Canada (but still lots to explore!), the US, and Mexico, along with some places in the Caribbean, Central America and the UK.