This is a great place to grab a picnic lunch or start off your day with breakfast. The kitchen kicks out some mighty fine breakfast burritos and sandwiches (made to order) which taste even better when enjoyed on their outdoor patio.
Hipster dude used to come here every summer with his family when he was a kid and his most vivid memory is the pet trout that resided in a large fish tank in the lodge. Ms. Reed used to feed the trout shrimp (Mr. Fish clearly wasn’t into processed fish food) and occasionally pet it. Apparently, the Reeds went on vacation one winter many years back and there was a power outage. The person watching the lodge had his hands full and forgot about the resident amphibian and its need for oxygen. The event saddened Ms. Reed so much she decided a collection of lower maintenance glass bottles were better suited in the space.
The Ironman Canada goes down in Penticton every year. Thankfully, the Ironman competitors are a friendly bunch and seem eager to shift gears and inquire about our mountain bikes and pop-up camper. I wipe the cake crumbs off my face and engage in conversation with them.
- Do I think Poplar Grove is a bit overworked and overstyled? Yes.
- Does it fit the decor of the rest of the bench? No.
- Does that bug me? Yes, a little, but I think they are shooting for a high-end market and their reputation and chic spot will likely bring more people and well-deserved prestige to the Bench.
So, if Poplar Grove’s presence gives my elephant-loving friends at Elephant Island more business, then I am happy.