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“A murder in Chicken”

Historic O'Keefe Ranch
Ranked #4 of 52 things to do in Vernon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: O'Keefe Ranch was founded in 1867 by Cornelius O'Keefe. His family lived on site for 110 years before it was opened as an historic ranch, meaning it still houses one of the most complete collections of one family's stuff (from the Victorian and Edwardian eras) in all of the province. Today O'Keefe Ranch is operated by a non-profit society and is a registered charity. Come visit us during our open season from May to October - stroll along the boardwalk, visit our original buildings (set up as they were more than 100 years ago!), visit the Greenhow museum, and go say hello to our many farm animals.
Reviewed October 6, 2013

We went to the Murder Mystery performance on Saturday, October the 5th. 2013. The show was sold out and a great success. You get clues during the evening and then your table has to find the murderer. It is a lot of fun because first of all you meet new people and second it gets your brain motivated trying to solve the puzzle. In between you get dinner which usually is a buffet which i am no great friend of.
Last night we had a bunch of salads and hip of beef, which is fine for me but there are a lot of people who don't eat or like beef for whatever reason. There should be another meat choice. Also i am getting tired of all the same boring salads.
We had a bottle of wine for dinner and as a restaurateur for over 30 years I have to say the prices are way to high in a lot of restaurant. I paid $ 48.00 for a cheap blend of Cabernet Sauvignon! There was almost no table service as there was one waitress and the bartender for the whole restaurant. Not acceptable. You have to get your own bottle of wine and drinks on the bar! Eventually they came around, clearing some dishes and serving coffee.
Also the tables were so close together that every time you moved, you disturbed people on the other tables.
We did enjoy the performance very much,and had a good time on our table, but the food and service part of it was nothing to write home about it.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

The tour is a great fit for couples or family's with older children that would have a better understanding of the history of the ranch. Also is worth it to read the history of the ranch before going there just gives you that much more of a perspective of what life was like living on the place and to remember there was no Hwy passing by the door. Spent good part of the day there and stayed for supper on the terrace was great and very relaxing. would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in history Wil return for sure in the future just to stroll the grounds and take in the view of the valley towards Armstrong and surrounding hills

Thank gregg154932
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Took the tour and perused the museum. Not much to make a day of. History is neat, but not that old. Really didn't take to long. Was just a quick jaunt except for the lady who guided us through the first floor of the house. That was interested, but then we were on our own.

Thank peakprfrmr
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

Show fit for all members of the family - well done by Rob Dinwoodie and side kicks. Relaxing evening. Dinner started with steak corn on the cob 2 salads baked potatoes and a bun and then dessert and coffee. They entertained us during the meal but the highlight was after the meal we sat around a fire and listened to real cowboy poetry and the history of the B.C. cowboy and the Okanangan and Vernon area, mixed with humor and cowboy songs. Very well done. Would recommend this for sure to anyone whether you're into cowboys or not. Stage coach rides are also happen before supper. make sure to come early.

Thank Jessica H
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

Although I have been visiting the ranch for decades, I decided I needed another visit with a young friend who had never been, as well as my 14 year old in tow. The tour guide who took us through the manor house was a wonderful young fellow who told us some historical facts I had yest to hear . We were followed around all afternoon by a small black & rather entertaining kitten who kept trying to sneak into the exhibits with us. Noticed a few new things & had a wonderful afternoon. Always find it wonderful that the O'Keefe family had the foresight to keep this part of history alive & open to the public. Everyone I have ever brought here, young or old alike, has had a great time !

Thank tammyp123
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