Last night’s dinner at Ali Nakkour’s fabulous Sully’s Restaurant in Loomis was over-shadowed, literally,  by the smoke from the Newby Lake fire that appears to have been reborn. Wild fires have a horrific side, but nature has a way of presenting a beautiful side to things. These photos were taken on the road from Loomis to Nighthawk. We also caught a group of goats right across the road from Sully’s having an evening meal.

These fires remind us of the great risk our fire fighters take and everywhere in the North Okanogan there are signs posted by families and businesses giving heart-felt thanks for the work they do.

I have to add a plug for Ali Nakkour and his family – they have the best menu you’re going to find in the North Okanogan, and there are fire fighters all over the area that will attest to that and the personable hospitality you find there. And they’re now featuring your favorite Esther Bricques wines! Let them know you appreciate their support for the most beautiful community you’ve never heard of.

 

Newby Lake Fire over Palmer Lake

Newby Lake Fire Near Palmer Lake

Newby Lake Fire over Palmer Lake

Newby Lake Fire over Palmer Lake

Newby Lake Fire over Palmer Lake

Newby Lake Fire over Palmer Lake

Goats at Sully's Restaurant

Goats at Sully’s Restaurant

Photos by Nancy Peterson

Hump day is a lot more fun thanks to Dave, Judy, and Angela Taber hosting live music, tasty munchies, great Copper Mountain wines, and a deck view of the North Okanogan and Lake Osoyoos that can’t be beat. Toss in helicopter rides (seasonal) and you have a memorable evening in the most beautiful place you’ve never heard of.

Clay Warnstaff provided the music this past Wednesday evening to a nice gathering, and a cool breeze coming off the orchards added to the comfort. I brought along a mandolin and played Copper Head Road with Clay, and being a favorite dance tune for many of the regulars, the deck was jumping from the first note.

And make your own note of it – hump day is coming around again soon, so come on out.

Clay Warnstaff and Dennis Peterson

Clay Warnstaff and Dennis Peterson

A winning combination. Tonight we met and listened to a very cool jazz group, pH Factor, and they took the heat off the town with a very enjoyable and well-executed jazz playlist. The band members are Don Pearce, keyboard, Jake Pearce, drums, Bob Hougham on flugelhorn and trumpet, and Dr. Erik Swanson on bass guitar and upright bass.

pH Factor - Don Pearce, Jake Pearce, Bob Hougham, Dr. Erik Swanson

pH Factor – Don Pearce, Jake Pearce, Bob Hougham, Dr. Erik Swanson

Cool jazz don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that zing, and Esther Bricques winery has no shortage of zing. Beautiful manicured grounds canopied by hundred-year-old elm and black walnut trees put the world on hold and sets the mood for relaxation. The very strollable grounds are the closest thing to a nature park in the area, and all along the path, soothing cool jazz follows.

This stress-free moment is brought to you by Esther Bricques Winery.

This stress-free moment is brought to you by Esther Bricques Winery.

The setting is cozy intimate with everything in a natural balance. We have the longest sunsets anywhere, and the sky dims with such subtlety that one is embraced by the cool evening as gently as a soft kiss. This happens every Thursday evening so make it a calendar entry to treat yourself to a stress-free and relaxing few hours as guests of Linda and Steve.

The music garden at Esther Bricques Winery

The music garden at Esther Bricques Winery

Now here’s a little music from the pH Factor Jazz group.

The Taste of Summer continues at Taber’s Fruit Stand! Wednesday, July 8, is wine night and they have a pleasant surprise for those of you who did not get a helicopter ride and would like one. The helicopter pilot will be doing rides one more time this Wednesday. If you would like you can give a call to get on the list at 476-0202 or come to wine night and they will get you on.

Taber's Helicopter Rides

Taber’s Helicopter Rides

 

You can look forward to another summer evening spent on the wine deck sharing some good times, enjoying live music by Clay Warnstaff, enjoying the nice weather having a glass or bottle of Copper Mountain wine.

Clay Warnstaff

Clay Warnstaff

Taber’s Fruit Stand is located on the west side of Hwy 97 about 1 mile north of Oroville.

The Randy Battle Bluz Band will be setting off fireworks of a bluzy kind at Sully’s fabulous restaurant in Loomis, July 4. Get there early and have a great dinner – the music starts at 7:00pm and runs until 11:00pm.

You’ve seen them live at Esther Bricques Winery, the Oroville May parade, the Tonasket Founder’s Day parade, Art in the Park at Tonasket, at Barter Faire and The View. Now catch them at Sully’s in Loomis, July 4.

Main Stage, Barter Faire

Main Stage, Barter Faire

Sully’s in Loomis is a destination restaurant. Seriously, you need to be here and experience this fusion of Lebanese and American foods. Reason enough to make the trip, but there’s more! They feature local musicians and it does not get better than that!

See their Facebook page for the latest culinary offerings and bring your appetite because these people do food that is meant to be experienced!

Sullys in Loomis

Sullys in Loomis