If you are in the area to celebrate the Bi-Centennial of the War of 1812, go to Niagara on the Lake.
It is a wonderful area, full of history and scenery. Great dining and shopping make the place very special.
The Harp, rated one of the finest "Fish and Chips" dining places in Canada.
Great vineyards and places for fine dining.
No Marriott's in town, and this is a fine place to stay. Great dining and very hospitable!
Wonderful fort, check your history books on this place!
This is a most interesting place,
This is a very special place to dine, and reasonable. Great view of the Niagara River and fine service.
This is really a beautiful place! Here is a few more photo's. Again, this is a place I would go back to:
Quaint Village, you can walk the town very easily! Note the "Soldiers Memorial" in the center of the street and picture.
Note the Fall foliage and flowers that adorn the streets!
Historic Fort where the Niagara River enters Lake Ontario!
Family friendly and compact place to visit!
I can't resist shops like these and got a couple of local ornaments for my Christmas tree!
Vineyards and Estates abound around Niagara on the Lake!
Dining at The Queens Landing was so scenic, the Niagara River is just behind the patio. If you go, ask for Rudy, he is one of the finest waiters I have ever experienced. He works "Magic" with a camera! Here's a picture of Rudy, a wonderful, professional server
Next trip, I would probably stay at The Courtyard in Niagara Falls and commute the 20 minute or so drive.
Insiders rule - again. In a case of going around the elbow to get to the thumb (thanks to IAHFLYR for his photo), I was sipping a local brew, catching up on some college football (now that baseball is of no interest to me ) and taking a glance at the ol' Insiders forum. Reading jakeal's excellent write up on Philly (oh yeah baby, New Year's Day and the Mummers!) and jerrycoin's London Fine Dining, Enjoyable!, I noticed in the More Like This column Niagara on the Lake Enjoy (that's why we love the coinman, he's into enjoyment). Having had a terrific time on my own trip to Niagara on the Lake (inspired by Insiders) I clicked and reminisced about the fun I had dining, wining (ice wines as well), shows, pies, and of course - beer.
Jerry's CY idea above hit home - for those of us who have been to the lovely falls and don't need a window view,
(I'm going to have to take an ssindc photography class - You'd think I worked for a 3 letter agency )
the CY is a clever idea (the CY scores well on reviews and is an easy walk to the falls/ drive to the lake). I really enjoy this area and to boot (look at me, I'm talkin' Canadian, oops that's about ), United offers affordable fares from IAD to Buffalo and then we make a pleasant drive upstate and into Canada.
Ok, now for the hook of this post: You can currently book weeknights (up to three) using AAA for $79 US (courtesy of the strength of the buck vs. the loonie, there's those bi-lingual skills again) as late as June 16th - pleasant enough weather. I just might find myself up on the lake - how about you? American vs Canadian Pronunciation - YouTube
One of the drawbacks of this forum format is the divergent scrambling of eyeballs caused by thread reply.
Before anyone drives off to Ft. George; a reminder of why this two year old thread was brought back to life:
$79 weeknight AAA rates at the Courtyard Niagara Falls into Mid-June
Have not been since we use to go to the Shakespeare Festivals many years ago
Since its only 3 hr from MI we use to go alot
Great information! Am looking forward to going back next year.
Since you are from Michigan, I am looking forward to an upcoming trip to a city I have never been, but heard so much about, Frankenmuth, MI ( Another whole post in itself)
Thanks again for all of your interesting comments.
Thanks for your post!
There is so much to do in the area. Enormous crowds were going/coming from Erie, PA. Canadians were shopping at the Outlet Malls and saving a lot on taxes by coming to the US. Getting into Canada on a Sunday night was very slow due to all the shoppers and tourists going to Canada.
It was a fun trip and I hope to do it again next Fall!
Great post with fabulous pictures, jerrycoin. We love this town. I was stationed at the Army Base at Fort Niagara (Nike-Hercules) across the Lake from there in the late 50's. I and my Army buddies spent many hours in Niagara on the Lake, including at a beach (at least I think there was a beach). Love the Falls also and always visit this special place when visiting NY/Canada.
This is really a wonderful place to visit!
There is so much to see and do at Niagara on the Lake! Irish places are always fun!
Now who would have guessed that our very own jerrycoin would know anything about Pubs?
Thanks for your wonderful comment! I have been know to infrequently stop in at Irish Pubs, just to make sure that they are not serving minors!
Haven't found one yet! It is a difficult task, but my public duty!
That explains jerrycoin's restaurant choice when I visited St. Louis.
A nice easy walk from the Renaissance. Quite the enjoyable lunch (and no minors spotted). Keep up the good work.
That's right! Another Irish Pub!
I did check ID's that day, but found no minors! I have to hit all of the places along the way in my travels, I'll find some someday!
erc, I make it a point to check all these kinds of places out while visiting areas like Niagara Falls. Like "The Music Man", it all starts with a "P" and that stands for Pool!