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The Last Breath of Summer

September 7, 2011

For our Labor Day getaway, we decided on Niagara Falls, Ontario. We haven’t been to Canada in two years, so it was time. Neither of us had been to the falls before, and we were completely infatuated with the beauty of it all.

Michael wanted to get on the road early. Really early. Like, 4am. Alarm went off at 3am and we were up and at it. The best thing about this plan? We were there by 11:30am, and ready to rock! He is so smart. Lucky for us, we are totally morning people.

Michael pointing, cracks me up! How handsome is he?Also, Bruins pride, in Canada. Whoop whoop.

We stayed at Park Place Bed and Breakfast, just a mile from the falls. Ok, it was 1.2 miles, but I only know this because I explored the area by foot during my time there. You gotta take the opportunity to run in a new place! (Also, marathon schedule looms. Ran a 6 at race pace, and a 12 miler at the Niagara Glen trails.)

The B&B was really very quaint. We stayed in the Queen Anne Suite, and oh my goodness, that bathroom! There was a huge whirlpool bathtub. We were in heaven.

The touristy things we did while in town: Maid of the Mist boat ride and the Whirlpool Aero Car.

So, you don this plastic blue raincoat:

(Details you should know: it was 95, very humid, I was covered in sunblock and this plastic thing was stuck to me. Despite my original crankiness, the boat ride was AMAZING. The falls up close are so loud! It was spectacular. That snapped me right out it!)

Then you get on this:

We had a blast!

Then, we were off to the Aero Car! It takes you over a whirlpool which is formed at the end of the rapids, where the gorge turns counterclockwise. You can read a bit more about it here.

When we told people we were  going to Niagara, the first question most ask is: “The US or Canadian side?”. Most say that Canada is so much prettier and it’s much cleaner.

What no one ever said was that it’s also kind of this mini-Las Vegas. Did any of you know that, going there? We were not expecting that! Clifton Hill? Wow!

But then, we made our way to  Niagara-on-the-Lake? So pretty! The air is clean, it’s much less crowded (especially those vineyards!!), and you can watch the sunset at Lake Ontario.

It’s absolutely worth mentioning that we had some wickedly fantastic culinary adventures in Niagara. Michael is responsible for all of this. He does the research and the planning.

We ate at Massimo Capra’s Rainbow Room, over looking the falls. We watched the sunset and saw the falls illuminated in lights. We dined at AG, and had the most fun amuse-bouche we’ve had – a wonderfully sweet berry soup. I even had an ice wine martini! Can you imagine? So good.

On Sunday morning, we went to Hillebrand Winery to have brunch and tour the vineyards. We ended up doing 2 tastings! Before brunch (since we were early, what else is new? I have always been a “first person at the party” kind of person.) we did a tasting of the ice wines (we ended up buying the Chateau Franc, it was heavenly). Post-brunch, we got a tour of the facilities and did another round of tastings before walking around everywhere in downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Champagne with brunch? Sure!

Our wine tour guide was um, interesting. In addition to making snide remarks about “pesky vegetarians” (don’t even ask!), she claimed that we should all drink red wine, for our health (ok, this is where I have to make Michael laugh and reference Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! I swear if you have seen Brule’s Rules, this is funny.) This is how I feel about red wine:

Michael drank mine, hahahah. I was almost afraid she might yell at us if we didn’t!

Then we were on to downtown!

We got an Irn Bru at the Scottish shop. It’s this soda that kind of tastes like oranges and bubblegum. Michael has been to Scotland twice, and I consider him the expert  on all things Scottish/UK related. If he says it’s good, we get it.

Not pictured was the candy I grabbed before checking out: Lion bar and a Yorkie. Love em!

One of my favorite adventures? High tea! We saw it at the Prince of Wales Hotel and made a reservation. When there is the opportunity, just go. It’s always fun. See?

And so, we ushered out our most favorite summer ever. Fall adventures, here we come!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 7, 2011 10:46 pm

    Color me jealous – looks like you had an AWESOME trip!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. ilovefetacheese permalink
    September 8, 2011 5:56 pm

    Stunning photos!!

    • September 9, 2011 7:45 pm

      Thanks! I’m going to be taking a photo class this Winter to learn even more about this wonderful little camera we have. -Michael

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