by / on June 29, 2015 at 5:39 pm / in DINING, HOTEL

Niagara Wine Tours Made Easy

The cool thing about our wine region in Niagara is the sheer variety of winery experiences available to visitors and guests. In one day a person can tour a well established estate winery right through to the smallest start-up doing tastings in the barn… or their kitchen! Each winery works hard to provide really unique guest experiences from concerts, food [...]

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by / on June 2, 2015 at 3:36 pm / in HOTEL, INSPIRE, Uncategorized

Rad Dad Gifts

Remember last Father’s Day when your husband got so excited about that tie you got him? No you don’t…because it didn’t happen. In fact, when he opened that box, it was the yawn heard ‘round the world. Let’s see if we can do better this year, shall we? We’ve assembled seven savvy suggestions to help you knock his socks off [...]

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by / on April 17, 2015 at 4:44 pm / in HOTEL

Niagara Rocks

Bit tired of listening to your big city friends bragging about all the stuff going on in Toronto? Give ‘em a load of this. “So…” you say casually.  “I scored tickets to see Jerry Seinfeld in June. Nah…I don’t have to drive all the way into the city. He’s going to be at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines. I [...]

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by / on January 8, 2015 at 12:16 pm / in DINING, HOTEL

The Wonders of Icewine

Sometimes, a little bad luck can be good fortune in disguise. That was certainly the case in the 18th century when a group of hapless German monks left the  bring in grape harvest a little late. An overnight cold snap froze every grape on the vines. Poor monks! Rather than lose their crop, the monks decided to try pressing the [...]

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by / on October 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm / in HOTEL

Dealing with Summer’s End

Eight Great Ways to Deal With the End of Summer: Waaaaaah! Summer’s over! Quit yer whining, kid. There’s loads to do in Niagara during the fall. 1. Get your bike out and hit some of the spectacular cycling trails. Bring the kiddies too! The Welland Canal trail runs for miles and miles and every inch of it is tucked safely [...]

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by / on August 15, 2014 at 4:56 pm / in HOTEL, INSPIRE

Niagara the Fruitiful

  Gluttony. It’s one of the seven deadly sins – yes? If that’s so, then I’m destined to fry in the proverbial fiery furnace, all thanks to fruit season in Niagara. From the first strawberries in the spring to the last pears and apples of the fall, I gorge daily and unashamedly. Yes, I’m a fruit pig – the lady [...]

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by / on January 30, 2014 at 2:07 pm / in HOTEL

The Humble Everyday

Once upon a time, I took toilets for granted. Yup…those precious, pristine, porcelain pedestals meant nothing to me. Though I visited them regularly – as I still do, of course – I never gave them a second thought…not the ones in my own home and certainly not the ones in public restrooms. They were the unsung heroines of my world. [...]

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by / on August 12, 2013 at 10:36 am / in HOTEL

Luck be a Lady Tonight

I recently spent the afternoon at the Shaw Festival Theatre enjoying their musical production of Guys and Dolls.  The program describes the story as follows: “In New York City, you’ll meet wise guys and chorus gals, gamblers and actresses, cops and bobby-soxers.  Pious Sarah Brown, a sergeant at the Save-A-Soul mission, wants to save their souls while Nathan Detroit needs [...]

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by / on July 29, 2013 at 10:32 am / in HOTEL

Get Outside

So…the sun’s shining, the wind is warm and you’re on holiday. Get outside, you crazy thing you! It’s summer! If you have a bike, a pair of rollerblades or even just a pair of walking shoes, you’re in luck. Niagara is connected to one of the longest trail systems in Canada. If the mood strikes you, you can wander right [...]

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by / on July 9, 2013 at 2:24 pm / in DINING, HOTEL

Niagara Winery Bike Tour

I’ve lived in Niagara my whole life – well most of my life, minus 6 years spent in Toronto – and I have just this year gone on my first wine tour. Can you believe it? I can’t. Why did I wait so long?! Although, I use the term “wine tour” loosely here, it was more of a “wine adventure.” [...]

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