Happy Hallo-Wine!

Happy Hallo-Wine!

With Halloween only a couple of days away, fall is in full swing here in Niagara, which means it’s the PERFECT time to come visit some of your favourite wineries.  Who needs candy when wine is involved? Some of our favourites include:

Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery

A beautiful winery set in St. David’s Bench in Niagara, Ontario – Ravine sets itself apart because of its approach to family – their goal simple; “to create a sustainable way to maintain their 100+ year old farm and continue to foster the legacy of their family upon it”.  The 34 acre winery is home to a delicious restaurant, a canning house (with groceries!) and an event facility.  You will not be disappointed with a trip to this winery, be it for a tasting of their fantastic wine or a place to stop and have lunch.

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Reif Estate Winery

At Reif, their philosophy is simple – “that great wines start in the vineyard”. This winery officially opened its doors in 1982, and has enjoyed many successes since then, including the Best Canadian Winery in 2002 by a wine and spirit international competition.  This family owned winery is located in Niagara-On-The-Lake and is a definite visit for wine enthusiasts.

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Flat Rock Cellars

Flat Rock is here for 2 reasons; “First, [they] are here to make great wine. Second, [they] are here to offer you a truly personal wine experience”. Dedicated to fun and lack of pretention, this is a great winery to visit. They boast breathtaking views of the Niagara peninsula, and on a clear day, you can see Toronto. Enjoy the great atmosphere & learn a little about wine too!

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Stratus

Three words are used to describe Stratus – stylish, warm, and elegant.  They welcome you not only to take part in the wine process, but to an experience like no other.  With a goal to be one of the world’s most sustainable wineries, from the way it was built to the way it operates daily, Stratus is a must visit for wine enthusiasts with a passion for sustainability.

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Pillitteri Estates Winery

Pillitteri – where old world and new world meet.  If you have an interest or even just a curiosity about Icewine, this is the winery for you, as Pillitteri is the world’s largest estate producer. Located in the middle of wine country in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Pillitteri is always a favourite stop for tours or those exploring on their own.

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There is no better time like the present to start planning your trip to Niagara to experience these and so many other wineries located in the beautiful Niagara Peninsula.  To start planning your wine getaway now, look no further than a stay at The Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel, located on Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Fall packages starts at just $49/person, and includes a wine tasting and tour at Pillitteri Estates, with lots of other great perks! This great deal won’t last long, book now! Use Promo Code FALL to get the best deals!

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Halloween in Niagara Falls

Top 5 Things to Do For Halloween in Niagara Falls

For some, Halloween is the greatest day of the year! What could be better than dressing up as anything you want, going out, getting free candy, and having a great time with friends and family? Everyone loves Halloween, and there is no better spot than Niagara Falls for fun or fright at any age! Here we are, counting down the
5 best things to do in Niagara Falls for Halloween:

5. Nightmares Fear Factory

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While open all year round, there is no better time to visit this attraction than around this spooky time of year. Have you seen those hilarious photos of scared people freaking out in a Niagara Falls haunted house? That’s Nightmares Fear Factory! Located on Victoria Avenue, in the heart of the tourist district, and only seconds away from Clifton Hill, this attraction offers one of the scariest experiences you can have – 130,000 have chickened out…will you?

 

4. Rocky Horror Picture Show at Oh Canada, Eh?

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Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show comes to life with a Canadian twist during the month of October at the Oh Canada, Eh? Dinner Show, located in the heart of Niagara Falls on Lundy’s Lane, only 10 minutes away from the brink of the Falls, and just 5 minutes away from the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel! Get your fill of chills, thrills & lingerie at this fun event, and have a delicious meal at the same time! This event is also raising funds for AIDS research.

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3. Haunt Manor – Hayrides & Haunted Houses

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Check out a piece of “Haunted Niagara”. Legend and paranormal experts agree – this house, once owned by the Pew family is officially haunted! Remnants of bullets from the battle at Lundy’s Lane still line the walls, and some say you can see Mother Pew and her son gazing out the attic window. Children’s Day, Haunted Horror Campout and a “flashlight only” night are just some of the events that await you!

2 – Warner Ranch & Pumpkin Farm

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Looking for something for the whole family? You can never go wrong visiting a Niagara pumpkin farm – and Warner Ranch has it all!  With over 200 acres of family fun, this is one of the biggest pumpkin farms in all of the Niagara Region! Pony rides, haunted corn mazes, pumpkins & so much more, make sure Warner Ranch is on your list of things to do for a fantastic family friendly experience.

1. Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant Halloween Bash

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Come dressed up and ready to party at Niagara’s only truly authentic Irish Pub & Restaurant. 351 Cleveland will get things pumped up starting at 10PM, so make sure you grab your friends and make your way to the biggest Halloween Party at the Falls, located on Lundy’s Lane, just minutes from the Falls.  Doc Magilligan’s is located adjacent to the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel, so you can party the night away and walk back to your room when it’s all over – the perfect night!

 

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  • One Night’s Accommodation (October 27 – November 5, 2014)
  • Breakfast at Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub for 2
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  • Free Parking!
  • Only $49/per person + tax (Sunday – Thursday), or $69/person+tax (Friday – Saturday) based on double occupancy! 

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The Shaw Festival

The start of the summer season means that there is so much going on in Niagara!  Recently, as part of their Tourism night, the Shaw Festival invited us to watch Cabaret in the Festival Theatre in the heart of downtown Niagara on the Lake.

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What an amazing evening! From our picture being taken in the main hallway, to the lovely drinks offered by Konzelmann, one of Niagara’s many beautiful wineries – the evening was as picture perfect as one would expect from such a stunning location.

What a show! Cabaret is a moving play revolving around the ups and down of the often tumultuous relationship of an American writer in Berlin and nightclub singer Sally Bowles, during a time when the world is about to turn upside down with the rise of Hitler.  Caberet is “hailed as a rare musical that both challenges and entertains” (Shaw Festival website).  The acting was superb, and we are still humming the incredible music in our heads.

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The 2014 season is in full swing, with shows like The Philadelphia Story, The Charity That Began at Home, Arms and the Man, When We Are Married, and so many more.   For a truly enchanting day or evening, going to the Shaw Festival is a must do this summer, for tourists and locals alike.

Please visit the Shaw Festival website for more information on show times, ticket prices, and so much more.

Thank you Shaw Fest for a great night – we had a blast!

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Photo Credit: George Bailey

Annual Niagara Icewine Festival

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The 19th Annual Niagara Icewine Festival is back;  every weekend from January 10th- 26th! Although the Niagara region is celebrated around the world for our delicious wines, what really sets us apart is our ice wine. While travelling in Europe, I often had people ask about this wonderful creation, once they found out I was from Niagara Falls. This sweet wine fills your palate and after one sip, you know why people across the world talk about its wonders.

icewine2The Niagara Region wants to celebrate our ice wine industry and what better way to do that then a festival, filled with opportunities to sample ice wines from many of the wineries in the region. The best way to do this, is to purchase the Discovery Pass. This pass offers you 8 winery experiences, for only $40. Each winery pairs their favourites wines with some delectable creations. Some of the names of the experiences include Chocolate & Ice at Between the Lines, Feel the Heat at Cattail Creek, Don’t Freeze Your Ribs Off at Jackson Triggs and Cozy & Warm at Marynissen Estate Winery. If you are unfirmilar with the region, there is a wine route map that has all of the wineries located on it, for you to find.

Another wonderful idea to compliment the Discovery Pass is to purchase the All You Need is Cheese seminar for one of the wineries. For only $20, Deborah from Dairy Farmers of Canada will present six unique Niagara wine and artisanal cheese. Each seminar is different, as Deborah has designed the seminar to compliment each winemaker’s style.

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1am- Inniskillin Wines        2pm- Reif Estate Winery

January 18th
11am Stoney Ridge Estate Winery    2pm Vineland Estate Winery

January 25th
11am Niagara College Teaching Winery   2pm Hernder Estate Winery

 

icewineThe Niagara Icewine Festival webpage also has some great opportunities for you to celebrate icewine at home. Check out the recipes page, where icewine inspired dishes from some of the wineries’ top chefs can be found. Of course you can also purchase some icewine for your own home collection!

However you choose to celebrate Niagara’s icewine, just make sure you do. Cheers!

Niagara Falls New Years Eve 2014

NYE2Niagara Fall’s has one of the largest New Year’s celebrations in Canada. Viewers from around the country, tune in to watch the fireworks over the falls and count down to the new year with ET Canada and musical guests every year!

 

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This year, we’ve got some big names coming to our stage. Demi Lovato will be headlining the performances, with featured performances from Sam Roberts Band and Serena Ryder! Queen Victoria Park will be filled with over 40,000 people; locals and visitors to celebrate. Two awesome firework shows, food vendors and a licensed area will all be part of your celebrations when you bundle up and head down to the falls to welcome 2014!

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Kristlemas Market at Stratus

Sunday, December 15th from 11:00am – 5:00pm check out the Kristlemas Market at beautiful Stratus Vineyards. This show is filled with lots of inspiration for the holiday season; wonderful food, artisans, crafts… and of course hot apple cider, beer and wine!

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Gourmet food trucks will be parked outside all day so that you can get some delicious food in your belly before (or after) you shop. Some of the trucks include: Bench on the Go, The Dirty South and Jonny Blonde and many more.

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There are too many wonderful vendors to name them all but some of the wonderful foods you will find inside will be from Della Terra (extra virgin olive oils and infused oils), Martin’s Soups & Pickles (I loveeee pickles, so I had to include this one), and Oast House Brewery (locally brewed seasonal beers). Artisans such as Garden City and Hannelore’s Story Works will also be on display. You will definitely be able to cross off a few shopping list items here!

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There are also 6 seminars happening throughout the day, and you can preregister for them on the Kristlemas Market site, to ensure you get your spot. Space is limited.

This is a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon and whether you are going to buy a gift for that special someone or pick up a little something for yourself, you won’t walk away empty handed!

Christmas Season in Niagara Falls

winterfallsThe holiday season in Niagara Falls is a fun and festive time. There are lots of great holiday events, the city looks beautiful dressed in Christmas decorations and the wintery scenes down by the Falls with the frozen trees are magical. Of course, everyone knows about the beautiful light display of the Winter Festival of Lights, but do you know about the many other fun events?

Rotary Holiday House Tour December 6th and 7th. This tour has stops at more than  a dozen beautiful heritage homes and Niagara wineries. Tickets are $25 and can be utilized on both Friday and Saturday if you can’t seem to fit them all in one day.rotary

Christmas Tea Weekend at the McFarland House Saturday December 14th- Sunday December 15th. With seatings at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m, the menu will feature holiday favourites.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Santa Claus Parade happens on December 14th at 11:00am in downtown NOTL.

winter_wine_pu_bannerWinter at the Wineries. The wineries around Niagara have a ton of great holiday events between now and after New Years. Check out their Stocking Days of Christmas or of course The Ice Wine Festival.

Christmas by the Falls- your one stop shop for Christmas craft gifts and great decorations, happening at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, December 7th and 8th.

Whether you want to check out beautiful Christmas displays, enjoy some wine or drink some tea, or just get in the Christmas spirit… Niagara Falls has something for all of the Christmas lovers out there! Happy Holidays!

Opening Ceremonies of Winter Festival of Lights to be a spectacular sight AND sound

witner3The Winter Festival of Lights is something that visitors and locals look forward to year after year. This Saturday, November 9th, the Opening Festivities will be taking place with something that has never been done before… the longest firework show that Niagara Falls has ever seen in the winter season, synchronized with a live performance by the 42 piece Niagara Symphony Orchestra!

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Opening Festivities will begin at 2pm, paying tribute to Niagara’s Korean War Veterans with traditional dance and drum troupes. Musical performances, ice sculptures, food vendors and lots of fun for the kids, will also be taking place at Queen Victoria Park.

The big flip of the switch which will happen at 6pm and will illuminate the Skylon Tower, Zimmerman Fountain, Religions of the World displays, the world’s largest Canadian-American Flag display and a lantern display, new this year. At 8pm, Music Director of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Bradley Thachuk, will conduct the 15 minute piece; while spectator’s eyes light up with the sights of the fireworks and their ears are filled with beautiful music.

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If you are staying at the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft this weekend, make sure you catch the WeGo Shuttle down to the Falls for what is sure to be an amazing experience!

Niagara Falls International Marathon 2013

marathonThe Niagara Falls International Marathon has been voted one of the top scenic marathons in Canada. This annual event brings lots of visitors, both runners and spectators to Niagara Falls. If you thought this event was just about a run, you’ve got that wrong. The whole weekend, October 25th-27th, is full of events for the participants.

marathon3There will be a 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon during the weekend. Some of the fun events that are planned include Forever Young & Healthy Living Expo at the Skylon Tower, Greg Frewin Magic Show, a RunFest Pasta Dinner, School Cheer Challenge and of course a firework display over Niagara Falls.

Good luck to all of the participants this year and we hope that everyone has a great weekend in Niagara Falls. Don’t forget, if you are looking for a hotel room, give Best Western Plus Cairn Croft a call at 1.800.263.2551!

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Thanksgiving Weekend in Niagara Falls

With Thanksgiving Weekend approaching , visitors and locals alike are planning out their long weekend. Luckily for all of us, there are lots of fun activities going on in Niagara Falls. Of course, for many people, this weekend will be spent gobbling down a delicious turkey dinner with the family and being grateful for everything that we have. But we are here to let you know that there is lots of fun happening beyond the dinner table!

Balls FallsBall’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival: This annual festival brings together artisans from the area, selling one of a kind pottery, artwork and clothing. Filled with entertainment and delicious food, this is a great family-friendly option for the weekend. Running from October 11th-14th.

Ridgeway Fall Festival: Another fall festival in a quaint part of the Niagara region is the Ridgeway Fall Festival, happening October 12th on Ridge Road in Ridgeway. With a great market, free children’s activities and a beer tent for mom and dad, this festival is a great way to check out what Ridgeway has to offer.

4 seasons of HeartlandAstronomy Days at Heartland Forest: Free to check out (donation optional) Saturday the Niagara Centre of the Royal Canadian Astronomical Society will be showcasing some great tips for the amateur astronomer at Heartland Forest! From how to view the auroras in your backyard to how to snap a photo with a simple camera, this is a fun and different event. Starts at sunset!

 

Fireworks!Fireworks at the Falls: The last Fall Firework display in Niagara Falls will be happening Friday night.. walk down to Queen Victoria park and make sure to look up at 10:00pm!

 

 

 

Whatever you decide to do this weekend.. we hope that you get to spend time with friends and family! Happy Thanksgiving!

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