24th Annual Good News Breakfast 2014

Good News Breakfast 2014 Niagara Falls

$135,131 Raised For Project SHARE at Good News Breakfast 2014

This morning we celebrated the 24th Annual Good News Breakfast, in our Oak Room, located in the Cairn Croft Hotel.

The Good News Breakfast helps to raise money for Project SHARE, a local Niagara company that supports Niagara locals who are living on or below the poverty line.

The money, food, and toys that were donated to the Good News Breakfast help families in need provide the special Christmas every family deserves.

This year we beat our record of $101,000 from 2013, and the Niagara Falls community raised over $135, 000 to be donated to Project SHARE. We also filled over three full WEGO buses with toy donations!

Thank you 2DayFM Niagara for all your sponsorship, support and help with this event. This event wouldn’t have been made possible without everyones generosity and community support! For more pictures of the event, take a look at our Instagram page!

2Day FM Good News Breakfast At Cairn Croft

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Good News Breakfast Collects Donations For Local Families in Niagara Falls

This Friday join 2Day FM and the Best Western Cairn Croft as they host the annual “Good News Breakfast” from 7am to 10am. It all goes down inside our beautiful Oak Room.

The event will be broadcasted live with 2Day FM hosts, Oren and Barn, and Matt and Jade as they speak with non-profit organizations throughout Niagara highlighting their “good news” stories from the past year.

During that time local schools and businesses will help raise donations for Project SHARE and fill an entire WEGO bus with these donations.

This annual event year support local families in need during a special time of year as well as ensures children in need are able to celebrate the holidays in a special way too.

If you’d like to participate and get involved in your local community, drop by the Cairn Croft, 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls, from 7am to 10am, with either an unwrapped toy or nonperishable food item, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet prepared by the talented Cairn Croft chefs.

To support Project SHARE visit their website or call 905-357-5121.

The Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights 2014

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Fun Things To Do In Niagara Falls This Winter 2014

Niagara Falls Canada is a spectacular place to vacation all year round. You already know that there are many exciting Niagara Falls attractions in the Clifton Hill tourist district, and I’m sure you’ve heard about the fabulous shopping that Niagara has to offer with 2 huge discount shopping outlets here and here.

But, I’m sure you’ve wondered what are the best things to do in Niagara Falls in the cold Ontario winter? How about this for starters…

Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights 2014

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Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights 2014

Canada’s foremost illumination festival is an annual event in Niagara Falls Canada. This is the best way to ignite the holiday season with your friends, family, and loved ones.

What better way to capture the magic of the holiday season than to book a winter getaway and experience over 3 Million sparkling, colourful, and themed lights with your BFF, your kids, your with that someone special.

This Winter Festival of Lights 2014 in Niagara Falls is recognized as an Ontario Festival of Distinction by Festivals & Events Ontario and listed as a Top 100 Internationally Known Events in North America by the American Bus Association.

This year it has been included in Canada’s 10 Most Festive Christmas Cities by Readers Digest Canada, the Condé Nast Traveler’s international list of Most Extravagant Christmas Light Displays and Sympatico.ca’s The Loop list of Canada’s Best Winter Festivals.

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You can experience the 2014 Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls, Ontario from November 15th, 2014 to January 12th, 2015.  Join the millions who’ve already made it their winter tradition.

The winter lights festival kicks of on November 15 with the opening ceremonies in Queen Victoria Park, consisting of two shows, one at 6pm and the other at 7pm.

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights website says:

The Festival “will officially launch outdoors with two spectacular shows, the evening will include greetings from local dignitaries, spectacular on-stage cirque performances and will also feature our official Lighting Ceremony.

New this year Opening Ceremonies will take place on a circular stage set up in the centre of Queen Victoria Park. The on-stage show will feature cirque performers including an aerial hoop artist suspended above the ground showcasing feats of exacting high-flying precision & aerial contortion, completing the transformation of a modest suspended hoop into a bewitching instrument of acrobatic prowess. 

Following the cirque performance we will have our official Flip of the Switch ceremony will illuminate millions of lights and spark off a fantastic fireworks display over the Falls.”

Sound like good times for all? Here are even more good times. Discounts on Niagara Falls hotel packages at the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel!

We have super discount packages for family getaways, world class golfing, or a weekend with the girls’ wine touring & tasting.

Best yet, many of our discount winter getaway packages include a dinner voucher and delicious breakfast each morning, AND we offer a resort-like, temperature controlled indoor tropical courtyard.

Take advantage of our discount fall packages from $49/person!

You will always save the most when you BOOK DIRECT with us.

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Niagara Falls Dining in the Winter

Here’s an insider tip from a long time Niagara Falls resident. Before, or after you visit the Winter Festival of Lights, you must check out the favourite place for locals to hang out in Niagara Falls.

Doc Magilligan’s Restaurant & Irish Pub is Niagara Falls only authentic Irish Pub and also our super cool neighbour, right next door to the Best Western Cairn Croft Hotel, on Lundy’s Lane.

This trendy Niagara Falls nightspot serves up local craft beer as well as popular international brews. They also feature awesome live entertainment and international sports all in authentic Irish ambience.

So are you ready to plan your Niagara Falls getaway?

Book Direct and Save Now!

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Things To Do With Two

It’s November – the night’s are getting darker faster, and the temperatures are starting to dip – time to cozy up and spend some time with a friend, a partner or sweetheart! No matter what kind of “twosome” you make, there are lots of great things to do “just for two” in and around Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada!

Senses at Americana Spa & Boutique

If relaxation is what you crave, grab a friend and enjoy a massage for two!  Not just for couples, this 55 minute treatment is the perfect way to enjoy some major rest time.  With many different options to choose from, a perfect time out for two awaits you at the Americana Spa & Boutique!  They also offer spa and accommodation packages if you’re looking for a great friend getaway in Niagara Falls or romantic reconnect.

Winter Festival of Lights

It’s that time of year again – when Niagara Falls gets illuminated with the wonder and excitement of the Festival of Lights.  Starting November 15th, and running until January 12th, 2015, it’s the perfect thing to do if you want to get bundled up with a friend, grab some hot chocolate and take a walk (or drive!) through the 5 kilometre illumination route.  This is a must see attraction for tourists and resident’s alike, and a great activity to do with just about anyone.  There is a fantastic opening ceremony happening November 15th… you don’t want to miss it!

Trius Black Glass Dinner

Looking for something a little bit different? Why not try an interactive dinner experience for two at Trius Winery? The evening starts with a guided tour and tasting with your companion in the winery boutique, where they prepare you for the competition with some tasting tips and tricks.  Next, settle in for a delicious 4 course dinner, made complete with mystery wine pairings served in black wine glasses.  If you or your dinner guest guess the most correct, you will be rewarded with a bottle of Trius Brut!  The event will take place November 8, November 22, and November 29. Reserve your spot now!

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If you want to “laugh your face off”, join a friend for some great comedy happening right in the heart of Niagara Falls, Ontario! Shows go on every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night throughout the month of November, and comedians are up to the task to get you to “laugh your face off”. The line up changes every week, so you and your party of two will want to catch every show!

Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

Some things are just better shared with a friend, and no one believes that more than Doc Magilligan’s! A delicious dinner for two awaits you Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday night every week in November.  Enjoy an appetizer, entrée, dessert & either a pitcher of Doc’s Brew or a bottle of house Red or White for a truly exciting way to spend an evening, for only $49! Any group of two is welcome – so if you find yourself with one other person looking for something to do – look no further than dinner out at Doc Magilligan’s.

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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!

 

Best Niagara Falls Discount Halloween Package

If you’re looking for the best hotel package value for Halloween in Niagara Falls, check out The Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel Hotel Deals!

BOOK DORECT TODAY AND NOT ONLY SAVE, BUT RECEIVE:

  • One Night’s Accommodation (October 27 – November 5, 2014)
  • Breakfast at Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub for 2
  • $20 Food & Beverage credit at Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub
  • 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!