Springlicious 2012

Springlicious 2012, happening June 1st-3Rd on 6 full blocks of downtown Niagara is the perfect kickoff to the nice weather and enjoying a perfect Niagara Summer. With the traffic blocked off to downtown, the streets are filled with locals and tourists alike, wandering from vendor to vendor exploring Niagara cuisine, beverages and of course shops. There will also be various bands playing throughout the days including The Roxwells, Michael Banks, Black Flies and the headliner April Wine. Springlicious is a great way to find out what Niagara has to offer and appreciate the recent revitalization efforts in the downtown Niagara area. Gather your friends and family and take a stroll through downtown!

Niagara Falls Art Gallery

What else is better than doing arts and crafts? The Niagara Falls Art Gallery has so many different options for you to take advantage of. You can take a stroll through the gallery for only $5- check their website to see what collections are available for viewing before you go. There are also numerous classes that you can take, whether you want to enrol your children or you want to give it a try! Although I have never done an adult class, I remember going to the gallery with school groups and bringing home my clay creations for my parents and grandparents.

You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy creating something… and if it comes out abstract and not exactly what you were aiming for…fake it! You meant to have the eyes lopsided and the trees purple.

Niagara Falls Packages

Sometimes when you take a vacation, you don’t want to have to plan out exactly what it is your going to do. You have to sit online and research different activities going on and buy tickets ahead of time, who wants that? Well we have the answer! Besides keeping updated on Niagara Falls through this blog, the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft facebook page and @PostcardNiagar on twitter… The hotel also offers some really great packages for the entire family whether winter, spring, summer or fall! From a King Henry VIII Feast in our very own Oak Room to some Dinner Theatre, make sure you check us out on your next trip to Niagara Falls!

Winterland Cocktail Hour at Jackson-Triggs

The wineries in Niagara Falls can often be forgotten about during the cold winter months, however there is still lots to see… and drink during the winter. Jackson-Triggs, an 11.5 acre winery in the Niagara Peninsula, has decided to make the most of the winter by putting on a “Winterland Cocktail Hour” every weekend in January at 2:00pm. For only $5 you get to sample 4 new winter inspired cocktails and hear tips for entertaining!

I think that this is a wonderful way to celebrate the winter season and continue to appreciate the beautiful wineries that we have in Niagara, throughout the year! Good call Jackson-Triggs!

The Icewine Festival

The Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel is excited for the Icewine Festival this year! Start off the Icewine Festival in Niagara with ‘Icewine Unveiled: a Masquerade Gala’ which will be showcasing wine from over 30 wineries across Ontario, as well as the largest tasting of internationally acclaimed ice wines. Complete with a silent auction and a delicious meal created by Niagara chefs, this Gala is for those serious about their wine for $175/ticket.

There are so many different events to experience during this festival. Each winery has their own spin on how to celebrate the ice wine festival and each will be wonderful. For me to speak about all of them would be nuts, so I’ll let you decide which ones sound appealing to you. There is a great Discovery Pass that you can purchase for $30, which will allow you to choose 6 events at different wineries. You can also pay for each event separately.

We look forward to hearing from you about what events you have tried! Post them on our facebook!


The Best Won Ton Soup in Niagara

Who knew that the best won ton soup that you will ever have lies just inside a donut shop? My friends and I discovered Country Fresh Donuts on Victoria Ave late one night in high school and we have been going back ever since.

This little coffee shop is owned by a lovely Chinese family, Mary, the mother, is often found behind the counter. The location may not be the best, there are only a few tables lining the window and the décor is less than impressive but none of that matters the moment you taste the soup.  You can choose from hot and sour (with or without pork) and won ton soup. I’m a won ton girl. This homemade soup has huge won tons and big chunks of pork all surrounded by an amazing won ton broth. Have it there or take it to go, it’s equally delicious either way. Mary will bring a bowl of chow mien noodles out with your soup to munch on separately or add to the soup. And if you wanna kick things up a notch? You must try the Sriracha hot sauce. WARNING! Add small amounts at first to be sure you don’t make it too hot. It’s serious stuff.

All of this deliciousness can be yours for $2.75 for a small and $4.19 for a large. I’m not joking when I say this is the best… BEST wonton soup I have ever had. Oh and there are donuts and coffee available but that’s not important. This is Niagara’s hidden gem, make sure you try it when you visit Niagara!

Halloween!

Of course all month long we have been posting fun Halloween events to do around the Niagara region. Hope that some of you enjoyed the Halloween party at The Croft Lounge on Saturday and that all the kids in Niagara will enjoy trick-or-treating tonight! For those of you who have been wondering what I went for as Halloween this year, wonder no more! I dressed as my favourite hot sauce, Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce! Have a Happy Halloween Niagara!

Pumpkinville at Happy Rolph’s

What is better than dressing up and going trick or treating? Pumpkinville at Happy Rolph’s! Aside from being able to dress up in your Halloween costume, Happy Rolph’s offers children of all ages to take part in all Pumpkinville festivities. And the best part is that admission is FREE, which is rather rate in the Niagara Region!

Some of the many activities that children and parents can take a part in are: scarecrow building contests, pumpkin carving contests, music, crafts, and face painting. Festivities run until 3:00pm on the 15th of October. You’ll definitely want to check it out, whether you are a local or staying at one of the many Niagara Falls hotels!

Drive Along River Road

fallSir Winston Churchill really knew what he was talking about when he said that River Road was “the prettiest Sunday drive in the world.” Taking an afternoon drive along River Road, the Niagara Parkway, on a fall afternoon is a scenic drive with the colors of fall all around you. It is a quiet drive with trees lining the road and small glimpses of the Niagara River between the trees. You can look up the long driveways to each of the wineries to see amazing estates and see the well maintained farm land that the Niagara farmers take so much pride in.

Although many people often don’t just go out to drive anymore, this drive is one that should definitely be taken. Whether you are driving to the Laura Secord homestead, Fort George or one of the many wonderful wineries that Niagara has, take in the beauty of Niagara on your journey there.

Balls Falls Thanksgiving Festival

Set within the Twenty Valley watershed, Balls Falls is a spectacular place to go with family or friends, especially because of its scenic beauty. Since Hayley and I love the outdoors, we thought that we would check it out.

Upon entering, you pay a small fee to help preserve this beautiful site. As we started to walk throughout the grounds, we were able to feast our eyes on one of the many Niagara Falls waterfalls. It was beautiful! We decided to take a closer look and climb down to see it. (If you are going to take a closer look at this waterfall, make sure that you are wearing appropriate shoes and that you are not alone)

But this was not all that you can take in. Balls Falls is celebrating their 37th Annual Balls Falls Thanksgiving Festival, on October 7th, which is complete with live entertainment, children’s attractions, heritage activities and tours. Balls Falls is an attraction you must check out, you will not be disappointed!