Loudmouth Golf Skins Game

Two weeks ago, you may have noticed a few people walking around Niagara with the loudest golf shorts you’ve ever seen! The Loudmouth Golf Skins Game was being held at Thundering Waters on July 23rd, with John Daly playing in a game the next day. The Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel was the official hotel for the event and was even represented on the first whole by some of their awesome staff (rocking out in the Loudmouth Gear of course)!

There were promotions and samplings on every hole: Carlsberg, Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum, Callaway Golf and Molson Coors. Everyone who went said it was a wonderful 2 days and all the proceeds went to the John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area and PROJECT Share. Not only did everyone get a pair of their own Loudmouth shorts but 4 golfers randomly chosen got to play against John Daly the next day! What fun! Hope to see you all there next year with a smile on your face and some crazy pattern on your pants.

Friendship Festival

The 26th annual Friendship Festival, to celebrate Canada and the United States border cities building and maintaining good relations. This festival is filled with food, entertainment and concerts and is always a good time! The Hands Across the Border marks the beginning of the festival with an international hand shake. This year there are 27 bands to enjoy from a Croft Lounge favourite Gatorbait to Breaching Vista, a band I saw open for Jack’s Mannequin!

In addition to these exciting events, new this year the festival has added a “Festival’s Got Talent.” This 3 day competition will find the best of the talent from the Niagara region. You can find the application on the Friendship Festival website. If you are a singer, dancer or have another awesome talent then you should think of applying!

The festival takes place from June 29th to July 2nd at Mather Arch Park in Fort Erie!

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!