Holiday Gift Ideas from Niagara-on-the-Lake

It’s that time of the year when we all begin thinking of the Holiday Season and searching for special gift ideas for family members and friends. If someone on your list regularly visits Niagara-on-the-Lake every year, be it to attend a Shaw performance, for wine tasting events, or just hanging out in one the best towns in Canada, here are a few suggestions: FOR THOSE WHO NEED A BREAK: Perhaps someone on your list deserves a break. Why not given them a gift certificate from Globetrotters Bed & Breakfast, which they can use toward their stay. Gift certificates can be issued in any amount you wish. Just call us at 1-866-835-4446 and we’ll happily make all the arrangements and send you a gift certificate for presentation. We’ll make sure they’re pampered and well taken care of. FOR THE ADVENTUROUS: Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours is running a promotion until December 24, 2014. Give the gift of Niagara’s Premier Adventure for just $45 including taxes, which represents a saving of $16 per person on a horsepower-filled, whitewater-infused adventure. Gift certificates can be purchased online. FOR FASHIONISTAS: The Outlet Collection at Niagara, Canada’s largest open-air outlet shopping centre, features close to 100 marquee retailers offering trendy fashions at unbeatable prices. Retailers include such fashion favourites as Adidas, Banana Republic, American Eagle Outfitters, Aldo, Bench, Browns, Calvin Klein, Coach, DKNY, Gap, Guess, Lacoste, Old Navy, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and many more. And every one offers gift certificates. Visit here for a full list of outlet stores and contact information. Your fashionistas will love you. FOR OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS: Also at the Outlet Collection at Niagara, the Bass Pro Shops Outpost just opened. From outdoor apparel, boats and rifles […]

By |November 21st, 2014|Blog|Comments Off

Our Guests are the Best!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our guests who posted reviews on TripAdvisor and Booking.com. You are awesome! And it appears you think Fernando is pretty awesome as well. With reviews like these, he is soaring: From bear_15, Florida: “Perfect place to stay and relax…Should be in the top 10!” If looking for a very reasonably priced, great location, quiet and relaxing B&B look no further. Globetrotters B&B exceeded my husband’s and my expectations. Fernando and Donna (hosts) were extremely warm, hospitable, and genuine. They are very knowledgeable about the area and have can provide many recommendations regarding dining opportunities as well as sightseeing activities. The B&B itself had impeccable clean rooms – it felt as if you were in your own home, not a hotel. And of course, the breakfast without fail was exceptionally delicious and healthy (which can be a rare find). They are very accommodating and Fernando was able to incorporate my diet/food restrictions with no problems whatsoever. We looked forward to breakfast every day. We also enjoyed eating breakfast outside in the garden (weather permitting) – very relaxing and beautiful. A great way to start each day. We enjoyed our time and getting to know Donna and Fernando. We would highly recommend and most certainly stay here again. We stayed in the Crystal Palace – the room downstairs. Perfect sized room, very comfortable. The bathroom was also very nice and had a “spa” like touch to it.” From Tom E., Britain: “Gourmet Breakfast Booked whilst ‘on the road’ to secure a place convenient for the Falls based on a rudimentary search. Could not have been more pleased with the result. We spent two idyllic and restful nights in […]

By |September 7th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off

An Explosion of Fall Attractions in Niagara-on-the-Lake

As August draws to a close, you may be wondering what there is to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake come fall. In fact, fall is a wonderful time to visit. The summer crowds have dispersed. The weather is ideal for cycling, walking or running along our numerous off-road paved trails. The Shaw Festival continues on through October. Farmers’ markets sprout up throughout the region. Food and wine festivals and winery tours at Peller Estates Winery, Trius Winery at Hillebrand, Ravine Winery and a multitude of others are in full swing. Restaurants, such as the Old Winery, the Stone Road Grille, The Cannery at the Pillar and Post Hotel and the delightful Ravine Winery Bistro, feature fresh local produce on their seasonally inspired menus. And by mid-September, fall colours begin to erupt along the Niagara Parkway and the Niagara Escarpment where golfers can find a number of championship courses to play. And of course there’s always time for a spa treatment, such as those offered at any of the three Vintage Hotel properties in town, Q124 on Queen Street and, my particular favourite, OSpa at the Oban Inn. Here are some dates to keep in mind when planning your fall getaway to Niagara-on-the-Lake: Bravo Niagara, September 5, from 8 to 11 p.m. at Chateau des Charmes Winery Set amidst the picturesque backdrop of this award-winning vineyard, enjoy the sounds of the Ehnes Quartet featuring nine-time Juno award-winning violinist James Ehnes, violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, violist Richard O’Neill and cellist Robert deMaine. Polo Niagara, September 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Niagara Common Join The Toronto Polo Club for two four-chukker games plus a half-time show on the Commons. General admission is $10 per person. Grand Canadian Steampunk […]

By |August 24th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off

Tips on Booking a Hotel, Inn or B&B in Niagara-on-the-Lake

What matters to you when booking a hotel, inn or bed and breakfast online? I’ve travelled around the world and have stayed in a variety of lodgings, but nothing quite beats the bed and breakfast experience. Not only do hosts share their homes, but you engage in an interesting perspective of their lives, which also provides you with a better understanding of the people, the land and the culture. After all, travel is more about the people you meet than the places you travel. The Personal Touch B&B hosts are always willing to share lesser-known, often money-saving secrets of the town as well as stories you’ll never read in guidebooks. They’ll ensure you travel like a local and not a tourist. Think of them as your personal hotel concierge, without the heavy tips. Since you’ll be spending time with your hosts, make sure you strike a rapport with them before you finalize your booking. While listings share many of the details you might need to make your decision, touching base with your hosts adds a personal touch. Location, location, location While budget usually plays a huge role when making the right choice, you may not want to spend a lot of time commuting. So location is key. In cities, it is not always easy to find something within walking distance of the city centre, but it should offer easy access to a metro or underground station. Luckily, the village of Niagara-on-the-Lake covers an area of two square miles. So, as long as you choose a hotel, inn or B&B within the town limits (Anderson Lane to the south and Front Street to the north and Nassau Street to the west and the Niagara Parkway to […]

By |June 25th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off

Wh’appenin’ in Niagara-on-the-Lake the Week of June 9?

“Plenty,” just about sums it up. Don’t know what to do? Check out this week’s line-up: WEDNESDAY EVENING SUPPER MARKET Wednesday, June 11, 2014, from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m. This weekly fun event features food trucks, prepared foods, oysters, cheese, fresh local produce, artisans, live music, Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake, local breweries, and more. SEAFOOD BBQ AT REIF ESTATE WINERY Friday, June 13, 7 to 10 p.m. Kick off this weekend’s New Vintage Festival celebrations with an evening in the Reif vineyard with fresh shucked oysters and then dive into a seafood platter offering their version of Frogmore Stew featuring Canadian Atlantic Lobster Tail, P.E.I. Clams, Alabama Wild Gulf Shrimp and Tide and Vine’s own sausage all paired with Reif wines. Finish with a fresh-baked strawberry shortcake paired with their new surprise release under a starlit sky! $95 per person plus taxes and gratuity includes dinner, three glasses of wine, dessert and live entertainment. 25% off for Reifstyle wine club members. Call 905-468-WINE ext 21. CLOCK TOWER COMEDY FESTIVAL On Friday, June 13, from 8 to 9:45 p.m., Corks Restaurant in Niagara-on-the-Lake is hosting some of the country’s best stand-up comics and rising stars. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Friday tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door. On Saturday, June 13, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., the event moves to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre at 10 Anderson Lane, with some of the country’s finest stand-up comics and rising stars. Hosted by Jeff Paul, with Graham Kay, Rebecca Kohler, Nick Beaton and Ryan Belleville. Saturday tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 905-468-1950 TRIUS MOVIE NIGHT IN THE VINEYARD—SILVERLININGS PLAYBOOK Friday, June 13, from 8:30 to 11:00 p.m. The […]

By |June 9th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off

Niagara Falls Hornblower Cruises Make History

History was made on June 1, 2014, when the first evening cruise in Niagara Falls’ history shoved off from the dock at Hornblower Niagara Cruises. A whole new way to experience Niagara Falls For the first time in Niagara Falls’ 168-year history of tour boats voyaging to the base of the Horseshoe Falls, Hornblower Niagara Cruises now offers visitors to Niagara Falls the chance to experience the beauty of Niagara Falls during the illumination hours at night. Since 1846, tour boats have been ferrying passengers to the Horseshoe Falls and in 2012 Hornblower won the exclusive rights to ferry passengers to the Falls. Hornblower is now the only company on the Canadian side of the Niagara River permitted to operate boat tours of The Falls. In addition to the traditional daytime Voyage to the Falls, the new tour boat company offers three new cruise options, including: • The new Sunset Cocktail Cruise beginning every evening at 8:00 p.m. • The new Falls Illumination Cruise beginning every evening at 9:30 p.m. • The new Falls Fireworks Cruise, which will take place every Friday and Sunday evenings at 9:30 p.m. Save money on your adventure and more! Save more than 30 per cent on this attraction with the Niagara Falls Adventure Pass. This Ultimate Falls Experience includes an unforgettable ride on board the Hornblower Niagara Cruises boat tour as well as other fantastic Niagara Parks attractions, including the Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury and the White Water Walk. Or if you prefer, go for the Nature version of this Adventure Pass, which includes the Hornblower Niagara Cruises boat tour plus admission to the Whirlpool Aero Car, the Butterfly Conservatory and the exquisite Floral Showhouse — either […]

By |June 3rd, 2014|Blog|Comments Off

Learn from the best in Niagara-on-the-Lake

As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog, we’re truly blessed with a number of top-of-the-line restaurants in Niagara-on-the-Lake. So it’s no surprise that we attract (and train) some of Canada’s best chefs. But did you know that some offer wonderful cooking classes? So why not learn from the best right here in Niagara-on-the-Lake? Cook with Chef Frank Dodd at Trius Winery at Hillebrand Here is an opportunity to learn tips and tricks from a Gold Medal Plates winning chef, Frank Dodd, who is willing to share some of his kitchen secrets with you in a series of interactive one-hour cooking classes. Then following class, you’ll enjoy a fabulous lunch! Two opportunities to do just that have come up in June: On Saturday, June 14 at 11:00 a.m., celebrate the best of summer with Chef Dodd with this not-to-be-missed class dedicated to fresh summer salads drizzled with vinaigrettes that are made from scratch. Then, on Saturday, June 28 at 11:00 a.m., join Chef Dodd to learn how to prepare the world’s best burger, topped with his famous Icewine onion jam. Space is limited so call 1-800-582-8412, ext. 2 now to book your space. Strewn Winery Wine Country Cooking School Based on my own personal experience, it doesn’t get much better than this cooking school located within Strewn Winery in the heart of Canada’s wine country. Using the abundance of fresh products grown in the region, the cooking class instructors showcase them in recipes and menus that reflect the seasons. Every weekend from January through November, join a hands-on cooking class designed to tempt your palate and increase your culinary knowledge and appreciation of the relationship between food and wine. Better yet, invite your friends join you […]

By |May 29th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off

Dining Around Niagara-on-the-Lake

Whether you’re here in Niagara-on-the-Lake for a day or for a week, dining is often the highlight of your day. And how lucky are we to have so many dining options in a town with a population of fewer than 15,000 people. When I stop to count the number of wonderful restaurants we are blessed with in this area, it boggles my mind. So what are our favourites? The Old Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, 2228 Niagara Stone Rd., 905-468-8900 We love this restaurant for so many reasons. It’s within an easy 10-minute walk from our door, the food is delicious and reasonably priced and, in the summertime, we have the option of sitting indoors or outdoors on the patio. In the bar on Friday and Saturday evenings, we can enjoy live performances by great local musicians along with tasty treats and wine. Open daily for lunch and dinner. The Stone Road Grille, 238 Mary Street, 905-468-3474 This one’s popular with locals who often refer to it as “The Rest.” From the outside, you’d never guess this is an award-winning restaurant and one of the best in town. It’s only about a 15-minute walk from our door and features fresh new twists on classic dishes in an ever-changing menu along with house-made breads, artisanal cheeses and local fruit and produce. It’s a bit pricey but well worth it for special occasions. Open six days a week (closed Mondays) from 11:30 pm to 2:00 p.m. for lunch and from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for dinner. Ginger Restaurant, 390 Mary Street, 905-468-3871 If you love Asian food, you’ll adore Ginger Restaurant. It’s perfect for an intimate evening out or for a relaxed dinner with friends. Manu […]

By |May 18th, 2014|Blog|1 Comment

Memorable Dates in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Well, we can say spring has finally arrived at Globetrotters Bed and Breakfast in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Fruit trees are showing off their pink, white and mauve blooms and that beautiful spring green that I so love covers the landscape. If you haven’t checked us out on Facebook, please do so. We’d love for you to “like” us and help us promote our bed and breakfast. Whirlpool Jet Boats Another sign of spring . . . Whirlpool Jet Boats are open for business. The company had to wait a couple of weeks longer this year because of the ice that was on Lake Erie. That ice flows over the Falls and down the Niagara River to Lake Ontario where the company’s boats are moored. If your date loves water, speed and thrills, this trip is for you. I highly recommend it. You’ll get wet though so be prepared by bringing a full change of clothing (underwear and all)! Movies in the Vineyards You’ll never view movies the same way again. During June and July, join Trius Winery at Hillebrand for wine country’s version of a drive-in movie. Imagine driving up to a winery for your movie date, handing him or her a glass of Trius wine and some of Chef Frank Dodd’s snacks to share, and relaxing on a couple of vineyard lawn chairs to enjoy a classic film favourite under a blanket of stars. Now that’s romantic! Of course, if you really want to impress your date, plan on dinner and a movie. Check out the movie lineup here. Sip and Sizzle Every weekend in May, take your date for lunch at Small Talk Vineyards for a garlic-braised BBQ chicken pizza with sour cream, chives, homemade […]

By |May 10th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off

Outlet Shops Hit Niagara-on-the-Lake

For those who love to shop, the Niagara Outlet Collection (opening May 15, 2014), located at 300 Taylor Road, Niagara on the Lake, is the largest open-air outlet shopping mall in Canada so you may have to extend your visit by a day or two to cover them all. Retail therapy at its best An impressive list of 102 stores and restaurants includes several first-in-Canada outlet locations; the first Bass Pro Shops Outpost concept store, the first Pandora Outlet and the first White House Black Market Outlet, as well as many of the usual stores. Here is the full list of stores, and it is a long one! Adidas Outlet Aldo Outlet American Eagle Outfitters Ardene Outlet Aroma Espresso Bar Banana Republic Factory Store Bass Pro Shops Outpost – First one in Canada! Bath & Body Works BEBE OUTLET Bench Factory Store Big Smoke Burger Boathouse Outlet The Body Shop Outlet BOSS HUGO BOSS Brooks Brothers Factory Store Browns Outlet Buffalo David Bitton Calvin Klein Outlet Carters Osh Kosh Babies & Kids Cellicon Chico’s Outlet – First one in Canada! The Children`s Place Outlet Claire’s Boutique Coach Outlet Cole Haan Columbia Sportswear Crock Outlet Danier Leather Outlet Store DAVIDs TEA DKNY Dynamite ECCO Shoe Factory Outlet Eddie Bauer Famous Footwear Outlet Forever XXI Fossil Outlet Freshly Squeezed Frosted Cupcake Game On Sports Gap Factory Store Gateway Newstands Geox Outlet GNC Guess? Outlet Haggar Clothing Co. Hot Topic Imperial Meats Izod J. Crew Factory Justice Kate Spade Outlet Kavar Boutique La Vie en Rose Lacoste Lindt Outlet L’Occitane Outlet – First one in Canada! Marshalls McDonald’s Michael Hill Outlet – First one in Canada! Michael Kors Outlet Mountain Warehouse Naturalizer Outlet Nike Factory Store Nine West […]

By |May 1st, 2014|Blog|Comments Off