April Showers Bring May Flowers to Niagara-on-the-Lake

At least that’s what they say. The sun is out however it’s a bit cool here at Globetrotters Bed and Breakfast in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Tomorrow — Easter Sunday — promises to be warmer so we’re looking forward to taking in some rays. In the meantime, Fernando is busy sanding and repainting our covered veranda deck so it should be done sometime next week — weather permitting. Some of the vines and trees are starting to show signs of life so Mother Nature is off to a good start. Niagara-on-the-Lake is renowned for its lovely gardens, flower beds and hanging baskets along Queen Street. Residents also take great pride in keeping their yards picture-perfect. In fact, many of our guests prefer to walk between our bed and breakfast and Queen Street so they have time to admire the gardens and take photos along the way. The array of scents and colours they’re exposed to awakens their senses. One reason why there is so much interest in gardening here is due in part to the variety of garden centres in the immediate area. Our unique microclimate places Niagara-on-the-Lake in the plant hardiness zones ranging from 6a to 7a. The earth is also very rich so plants love it here and thrive, often growing much larger than they do anywhere else in Ontario. As a result, Niagara-on-the-Lake gardeners love to experiment. Mori Gardens is open so I’ll be heading there in early May to check out what’s new in gardening trends. They always have such an amazing selection of plants, pots and garden decor ideas and staff are always willing to offer free advice. Some of our guests come in all the way from Ottawa and Oshawa for a [...]

By |April 19th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

WIN A TRIP TO NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

Here are two online contests you should know about: OnTheGo: Just go online to enter the draw for a romantic getaway for two in Niagara-on-the-Lake, which includes a two-night stay at a bed and breakfast including breakfast, a cycling wine tour with Grape Escape, a $100 certificate toward dinner at the Epicurean Restaurant, a tour of Chocolate F/X and a Truffle Gift Pack, and two bottles of wine from Reif Winery. JAZZ-FM 91.1 FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN: Listeners who donate between April 30 and May 11 will have a chance to win one of three amazing getaways: GETAWAY #1 (VALUE: $630): Two nights at a bed and breakfast including breakfast, an afternoon wine tour for two with Grape Escape, and a bottle of Northern Icewine 2007. GETAWAY #2 (value: $550): Two nights at a bed and breakfast including breakfast, dinner for two at the Epicurean Restaurant, and a bottle of Northern Icewine 2007. GETAWAY #3 (value: $530): Two nights at a bed and breakfast including breakfast, a personal tour for two at the Chocolate F/X Factory and a Truffle Gift Pack, and a bottle of Northern Icewine 2007. Posted by Donna Vieira, Proprietor of Globetrotters Bed and Breakfast in Niagara-on-the-Lake

By |April 7th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

SPRING HAS SPRUNG AT GLOBETROTTERS BED AND BREADKFAST IN NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

Well, it’s finally here! Daytime temperatures are reaching double-digit figures, the likes of which we haven’t seen since fall 2013. Time to shed the mitts, hats and scarves, put away the shovels and tend to the garden. Fernando is thinking up new recipes with which to delight you. The tables are set up out under our outdoor breakfast pergola. Yes, I know it’s still a bit cool to eat out there, but we’re trying to encourage Spring to start blooming and Summer to make an early debut. WHAT’S NEW IN NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE FOR 2014? While I could go on for days about what’s coming down the pike here in Niagara-on-the-Lake, here are a few to get you planning your next getaway at Globetrotters Bed and Breakfast in Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival has begun its new season, which includes Man and the Arms, Cabaret, The Philadelphia Story, The Philanderer, The Charity That Began at Home, The Sea, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, When we are Married, Juno and the Paycock and The Mountaintop. You may have heard that the Maid of the Mist tour of Niagara Falls no longer operates out of the Ontario side. But fear not! Hornblower Niagara Cruises have arrived. Featuring a fleet of three custom-designed, state-of-the-art tour boats and a variety of tour options, Hornblower is breathing new life into this iconic Canadian sightseeing adventure. Hornblower’s two custom-designed 700-passenger catamarans offer the best views possible of the three waterfalls (the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls) that make up “The Falls” and the greatest number of tour options ever offered, including The Voyage to The Falls with departures every 15 minutes; Sunset Cocktail Cruises; Falls Illumination Cruises; and Falls Fireworks [...]

By |April 7th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Winter in Niagara-on-the-Lake: A Living Postcard

Mother Nature is certainly putting on a spectacular show this year! First there was ice: And now snow. How beautiful! Posted by Donna Vieira of Globetrotters Bed and Breakfast, Niagara-on-the-Lake.

By |December 24th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Santa’s Come and Gone

But we’re still here ready to welcome you to Niagara-on-the-Lake… As expected, our favourite visitor, jolly ol’ St. Nick, came to Niagara-on-the-Lake on Saturday, December 14. It’s a standing date. On the second Saturday of every December, Santa arrives on schedule much to the delight of residents and visitors alike. Here are a few memories of his most recent visit captured by photographer Bill Watson. Enjoy! Posted by Donna Vieira of Globetrotters Bed and Breakfast in Niagara-on-the-Lake

By |December 24th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Embrace Winter in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Pristine winter landscapes . . . twinkling lights . . . award-winning wineries and tantalizing culinary experiences . . . unique boutiques . . . museums and art galleries . . . cosy accommodation . . . heart-warming hospitality . . . delicious homemade breakfasts . . . making new acquaintances . . . These are just a few of the reasons why visitors enjoy bed and breakfast getaways at Globetrotters Bed and Breakfast in Niagara-on-the-Lake. But did you know about the live entertainment available in the area? Wine Bars, Pubs and Lounges Just a quick 10-minute walk from our door, the Old Winery features live music in their wine bar on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Just a two-minute drive away (or a brisk 20-minute walk if you prefer not to drive), the Old Angel Inn rocks on Friday and Saturday evenings as does The Irish Harp on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And be sure to check out Cork’s on the main street to see what entertainment they’re featuring on any given night. In St. David’s, Ravine Winery invites you to settle into their lounge with a nice glass of wine and a hand-sliced charcuterie plate that’s to die for as you listen to music performed by local artists. Centre for the Arts at Brock University From November through May, the Centre for the Arts at Brock University hosts amazing performances by such brilliant artists as Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, the University Wind Ensemble, the Manhattan Transfer, Chorus Niagara, Ballet Jörgen Canada, Darlene Love, the Leahy Family, John McDermott, Fabuki Daiko, Tower of Power, AC/DC, Jim Brickman and Luke McMaster, DINO-Light, the Tall [...]

By |December 24th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Yes, We’re Open!

Many of our guests ask whether we remain open during the winter. Yes! The only time we may close is for maintenance or if we are taking a break ourselves. Otherwise, if the room is available, you can assume we’re open for business and eager to welcome you to Niagara-on-the-Lake. There are so many reasons to visit the Niagara Region during the late fall, winter and early spring. First of all, the crowds are gone so you can tour the area, Niagara Falls and the wineries without any hassle. It’s a great place to spend a weekend out in the country, away from the city. Theatre in Niagara continues. Wonderful performances, acts and events take place throughout the fall and winter seasons at the Centre for the Arts at Brock University in St. Catharines, at the Lyndesfarne Theatre in Niagara Falls and at the Niagara Falls Casino Resort where The Tenors and Bette Midler are scheduled to perform. Here are a few more reasons to consider a winter getaway in Niagara-on-the-Lake: NOVEMBER: Taste the Season is the must-do event of the season. Seasonally-inspired VQA wine and food pairings take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Touring passes are $44.25/person (plus HST) and can be purchased online at www.wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com/taste-the-season. On November 7, “In the Grip of the Eagle: Trial, Tribulation & Dinner” combines a wonderful dining experience with period music. For tickets, call 905-468-3912. DECEMBER: This month is filled with events and merriment. For instance, on December 6 & 7, there are the Rotary Holiday House Tour (6 & 7), the Candlelight Stroll (6), The Night of the Phoenix (7) and Niagara on Fire (6 & 7). On December 14, [...]

By |October 25th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments
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    What’s New at Globetrotters B&B, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada What’s New at Globetrotters B&B, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada

    What’s New at Globetrotters B&B, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada

What’s New at Globetrotters B&B, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada

Owning a bed and breakfast is always a work in progress. In anticipation of your upcoming visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake this summer, we’ve been busy making changes at Globetrotters B&B to enhance your comfort and enjoyment during your stay with us. If you like what you see, just click here to reserve your favourite guest quarters today. BRAND NEW FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT If you’ve been here before, you won’t believe the changes we’ve made to our backyard garden. We’ve added a paved area and a covered gazebo, where Fernando serves his famous breakfasts, weather permitting. Guests love it! The area is also open to you should you decide to enjoy some appetizers and wine you’ve picked up before you head out to dinner or a Shaw performance. Our popular covered veranda now features a conversation corner with four chairs as well a couple of bistro tables and chairs. A wrought-iron gazebo with a bistro table and chairs adorns our front deck and offers a quiet spot for you to relax as you spend a lazy afternoon reading or an evening watching the sunset. A SPA-LIKE ENSUITE FOR THE CRYSTAL PALACE Early this year, we completely gutted the private ensuite washroom in our Crystal Palace on the main floor and replaced it with state-of-the-art European fixtures and a roomier designer spa-like walk-in shower. You’ll love the results! NEW TASTES AND FLAVOURS AWAIT YOU Fernando is always looking for ways to enhance his breakfasts. We don’t want to give away his secrets, but a new store called OliV just opened in town and he’s creating magic with their huge variety of flavours. As always, he’s happy to share his recipes with you — provided you’re a cherished guest, [...]

By |June 13th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

The Sounds of Music Take Centre Stage in Niagara-on-the-Lake

July and August are always musical months in Niagara-on-the-Lake. And there’s something for everyone. MUSIC NIAGARA This varied and entertaining program features several remarkable performers, many with worldwide reputations. Upcoming performances include: • Opening Gala—Anúna: Friday, July 12, 7:30pm at St. Mark’s Church, $40 • Stewart Goodyear—An all-Beethoven Evening, Saturday, July 13, 7:30 pm at St. Mark’s, $40 • The Music of 1812: Sunday, July 14, 12 noon at St. Mark’s, $20 • The Lincoln and Welland Regiment Association Band: Sunday, July 14 at 2pm at Simcoe Park, free • The Horse Flies: Sunday, July 14, 7:30pm at Ravine, $35 • The New Zealand String Quartet: Monday, July 15, 2pm at St. Mark’s, $35 • The Great Debate—Wagner vs the World: Monday, July 15, 7:30pm at St. Mark’s, $35 • The Music of 1812: Thursday, July 18, 2pm at Niagara-on-the-Lake Historical Museum, $35 • André Laplante: Thursday, July 18, 7:30pm at St. Mark’s, $40 • Jay Leonhard: Friday, July 19, 7:30pm at Small Talk Vineyards, $35 • Music and Wine—The Toronto Consort: Saturday, July 20, 11:30am at Trius, $20 • The Gryphon Trio: Saturday, July 20, 7:30pm at St. Mark’s, $45 • Jazz on the Patio—The John Sherwood Trio: Saturday, July 20, 9:30pm at Epicurean, $20 • Music for Families: Sunday, July 21, 12 noon at St. Mark’s, $15 • Araz Dance Company: Sunday, July 21, 2pm at Simcoe Park, free • The Vienna Piano Trio: Sunday, July 21, 7:30pm at St. Mark’s, $35 • The Elora Festival Singers: Monday, July 22, 7:30pm at St. Mark’s, $40 • The Music of 1812: Wednesday, July 14, 2pm at St. Mark’s, $35 • New Country Rehab: Friday, July 26, 7:30pm at Small Talk Vineyards, $35 • Young [...]

Free in Niagara, Ontario!

Music to your ears, right? Let’s go! – Beautiful Drives: Take a beautiful drive along the Niagara Parkway from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Fort Erie. Or drive along Lakeshore Road west to Port Dalhousie and on to Jordan Village. – Viewing the Falls: Awesome during the day and spectacular at night with coloured lights and fireworks (on Friday and Sunday nights during the peak season). – Table Rock Welcome Centre, Niagara Falls: Take in the terrific views from the second floor Grand Hall and Horseshoe Landing Patio Terrace next to the elevator. – Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls: Need a break from touring? Relax in the beautiful gardens filled with stately trees. – Maid of the Mist Plaza, Niagara Falls: Take in the beautiful view of all three falls. There’s also a souvenir shop and snackbar on site. – The two casinos, Niagara Falls: It’s up to you what you spend. The Fallsview Casino has a lovely concourse full of shops and a gorgeous view of the Falls. – The Power Plant: In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Power Plant presents two exhibitions: Kerry Tribe: Speak, Memory and Dissenting Histories: 25 Years of The Power Plant. The gallery has also launched its ALL YEAR, ALL FREE program. – Niagara Parks Floral Showcase: Enjoy this beautiful seasonal garden and a tropic greenhouse. – Fragrance Garden: This is found beside and behind the floral showcase. The focus here is on scent and touch. There are also water features, sculptures and topiary. – Dufferin Islands, Niagara Falls: Head off to this quiet, secluded 10-acre park on the Parkway featuring several small islands connected by small bridges and footpaths. A beautiful place for a picnic. – Thompson’s Point, Niagara Falls: [...]

By |June 1st, 2013|Blog|1 Comment