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.
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
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 [...]
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, [...]
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, [...]
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: [...]
Welcome to Niagara-on-the-Lake. You’re one of 18 million visitors who flock to the Niagara Region every year to enjoy all the incredible things there are to do and see. So much so that TripAdvisor named Niagara-on-the-Lake one of the top 25 must-see destinations in Canada. Our little town was also named the top wine and food destination in the country. Are you a thrill seeker or do you prefer culture and learning? Either way there is much to explore, plenty of yummy cuisines to taste and stores to tempt the most reluctant shopper in your family. So what are you waiting for? TOP 5 MUST-DOS: The Shaw Festival: Take in a live stage performance at one of the four theatres in town. Performances take place at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in all theatres every day except Mondays. Ticket prices range from $24 for students to $106 for Platinum on a summer weekend. Too expensive? Ask about Super Sundays, preview tickets or $30 tickets for patrons under 30. If you don’t have time to take in a performance, for $4.75 take an hour-long guided backstage tour at 11 a.m. (10 a.m. for families) at the Festival Theatre on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Fort George: See how life was prior to 1812, talk to the people, watch re-enactments and much more. Fun for the whole family. Guided Town Tours: A number of walking and motorized tours are available. Take a Ghost Walk Tour of town or Fort George. Or perhaps you prefer a historic perspective. Or how about a Mystery on the Lake tour, which combines a scavenger hunt and history? For those who prefer to ride, there are horse-drawn carriage tours and trolley tours. [...]
Join the group. Here’s a fun video that says it all: Just sit back and enjoy it.
Sun-filled days are always easy to plan for—especially since there is so much to do here in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The challenge is making up your mind: - Cycling is a great way to explore the natural beauty of Niagara-on-the-Lake and surrounding countryside thanks to an increasing number of maintained and signposted off-road cycling trails available. Bring your own bike or rent a bike from ZOOM Rentals, Grape Escape or International Bike Tours here in Niagara-on-the-Lake. - E-bikes or e-scooters, short for “electric bicycle,” are the newest craze in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Rent one at E-Skoot Niagara on Mary Street, Grape Escape on King or International Bike Tours on Picton. - Picnic along the Niagara River, at Queen’s Royal Park on Lake Ontario or at Queenston Heights Park on the Niagara Escarpment where picnic tables and barbecues await you. Pick up cheese, cold cuts, fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh bread and a salad at any of the many area markets. Oh yes, and don’t forget to pick up a bottle of your favourite flavoured olive oil and balsamic vinegar from OliV! Add a local bottle of wine and enjoy. - Roller-blade, stroll or run along the paved trails that run along the Niagara River or along the tree-lined streets of Niagara-on-the-Lake. - Horseback ride through vineyards or the wooded trails along the Niagara Escarpment. - Hike the gorge along the Niagara River to get a feel for what the area once was like before the tourists came along. A staircase leads you down into the gorge. Bring a picnic and watch fishermen try their luck. - Take a self-guided or guided walking tour of Niagara-on-the-Lake. - Enjoy a bite to eat and a glass of wine or a cold [...]
Okay, so we all know about the Shaw Festival, the Falls and Marineland, but what else can we do in the Niagara area, you ask? Plenty. Here are some suggestions if you find yourself in Niagara-on-the-Lake or surrounding area: - Try geocaching and really get to know the area. – Take the stairway down to a pristine pocket of Carolinian Forest and walk around among tall trees and huge rocks at the river’s edge in the cool Niagara Glen to get a sense of how things were before tourists came. The Niagara Glen overlooks the Niagara River Whirlpool, a unique natural phenomenon. - Hike the trails along the Niagara Escarpment. - Cycle or e-scoot your way through the countryside. - Visit one of many museums and historic sites located throughout Niagara-on-the-Lake and surrounding area; enjoy tea and a treat at the McFarland House. – Climb 235 steps to the top of Brock’s Monument for $1 or tour the battlefield at Queenston Heights with costumed staff and enjoy a spectacular view of the Niagara Frontier. Pack a picnic and a bottle of Niagara wine and relax a while or cool off at the splash pad. - Book a ghost walk tour ($13/adult; $10/senior; $5/child 13 & under) and learn all about all the paranormal activity that goes on here. - Tour a winery or several (there are 28 in Niagara-on-the-Lake alone); ask your B&B hosts for some complimentary wine-tasting coupons. – Saunter through the Botanical Gardens and admire the bloomin’ scenery. - Visit the Niagara College Teaching Winery and the Niagara College Teaching Brewery to learn a thing or two about making wine or beer. - Tour the NEOB Lavender Boutique & Tea Garden to learn how lavender [...]