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

Niagara-on-the-Lake Rocks!

Bet you never thought you’d see those words come together. But get-togethers are really what Niagara-on-the-Lake is all about. Especially in the summer when families, friends and strangers swoop down on our little village nestled on the southern shores of Lake Ontario. A foodies’ extravaganza!? Every Wednesday evening until September 18 from 4:30 p.m. to dusk, the SupperMarket comes to town featuring amazing food vendors, local wines and beers, and entertainment. Bring your own acrylic wine glass or purchase a reusable GoVino glass for $2 on-site. Parking is available at the site or off Niven Road. Located at 111 Garrison Village Drive (across from Jackson-Triggs Winery), the SupperMarket is just a 10-minute walk from Globetrotters Bed and Breakfast. Let the noise begin!? The Earth & Sky MusicMarkets bring together a delightful mélange of air, food, wine, crafts and sound on the grounds of Château des Charmes Winery. This hub of celebration features workshops, seminars and even the direct involvement of a local recording studio with loads more to come. Entrance and parking to this pay-as-you-go event are free. Join the fun: May 19, June 30, August 4 or September 1. Not just for film buffs!? The Niagara Integrated Film Festival will run June 19 to 22 in Niagara-on-the-Lake and other Niagara locations. Programs include “Filmalicious,” a spectacular “dinner and a movie” event hosted at some of the region’s most fabulous vineyards; “Film Feast” featuring events at eight of Niagara’s wineries where you can sample a flight of vintages of each, accompanied by exquisitely prepared hors d’oeuvres and a selection of intriguing short films; and “Niagara Rises.” Tickets range from $15 for a regular movie and $50 for the Gala, which includes a cocktail reception, to […]

By |April 30th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off

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|Comments Off

Foraging for Food in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Can’t make up your mind where to eat in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Here’s a unique solution for you and a couple of special events you might want to consider. Foodies unite! Niagara Culinary Tours is a relatively new company, which offers the unique experience of a walking food tour that incorporates a perfect blend of culture, food and history. Think of it as speed dating with restaurants during which you savour what Niagara’s locally-owned and operated eateries have to offer. Each Niagara Culinary Tour visits several local restaurants where you will have a taste of Niagara cuisine and meet chefs, owners and friendly hospitality professionals. Along the way your guide will talk about the history of the area and point out cultural landmarks, as well as the farm-to-table, current food and wine trends and, of course, Niagara VQA wines. You will get a chance to eat, walk and embrace your inner foodie! Tours run Friday to Sunday with a start time of 1:30 pm and are limited to 12 persons. Tickets are $55/person and include tour and food tastings at a minimum of five culinary partners. The walk is a flat three- to four-kilometre loop. Vegetarian options are available upon request. Special events On June 8 and October 5, 2014, Niagara Culinary Tours will host special events called “Foraging, Fabulous Food and Fine Wine”, along with culinary partners, Puck’s Plenty, Southbrook Vineyards and The Yellow Pear. These full-day events (from 1:30 to 7:30 pm) cost $125/person and include a 2 to 2.5-hour professionally guided foraging hike; a behind-the-scenes tour of Southbrook Vineyards, a LEED-certified, biodynamic winery; dinner created by The Yellow Pear at Southbrook Vineyards with accompanying wine pairings; and a take-away gift. Dinner-only tickets are also […]

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

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|Comments Off

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. http://www.versata.com/loans-no-paperwork-instant-cash 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 […]

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

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|Comments Off

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|Comments Off