Tips on Booking a B&B in Niagara-on-the-Lake

What matters to you when booking accommodation 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 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 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 the east), you’ll be within an easy five- to 30-minute […]

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

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