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. 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|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

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|Comments Off

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|Comments Off