Summer is the perfect time for outdoor picnics, long walks, cycling, roller-blading and wine-tasting tours. And Niagara-on-the-Lake is the perfect place to do it all. But, perhaps you’re looking for some really special experiences this year. Here are some ideas for you and your favourite guy or gal to consider:
VIP Helicopter Tours
Peller Estates is ready to take your winery experience to new heights and experience wine country like never before as you take in breathtaking aerial views of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Lake Ontario, the Niagara River and the Niagara Escarpment. You have to act fast though for this do-not-miss opportunity, which includes a wine tasting in their Estate Room before you embark on your tour. It all happens Saturday, May 21, 2016, and the price is $95 per person plus tax. Book online or call 1-888-673-5537, ext. 2 to reserve your seat.
And once your helicopter tour is done, join in the fun at the 5th annual Food Truck Eats event, May 21–23. It’s the go-to party of the season!
Movies, movies, movies
June is time for lights, camera and vineyards at Trius Winery where Movies in the Vineyard are presented on June 3 (Spectre), 10 (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), 17 (The Martian) and 24 (Pretty in Pink). Gates open at 8:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 9:30 p.m. Tickets for Movie Night are $15 each plus tax and include one great movie, one glass of wine, one souvenir glass and one bag of popcorn. The winery is also offering Dinner & a Movie for $99/person plus tax and gratuities, which includes all of the above as well as a three-course seasonally inspired dinner with wine pairings and the best seats under a canopy of stars. Tickets may be bought online or by calling 1-800-582-8412, ext. 2.
From June 10 to 19, the third annual Niagara Integrated Film Festival will be screening the world’s best independent films under the summer sky in vineyards throughout Niagara. A number of special events are planned, including galas featuring a red-carpet experience with talent on hand to introduce films and answer questions from the audience. Visit the website or call 289-273-0190 for details.
Niagara Sports Practice Centre
With golf and baseball season upon us, it’s time to start practising your swing. Head over to the Niagara Sports Practice Centre at 330 Eastchester Road where you can hit a bucket of golf balls or grab a bat and hit a few balls in the batting cages. Once you’ve perfected your golf swing, check out the historic Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club, nestled along the shores of Lake Ontario. It’s a great spot to have lunch or dinner, too.
On Thursdays and Sundays from May 22 to September 4, Ravine Vineyard in St. David’s is one of our favourite spots to sit back and enjoy live music with performances by brilliant musicians such as Mike Saracen, The Hopyards, The Rhythm Method, Serena Pryne, Angela Siracusa, Ron Hoover, Anthony Di Carlo, Max Ingrao, Honest Frankie, Mel Monaco and Nathan Warriner. Book online or call 905-262-8463.
Five days a week from June to September, Ravine is also launching The Market at Ravine. This casual counter-style venue is located on a brand new deck space that used to house their pizza program. The Market will feature Ravine’s signature ribs, sides and wood-fired vegetarian items.
June and July are especially busy at Ravine for weddings, so be sure to check ahead to make sure they aren’t closed for these special events.
Another popular venue that offers live entertainment from 7 to midnight on Wednesdays (starting May 25), Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (Sundays on long weekends) is the Olde Angel Inn located on Market Street in the heart of Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. If you’re in town over Victoria Day weekend, check out “Open Mic” night with Beau Dixon on Sunday, May 22.
Gardeners can’t wait for this annual favourite. On Saturday, June 4, the 11th Annual Shaw Guild Garden Tour will showcase eight spectacular secret gardens in Old Town. Book tickets online or call the Shaw Festival Box Office at 1-800-511-7429.
On June 18, the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church is hosting its 33rd annual Strawberry Festival, featuring live music, a silent auction, BBQ, baked goods and treats and more. The fun begins at 9 a.m.
Dine by the Light of the Moon
Get ready for a magical night known as The White Effect in Niagara-on-the-Lake as hundreds of diners gather at Queenston Heights on June 16 to break bread and toast friends and family members at their table. You can order catered picnics from Signature Kitchens or bring your own if you like. The only requirement is that you must wear white. So bring your tablecloths and table decor to pimp up your table. Tables and chairs are available on-site and you will receive the meals and wine you ordered upon arrival at the site. The price is $30 per person plus wine and meals. Click here to register, reserve your table and place food/wine orders.
Yes, it looks like this summer’s going to be one big party season in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Posted by Donna S. Vieira, Owner of Globetrotters B&B/Gallery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.