Winter in Niagara-on-the-Lake: A Living Postcard

Mother Nature is certainly putting on a spectacular show this year!

First there was ice:

Beautiful ice sculptures by Mother Nature.

Beautiful ice sculptures by Mother Nature.

Frozen droplets on a twig.

Frozen droplets on a twig.

Ice formations on a branch

Ice formations on a branch

A frosty entrance.

A frosty entrance.

Vestiges of fall under ice.

Vestiges of fall under ice.

Portrait by Mother Nature.

Portrait by Mother Nature.

 

and now snow. How beautiful!

A winter wonderland of snow.

A winter wonderland of snow.

Fresh fallen snow on cedar trees in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Fresh fallen snow on cedar trees in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Decorations covered in snow.

Decorations covered in snow.

 

Enhancements compliments of Mother Nature.

Enhancements compliments of Mother Nature.

 

Much prettier powdered with snow.

Much prettier powdered with snow.

A great improvement thanks to Mother Nature.

A great improvement thanks to Mother Nature.

Even our sign looks prettier and more welcoming.

Even our sign looks prettier and more welcoming.

It looks like we'll be having a white Christmas after all!

It looks like we’ll be having a white Christmas after all!

 

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Santa’s Been 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!

All dolled up for the Santa Claus Parade.

All dolled up for the Santa Claus Parade.

Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh...

Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh…

Bundled up and warm.

Bundled up and warm.

Fun for kids -- and kids at heart.

Fun for kids — and kids at heart.

And pets get into the act, too.

And pets get into the act, too.

Pretty enough to grace a Xmas card.

Pretty enough to grace a Xmas card.

Winter in Niagara-on-the-Lake -- a living postcard.

Winter in Niagara-on-the-Lake — a living postcard.

May the magic of the Holiday Season lovingly light up your life throughout the year. We look forward to welcoming you to Globetrotters Bed and Breakfast in Niagara-on-the-Lake in 2014.

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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.

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Join in the fun at The Irish Harp in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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, Fubuki Daiko, Tower of Power, AC/DC, Jim Brickman and Luke McMaster, DINO-Light, the Tall Stories Theatre Company of London, Royal Wood and David Myles, Measha Brueggergosman, The Marigolds & David Francey, Sierra Maestra, jazz guitarist Michael Occhipinti, multiple Grammy Award winning Take 6, Laila Biali, Volcano Theatre, Fred Penner, Peking Acrobats, Amy Helm, the Just for Laughs Roadshow, Michael Ciufo, Chris McKhool, Sultans of String and more. There’s something for the whole family.

See Darlene Love at the Centre for the Arts at Brock University.

See Darlene Love at the Centre for the Arts at Brock University.

 

Niagara Fallsview Casino

Just a 20-minute drive along the Niagara River from Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Fallsview Casino is featuring an impressive lineup that includes Christmas on Ice, Jersey Nights, 38 Special, Alan Jackson, The Commodores, grand illusionists Kevin and Caruso, Billy Ocean, Dierks Bentley, Michael Bolton and Jive Talkin’.

"Oh, what a night" you'll experience at Jersey Nights at the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls.

“Oh, what a night” you’ll experience at Jersey Nights at the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls.

 

Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects

Perhaps one of the best-kept secrets in Niagara, the Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects is located in the Seneca Queen Theatre at 4624 Queen Street in Niagara Falls. The Winter 2014/15 season features such wonderful productions as Shirley Valentine starring Nora McLellan; the hilarious 39 Steps starring Ric Reid, William Vickers, Gray Powell and Marla McLean; and the Ravine. Single tickets range from $15 to $35.

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Enjoy live performances at the Seneca Theatre in Niagara Falls.

Need more reasons to get away to Niagara-on-the-Lake this winter? Call us at 905-468-4021 or 1-866-835-4446. I’m sure we can think of a few more.

 

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Niagara-on-the-Lake bursts into fall

I can see hints of red, orange and yellow on the Niagara Escarpment. The days and nights are cooler. Squirrels are in a frenzy gathering nuts here, there and everywhere. And yesterday, guests found the largest puffball mushroom I have ever seen. All signs that fall is approaching.

Puffball Mushroom

Guests found this large puffball mushroom near Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Much to the delight of seven ladies, Fernando prepared it and served it with Eggs Benedict and Bearnaise Sauce.

Eggs Benedict at Globetrotters B&B in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Eggs Benedict were served on sauteed slice of wild mushroom.

A resounding hit!

Breakfast at Globetrotters B&B in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada

Guests enjoyed it all with gusto and they're looking forward to the wild mushroom soup for lunch.

And he had plenty more to make a huge pot of wild mushroom soup, which we’ll enjoy for lunch with a loaf of fresh-baked bread.

 

The Wine Ladies

We had a blast guiding Georgia and Susanne — a.k.a. The Wine Ladies — around Niagara-on-the-Lake earlier this week in preparation for the Niagara-on-the-Lake Bed & Breakfast Association‘s 14-week Fall 2012 campaign during which six two-night getaway packages will be given away. All you have to do to enter the draw is tweet to win: #NiagaraB&BTWLContest. Enter as often as you want. You could be a lucky winner of a two-night stay at a B&B or vacation rental in Niagara-on-the-Lake, plus perks, such as a $100 gift certificate toward dinner for two at Ravine Winery Restaurant or at the Epicurean Restaurant; a $300 gift basket from The Ice House; a welcome bottle of wine from Stonechurch Winery; a tour and strawberry chocolate dipping lesson at Chocolate F/X; a $100 gift certificate toward a wine tour for two with Grape Escape; free entry to the Niagara Historical Museum!

 

The Wine Ladies at Pillitteri

The Wine Ladies enjoy a white-wine tasting and Tide & Dine lunch at Pillitteri Winery Estates in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The Wine Ladies at Between the Lines Winery

The Wine Ladies sample Ontario Vidal wines available exclusively at Between the Lines Winery.

The Wine Ladies at Chocolate F/X

There's nothing better than a wine goblet full of chocolate to end a long day of touring.

 

Taste the Season

Another indication that fall is around the corner is the very popular, must-do Taste the Season event that happens every weekend in November. Start planning now. There are two great ways to taste your way around our close-knit neighbourhood of 28 wineries during the upcoming harvest and winemaking season:

Taste the Season touring passes cost $44.25 per person plus taxes and can be used ANY Friday, Saturday or Sunday in November 2012 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Touring passes can be purchased online or call 905-468-1950.

Visiting 28 wineries during one trip to wine country is a tall order, so Taste the Season organizers have come up with the Winemakers’ Selections Tasting Pass, which you are welcome to use at all 28 wineries, year-round. Buy your Winemakers’ Selection Tasting Pass today for $28 per person online or call 905-468-1950.

 

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Tweet to win 1 of 6 Niagara-on-the-Lake Getaways

What would you do on a two-night getaway in Niagara-on-the-Lake? We think we have some great ideas for you. And now you have a chance to win one of six two-night getaways plus perks in Niagara-on-the-Lake compliments of the Niagara-0n-the-Lake Bed & Breakfast Association. All you have to do is tweet to win! The twitter ID is #NiagaraB&BTWLContest. For full details on each prize package and how to enter, visit: http://www.thewineladies.com/component/content/article/38-top-stories-the-wine-ladies/1428-tweet-to-win-over-350000-in-prizes-with-the-niagara-bed-and-breakfast. Enter as many times as you want.

Terry Fox Run

If you’re heading our way this coming weekend, the Terry Fox Run takes place in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Sunday, September 16. Run, walk, rollerblade or cycle the wheelchair-accessible route — it’s up to you. Route lengths are 5 or 10 kilometres. Registration begins at 9 a.m. in Simcoe Park; the run begins at 10 a.m. Following the run, there will be a BBQ and a Treasures for Terry table filled with giveaways from various sponsors.

Jazz it up this weekend!

Also on Sunday, September 16, from 1 to 6 p.m., enjoy the great sounds of Peter Appleyard, the Vickie van Dyke Trio, Craig Roberts & the Jumpin Jive Band and Vintage Stompers, with Valerie Pringle as your M.C. It’s the 10th Annual Willowbank Jazz Festival and it all takes place at Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery in St. David’s. They’re predicting great weather this weekend, so why not make a day of it. Run in the morning; celebrate all afternoon! There will be 30 fabulous silent auction items. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online from Willowbank, by calling 905-262-1239, Ext. 21, or in person at Willowbank or Ravine Winery.

Ravine Vineyard is located at 1366 York Road in St. David's.

Taste of the Town

Foodies might be interested in this new tour of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Now you can eat your way through the prettiest town in Canada, one taste at a time! The 2.5-hour tour is available Tuesday to Sunday, April through November and starts at 10:30 a.m. All food tastings are included — enough for lunch. Cost is $45/adult; $40/senior; $30/youth and $20/child. Visit their website or call 1-800-838-3006.

Taste a little bit of everything with Taste the Town Tours in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

History buffs unite

On Thursday, September 20 at 7 p.m. at Navy Hall, join fellow War of 1812 enthusiasts for a fun-filled night based on military and social history of the early 19th century. Tickets are $25 each by calling 905-468-6621. There will be a cash bar and light snacks on site.

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Tour a Heritage Home in Niagara-on-the-Lake

The very popular annual Niagara Foundation House Tour is back again. Celebrating its 50th year, the tour runs from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, September 15, 2012.

Celebrating 50 years of outstanding properties.

The annual house tour showcases six properties in Niagara-on-the-Lake, each of unique architectural or historical significance.

Tickets cost $25 each and will be available for pick-up at the Chamber of Commerce office  in the Lower Level of the Court House located at 26 Queen Street.

Order tickets online at niagaraonthelake.com or call 905-468-1950.

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RCMP Musical Ride Hits Niagara-on-the-Lake

It’s finally coming! The RCMP Musical Ride will take place at Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 6:30 pm. Gates open at 5:30 pm and a limited number of tickets will be available at that time. So, to ensure your seat at the ride, we recommend you purchase your tickets in advance.

Renowned as one of Canada’s most recognized icons, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Musical Ride represents a colourful Canadian tradition. The troop of 32 horses and riders will perform a variety of cavalry drills choreographed to music. Working through a unique medium, they support the RCMP community policing efforts throughout Canada.

The Musical Ride was developed in 1876 by early members of the North-West Mounted Police to display their riding ability and entertain the local community. It has evolved over the decades into a uniquely Canadian performance enjoyed by tens of thousands of spectators every year.
 
Members of the Musical Ride are first and foremost police officers. They all have at least two years’ experience in active police work before volunteering for duty with the Musical Ride. Surprisingly, most have no prior riding experience.
 
Tickets for the RCMP Musical Ride are on sale at the Friends of Fort George Gift Shop! Ticket prices are as follows: Adults $15; children (6–16) $10; and family (two adults and up to five children) $45.

Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake is a National Historic Site and will be hosting the RCMP Musical Ride at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2012.

 
Seating is ground seating inside Fort George so we recommend bringing a lawn chair or blanket with you. Coffee, cold drinks, and light snacks will be available inside the Fort during the performance.
 
The Friends of Fort George Gift Shop will have extended hours from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm. RCMP-related merchandise will be available while quantities last.
 
All proceeds go to the Friends of Fort George for continued support of Summer Employment & Additional Programming at Fort George National Historic site.
 
For additional information: please contact Friends of Fort George:  telephone 905-468-6621 or e-mail: admin@friendsoffortgeorge.ca.  

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Passionate about Niagara?

Join the group. Here’s a fun video that says it all:

 

Just sit back and enjoy it.

 

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Enjoy the Sunshine in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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 town.

Niagara Waterfront Trail

Cycle along the Great Waterfront Trail from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Niagara Falls and even Fort Erie if you want.

–   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. 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.

Horseback riding in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Ride horseback through the vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

–   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 beer on one of the many outdoor terraces throughout Niagara-on-the-Lake.

–   Play a nine-hole game of golf—or two—at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course, the oldest golf course in continuous play in North America. Or practise hitting some balls at the Niagara Sports Practice Centre off Niagara Stone Road or the Unison Golf & Practice Facility on Lakeshore Road.

Golf in Niagara-on-the-Lake

With so many courses to choose from, Niagara-on-the-Lake is perfect for a golf getaway.

–   Tour the Botanical Gardens on the Niagara Parkway.

–   Take a Whirlpool Jet Boat ride.

–   Ride the Maid of the Mist for an amazing experience at the Falls.

–   Visit Happy Rolph’s Petting Farm and Bird Sanctuary.

–   Ride the SkyWheel in Niagara Falls.

–   Visit Fort George and experience how people lived prior to 1812.

–   Book a winery tour.

–   Swim at the community pool located at Memorial Park, 370 King Street. Cost: $2.75 for adults; $2.25 for seniors and students; free for under 5.

–  Organize a game of tennis, baseball, soccer or volleyball at Memorial Park located. Visit location to book tennis courts ($12.50/hr.). Baseball, soccer and volleyball courts are free.

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Explore and Experience Niagara

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 four kilometres through the Niagara Glen.

–   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.

Climb to the top of Brock's Monument for a spectacular view of the Niagara Frontier.

–   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.

Spend a lovely afternoon at the Botanical Gardens.

–   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 is grown and distilled into essential oils and creams. It’s free! Then enjoy a taste of lavender ice cream.

–   Book an 1812 walking tour of Old Town Niagara-on-the-Lake. It’s only $5 per person and includes admission to the Niagara Historical Museum.

–   Attend a lecture at the “Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake” series, scheduled at the Niagara Historical Museum at 7:30 p.m. on July 21, August 18 and September 15. $5 for non-members.

–   Take a backstage tour at the Festival Theatre at 11am (10:30am for families) Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays to find out what goes into theatre productions. Cost $5 for a one-hour tour.

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