Things to do in Niagara Falls with your Love

Things to do in Niagara Falls with your Love

With the big romantic Hallmark day just around the corner, there is always the question of what to do with your love. And often times that can be A LOT of pressure for one day. While we are big supporters of showing the one you love you appreciate and adore them, our belief is you don’t have to dedicate one day of the year to show them.  So rather than focusing on one day, we are calling the whole month of February – the month of LOVE. Plus if you live in Canada, we certainly need something to celebrate in February, because let’s be honest with ourselves, we’re all silently (or maybe loudly) counting down to Spring.

Here are all the fabulous romantic things to do in Niagara Falls with your favourite someone:

For the Love of Music 

There are a lot of Niagara Falls Concerts for all music enthusiasts happening on both sides of the border.

Seneca Niagara Casino 

Richard Marx (solo) – February 18th (a favourite with the ladies)

Hotel California Eagle Tribute – February 20th (what a great tribute)

Tracy Morgan – February 26th (it’s a night full of laughter)

Fallsview Casino

Taylor Dane – February 12th (okay, it’s a little girly, but it’s because you love her)

Michael Bolton – February 13th and 14th (the ladies love Michael)

Dancing Pros Live – February 18th – 25th (do it for her)

Little Big Town – February 27th and 28th (you’ll be in her good books if you can get tickets for this one)

For the Love of Wine – Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries

Days of Wine and Chocolate – Feb 6th – Feb. 28th (weekends in February). 

It’s a weekend filled with VQA wines and decadently sweet and savoury chocolate pairings (need we say more). 23 Wineries. Touring passes are $35 each.

Wine & Paint Classes – 13th Street Winery – Feb. 8th or Feb. 15th – 6pm – 9pm

Let wine inspire your inner artist during a three hour painting class led by local artists, Melanie Davies Persia or Julie Snider. Classes are $44.95 per class.

Snowshoeing in the Vineyards – Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30am and 1:30pm until the end of March – Thirty Bench Winery.
Get ready for a truly unique, Canadian experience this winter and snowshoe or hike through Thirty Bench’s Riesling vineyards! A local Snowshoe expert will teach you tips and best trekking methods while their wine consultant guides you through samples of Thirty Bench wines amongst the snow covered vines. Afterwards, enjoy a warm cup of soup from The Good Earth, while sitting outside by the fire. $30 per guest, exclusive of taxes. Includes snowshoes, guided trek, wine tastings, and a Thirty Bench souvenir GoVino glass to take home, as well as a warm cup of soup from The Good Earth.

*Soup is Vegan and gluten free

**If mother nature fails to blanket the vineyards with snow, the event will still proceed as a hike through the vineyards. Please provide 48 hours’ notice to cancel your reservation for a full refund. Also, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your start time.

Chicks and Chocolate – Peller Estates Winery

Spend an afternoon with the chicks that you love in your life. From Monday – Friday at 2pm and weekends at 2pm and 4pm, visit Peller Estates Winery for wine and chocolate pairings. Plus learn how the two in combination complement each other and can awaken your senses (the educational aspect and the antioxidants from the chocolate (if dark) and wine will make you feel good).

For the Love of Food – Niagara Falls Restaurants

For all the steak and seafood lovers out there, come and celebrate the month of love at The Keg Steakhouse + Bar, located in the lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls. Start with some shareable appetizers, such as Mushrooms Neptune or the Baked Brie. For the main course, you can never go wrong with the Keg classics: Prime Rib, Top Sirloin or a Filet Mignon (this is making me hungry just writing about it). End your romantic evening with their famous Billy Miner pie, crème brulée or sweet minis (a fudge brownie and mango brulée) and be sure to ask for two spoons.

For the Love of Sleep

Nothing is more romantic than getting away for a few days. The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls has a few sweet Niagara Falls Romance Package Deals right now. Our favourite is the Ultimate One Night Romance Package starting at $119 per night which includes: accommodations, breakfast buffet, dinner voucher for The Keg or T.G.I. Fridays, cocktails at the Keg, a bottle of wine and keepsake glasses, hershey kisses, wine tasting, beer tasting, cheese tasting, fudge tasting and a lavender culinary experience and shuttle passes. At this price, how can you resist?

Out of all the Niagara Falls Hotels, the Courtyard is just footsteps from all of the fun: Niagara Falls, Casino Niagara, the Fallsview Casino, Journey Behind the Falls and other Niagara Falls attractions. Check out all the fun in our latest Courtyard Video.

Make room for a little fun this whole month of love.

Niagara Icewine Festival

Niagara Wine Festival & More

Warm up your January with a trip to the Niagara Icewine Festival and other Wintry Niagara Falls Events. Here’s what’s happening for the rest of January:

Peller Estates’ Winery

Icewine Marshmallow Roasting over an Open Fire – 11am – 5pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until January 31st

Back again by popular demand!  Enjoy a taste … or two … of Peller’s award-winning Icewines, followed by an opportunity to toast Winery Chef and CityLine personality Jason Parsons’ delectable Icewine marshmallows over an open fire.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival – January 23rd – 24th

Embrace the Winter by seeing Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Queen Street transform into an Icewine and Culinary Winter Wonderland.

Purchase a discovery pass and explore the Icewine route starting at $40 per pass. Check out the list of participating wineries.

Icewine Festival at the Scotiabank Convention Centre – January 29th – 31st

Niagara Falls is thrilled to be part of this delicious experience for the second year at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. From January 29th -31st,  enjoy Icewine from 15 participating wineries along with some culinary creations and live entertainment.

Niagara Falls Casino Shows

January is full of entertainment with tons of Niagara Falls Casino Shows to choose from:

Niagara Fallsview Casino

  • Mimi Choo – January 18th
  • World Rock Symphony Orchestra – January 22nd – 30th

Seneca Niagara Casino

  • Bobby Rydell – January 16th
  • Whoopi Goldberg – January 22nd
  • Buffalo Bridal Expo – January 24th
  • Joan Osborne -January 29th

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

The Wonder continues until January 31st with 3 Million Twinkling lights and displays. You’ve got to check out the incredible displays at Dufferin Islands and along the Niagara Parkway.

Niagara Falls Fireworks and Illumination Schedule

The spectacular Niagara Falls Fireworks displays and Illumination also continue into January.

Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks over the Falls every Friday night starting at 9pm.

Niagara River Lions

The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is also proud to support the NEW Canadian Professional Basketball team, the Niagara River Lions. Come out to an exciting game of basketball and cheer on the Niagara River Lions. Check out their schedule to see what game works for you.

Niagara Falls Shows

The Skate Niagara Ice Show is back for the second year at the Meridian Centre on February 26th starting at 7:30pm. This spectacular Ice Show features your ice performer favourites, from Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to Kurt Browning and hometown sweetheart Kristen Moore-Towers with her partner Michael Marinaro. New skaters this year include the 2015 World Champion, Javier Fernandez and Nancy Kerrigan. Get your tickets before this incredible show sells out.

Make Niagara Falls part of your New Year Tradition. The Courtyard by Marriott is one of the top 4-star Niagara Falls hotels located in the “centre of it all,” just minutes from Niagara Falls and all of these exciting Niagara Falls attractions and events.

Book our Ultimate One Night Package, starting at $109 per night. This is one of the best Niagara Falls Hotels Deals and includes: accommodations, breakfast buffet, dinner voucher for two at The Keg Steakhouse & Bar or T.G.I. Friday’s, wine tasting, beer tasting, lavender culinary experience, cheese tasting, fudge tasting and so much more.

Niagara Casinos – Shows and Events

Niagara Casinos – Shows and Events

In Niagara we are all about entertainment and our Niagara Casinos are the place to be for top-notch concerts and events (both sides of the border).

The Fallsview Casino features over 3000 slots and over 100 table games. Plus the list of Niagara Casino Events in January and February are incredible.

Fallsview Casino Shows

Taylor Dayne – Feb. 12th

Michael Bolton – Feb. 13th and 14th

Dancing Pros Live – Feb. 18th – 25th

A Night of Comedy – Feb. 26th

Little Big Town – Feb. 27th – 28th

Don Felder – March 3rd – 5th

Magique Starring “Kevin and Caruso” March 10th – 19th

Songwriters Featuring Bob DiPiero, Craig Wiseman and Tim Nichols – March 19th

Hacken Lee – March 20th – 21st

Duran Duran – March 25th – 26th

Steve Tyler with the Loving Mary Band – March 29th – 31st

Seneca Niagara Casino Shows

Just a short drive over the border and voilá you are at the Seneca Niagara Casino, the place to be for some of the best Niagara Casino Events.

The Peking Acrobats – February 12th and 13th

Richard Marx Solo – February 18th

Hotel California – The Original Eagles Tribute – February 20th

Tracy Morgan – February 26th

Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show – February 27th

Live from Daryl’s House Featuring Daryl Hall and John Rzeznik from Goo Goo Dolls – March 25th

Diana Ross – April 9th

Meridian Centre St. Catharines

There are also a lot of exciting Niagara Events happening in St. Catharines at the Meridian Centre.

If you love basketball, you’ll love the new OBA Basketball Team, the Niagara River Lions. Here are the next home games:

February 11th, 19th

Book your tickets today!

The Niagara Lock Monsters Lacrosse, part of the Canadian Lacrosse League have also teamed up with the Meridian Centre.

Here are a list of the home games:

February February 13th, 20th

Niagara IceDogs

Come and cheer on Niagara’s OHL team, the Niagara IceDogs. On Valentine’s Day, one lucky winner will win a Romance Package which includes 2 tickets to an IceDogs game,   an overnight stay at the Courtyard Marriott and lots of other goodies.

Here are the upcoming games:

Feb. 14th, Feb. 18th, Feb. 27th, Feb. 28th, March 4th and 5th

Star Trek – The Ultimate Voyage – Feb. 21st

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage is produced by CineConcerts, known for its popular live to projection, symphonic concert experiences including The Godfather, Gladiator and soon to be premiered Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  Original content productions such as A Christmas Dream also tour internationally.

Skate Niagara Ice Show – Feb. 26th

For the second year in row, Skate Niagara brings you some of the most talented and well known skaters in the world. Back this year is fan favourite Kurt Browning, the sensational duo, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, and St. Catharines Sweetheart Kirsten Moore Towers and pairs partner Michael Marinaro.  New skaters this year include the 2015 World Champion, Spanish skater, Javier Fernandez and Nancy Kerrigan.  This year’s show will be choreographed by Nancy Kerrigan and Liz Manley.

Johnny Reid – March 15th

Chart-topping, Multi-Platinum selling, JUNO and CCMA Award winning artist Johnny Reid will be taking the stage at Meridian Centre on March 15th

Metric and Death Cab for Cutie – March 22nd

LIGHTS ON THE HORIZON TOUR is coming to Meridian Centre on TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2016 with Doors at 6pm and show starting at 6:45.

Scottie’s Tournaments of Hearts – Canada’s elite women’s curling teams will be heading to the Niagara region of Ontario for the 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, it was announced today by Curling Canada.

Feb. 18th – 26th, 2017

Like the Meridian Centre on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MeridianCtre

Book your Getaway to Niagara Falls soon. Check out one of the best Niagara Falls Hotel Deals in the City at the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls. Our Ultimate One Night Romance Package starts at $119 per night (Sunday – Thursday), $129 on Fridays and $139 on Saturdays. This One Night Package includes: accommodations, breakfast buffet, dinner voucher, a bottle of wine and keepsake glasses, chocolates, wine tasting, beer tasting, cheese tasting, fudge tasting, WEGO Shuttle passes and more.

Niagara Falls Christmas Events 2015

Niagara Falls Christmas Events 2015

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year. Niagara Falls is the place to be this Christmas Season.

Here is what is happening in Niagara this Holiday Season:

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Over 3 Million lights over a 5km route – how spectacular is that? Don’t miss the 32nd annual Winter Festival of Lights happening just minutes away from our hotel. The magic happens every evening until January 31st. This is one holiday event, you won’t want to miss.

Laser Light Shows

NEW to the Winter Festival of Lights this year are the laser light shows. One is happening right in our neighbourhood at the top of Clifton Hill. From December 19th – 30th, each evening there will be two lights shows, one at 6pm and the other at 9pm. There’s also a fun interactive laser booth where the whole family can write messages or draw pictures with laser light. Plus this Saturday, December 19th visit Santa Claus himself from 5 – 6pm or 7 – 8pm. The next event is happening from January 14th – 24th in the Fallsview District.

Fireworks over the Falls

During the Winter Festival of Lights enjoy Fireworks over the Falls every Friday night at dusk. Plus during the holiday season, December 21st – 26th, celebrate the holidays with fireworks every evening.

Hoot for the Holidays – Butterfly Conservatory – until January 2nd (each Saturday)

You’ll give the gift of nature this holiday season when you visit the Butterfly Conservatory’s special exhibit, Hoot for the Holidays. Featuring a variety of owls and other birds of prey along with its own stunning Owl Butterflies. The exhibit will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., each Saturday until January 2. Join local conservationists David and Kim Gibson as they introduce these beautiful Sky-Hunters or birds of prey and educate us all about their habits, unique abilities and the importance of habitat conservation. Visitors will then have an opportunity to experience and learn more about the Owl Butterflies that call the Conservatory their home and learn how they got their special name.

Floral Showhouse Holiday Display

The Floral Showhouse Holiday Display is a beautiful and exotic annual floral favourite for 65 years! It’s a great way to celebrate the beauty of the holiday season.

Niagara Falls New Years Eve 2015

Don’t miss the Niagara Falls New Years Eve 2015 concert in Queen Victoria Park starting at 8pm. This year’s line up includes: Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx, Down with Webster and Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies.

Niagara Wineries

Raise a glass to the holidays and celebrate at one of the 70 Niagara Wineries throughout Niagara Wine Country. Choose your favourites in Niagara-on-the-Lake or Twenty Valley. Plus hop on over to one of the Microbreweries – Niagara Oast or Silversmith.

After all of this holiday celebrating you are going to need a place to rest your head. Check out one of the best Niagara Falls Hotel Deals at the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls. Our One Night Package has it it: accommodations, breakfast, dinner voucher, beer, wine, cheese and fudge tasting and a lavender culinary experience starting at $109 per night.

Happy Holidays!

The Best Summertime Niagara on the Lake Wineries

The Best Summertime Niagara on the Lake Wineries

So we are halfway through Summer and the fun certainly does not have to end, especially when you visit some of the most breathtaking and delicious wineries of Niagara on the Lake (or as the locals call it…Niagara Wine Country).

The list of incredible wineries of Niagara on the Lake are endless and we’re happy to share our favourite Niagara on the Lake Wineries’ List:

Pop-up Patio – Pilliterri Wineries

The name says it all…who wouldn’t like a pop-up patio every Friday in the Summer from 11:30 am – 3:30pm. Grab some lunch from a different local chef every week and a glass of their favourite summertime vino. Prices range from $5 – $20 per person.

Summer Saturdays at Konzelmann Estate Winery

Gourmet food trucks and great wine every Saturday at Konzelmann Estate Winery from 11am – 4pm. Count us in…

Summer of Chardonnay – Ravine Estate Winery

Take a walk through the Chardonnay vines every Saturday and Sunday at 3pm while tasting three of Ravine’s favourite Chardonnays. Come on…does it get any better than this? Reservations are a must for this wine-der-ful event.

Jackson-Triggs Winery – Music Under the Stars

It’s an experience like no other in Niagara Wine Country. A complete sensory experience to be exact. Featuring top Canadian performers, outstanding VQA wine and local fare.

Here’s the line-up:

Jann Arden – August 14th and 15th

Stars – August 21st

Rootstock – August 22nd

Spirit of the West – August 28th and 29th

Food Freaks & Wine Geeks – Monday – Friday at 3pm throughout July and August

Raise your hand if this is you? Our hands are raised….really high and we’re proud of it. Sample some great eats by celebrity chef Jason Parsons paired with sensational VQA wines.

Diamonds in the Rough MusicFest – August 15th

Don’t miss an evening of great music (from new country to indie rock), fabulous food truck eats and dynamite wine.

13th Street Winery Blues and BBQ – August 15th

This is a summer event you can’t miss. BBQ famous food from the Dirty South Food Truck plus rockin’ blues music from Peter Boyd paired with 13th Street wines and the Niagara Brewing Company beer

1st Annual Barn Burner Reserve Release Party – Between the Lines – August 15th – 4pm – 11pm

The name alone should capture your attention.  Kick up your heels under the rafters at the Big Red Barn at an ol’ fashioned Barn Burner. Celebrate the release of their 2012 Reserve portfolio and boogie in your boots at this unforgettable after party. Space is limited.

Niagara Wine Country is where all the fun is at this Summer. Don’t miss some of the best events at some of our most favourite wineries of Niagara on the Lake.

Speaking of fun, the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is the hotel of Summer Fun. We’ve got a Package with your Name on it. From family fun to grown-up fun, we’ve got you covered.

Niagara Falls Canada Day | Niagara Falls Fourth of July

Here are some of our favourite ways to celebrate Niagara Falls Canada Day and Niagara Falls Fourth of July.

Fireworks over the Falls

We love to celebrate with a big bang every Friday and Sunday throughout the summer. So of course we are going to do something special for our Country’s Birthday and the Birthday of our Great Neighbour (or should be say Neighbor?). Come and join us on July 1st and 4th for some spectacular eye candy in the sky. Plus don’t miss the Coca Cola Concert Series on the Queen Victoria Stage right across from Niagara Falls which happens every evening right before the Fireworks.

Canada Day Parade

Nothing says patriotism like a Canada Day Parade. The festivities start at 11am along Victoria Avenue to Queen Street ending on St. Clair Avenue. Following the parade, get ready for some musical entertainment at City Hall starting at 12:30pm until 9pm. And you can’t have a birthday celebration without birthday cake, plus free face painting and more.

Friendship Festival

Can you believe that we’ve been celebrating the Friendship Festival for 29 years? The Friendship Festival is all about the good relations between Canada and the United States since the end of the War of 1812. Come and celebrate from June 26th – 28th with fabulous food, fun and musical entertainment (live country music – Josh Gracin, Jamie O’Neal, Chadley Chase and Arms of America – U2 Tribute Band) And you can’t miss the “2015 Festivals Got Talent.”

Market at the Village – every Wednesday Night

Every Wednesday starting at 4:30pm until dusk, come to the Market at the Village in Niagara-on-the-Lake and be sure to bring your appetite and your dancing shoes. Featuring some fabulous local food vendors, wineries and microbreweries. This is the perfect place to paint the town red and white in honour of Canada.

 

Summer of Thrills – every Thursday – Monday starting July 2nd

The name says it all – featuring fabulous street performers and death-defying daredevils. New this year – The Sky Scraping Sway Pole.

Niagara Wineries

Speaking of great wineries and microbreweries, Niagara is definitely not short of some great places to raise a glass to patriotism. Visit Niagara Wine Country where you’ll find over 70 Niagara Wineries to choose from.

Niagara Microbreweries

If something “hoppy” is what you are looking for, check out Niagara Oast House Brewers (just look for the Big Red Barn past the Old Oak) or Silversmith in Niagara-on-the-Lake (just look for the church and old church from 1894 converted in a microbrewery). You will be pleasantly surprised with both.

Get Musical

There are also a few musical events to get you in the holiday spirit.

ArtPark

The Steve Miller Band with special guest Miller and the Sinners – June 30th at 6:30pm. The Steve Miller Band needs no introduction.

Marianas Trench – July 1st at 6:30pm – A Canadian Pop Band from British Columbia. The band has released three full length studio albums, the most recent titled, Ever After, which was nominated for a Juno Award.

Fallsview Casino – Battle of the Voices – July 1st – 8th.

A new epic vocal showdown like never before, hosted by 98 Degrees’ band member Drew Lachey, Battle Of The Voices is a knockout music event featuring artists from American Idol, The Voice and America’s Got Talent. Become part of the battle where you choose the champion!

And we know of the perfect place to stay during the festivities. Make room for A LOT of Fun at the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls. We’ve Got a Package with Your Name on it: One Night, Two Night, Romance, Family Fun and one for the Girls.

Happy Celebrating!

Great Gifts for Dads in Niagara Falls

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Great Gifts for Dads

Father’s Day is coming soon and we have some great gifts for dads right here in Niagara Falls.

Here are our Top Five Favourite Things to Do with Dad:

Golfing

Niagara has joined the ranks of the world’s premier golf destinations in terms of challenge, design aesthetics, course conditioning, facilities and service. The Top Five Recommended Courses: 1) Grand Niagara 2) Hunters Pointe, Legends on the Niagara, Whirlpool and Peninsula Lakes. These courses come highly recommended from some golf aficionados we know personally and take this sport very seriously.

Fishing

Many people don’t know this, but Niagara is well known for its fishing. The popular fishing grounds are the Niagara River and Lake Ontario, where you can fish year-round for a variety of fish:  Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) and Brown Trout.

Your captain Aldo Nava has appeared on the Canadian Sport Fishing Television Series (and does he know fish).

So what are you waiting for? Make your dad’s day with a sweet fishing trip.

Beer Tasting

Niagara is also known for their micro-breweries. Our favourites are Niagara Oast House Brewers and Silversmith.

Niagara Oast is easy to spot. It’s just down the road, past the old oak in the big red barn. They are famous for their Barn Raiser Brew, plus their live music every Friday night and their gourmet food from Gastronomo Vagabundo . You have to try their fish tacos.

Silversmith is another popular micro-brewery and what’s unique about them is that their location is inside an old church, built in 1894 (talk about character). What’s on tap? Black lager, Bavarian Breakfast Wheat, Hill 145 Golden Ale, Dam Buster British Pale Ale. And while you’re sipping one of these popular brews, you have to grab a bite to eat from Tide and Vine’s kitchen, serving pub food classics: oysters, po’ boys, wings and more. Your dad will love it!

Steak Dinner at The Keg Steakhouse + Bar

What dad doesn’t love a classic steak and potato meal? Name one, we dare you. The Keg Steakhouse + Bar is known for their mouth-watering steak and succulent seafood.

You can’t go wrong with a Top Sirloin, Filet Mignon or Prime Rib served with potatoes just the way you like them (baked, roasted garlic mashed, twice baked or good old french fries). We look forward to seeing you at the Courtyard Marriot Keg Steakhouse + Bar very soon.

Play Tourist for a Day

Our last favourite thing to do with dad is to play tourist for a day. Why not start with an overnight stay at the Courtyard Marriott? Check out our 1 and 2 Night Packages, which include it all (room, breakfast, dinner voucher at The Keg or TGI Friday’s, WEGO shuttle passes and so much more). What dad doesn’t love steak? The Keg Steakhouse + Bar is located right in the lobby of the hotel and has so many different types of cuts to choose from. After dinner head on down to the Falls where your dad can experience some of the most popular attractions which will leave him speechless (Hornblower Niagara Cruises and Journey Behind the Falls). These two attractions are also part of our Niagara Falls Tour Package. Check out Above the Falls Tours for more information.

So you’ll all set for Father’s Day! You can thank us later!

Make room for a little fun this Father’s Day.

Mother’s Day Travel Deals

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Make Sunday, May 10th a Fun-Day for your Mom

Looking for a Mother’s Day gift as wondrous as your mom? While that might seem like a mission that’s impossible, we do have a few fabulous gift suggestions that will definitely make her smile. After all Niagara Falls is one of the most wondrous places to visit and is overflowing with wonderful experiences for that special lady in your life.

Breathtaking

Hornblower Niagara Cruises
This Niagara Falls Boat Tour of a lifetime will leave her speechless. With so many boat tour options to choose from, you might just have to experience them all. From the traditional Voyage to the Falls Tour, to the Illumination or Fireworks Cruise, all three cruises will make your “WOW” list. While the launch date is not yet confirmed, we do know based on previous years, that the Hornblower Niagara Cruises, usually hits the water at the end of April/early May.

Looking for a whole afternoon of fun? If so, you’ve got to check out the Courtyard by Marriott’s Niagara Falls’ Tour Package, which includes Hornblower Niagara Cruises, Journey Behind the Falls, the Butterfly Conservatory, a stop at the Floral Clock and Photo Opportunities at the Niagara Glen/Whirlpool Rapids. Check out the breathtaking video of Hornblower Niagara Cruises here.

Niagara Wine Country

Sip and Sizzle – weekends in May
This is one of Niagara’s hottest May Events. Experience 26 Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries and unique grilled food paired with fine VQA wine. This will have your mom doing her happy dance. Tour passes start at $43 per person.

Fresh and Polished – Diamond Estates Winery – May 7th – 7pm – 9pm

It’s an evening of wine tasting, pampering (who doesn’t love a mani and a pedi) and live music.

Handmade Market – May 8th and 9th – 13th Street Winery

If you haven’t been to one of Niagara’s Handmade Markets, this is definitely an experience you cannot miss. Featuring over 85 Artisans, the 13th Street Bakery gourmet goodies, fine wine, fabulous food and live music. Your mom will have a blast, as she sips, savours and shops away.

Food Truck Eats – May 16th – 18th – Peller Estates Winery

We know that this event is one week after Mother’s Day, however you can keep the celebrations going as this is one of the most delicious Spring events. Get ready to go on a Food Truck Journey: 15 Food Trucks and 5 local food vendors paired with some of the best VQA wines with the Peller Estates’ vineyard as your backdrop.

Chicks and Chocolate – Peller Estates Winery – Monday – Friday at 2pm. Weekends at 2pm and 4pm.

Chocolate + Wine + Your Mom = one of the most delicious gifts ever. Learn how chocolate and wine complement each other and awaken the palate.

An Enriching Experience

Shaw Festival

Spend the afternoon or evening exploring the quaint town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, which is famous for their unique boutiques, cozy cafés and the ever so popular Shaw Festival. Over Mother’s Day weekend, there are so many great plays to catch. From The Lady From the Sea,  Peter and the Starcatcher, You Never Can Tell and Sweet Charity. The theatre performances promise to be an enriching experience.

The Courtyard by Marriott is one of the top 4-star and mother-loving Niagara Falls hotels close to all of these exciting and unforgettable Mother’s Day events. Check out our Mother’s Day Travel Deals for 1 Night or 2 Nights.

Make room for a little fun this Mother’s Day!

Delicious Events in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Weekends just got more Wine-der-ful in Niagara.

We all know that Niagara is famous for their grapes and some of the best wineries in the world (well we think so).

So let’s all get out of hibernation mode and start winding up for some wine-der-ful events which will be happening very soon and right in our backyard.

Check out these delicious events in Niagara-on-the-Lake:

Get Fresh in the Valley – April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th

The name says it all. It’s three weekends of farm fresh food paired with new vintage and aromatic wines at 22 Twenty Valley wineries. Plus you can collect recipe cards from all of the wineries to create your own Get Fresh Cookbook. Passports for all three Sundays, or your choice weekend, start at only $40. It’s your ticket to a fresh NEW experience. Check out the mocktail passports, for the designated driver in your life.

Sip and Sizzle – May 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, 31st – 11am – 5pm

This super SIZZLING hot event is back again. Picture a barbeque bash paired with your favourite Niagara-on-the-Lake wine and your fabulous friends. The best part… the grilling and the dishes are taken care of. Tour passes start at $43 per person.

Food Truck Eats – May 16th – 18th

The wait is over. Book your tickets for the ultimate 4th annual backyard bash at Peller Estates. Featuring 15 Food Trucks and 5 pop up food vendors who promise to deliver some of the tastiest street food alongside some of Peller’s award-winning wines.

Graze the Bench – June 6th and 7th – 12 – 5pm

Get ready to mix and mingle with 8 Niagara wineries. Their approach is to “laze and graze” in Wine Country. And let it be known that these aren’t sample sizes you are dealing with, we are talking about some kick-back and enjoy portions. Single tickets start at $30 per person and weekend grazing starts at $40 per person.

Niagara Food & Wine Expo – May 1st – 3rd

This is an event within walking distance from our hotel (well let’s say a nice 20 minute stroll).  If you like food, wine, beer and spirits, then you’ve gotta eat and sip here. The very own John Catucci from The Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here” will be taking the stage to talk about some of his favourite food from the Expo.

These are just a few of the events we love and it’s only the beginning of Spring (even though it doesn’t feel like it).

Stay at the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls and Sip, Savour and Explore the fine things that Niagara has to offer. Check out our 1 Night Romance Package starting at $119 per night because it won’t last long.

Make room for a Lot of Fun this Spring.

Easter in Niagara Falls

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Hop on over to Niagara Falls this Easter

This question just dawned on me the other day. Why is it that a Bunny delivers Easter eggs? Where did this tradition start?

After getting some answers from good old Google, it all makes more sense now. The tradition all started in America (way back when) with stories of people seeing an egg-laying hare. And the decoration of eggs dates back to the 13th Century. Other traditions, such as the consumption of eating Easter candy is a more modern addition in celebration of this early springtime holiday.

Niagara Falls is filled with Easter traditions. From Easter egg hunts to Festivals.

Here are a few of our favourite Easter traditions:

Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farms Easter Eggstravaganza
It’s a fun-filled adventure for the whole family. From egg decorating to a petting zoo, hayride and egg hunt. Only $8 per person – April 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th from 9 am – 3pm.

Bird Kingdom
Enjoy an Eggstra special Easter weekend. Kids (4-15) are just $7.00 with a regular adult admission. Enjoy hundreds of free-flying birds in a 50,000 square foot tropical rainforest setting, as well as an Easter egg hunt all day with prizes.

Easter Festival at Heartland Forest – April 4th from 11am – 4pm
It’s a Multicultural Celebration enjoying all different kinds of Easter traditions. Experience flags from different countries, music and dance demonstrations from different cultures, plus enjoy Easter treats from various countries, free crafts and entertainment, door prizes, face painting and even a free dance lesson.

Wine and Design – Easter Centerpiece – April 2nd – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Jackson-Triggs Winery along with Van Noort Flower Stoudio team up to offer you the perfect pairing of Wine & Design.

The Jackson-Triggs team will be serving premium VQA wine, local charcuterie, artisanal cheeses with House-made preserves, as you create your contemporary Easter Centerpiece with a Van Noort design expert . It’s the perfect way to prepare your home for Spring. $65 per person

Deviled Eggs – Not Bunny Eggs – Sat. April 4th – April 26th (weekends only)

Inniskillin Winery – 12pm – 4pm

Easter is all about decorated eggs, but they will be serving the deviled kind. Sample Sparkling Vidal Icewine paired alongside Deviled Eggs with White Truffle and Chive. $10 per person.

Floral Showhouse Annual Easter Display – April 12th – 27th

Enjoy Mother Nature’s gorgeous Easter creations. Featuring a cross display of lilies surrounded by colourful and fragrant spring flowers such as daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and azaleas. Your kids will love the live chicks, bunnies and songbirds.Daily from 9:30am – 5pm.

Begin or continue your Easter traditions in Niagara Falls. The Courtyard by Marriott is one of the top 4-star Niagara Falls close to all of these eggstra special Easter events. Check out our ongoing special offers.