This is what a Niagara Falls Halloween Looks Like

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This is what a Niagara Falls Halloween Looks Like

October is such a fun month in Niagara. There are so many exciting events to look forward to each year. Here are some of our favourites (from spook-tacular, wine country glass raisers and cozy connections with celebrities)

Spook-tacular

It’s a Howling Good Time at Howell’s Pumpkin Farm

You have to make the trip, to experience all of the fun. From the pumpkin donuts, to the hot apple cider to the haunted spook barn, wagon ride, corn maze, cow train and getting to pick your perfect pumpkin when you leave.

Haunt Manor

It all started with the spooky legend of the Pew Family. They resided on this Lundy’s Lane property when the Battle of Lundy’s Lane took place over 200 years ago. The house has remnants of bullets lining the walls of this house – bullets from the historical Battle of 1812. Paranormal experts have confirmed that this place is indeed full of paranormal activity. So prepare for your mind to wander as you take a tour of haunted houses and a haunted hayride on the grounds of this historical site.

Niagara Ghost Walks

Take a stroll through Niagara’s most haunted corridors. From the Village of Elgin to Niagara’s most haunted Bed and Breakfast (Blythewood Manor) to the exact location where mob lieutenant, Freddy Tedesco, smoked his last cigar.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Ghost Walks

Take a ghost walk through Canada’s most haunted town, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Experience one of the most angry ghosts, who resides in the Angel Inn as well as scary stops outside the Niagara-on-the-Lake Courthouse, Prince of Wales Hotel, Apothecary, and Royal George Theatre.

Fort George Ghost Tours

Niagara is known to be haunted (based on all of these spooky tours) and Fort George is one of the longest running ghost walks in Niagara. This 2 hour tour involves one of the scariest history lessons and a secret opening to a building (the Officers’ Quarters) that is usually off limits during the summer ghost tours.

Bird Kingdom

From October 26th – 31st, enjoy a spooktacular Halloween special for kids and grown-ups when you wear a costume. Admission is $6 for children and $10 for adults. During your Halloween adventure, there will be a scavenger hunt and candy.

Wine Glass Raisers

Masquerade Ball – Southbrook Winery – October 30th

Take a step back to the 15th Century for an enchanting evening filled with appetizers, drinks, wine releases, live entertainment and the can’t miss Halloween candy bar. Costumes are required.

Hernder Estates Halloween Bash – October 31st at 8:30pm

It’s Part 7 of the Hernder Halloween Bash (insert scary music here). It’s an evening of fun with fabulous food and wine for a great cause. This fundraiser is for the Hernder-Picasso Foundation with 100% of proceeds going to the Walker Family Cancer Centre. Plus great prizes for the best costumer ($500 for Best Costume and $500 for Best Group (three or more).

The ‘Red’ Sale at Reif Estate Winery – October 29th – November 1st

Get ready for a delicious hibernation. Stock up your wine cellars with rich and flavourful reds from Reif Estate Winery. Great pricing on limited edition and estate bottled red wines – perfect for entertaining and the holidays. This limited time pricing is only offered once a year. Feature wine tastings complimentary.

Niagara Falls Casino Concerts – Cozy Connections with Celebrities

Get cozy with comedy and classic concerts only at the Fallsview Casino or Seneca Niagara Casino in October.

Fallsview Casino

 

The Original Stars from American Bandstand – October 26th – 30th

Seneca Niagara Casino

The Lovin’ Spoonful – October 30th

All of these Niagara Falls Halloween events are close to the Courtyard Marriott, where you can Eat. Sleep and repeat the fun the next day.

 

September Events in Niagara Falls and Beyond

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Summer is almost over, but the fun doesn’t have to end. Niagara’s closet is full of refreshing events happening all September long. The hardest part will be choosing your favourite. Our suggestion…try them all.

Here are a few of our favourites:

Fort Erie
Murder Mystery at Old Fort Erie – September 6th
Get ready to experience a walk like no other, as you explore Old Fort and meet spooky characters while solving a mystery.
www.weareforterie.com

Grimsby
47th Grimsby Festival of Art – September 6th and 7th
You know it’s a successful event, when they are celebrating 47 years. If you love high calibre artisans, live entertainment and local cuisine, you’ll definitely love this event.
www.grimsby-festival-arts.com/

Lincoln
No.30 Pre-Harvest Lunch with Good Earth – September 7th
It’s one of the most exciting times of the year – pre-harvest time.Begin your day with a structured tasting of wines, led by Winemaker Emma Garner, followed by a picturesque trip below the bench for an al fresco lunch at The Good Earth Food & Wine Company. Treat your senses to the fresh flavours of The Good Earth’s culinary delights and handcrafted wines while you enjoy the beautiful backdrop of wine country.
www.thirtybench.com

Charcuterie with a view – September 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th
September is a time to taste the of harvest of Fielding Wines’ 2013 Gamay perfectly paired with a selection of artisan cured meats, cheese and baguette. Best enjoyed on their lake-view deck or borrow a blanket and enjoy it picnic style!
www.fieldingwines.ca

Niagara Falls
Coca Cola Concert Series – Queen Victoria Park – until October 13th
For almost 20 years, visitors have enjoyed FREE classic rock concerts next to the majestic Niagara Falls. Come explore exciting new bands and stay for the incredible fireworks. Concerts start at 8pm. Check out the concert schedule for all the details.
www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-events/coca-cola-concert-series.html

Fallsview Casino Concerts

You won’t be gambling on these great September performances:

-André Philippe Gagnon – September 4th – 6th
– Neil Sedaka – September 11th – 12th
– LeGrand Cirque – September 18th – October 5th

www.fallsviewcasinoresort.com/entertainment

Floral Showhouse Annual Summer Show – until September 12th
Summer continues into September at the Floral Showhouse. Come and experience Mother Nature’s beautiful floral creations (collections of orchids, succulents and other tropical plant species are on display, along with floral shows that reflect the changing seasons). Don’t miss guest appearances from colourful tropical birds flying free throughout the greenhouse.
www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-attractions/floral-showhouse.html

The 3rd Annual Carmel Fine Art Festival – September 12th – 14th
Get in touch with your creative side at the 3rd annual Carmel Fine Art Festival. Showcasing the masterpieces of over 100 local artists, a children’s art show, a poet/painter exchange, some of Niagara’s favourite musicians, the perpetual peace project and a soiree evening – all taking place in one of the most spiritual places in Niagara Falls, the Monastery of Mount Carmel.
www.carmelfineart.ca

Onguiaahra: Thunder of Waters – Sound and Light Show – until September 1st
The name “Niagara” is said to originate from an Iroquis word “Onguiaahra” meaning “The Strait.” This is a spectacular performance of music and entertainment culminating in a sound and laser show that showcases the fascinating story of Niagara.
Located in Queen Victoria Park, across from the American Falls, a large pond fountain will set the stage for a magnificent series of lights and images that will reflect off of the spraying water in an ever-changing rainbow of colours.
www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-events/sound-and-light-show.html

Niagara-on-the-Lake
Earth, Sky and Music – Château des Charmes – September 1st
Celebrate the 2nd annual Earth & Sky Music Market. Château des Charmes will be transformed for one day into a unique all-ages supper market featuring local food, local wine and local music.
http://www.fromtheboscfamily.com/calendar-of-events/earth-sky-music-market-6

Falling for Music – Château des Charmes – September 5th
It’s an enchanting evening reminiscent of the grand European salons and a rare opportunity to hear acclaimed violinist James Ehnes and his string quartet. Bravo Niagara! will recreate an intimate “Salon de Musique” set amidst the picturesque backdrop of Château des Charmes’ award-winning vineyard overlooking romantic rose gardens and the majestic Niagara Escarpment.
www.bravoniagara.org

Wine Country Fare – Brett Kissel – September 13th
Dust off your cowboy boots for the Party of the Year at Peller Estates Winery. It’s an evening of Juno award-winning country performances from Brett Kissel paired with some of Chef Jason Parsons’ country classics (whole roasted pig, IceWine marshmallows and IceWine cotton candy) and Peller Estates wonderful wine.
www.peller.com

St. Catharines
Niagara New Vintage Festival – September 13th – 28th
It’s that time of year again. Niagara is so happy to be celebrating it’s 63rd Annual New Vintage Festival. It’s Canada’s largest annual celebration of Ontario’s award-winning wineries and vineyards. Featuring over 30 wineries paired with local, fresh culinary delights. Plus the Pied Piper Parade and the 63rd Annual Meridian Grande Parade and dozens of festival events. There’s a new discovery every day. Check out the website for full details.
www.niagarawinefestival.com

Handmade Market – September 12th and 13th
It’s an event filled with some of Southern Ontario’s finest artists all in one glorious place– 13th Street Winery. Plus experience 13th Street’s fine wine, food trucks and culinary creations.
www.handmademarket.ca

Welland
Niagara Food Festival – September 5th – 7th
Mark this event in your calendar. The Niagara Food Festival offers fantastic food from local restaurants and food producers, celebrity chefs with live demonstrations on the Mobile Culinary Theatre, live entertainment for all ages and much, much more. This is a delicious event you won’t want to miss.
www.niagarafoodfestival.com

There is so much to celebrate in Niagara and these are just a few of our favourites. The list of fun experiences in Niagara are endless. You’ll definitely need a place to rest your head and feet after all of this fun. The Courtyard by Marriott is one of the best 4-star Niagara Falls Hotels, located in the “Centre of It All” just minutes from Niagara Falls and many of these great events.

200th Anniversary of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane

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Today marks one of the biggest days in history for Niagara Falls – the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane. Echoing the footsteps of soldiers from 200 years ago, participants will follow the path that these soldiers took along Portage Road on that fateful day, July 25th, 1814.

The Lundy’s Lane Historical Society will be holding a commemorative service on the battlefield commencing at 7:30 p.m. Following this service, there will be a candle light vigil up to the Lundy’s Lane Memorial. Attendees of this event are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Following this, the participants in the walk will invade the battlefield.

With starting points under 2 km (1.5 miles) from the battlefield, participants will walk through the streets and converge on the Battlefield at dusk, following the old portage road like the combatants on that horrendous night 200 years ago. Company Theatre will provide an immersive performance where all the action took place 200 years ago. Participants who register will get a red or a blue commemorative shirt which will determine their starting point in this walk.  This commemorative walk represents the 5000 plus soldiers who met in the battlefield.

The event will take place on the former Battlefield School field – access via Drummond Hill Cemetery and Lundy’s Lane

Schedule of Events

Niagara Falls History Museum – Free Admission – open 10:00 am – 5:00pm, 5810 Ferry Street
Visit the Gale Family War of 1812 Gallery, the Niagara Falls Community Gallery, Motel Culture of Niagara .1812 Author, Richard Feltoe will be there with 1812 demonstrations and his new book about the Battle of Lundy’s Lane “Crucible of Fire”

Lundy’s Lane Gateway Unveiling – 1:00pm, 6151 Lundy’s Lane
Be present for the official opening of the new landmark that will showcase the National Historic Site of Lundy’s Lane

Battle Ground Hotel Museum – Free Admission – 10:00 am – 5:00pm, 6151 Lundy’s Lane
Tour the1850s Tavern and explore battlefield tourism, led by costumed interpreters

Lundy’s Lane Historical Society Commemorative Service – 7:30pm, Lundy’s Lane Battlefield
Bring your lawn chair or a blanket. Featuring a Military band, choir and much more.
Music by the Jay Singers under the direction of Dianne Williams.
Historical context provided by Sherman Zavitz.
Event will be concluded with the laying of wreaths and a candlelight walk to the Lundy’s Lane Monument.
The music will begin at 7:00 p.m. welcoming you to the battlefield.

Participants Walk – 8:30pm – Throughout the City
Be a part of the event as you invade the battlefield and see installations and performance art along the way
brought to you by the Arts and Culture Committee.

Performance on the Battlefield – 9:15pm – Lundy’s Lane Battlefield
Be transformed back to the events of July 25, 1814 as next Company Theatre put you in the middle of the action.

Be sure to follow @nfmuseums and @discover1812 during  the event to get real time feeds, photos and more.
Please post your pictures of the event as well #lundyslane200

 

For more details, visit The Niagara Falls Museums.

NEW Niagara by Night Tour

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After many months of planning we are very excited to share our Newest Niagara Tour, the Niagara by Night Tour, which is exclusive to the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls and our on-site Tour Company, Above the Falls Tours.This tour is where exhilaration meets moments of nailing biting behaviour (and let’s be truthful about it – your heart may just beat a little faster that night).

Battlefield and Beyond Cemetery Walk

The first part of the tour is called the Battlefield and Beyond Cemetery Walk and takes place in one of the oldest and most recognized cemeteries in North America, the Drummond Hill Cemetery. This tour gained its name, Battlefield and Beyond because it touches on some historical facts on the various battles that took place here, such as the “Battle of Lundy’s Lane,” as well as and one of the bloodiest battles between the British and Americans in 1814. But it also goes beyond the battlefield and gets into the deeper stories of some of the famous settlers buried at the cemetery, such as Laura Secord, a famous Daredevil, Burr Plato, one the first African American slaves to come to Canada via the Underground Railroad, members of the International Order of Odd Fellows (IOFF) and Freemasonry and more. We don’t want to give too much away, but a few of the Above the Falls Tours’ associates had the pleasure of experiencing this walk the other day and let’s just say that a few hairs will rise on the back of your neck by the end of it.

As you enter the tour, you will be greeted by these legendary iron gates.

Drummond-Hill-Cemetery.Gates

 

Now mind you the first tour starts at 7:30pm on June 28th, so you the cemetery will not be in complete darkness (like the above picture). However we’re not sure what is more frightening? Experiencing a cemetery in complete darkness or experiencing it as the sun is starting to set where you can visibly see all of names on the tombstones (are we starting to paint the picture for you?) Your guides will also be in character to give you the full experience of what happened on Drummond Hill 200 years ago.

Hornblower Niagara Falls Illumination Cruise

The second part of the tour is equally as exhilarating. The second stop takes you to the NEW Hornblower Niagara Falls Illumination Cruise. Here your adrenalin will continue as you hop aboard a 250 passenger catamaran ready to set sail past both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Here you’ll have front row seats to the starry skies and panoramic views of the dazzling city lights and famous coloured illumination of both Natural Wonders. This cruise promises to astonish and amaze.

The Niagara by Night Tour will be launching on Saturday June 28th and will be available every Saturday throughout the summer. So come and experience an evening of fright and delight brought to you by Above the Falls Tours located in the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls hotel.

Reserve your spot today, as spaces are limited. Call 905-353-4002 or click here for more details.

Father’s Day Fun-tertainment

From near to far, from here to there, fun things are everywhere in Niagara

Dr. Seuss was a smart man full of fun ideas and there is a lot of truth to his famous quote. There are fun things both near (walking distance) and far (driving distance – 20 minutes or less) from the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel.

Near Experiences

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar Dungeness Crab Limited Time Menu only until Father’s Day.

It’s the perfect gift for the steak and seafood loving fathers out there. From the Dungeness Crab Dinner to the Dungeness Crab Manhattan, everything is unbelievably good.

And it doesn’t get closer than this. This Keg Steakhouse + Bar is located right in the lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel (just footsteps from your guest room).

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Hornblower Niagara Cruises is the newest and most thrilling Niagara Falls boat tour. Get ready for an adrenalin rush because this is a boat ride of a lifetime. See it for yourself on our live video footage of the Hornblower Niagara Cruises. Our on-site Niagara Falls Tour company, Above the Falls Tours offers daily fully narrated Niagara Falls Tour Packages which include: Hornblower Niagara Cruises, Journey Behind the Falls and the Butterfly Conservatory. Plus stops at the Floral Clock and leisure passes to the White Water Walk and Niagara Fury. This is a great way to see the best of Niagara Falls in a few hours.

Fallsview Casino

Test your luck at one of the largest gaming resorts in Canada. Experience over 200,000 square feet of gaming: 3000 slot machines, 100 gaming tables and an exciting poker room. Keep your adrenalin going with the critically acclaimed physical theatre performance, STOMP (performances until June 14th).

Far Experiences (Well Farther than Near)

Hit the Tees

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 Niagara golf courses: Grand Niagara, Hunters Pointe, Legends on the Niagara, Whirlpool and Peninsula Lakes. Now this is a present your father will love.

Wine Country

The Niagara Peninsula is one of Ontario’s most acclaimed grape growing and winemaking districts. The most difficult part will be choosing which of the 70 wineries to visits. For the full list, visit www.niagarawineryguide.com. Here’s our suggestion, visit them all. After all, research has proven that red wine is full of antioxidants which may be beneficial to your health.

Niagara Wine Festival

The Niagara Wine Festival is here just in time to celebrate your dad. From June 14th – 22nd experience over 25 wineries and events. Purchase a discovery pass and enjoy two weekends of wine and culinary adventures at wineries across Niagara.

Hop on over to Niagara Oast House Brewers

Microbreweries are becoming just as popular as the wine in the Niagara Region. Our favourite is Niagara Oast House Brewers. From the friendly staff to their delicious hops. And it is easy to find – it’s past the old oak in the big red barn in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

This popular microbrewery is listed in the Top Ten Reasons to Visit Niagara.

Like Dr. Seuss said, from near to far, here to there fun things are everywhere in Niagara (okay so we took the liberty of changing his quote slightly, but you know what we mean).

Treat dad to the ultimate present by pairing one or all of the above with overnight accommodations at the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls. We’re in the “Centre of it All” both near and far from it all.

Raise a Glass to Niagara Wineries

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Eat. Sleep. Drink Wine in Niagara

It’s that time of year when the Niagara Region comes to life. And by a raise of hands (well in this case…glasses) tell us if you are ready to celebrate summer? We are all going to be singing “come on get happy” all summer long – even if it is a hot one – right?

Here is the “must-experience” list of Niagara Winery Events of the Season (tell all your friends):

Earth and Sky Music Market – Chateau Des Charmes – June 30th, August 4th, September 1st

Fine foods and fine wines make beautiful music together!

Wednesday SupperMarket at the Village – Niagara-on-the-Lake

Every Wednesday throughout the summer starting on May 21st experience food truck fun, wine tastings and local musical entertainment.

Niagara New Vintage Festival – June 14th – 22nd

Experience Niagara Wine Country like never before with the New Vintage Festival Discovery Pass. It’s your key to two weekends of wine and culinary adventures at 38 wineries across Niagara. Check out their extraordinary pairing menus. Discovery Pass holders can enjoy eight experiences per pass. Designated drivers can also indulge with eight mocktail and culinary pairings for only $30+HST with the Driver’s Discovery Pass.

Trius Jazz at the Winery – July 12th2 – 9pm

Blues – August 9th4 – 8pm

Trius Jazz and Blues at the Winery has been bringing premier Canadian talent to Niagara Wine Country for 25 years. Celebrate Jazz and Blues at the Winery with fine wines, great local cuisine and spectacular music.

Jackson Triggs Summer Concert Series

It’s an evening of open air musical entertainment, light fare and award-winning wines:

Jesse Cook – July 5th

Alan Doyle – July 11th

Chantel Kreviazuk – July 12th

Colin James – July 19th

Justin Rutledge & Lindi Ortega – July 26th

Food Day Canada – August 2nd

Music Niagara Presents Elton Lammie – August 8th

Stars – August 9th

Cowboy Junkies – August 16th

Niagara Jazz Festival – August 23rd

Arkells – September 5th

After all this fun, you’ll need a place to rest your head. The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is the perfect place to Relax, Refresh and Recharge.

Mother Nature Meets Mother Nurture in Niagara

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Mother’s Day in Niagara

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. And so the thinking of  “What to get mom?,” begins. Let us help you with some of that thinking. How about having Mother Nature (a.k.a. Niagara Falls – only one of the most incredible natural wonders of the world) meet Mother Nurture (only one of the most incredible people in your life)?

Here are some of our favourite things to do in Niagara with your Mom:

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar Dungeness Crab Event

Who can resist the classic Dungeness Crab Dinner? Two clusters of sweet Dungeness crab with butter for dipping. Or how about sharing the Dungeness Crab Mac and Cheese? Is your mouth-watering yet? This indulgent menu is here until June 15th. Book your reservation today.

Handmade Market – May 9th and 10th – 13th Street Winery

Treat your mom to an event as unique as her. Featuring 75 artisans, gourmet food and local Niagara Wine. Sounds like the perfect way to share the day with your mom. Check out the list of vendors.

Chicks and Chocolate – M-F at 2pm and weekends at 2pm and 4pm – Peller Estates

The name says it all. Gather your favourite Chicks (and Mother Hen) and head down to Peller Estates for an afternoon of indulgence. Chocolate and wine and Niagara….Oh yes! Learn the secrets of how chocolate and wine complement each other during this tasty event.

Sip and Sizzle – Weekends in May

Picture this! Grilled BBQ classic dishes paired with Niagara VQA wine at 26 wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The tour pass is only $43 per person and entitles you to one VQA wine tasting and food pairing at each of the 26 wineries. Check out the incredible menu.

 Shopping in Niagara-on-the-Lake

You can’t beat an afternoon or evening in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Every mom will enjoy this: shopping at quaint boutique shops, sipping coffee or grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, savouring wine at one of the many wineries or watching some classic productions at the Shaw Festival Theatre. Sounds like pure bliss!

Dancing Queen – Fallsview Casino – May 8th – 18th

Bring mom back to the 1970’s with this energetic disco production which is sure to get you and mumsy on your feet. Featuring the timeless hits of Abba, The Bee Gees, Village People and many more.

Annual Hydrangea Display

Take some time to smell the “hydrangeas” at the annual hydrangea display at the Floral Showhouse starting on May 11th.

Afternoon Tea at the McFarland House

Enjoy a traditional British tea experience at the McFarland House with mom. For additional fun, don your favourite British tea finery for this special event.

Niagara is the place to be for new adventures with your mom. Stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls, the Niagara Falls Hotel located “In the Centre of it All.”

Easter in Niagara Falls

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Spring is finally in the air! And with Spring, we all know that the Easter bunny will be hopping to Niagara Falls very soon.

If you haven’t been to Niagara for Easter before, there are a lot of very colourful events happening:

Annual Easter Display – Floral Showhouse – 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.

Easter Egg Scramble – Butterfly Conservatory – April 18th – 20th – 10am – 6pm. It’s an Easter Extravaganza for kids of all ages. Letters will be hidden throughout the Conversatory to spell a secret phrase for a chance to win a grand prize basket.  Let’s give you a hint. The prizes might involve chocolate.

Firemen’s Park 17th Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Friday, April 18th. Just picture this! 400 pounds of chocolate hidden all over Firemen’s Park. Plus food, games and a bouncy castle. The fun starts at 11am.

Heartland Forest Easter Egg Hunt Fundraiser – April 19th – 11am – 3pm. Crafts, games, Pirate Flag Scavenger Hunt, Tootsie Express Train Ride, Face painting and Story time. Come early, as there are only 300 Easter Egg Hunt Wristbands available.

Egg Bites and Wine Flights – Inniskillin Wines – weekends in April. It’s an Easter Egg Hunt for Adults. Hint, they’re in the quiche!
Stop in for a snack and enjoy two house made quiche bites with a flight of three wines from their Discovery Series. Price: $10.00 per person.

Bunnies and Bubbles – Jackson-Triggs Winery – April 5th – 27th. Hop on in and sip on a glass of bubbly as you explore your creative side and decorate a delicious bunny cookie made by Willow Cakes & Pastries. Price: $10.00 per person.

Bunny Hop 5K Race – East Aurora, NY – April 19th.  Here’s a good way to burn off all of that chocolate. The annual East Aurora Bunny Hop. This event brings in over 2000 people and 100% of the proceeds go directly back to their community and also support Rotary’s fight against Polio.

It’s a Hopping Good Time in Niagara Falls. And why not make a weekend of it. The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls has some great rates.

 

 

 

 

 

The Outlet Collection at Niagara

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It is hard to believe how quickly The Outlet Collection at Niagara is coming along. Only 3 more months and the doors to this open air outlet centre will be open. The current sign outside the construction site zone says that construction is set to be completed by May 2014. Phase I is going to consist of eight buildings, including a 77,000 square-foot Bass Pro Shop, a food court pavilion and 100 retail stores such as Forever 21, Banana Republic, Bench Outlet, Brooks Brothers Outlet, Calvin Klein, Gap Outlet, Michael Kors Outlet, Naturalizer, OshKosh, Tommy Hilfiger and Van Heusen (just to name a few). Plus there is going to be an event area for a Farmer’s Market and gathering place.

Check out this concept video, which will give you a sense of the overall space

 

What are your thoughts on this new outlet shopping centre? Will you be making the trip to Niagara to explore this new shopping experience? From a local perspective, Niagara is very excited to see a new shopping adventure in our neighbourhood.

 

 

 

What we are Thankful for in October

What we are Thankful for in October

In Niagara Falls, we have so much to be thankful for. First of all, we were blessed with this incredible natural wonder, which draws millions of visitors from around the world each year. And to be quite frank, the Falls never gets old, whether you are seeing it for the first time or the hundredth time, it truly is a thing of beauty.

There are also so many exciting events happening in Niagara in October. Perhaps some you are aware of and some you are not. Get your pen handy (or for those techies – get your “notes” handy), because we are about to do a whole lot of sharing:

Pumpkins are popping up everywhere

It’s that time of month, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pies and yes pumpkin donuts. Yes you heard us correctly “pumpkin donuts.” If you haven’t tried a pumpkin donut before, it’s a must. Rush on down to Howell’s Pumpkin Patch because it’s not only a “howling good time, it’s a howling and delicious good time.” While the kiddies are having fun in the corn maze, throwing hay in the straw barn, playing in the sand box, going for a tractor ride, watching the pig race, riding the rex train, jumping on the haystack pillow, BE SURE TO GRAB YOURSELF A PUMPKIN DONUT and LIFE WILL BE GOOD (SO GOOD). And on your way out, don’t forget to pick out the coolest pumpkin ever.

And the fun doesn’t stop there, because like we said, Pumpkins are popping up everywhere. There are pumpkins galore at Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm. Here there’s an animal petting zoo, with chickens, ponies, a farm wagon ride and a haunted hay ride for those let’s call them “braver” folks.

History and Mystery

Speaking of “braver” folks, if you are in the Halloween spirit and love a good ghost story or two, you have to check out the Niagara-on-the-Lake Ghost Walks.  There is a lot of spooky history in the old town, from the mysterious ghost of the Angel Inn to an old house that makes the cameras go crazy.

Just footsteps from the hotel, you’ve got to visit one of the most historic cemeteries in Canada, the Drummond Hill Cemetery. Here you’ll get a history lesson about the War of 1812 and get spooked out at the same time. Apparently this cemetery is a historical hotbed full of ghost activity. So if getting scared is your cup of tea, this is one place you have to visit.

The mystery and history continues during All Hallow’s Eve Tours in Old Fort Erie. Learn about the history of Halloween (1812 style), brought to life through the ghosts from the War of 1812. Oct. 19th, 25th and 26th

Festive Festivals

The 39th Annual Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival is happening from October 11th – 14th. Niagara is surrounded by natural beauty and this festival’s backdrop is amid the Niagara Escarpment and the Twenty Valley Eco-system. Featuring over 130 talented artisans sharing their masterpieces (jewellery, pottery, paintings, clothing and more), live entertainment and so much more. This event is also a fundraiser for the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority with admission revenues directed to a number of NPCA conservation programs.

Plus you have all of the traditional events happening in the area. From the Fallsview Casino Concerts to the dozens of delicious events happening in Niagara Wine Country:

Wine Down Fridays – Peller Estates

The Pinot Affair – Coyotes Run

This Little Piggy – Hillebrand

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for these fun October Celebrations:

October 11th – Egg Day – so get cracking

October 12th – Music Day – so get playing

October 18th – Chocolate Cupcake Day – so get baking

October 21st – Virtual Clean your Desktop Day – so get cleaning

October 22nd – CAPS LOCK DAY – so get typing

October 23rd – Howl at the Moon Day – you get the trend here

October 27th – Mother-in-Law Day

October 30th – Frankenstein Day

October 31st – Magic Day

There’s plenty to celebrate in October and Niagara is the place to be and the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls hotel is the place to stay.