Fall for Niagara Wineries

Fall for…Niagara Wineries

In Niagara, we love our Niagara Wineries and those that visit our beautiful Wine Country quickly discover what the hype is all about. With over 70 Niagara Wineries to choose from, there is always an exciting event happening in our neighbourhood.

Taste the Season – weekends in November

Celebrate November with 25 Niagara Wineries and their best wine and food combinations.  So mark your calendars, because this event is happening every weekend in November

Handmade Market at Honsberger Estate Winery – November 13 – 15th

Get ready to sip, savour and shop at the Handmade Market. With over 85 talented artisans, food trucks, live music and more. It’s the perfect place to start your Holiday Shopping.

Food Freaks & Wine Geeks – Saturdays and Sunday at noon and 3pm

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.

Chicks and Chocolate Food and Wine Pairing – Monday – Friday at 2pm and weekends at 2pm and 4pm

The name says it all, chicks only for an afternoon of wine paired with chocolate. How fun is that? So grab your favourite friends and get ready to have a delicious time.

Fabulicious – November 12th – 19th

This is your chance to get a taste of what Niagara is all about. During Fabulicious, sample greatness from 14 participating restaurants.

Looking for a little vacation with your wine tasting? The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is located in the “centre of it all,” just a short distance from all of this fun. Check out the Niagara Falls Hotel Deals. This month’s special is a great couple package.

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.


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!

Delicious Events in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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.

Mother Nature Meets Mother Nurture in Niagara

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.”

Toast the New Year at the Niagara Ice Wine Festival

Niagara Ice Wine Festival
Toast 2013 at the Niagara Ice Wine Festival. Experience some of Niagara’s finest ice wines paired with gourmet Niagara cuisine.

Start 2013 with a delicious taste adventure, such as the Niagara Ice Wine Festival. It’s just one of the many Niagara experiences that is all about pleasing your taste buds. If you haven’t been before, this annual event brings together the extraordinary tastes of Niagara’s finest wineries and gourmet Niagara cuisine. This spectacular outdoor winter experience runs from January 11th – 27th. 

If you are a food and wine adorer, then the Discovery Pass is your ticket to paradise. The cost is only $40 and it’s your ‘taste bud’ ticket to eight wineries. They also haven’t forgotten about the designated drivers. The Driver’s Discovery Pass is $30 and features delicious mocktail concoctions and cuisine pairings.

The pass is good for January 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th.

See why others continue to come back year after year. 

For those looking for an unforgettable evening out, don’t miss the Xerox Ice Wine Gala, The Ice Queen’s Ball. It’s Canada’s largest tasting of Internationally acclaimed VQA Ice Wine & Table wines combined with some of the finest Niagara cuisine prepared by Fallsview Casino’s top chefs as well as outstanding entertainment and an incredible silent auction. This is definitely an evening to remember. Tickets are $175.00 each.

And while you are visiting Niagara-on-the-Lake and Twenty Valley, why not make a stop at the natural wonder, Niagara Falls and extend your stay. The Niagara Falls Courtyard by Marriott has some wonder-ful Niagara Falls hotel deals.

Niagara is very much alive in the Winter months and this is just one of the many Niagara events happening this season.

Niagara’s Twenty Valley Presents…Wrapped up in the Valley 2012


Niagara's Twenty Valley presents "Wrapped up in the Valley 2012"
Niagara’s Twenty Valley Presents “Wrapped up in the Valley 2012.” Celebrate Fall with Niagara VQA wines and fabulous fall flavours.


We sure do love our wines and our events in Niagara. We especially love when the wine and events are paired together, like Niagara’s Twenty Valley, “Wrapped up in the Valley.” Celebrate Fall with A LOT of flavour. For 3 weekends in November (November 10th/11th, 17th/18th and 24th/25th), from 11am – 5pm enjoy their November passport program for only $40. This passport entitles you to sample premium VQA wines paired with fresh, warm winter flavours from some of Niagara’s finest chefs at 24 wineries. 

So if you are a foodie, which many of us are, you’ll love this Niagara event. You’ll also leave with a gift wrapped package of sinfully savoury cheese shortbreads crafted by Provisions Food Company.

Designated drivers are also getting something sweet. Cherry Lane is providing signature tart cherry mocktails at each participating winery. Plus they can still partake in the passport program for a discounted price of $30.

Check out their information package, which provides a list of the wineries and pairings, as well as the registration form.

Looking for more of a Niagara Wine Country Tour and Tasting. Check out the Niagara Falls Courtyard by Marriott Wine Tasting Tour Package. On this bus tour you’ll discover all that Niagara Wine Country has to offer. The tour bus makes several stops at some of Niagara’s finest wineries as well as the quaint and historical town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

We also may know of a good hotel in the Niagara Region that we can recommend.

Raise a Glass to the 61st Annual Niagara Wine Festival

Make the Niagara Wine Festival 2012 your family tradition.
Make the Niagara Wine Festival 2012 your family tradition.

As a local resident of Niagara, this time of year always brings a smile to my face. It’s a time of celebration. A celebration of being blessed with so many fine Niagara wineries,  and gourmet restaurant establishments. Raise a glass to the rich, fertile soil and cool-climate of the Niagara Peninsula and of course to those hard-working vintners and restaurant owners with one clear vision: to make people happy with grape expectations and delicious food.

The 61st Annual Niagara Wine Festival is an annual event that cannot, I repeat cannot be missed. Why? Because it is Canada’s largest annual celebration of Ontario’s award-winning wineries and vineyards. The location could not be more perfect. Montebello Park is the ideal setting to celebrate all of Niagara’s natural gifts.

This year is full of non-stop entertainment for two weekends. Starting on Friday, September 21st, don’t miss the Niagara Wine Festival Entertainment Lineup. Platinum Blonde, 2010 Canadian Music and Broadcast Hall of Famers will be performing from 9 – 10:30pm and Canadian phenomenon, Walk Off the Earth will be closing this spectacular event on Sunday, September 30th.

Don’t miss the CIBC Grande Parade on Saturday, September 29th. This is a tradition that many families look forward to year after year. From the marching bands, drum corps, community groups, majorettes, floats and amazing performances, the Grande Parade is the perfect way to start your Saturday.

With over 30 Niagara wineries to choose from, the hardest part will be deciding which one. Of all the Ontario wineries, Niagara has some of the finest. For the full list and more, click here, as there are far too many to name.

Be sure to check out the list of featured events, as the 10 days are jam-packed with fun and excitement for all ages.

So Raise your branded “Niagara Wine Festival” glass to another wine-der-ful event.

The excitement doesn’t have to stop at the Niagara Wine Festival, be sure to book your accommodations at the  Niagara Falls Courtyard by Marriott hotel. Out of all of the Niagara Falls hotels, we are the one that is located in the “centre of it all.”

Last Chance to Enjoy Jackson Triggs Concert Series 2012

Jackson Triggs 2012 Concert Series
It’s where fine wine from the Niagara Region meets some of Canada’s brilliant musicians.

The Jackson Triggs Amphitheatre concert series offers a unique and relaxed way to enjoy wine country at its best while catching some of Canada’s premiere talent under the stars and nestled in the vineyards. 

Don’t miss the last two concerts of the Jackson Triggs Summer Concert Series 2012. Featuring Sarah Slean & Royal Wood on August 25th and David Usher on September 7th.

The Jackson Triggs Concerts promise to be a memorable evening of Canada’s finest music under the stars with the Jackson Triggs vineyard as your backdrop.

The Niagara Falls Courtyard by Marriott is just a short drive to the Jackson Triggs Amphitheatre. Why not make a weekend in Niagara Falls. Out of all of the Niagara Falls hotels, we are the one that is located in the “centre of it all,” just minutes from Casino Niagara, the Fallsview Casino, Clifton Hill and major Niagara Parks attractions.

It’s a new discovery with every stay!