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:


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.


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.


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!

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 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.

Teachers Love Niagara Falls in the Summer

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Niagara Falls in the Summer is the perfect getaway for teachers.

Remember that old song “No more teachers, no more books.” Well teachers are most likely singing a slightly different tune and silently having an internal cheer session inside their brilliant minds. The sweet smell of summer and visions of flip flops are so very near.

Teachers are wonderful. You have to give them A LOT of credit for their patience, energy and enthusiasm. Can you imagine having to engage 20+ little or big ones every single day for 12 minus 2 months of the year? It’s tough enough trying to engage 2+ children every day.

So what do you have planned for that special end of year gift for that teacher in your life? Looking for something with a little more pizazz than a mug or some chocolates? Check out our pinterest board. We’ve pinned a few of our favourites (from crafts to gift baskets to gift cards). Everyone loves steak and seafood, so how about a gift certificate to The Keg Steakhouse & Bar at the newly renovated Courtyard? Or why don’t you pool your dollars together with the other moms (just like you car pool) and buy your favourite teacher a gift certificate to the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls. After all they’ll have plenty of time to use it while soaking in those lovely summer rays of sunshine and showing our sunny world their flip flop toes.

Happy Gift Planning! And thank you teachers for helping shape the minds of our future generation!