Niagara Wineries in the Winter

Have You Ever Experienced Our 100+ Niagara Wineries in the Winter?

It always just feels like exploring Niagara Wineries in the summertime is the right thing to do, but have you ever experienced one of the 100+ Niagara Wineries in the Winter? There are 68 days left of Winter, which means there are lots of days for tasting. We all seem to get into this state of hibernation in the Winter, but there are so many exciting things to do in Niagara during the Winter, with Niagara winery touring and tasting being just one of them (and might we add a delicious one).

Here’s just a taste of all the great events happening at the Niagara Wineries this Winter:

Niagara Icewine Festival – if you haven’t been before, this is a great way to celebrate Winter in Wine Country. When you purchase the discovery pass you can experience eight food and wine pairings from your choice of over 35+ wineries (yes, 35 wineries). Check out our recent blog for all of the Niagara Icewine Festival details.

Ravine Winery

Valentine’s Day Cooking Class – how about creating a little heat in the kitchen with your loved one with a cooking class for Valentine’s Day? This event will get you out of the house and the kitchen 🙂

Winter at the Farm – Warm up with this delicious dinner at the farm. From January – May – enjoy 1 appetizer, 1 main and 1 dessert for $35

13th Street Winery 

Food and Wine Seminar  – Start the year off right with some healthy eating cooking lessons paired with wine of course (life is about balance – right?)

Paint and Sip – Can you think of a better way to make the best of the Winter blahs?

Wayne Gretzky Estates

This winery needs no introduction and it has quickly become a local favourite. In true Canadian form, Wayne Gretzky Estates offers a great selection of wine and Canadian Whisky.

The Great Canadian Whisky Tour – offered daily from 11:30am

The Great Canadian Winery Tour – offered daily from 11:00am

The Whisky Bartender: Cocktails 101 – offered daily at 1pm and 3pm

The Wine and Whisky After Dark Tour – Fridays and Saturdays until March 31st

The Great Canadian Winter Celebration – take part in one of Wayne’s favourite activites…skating on his backyard rink at the winery while enjoying food and drinks at the outdoor Whisky Bar- January 20th – Noon – 10pm

Stratus Winery

Days of Wine and Chocolate – who doesn’t love wine and chocolate? Explore the decadently sweet and savoury art of wine and chocolate paired together – weekends in February – 11am – 5pm

Peller Estates 

Ultimate 10Below Icewine Lounge Experience – This might be the coolest thing you do this year! 10Below is an igloo-like Icewine Lounge where you and yoru friends can sample two signature series icewines and learn how to make an icewine martini, all while wearing a parka. Bet you can’t say this is something you do every day?

Vino and Cocoa – Interactive Pairing Experience

Wine + Chocolate = happiness for everybody. You’ll love this ever-so-popular winery experience and learn all about the perfect wine and chocolate pairings.

Trius Winery

Tasting Stars – the Sparkling Experience – get ready to explore everything sparkling. Begin your experience with a tour at Ontario’s 2015 Winery of the Year with a stroll through the vineyard before descending into their underground sparkling cellar for a tasting – offered various times throughout the day until March 31st.

We’ve talked a lot about the delicious Niagara Wineries, but we can’t forget all the great Craft Breweries in Niagara too.

Niagara Oast House Breweries – great beer is just down the road, past the old oak, in the big red barn. You can’t miss it!!

Every Friday night, live music, food and beer from 5pm – 12am

Ice Breakers Comedy Festival – they’ll bring the beer and the laughs. The living legend himself, Kenny Robinson hosts a high energy evening featuring Aisha Brown, Marito Lopez and headliner Jean Paul –  January 25th – 8pm – 11pm

Silversmith – you have to experience the energy and rustic charm of this old church that dates back to the 1890s, plus the beer is pretty darn good too. There is ongoing live entertainment weekly, $5 pint specials on Thursdays and often line-ups out the door (which tells you this place is the spot).

The Exchange Brewery – a premium brewery with a tasting room and exceptional beer, located in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Old Town heritage District. This Brewery has a lot of events going on throughout the Winter that are sure to lift your spirits.

Paint Night at the Brewery  – January 18th, Feb. 6th, March 13th

Red Roof Retreat Fundraiser – Have a pint for a great cause. $1 from every draft and beer flight goes towards the Red Roof Retreat –  January 20th

Culinary Pop-Up from your Farm Gate – January 27th, Feb. 10th, March 17th

Humour and Hops – Feb. 9th

Sour Tour & Tasting -Feb. 10th

The Woodshed Orchestra – Feb. 10th

Bend & Brew – Feb. 11th

These are just a few of our favs. Check out all of the other happening Niagara Wineries and Craft Breweries in Niagara.

I’m sure all of these tasting events are making you thirsty. What are you waiting for? Book your little getaway to Niagara and include us, because you’ll need a place to catch your zzz’s (after all a day of sipping and savouring can be exhausting). Check out our One Night Romance Package Special offer, from $119 per night which includes: accommodations, breakfast buffet for two, dinner voucher, wine and beer tasting vouchers, a bottle of wine and keepsake glasses (yes we are seeing a trend), chocolates and more. Please drink responsibly and don’t drive and drive.

Niagara Icewine Festival

Niagara Icewine Festival

If you haven’t experienced the Niagara Icewine Festival in the Winter, you are certainly missing out on some delicious fun. The first of three weekends has just past, but the fun still continues for 2 more weeks (until January 28th).  So get ready to experience some true Canadiana fun, because in Niagara we know how to do Winter right:

 

For two more weekends in Niagara, there will be spectacular festivals celebrating everything icewine:

 

Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival – January 19th – 28th 

This weekend is full of tasty temptations.

Sparkle and Ice Diamond Gala – Friday, January 19th – 8pm – 11pm at the Courthouse – Icewine and impeccable food pairings from some of Niagara’s most renowned Signature Chefs. Plus  live entertainment, fireworks and an icewine toast to end the evening.

Outdoor Festival – January 20th (11am – 5pm), January 21st (12pm – 5pm) – Embrace the Winter by seeing Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Queen Street turn into an Icewine and Culinary Winter Wonderland

White on Ice Dinner – get ready for an amazing outdoor dining experience on Queen Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Enjoy the comfort of a heated tent, delicious VQA wines and mouthwatering cuisine from Signature Chefs – January 26th

Sip, Savour and Shop – held outdoors on Queen Street, you can do just that, sip, savour and shop the unique boutiques of Niagara-on-the-Lake while enjoying Icewine and table wines poured by the wineries and beer and ciders poured by the local breweries accompanied by culinary samples from Signature Kitchens of Niagara-on-the-Lake – January 27th – 28th

Outdoor Skating at Wayne Gretzky’s Winery – January 20th – noon – 10pm

Icewine Festival at the Scotiabank Convention Centre – January 26th – 27th

Enjoy 3 hours of sampling, 20+ wineries and live entertainment.

Discovery Pass

The best way to experience the Icewine Festival is by purchasing a discovery pass. It’s your ticket to experience three weekends of icewine bliss and eight wine and culinary pairings. Discovery passes start at $45 per pass. There’s also a discovery pass serving delicious mocktail creations for all of the wonderful designated drivers starting at $35. Check out the list of participating wineries.

Niagara Falls Casino Shows

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

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 the new state-of-the-art Falls Illumination also continue into January.

Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks over the Falls every Friday night during the Winter Festival of Lights starting at 9pm.

The Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls is just a short drive from the Niagara Icewine Festival. It’s the perfect way to end your romantic day at the Icewine Festival. Book our Ultimate One Night Package, starting at $119 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 Falls Tourism – End of Summer Start of Fall

Niagara Falls Tourism – End of Summer Start of Fall

Sadly Summer is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop. In fact, what it means is that Fall is just around the corner. And if you haven’t experienced Fall in Niagara, you are definitely missing out. The changing of the leaves, the cooler temperatures, the warm sweater weather and the ongoing events and activities…we promise you’ll thank us.

Here are a few ways you can spend your last days of Summer/early days of Fall in Niagara.

Last Days of Summer

 Niagara Falls Tourism (kind of stuff)

 A visit to Niagara Falls wouldn’t be a true visit without the traditional Niagara Falls Tourism kind of things, which always deliver…

A face-to-face visit with Mother Nature

This never gets old, even for someone who has lived here most of their lives. More than 168,000 cubic metres (6 million cubic feet) of water go over the Falls every minute during peak daytime tourist hours. That’s about a million bathtubs full of water every minute! Seriously, that’s a lot of water…

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

This is one attraction that is breathtaking every time you get on board this 700 person catamaran. And there are so many ways to change it up – day cruise, illumination cruise, fireworks cruise…You’ll get up close and personal with Mother Nature herself – right in the basin of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. And the best part is that you can cruise right into November. Cold temperatures + Hornblower = a double whammy experience that you can cross off your bucket list.

Hornblower-Niagara-Cruises

Journey Behind the Falls

This is another attraction that gets you up close and personal with Mother Nature…but this time you get a backstage pass behind the Falls, through the secret tunnels and portals and then bam, there she is pouring down 13 storeys from above. The Niagara Parks has also been holding some pretty amazing events, like Namaste Niagara, where you get one-on-one with Mother Nature as a yogi.

Check out the event here:

https://www.facebook.com/niagaraparks/videos/10153686525002353/

 

Journey-Behind-the-Falls1 Niagara-Parks-Yoga

This sold out event is happening on August 28th, but stay tuned for more dates to come. Not only do you do yoga by the majestic Niagara Falls, but you get private access to Journey Behind the Falls and a much needed and well deserved brunch at the Whirlpool Restaurant.

WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls

This is the newest attraction to Niagara Falls, but is getting all the attention from adventure and thrill seekers alike. Get ready to #OMG #ICANFLY (is an understatement). This is your chance to get some crazy views of the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls via four parallel ziplines. Your 45 second journey might be quick and high (67 metres – 220 feet) from the highest vantage point, but it will surely get your heart racing as you glide 670 metres (2,200 feet), at speeds of 70+ kph (40+ mph), along the edge of the vast Niagara river gorge to the Falls observation landing.

zipline-niagara-falls

Winery and Brewery Events

 A visit to Niagara would not be complete without a visit to Niagara Wine Country (and the growing “Niagara Beer Country”).

Brew at the Zoo

It’s the first event of its kind in Niagara. Check out ‘Brew at the Zoo’ happening on October 1st at Safari Niagara from 11am – 6pm in celebration of Oktoberfest. Sip some of Ontario’s finest suds, Oktoberfest fine food and spend the afternoon with Safari Niagara’s wildlife (this includes your wildlife too – it’s a family friendly event). Admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the gate and Safari Niagara Season ticket holders will receive free admission to this event. Plus you’ll receive a keepsake Brew at the Zoo mug and 5 oz samples are only $2 each. Can you think of a better way to spend the start of October?

Niagara Oast House Brewers

This craft brewery knows how to do it right! With the launch of their upcycled patio constructed from double shipping containers and a flip-up bar with not one but two levels and a view of the vineyards to boot…this is how it is done!. Plus the launch of their seasonal and limited-time peach ale with medium body, hop-forward flavour balanced with a mild citrus aroma and subtle peach notes to finish. We won’t have to twist your arm for this delicious visit.

Niagara-Oast-House-Brewers

A Bee-autiful Experience at Rosewood Estate Winery

This Summer get ready to interact with Mother Nature (and perhaps with the Queen Bee herself) at the Rosewood Estate Apiary. With the guidance from their beekeepers you’ll open the inside of a hive to see thousands of honeybees working together (that’s something you don’t experience every day). Following the visit in the Apiary, you’ll have a chance to see the winery and taste a flight of wines (& meads) with the beekeeper. Plus you’ll add a new word to your vocabulary while you’re at it!! Or perhaps you already know what mead is….

For those who don’t know (I am raising my hand here).

Mead is the world’s oldest known form of alcoholic beverage. Made using three raw natural ingredients; honey, water, and yeast, it can be highly aromatic and complex, and much like grape-wine can be vintage and varietal specific.

There you have it, and you can try mead firsthand at the Rosewood Estate Winery 

Niagara Wine Festival

The Niagara Wine Festival is the perfect way to say goodbye to Summer and hello to Fall. It’s three weekends….celebrating all things from the vine from September 10th – 25th.

From the Montebello In-Park experience, from September 16th – 18th and September 23rd – 25th, where you bring your token “Niagara Wine Festival” glass and get to experience the beauty of some of Niagara’s finest wine and local fare while listening to some great tunes from local musicians. From a local perspective, this is an event we look forward to every year.

On September 24th, there is also the Meridian Grande Parade which is a tradition that has been going on for 65 years, bringing families and friends together to share their love and passion for the Niagara Wine Festival.

If you are a foodie and oenophile (a connoisseur of wines). Add this term to your vocabulary too (insert happy face emoji here), you must purchase a Discovery Pass. It’s your passport to explore and celebrate the Niagara Wine Festival and 35+ participating wineries over three weekends.

After you experience year one of the Niagara Wine Festival, we promise you’ll be back year after year.

Markets

Speaking of festivals and culinary celebrations, here is a list of the must experience markets happening in Niagara. Because in Niagara we know how to celebrate or create a celebration to celebrate something celebratory  (say that three times fast).

Wednesday Night Supper Market

We’re letting you in on some local secrets. You have to hit up this Market at least once over the Summer. Every Wednesday night from 4:30pm to dusk. Niagara’s favourite food trucks, local wineries and microbreweries and musicians come together to proclaim their love of food, grapes and hops (need we say more). The fun continues until September 21st.

 

Farmer’s Markets Galore

We’ll let you in on a few more secrets….In Niagara we adore our farmers…and are grateful for their pure sun-kissed goodness…

Niagara-on-the-Lake – 8:30am – 1pm every Saturday until October 8th

Niagara Falls – every Saturday year round from 6am – noon.

St. Catharines – 6am – 2pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the Market Square all year round.

Welland – every Saturday from 6am – noon all year round.

Handmade Market

Celebrating its 6th season (which tells you it’s a good event), get ready to sip, savour and shop. Featuring over 100 artisans, fine food vendors and the ever popular food trucks and wine (of course). This event takes shopping to a whole new level. And the handmade love continues from November 4-5th at Honsberger Estate Winery.

These are just a few of our favourite things to do in Niagara to end the summer and start our Fall. Visit soon, visit often because very season there’s something special to see…

Stay at the Niagara Falls hotel, close to it all, the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls. Check out our current special offer, an Ultimate One Night Romance Package starting at $119 per night.

 

 

Niagara Vineyards

Niagara Vineyards

Niagara is the place to be this Spring and Summer. With over 70 Niagara Vineyards to choose from, there is always an exciting Niagara Wine Tasting Event just waiting for you. Here’s what’s happening in the Niagara Vineyards:

The Big Cheese Theory – Interactive Pairing Experience – Daily at 1pm and 4pm (Fri. – Sun.), 

Get ready to unleash your inner mad scientist. This is an interactive hands-on experience where you will learn to smoke, infuse and brûlée all of your favourite fromage! While you are learning how to prepare your own custom cheese creations you will sip on a flight of three of  Peller Estates’ award-wining wines.

Vino and Cocoa Interactive Experience – M – T – 3pm and Weekends at 3pm and 5pm

It’s another interactive experience at Peller, but this time you’ll get a lesson in cocoa and wine pairings.

Niagara New Vintage Wine Festival – until June 19th

This is a fruitful event that you cannot miss. Featuring farm fresh flavours and over 14,800 acres of Niagara’s finest vineyards. It’s the perfect way to celebrate summer.

TD Tailgate Party – June 18th – 6 – 10pm

Join Niagara’s celebrated wineries as they share their stories alongside local chefs who will wow you with their fresh culinary delights. It promises to be an unforgettable summer solstice best paired with friends, old and new.

Homegrown Country Music Festival – June 19th 2 – 7pm – Pillitteri Icewine Farm

This is a celebration of Niagara’s finest talent and  agricultural abundance.

Food Truck’s in the Vineyard at Coyote’s Run Estate Winery

Food trucks are all the hype and this summer you can enjoy 12 dates between May – September.

Jackson Triggs Niagara Estate Winery Concert Series

Starting in June and running until September, you can enjoy music under the stars paired with your favourite Jackson Triggs’ estate wine.

Here is a list of the upcoming performers:

June 17th – Steven Page

June 18th – Whitehorse

July 2nd – 3rd – Jim Cuddy Band

July 8th – Colin James

July 9th – Moon versus Sun

July 15th – 54/40 Unplugged

July 16th – Rootstock

July 22nd – 23rd – Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Gypsies

August 12th – Stars

August 13th – Dan Mangan

August 19th – Bruce Cockburn

August 20th – Royal Wood

September 2nd – The Trews

September 3rd – Bahamas

September 9th – Arkells

Supper Market at the Village

It’s become an annual summer event. Featuring all of your favourite food trucks, wineries, microbreweries and live entertainment every Wednesday starting at 4:30pm until dusk starting May 25th in the Village.

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 our Niagara Falls Hotel Deals. This month’s special is a great package for couples, families and friends.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Are you looking for that perfect gift for that special lady in your life? Come and enjoy the beauty of Niagara Falls with your beauty.

Here are some of our favourite fun-filled things to do with your Mom:

Sip & Sizzle – Weekends in May

We can think of so many ways to thank your mom and this one is at the top of the list (along with a dozen others). Spend the afternoon sipping fine VQA wine from 25 Niagara Wineries and taste some great sizzling BBQ goodness.

Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts

Experience a “Symphony of the Senses” – world class music, wine, visual culinary arts combined with Niagara’s natural beauty and historic riches at Stratus Vineyards.

May 6th – Peter Bence & Laila Biali @ 8pm

May 7th – Tony Yike Yang @ 1pm

May 7th – Emily Bear @ 5pm

Handmade Market – May 6th – 7th

Sip, savour and stroll the annual Handmade Market with your mom. With over 100 talented artisans, handmade food and local wine, this event is sure to make mom happy.

Food Truck Eats – May 21st – 23rd

Celebrate Mother’s Day for the whole month of May. This event is one you cannot miss. Three days of food truck bliss, award-winning wine and and local entertainment with the beautiful Peller Estates’ Vineyard as your backdrop. Book soon because these tickets sell out fast.

Inniskillin Cooking Club – May 8th 

It’s 2.5 hours of fun with Executive Chef Tim Mackiddie. Experience the magic of Niagara’s freshest ingredients paired with Inniskillin Wine. And the best part… is you don’t have to do the dishes.

Niagara Wineries

Speaking of wineries, there are over 70 to choose from in this glorious place we call home. So pick your favourites and explore by foot or bike.

Get to Know the City

Niagara Falls has so much to offer. From hopping on board Hornblower Niagara Cruises to exploring the natural beauty of the Botanical Gardens.

Shopping at the Outlet Collection at Niagara 

We can’t forget that magical place that all women love. The Outlet Collection at Niagara is a must stop during your time with mom. With over 100 stores, boutiques, restaurants and the new Saks Fifth Avenue OFF Fifth, you’ll have mom smiling ear to ear.

Niagara Falls Casinos

Test your luck at one of the two Niagara Falls Casinos, Fallsview Casino or Casino Niagara.

Dining at the Keg Steakhouse + Bar

Who doesn’t love the Keg? Mouth-watering steaks and seafood. Check out the new menu – from the California Greens to start to the sweet minis to finish, you’re sure to find something mom will love.

Stay for a night or spend the weekend. The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is the perfect place because of the location “in the centre of it all,” footsteps away from both Casinos, favourite attractions and the world famous Falls.  With so many Niagara Falls hotel packages to choose from, there’s one with mom’s name on it.

 

Niagara Wine Tasting

Niagara Wine Tasting Events this Spring

Niagara is filled with fantastic winery events all year round. With over 70 Niagara Wineries to choose from, there is always an exciting Niagara Wine Tasting Event just waiting for you (all year round). These are a few of our favourites:

Food Freaks & Wine Geeks – Saturdays and Sunday at 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.

 Get Fresh in the Valley – April 23rd – 24th

Get a taste of the valley by touring and tasting up to 23 wineries paired with some of the finest cuisine Niagara has to offer.

 Handmade Market – May 6th – 7th- 13th Street Winery

Mother’s Day is coming up and what better way to spend time with your mom and the lovely ladies in your life than a day trip to the Handmade Market. Sip, savour and shop the amazing creations of 100 artisan vendors.

Food Truck Eats – May 21st – 23rd

This is an event you cannot miss. Three days of food truck bliss, award-winning wine and and local entertainment with the beautiful Peller Estates’ Vineyard as your backdrop. Book soon because these tickets sell out fast.

Food Truck’s in the Vineyard at Coyote’s Run Estate Winery 

Food trucks are all the hype and this summer you can enjoy 12 dates between May – September.

Jackson Triggs Niagara Estate Winery Concert Series

Starting in June and running until September, you can enjoy music under the stars paired with your favourite Jackson Triggs’ estate wine.

Here is a list of the upcoming performers:

June 9th – 11th – Sam Roberts Band

June 17th – Steven Page

June 18th – Whitehorse

July 2nd – 3rd – Jim Cuddy Band

July 8th – Colin James

July 9th – Moon versus Sun

July 15th – 54/40 Unplugged

July 16th – Rootstock

July 22nd – 23rd – Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Gypsies

August 12th – Stars

August 13th – Dan Mangan

August 19th – Bruce Cockburn

August 20th – Royal Wood

September 2nd – The Trews

September 3rd – Bahamas

September 9th – Arkells

Supper Market at the Village

It’s become an annual summer event. Featuring all of your favourite food trucks, wineries, microbreweries and live entertainment every Wednesday starting at 4:30pm until dusk starting May 25th in the Village.

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 our Niagara Falls Hotel Deals. This month’s special is a great package for couples, families and friends.

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.

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.

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!