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Full day in NOTL....Please help

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Nutley, New Jersey
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Full day in NOTL....Please help

PART #1

We are planning to spend a full day in NOTL on Sep 1st. I figured the best way is to take a full day tour of wineries. However, too many options… Please help to pick one:

Option #1 A Sense of the Bench OR Sip & Savour from http://www.crushtours.com/daily.html

Option #2 A WINE AND CULINARY ADVENTURE IN NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE OR NIAGARA TWENTY VALLEY REGION WINE AND CULINARY TOUR from http://www.niagaraworldwinetours.com

Option #3 Gourmet Lunch and Winery Tour from www.tourniagarawineries.com/notltours.htm

My husband and I are in our mid 30 definitely NOT wine connoisseurs. We don’t discriminate and enjoy all flavors and colors! I know the region is known mostly for ice wines. So definitely looking forward to tasting ice wines! However, if possible, would love a good sampling of what NOTL has to offer. Please help us!

PART #2

Most tours end around 5 pm. Being that we’ll be there on a Wed Night, what else is there to do?

PART #3

Also, we would love to hear your dinner recommendations. Again, we’re not terribly picky and enjoy pretty much everything. Definitely enjoy hearty meals. (preferably not Italian). Price range… hmmm… definitely trying to watch our budget ;)

Thank you!

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For the combination of wineries and a lunch at the Strewn Winery restaurant I would choose Option 2...... I think that combination will give you the best experience overall and since lunch is included, I'd opt for a highly regarded restaurant like Terrior La Cachette----we've always had wonderful lunches there.

http://www.lacachette.com/

For dinner I would try and get a reservation at the Stone Road Grille, in Niagara on the Lake, which serves gourmet food in a bistro setting at a reasonable price.

http://www.stoneroadgrille.com/

There will still be productions on with the Shaw Festival if you are interested in theatre, or you can spend a little time browsing shops downtown or walking by the river or along the Niagara Parkway. I'm not sure if it will still be open after 5pm but we always enjoy the Trisha Romance Gallery on King St. right in downtown.

http://www.shawfest.com/

trisharomance.com/…notl

If you want to take in more of Niagara on the Lake and the region, you could choose to visit fewer wineries, drive yourself and take in lunch "on the road". We really like the Twenty Valley and Bench area and would recommend Angel's Gate for tapas lunch, Vineland Estates for both wine and dining, Flat Rock Winery as well as the many wineries closer to Niagara on the Lake. As well, Jordan is a lovely little village with Inn on the Twenty for dining and Cave Spring Winery for tastings.

Lots of options, but whatever you choose, it will be a wonderful day out. :)

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Thank you thank you thank you!!!

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If dinner doesn't take up your whole evening, consider an evening stroll while talking a lantern lit "ghost walk".

www.hauntedhamilton.com/ghostwalks/notl.htm

I can't personally vouch for this tour but have enjoyed similar tours in other cities I have visited (i.e. New Orleans and Williamsburg). It can be a fun way of learning about a place and walking off dinner. It starts at 8:30 p.m.

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And by the way, it's not true that the region is known mainly for ice wine. Niagara makes some great whites, and increasingly reds. You don't have to be connoisseurs - a tasting at just about any of the region's wineries can be fun and informative.

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Hi Vcastillo,

Welcome to the NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE TRAVEL FORUM.

PART # 2 - Night Activities...

Just to be clear on the info that MOMMADEE has provided (incase anyone else should read this)… Hamilton’s Ghost Walks is a company out of nearby Hamilton, but they do indeed provide Ghost Walks of NOTL as well as many other locations in Southern Ontario.

In addition to this company, there are also other interesting Ghost & Mystery Tours in NOTL.

Over at Fort George, The Friends of Fort George present Ghost Tours of this Canada’s most haunted site on a regular basis May thru October. Paranormal activity happens here often… and infact has been documented… I have taken the tour and must say I have been on many “fun” Ghost Tours over the years… and well this one was indeed “disturbing” the night I attended. Hard to describe, a sort of mental heaviness that hung in the air, our group didn’t “see” anything that night, but many said they “felt” something… and several people on the tour left it mid-way thru because the found it too intense. I personally wouldn’t recommend this tour for anyone under the age of 16.

Friends of Fort George Ghost Tours = www.niagaraghosts.com/

There is also the Mystery on the Lake Productions “The Secret of Butlersburg” which is a unique experience that combines Live Theatre Mystery Story (and a bit of improve) with a Walking Tour on a Historical Adventure that involves a Scavenger Hunt. By all accounts a lot of fun

Mystery on the Lake “The Secret of Butlersburg” = www.motl.ca/motl/

TA REVIEW – Mystery on the Lake “The Secret of Butlersburg” = tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g154999-d148…

Also in NOTL there is the award winning Shaw Festival, which has professional theatre productions that run every night of the week (except Monday).

Shaw Festival Theatre = www.shawfest.com

Over in Niagara Falls... Of course there are also a lot of great night-time activities to be enjoyed just 20 minutes or so down the Niagara Parkway (Dinner Theatres – Comedy Clubs – Bars, Dance Clubs, Casinos - Nightly Falls Illuminations – Fireworks etc).

Hope this is helpful,

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

PS… As to Ice Wine… it certainly isn’t the ONLY Award Winning Wine produced in Niagara as ESTRAGON has stated… BUT it is the Signature Wine of the Region (and of Canada)… and most wineries do produce it.

Edited: 17 August 2010, 06:16
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Signature maybe, but I am probably like most people in that I'm much more likely to drink a bottle of Ontario Riesling, Gewürztraminer or Chardonnay than crack open a $60 ice wine.

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TO ESTRAGON,

No doubt... I would say the same for myself... but then we are "locals"... on the world market, it is the Ice Wine that is what the rest of the world is searching out eagerly / buying.

As I say often, wine is like food, it is all subjective... we all own different taste-buds and perceive things differently... there is no right or wrong. Just what is.

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

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