How this trip came about: We, [Mum, Dad and DD20] decided this year that we wanted to revisit New York and San Francisco again, BA had a sale on, and then the trip then evolved into other places we would like to visit, and in the end we came up, with this trip; NYC 4 nights [3rd visit], Boston 3 nights, Niagara Falls 3 nights [Canadian Side], Cedar Point 2 nights, Chicago 3 nights and San Francisco 5 nights [2nd visit], everywhere else were brand new locations we had never visited before.
Onto the TR....we did a day trip from Niagara Falls.
Thurs 1st Sept – Daytrip to Niagara-On-The-Lake
Today we were up earlier, breakfast at hotel and out in the car to NOTL. But not before stopping at the Whirlpool Aero Car we had seen it on the map yesterday and were interested. We got the first tickets of the today [I think], for 10am. It was only us and another couple on the old Spanish car, it was OK, nice views but nothing special. Also while here Dad had seen a leaflet for the Jet Boats, that get you soaked head to toe, Dad and I were quite intrigued but had no change of clothes, and the times didn’t suit us...looking back though I wish we had done it, it probably would of been a lot of fun.
Next I had a list of wineries’, that all made their own Rose [Mum’s favourite] so we stopped at a few on our way to and from NOTL. I believe we first stopped at Inniskillin Wines, then onto Peller where Mum and I tasted their roses, there was a $3 charge per taste, but the man was nice and didn’t charge us. Then we carried on to NOTL, where we parked us and had a little wander around town, saw the Prince of Wales Hotel with the horse drawn carriages outside. Got some fresh fudge from a chocolate shop, which was delicious chocolate peanut butter or something like that. NOTL was very nice, very picturesque; lots of pretty looked after flowers.
We then carried on to more wineries stopping at Sunnybrook, at little shed type place. That was actually more about fruit wines, but did 1 rose [most places only have 1 rose, and maybe a sparkling one too]. Tried a few, and brought the rose, but we still got charged for the tastings as well. The man behind the counter was very friendly as well, and actually came from Milton Keynes, not far away from where we live...small world. Next up was Palatine, which was like a very large warehouse with a poor dog very hot out in the sun where his waterbowl was inside.
Next was lunch, what I was looking forward too...lunch at the Pie Plate Cafe and Bakery. It certainly lived up to its reviews it was delicious one of our best meals of the trip. We had soup to start [I can’t remember the name of it, if anyone knows it was corn based], then Mum and I shared the pear pizza [yummy!] with scissors to cut it! Dad had the strawberry lemonade with was lovely! And the last meat pie of the day [which we’d call a pasty at home]. Then for dessert share a slice of their peach and blackberry which I loved [well we all did] and I’m not a pie person!
One last winery for the day, Pillitteri where the tasting were free, no pressure to buy and we brought their rose they did. Also I never got ID’ed the whole day...surprising. We then headed back to Niagara Falls, stopping at Canada One Outlets but we weren’t very impressed.
Back to the hotel, and chose to go to Sandstone Grill right next door to our hotel for dinner. It doesn’t look like much on the outside, but on the inside was quite nice. The food prices are similar to other NF restaurants, but the food is actually good unlike Vinny’s the previous night.
On the drive back home, my parents had actually realised we were quite close to Niagara Falls so after dinner we walked to the falls, going down Clinton Hill...which we found very tacky. Looked at the falls some more, before calling it a night and heading back to the room.