Due to February’s holiday weekend, my boyfriend and I decided to cross a popular tourist destination off of our bucket lists – Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Apart from going to Niagara Falls, I was really interested in visiting once I learned that Ontario has an expansive wine trail in the Lake District.
The drive took approximately 7 hours to arrive in Ontario. We parked at the Table Rock Welcome Center for under $17 USD. The center had an observation area that connected to a walkway that offered views of the Horseshoe Falls and the very top of its river.
Since it’s February, the majority of touristy activities are limited, and the idea of getting soaked in 30 degree weather was not enticing. That evening we walked through the Casino Falls, and ate dinner at a craft beer restaurant called Taps on Queens. Although I’m not into beer, it’s industrial interior, local vibe, and food were great.
The next day, we ventured to Niagara on the Lake to vineyard hop. Our first stop was Konzlemann Estate Winery, which oversaw its own vineyards and Lake Ontario. While their tasting was 2 at 10$, we were provided a 10$ coupon off 2 bottles of wine (we purchased 2 Cabernet Sauvignon).
Our next stop was Stratus, an upscale vineyard with a variety of 16 wines. Their Stratus White is the best wine I tasted that day and potentially one of most delicious whites I have ever tasted. We did 2 tastings for the price of 1, and were able to try their Ice Wine. We visited the vineyard next-door, Jackson Triggs. While at Jackson Triggs, we only paid only 12$ for 2 tastings and a bottle of Merlot. We even received a voucher for 2 free tastings at their sister vineyard – Inniskillin. At our fourth and final vineyard, we had our second ice wine tasting, which we later found out was award-winning. I purchased a bottle of their refreshing Pinot Grigio.
Between visiting four vineyards, we strolled the streets of the Heritage District. The area was quaint with a variety of restaurants and shops selling touristy items and sweets. It’s very close to Fort Niagara and Fort George.
Overall, I would recommend going to Niagara Falls area during the summer. The area seems a little sleepy and tired during the winter months. However it was really nice for us to get away for a few days, enjoy each others companies, and experience a new place.