A Weekend at Niagara-On-the-Lake

We spent a great weekend in Niagra-On-the -Lake (NOTL), which is a quaint little town just outside of Niagra Falls , ON.  We stayed at the vintage hotel – Queen”s Landing.  Queen’s Landing is a Georgian style mansion,  with views of the Niagara River –  and  140 newly renovated rooms.


I dropped my hubby off at the golf course and decided to go to the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagra Falls and then a visit to the Falls.


I have never been to the butterfly conservatory and was totally blown away by the number of butterflies.  It was magical, when I entered the room there were  hundreds of gorgeous butterflies everywhere.  There were signs to watch your step as the butterflies land everyplace. There were so many species, I don’t even know all of the names, such pretty colours.  From there I drove to the Falls,  I have been so many times, and its magical everytime.   Such an incredible sight.  After going for a walk, I headed back towards Niagra-On-the-lake along the river/scenic route instead of the highway.  This was such a great drive, so much parkland, biking/hiking trails, and incredible views of the the Escarpment.   As I got closer to the hotel, I started to see more vineyards.  


After a great evening, the next day we went on a wine tour.  We went to Konzelmann estate winery.  This winery is the only one situated on the shores of  Lake Ontario.  We did a tour of the facility, learned the history of the Konzelmann family, saw where the wine was made and where it was bottled.  We tasted 4 wines – white, red, semi-sweet and sweet.  The vineyards were full of grapes, and we had a spectacular view of the Toronto skyline from an observation deck.

Next we went to Pillitteri Estates Winery.  Sadly we didn’t have a tour of the winery, but we did do a tasting there.  I enjoyed this wine as bit more, Pillitteri Estates Winery has teamed up with Team Canada and with every bottle sold, $1.00 goes towards the Canadian Olympic Committee.


Niagra-On-the-lake is best known for its wineries and the Shaw festival (a series of theatrical productions).  The streets are lined with beautiful flowers, the main street – Queen Street is filled with many shops, restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries.


No visit to Niagra Falls wouldn’t be complete without a stop in NOTL.  What wineries have you visited ?  If you could recommend a winery any where in the world which one would it be??





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