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??