If you follow us on Instagram, you may have noticed a recent increase in pics about wine. That’s because just over a week ago I was visiting one of my favorite places in Canada. When the Mr. mentioned he had meetings in Niagara-on-the-Lake, I jumped at the chance to join him. It’s a long flight from Barbados (six hours!) for only a few days, but it was so worth it!
Most people have heard of Niagara Falls, but many people don’t know about a gem of a town in Ontario called Niagara-on-the-Lake. Located a 30 minute drive North from Niagara Falls it’s a gorgeous area that, thanks to favorable winds and the nearby escarpment, produces incredible wines. Located at a similar latitude as France and Northern Italy, it’s a wine region that rivals any in the world.
~ beautiful homes and a horse drawn carriage to take you through town ~
We stayed at the historic Pillar and Post Hotel. Within walking distance of the main street, this quaint hotel boasts a great spa and indoor and outdoor pools. The walk from the hotel to town is one that I wanted to do again and again. Gorgeous old homes line beautifully treed streets. Each garden is prettier than the next, and most have white picket fences. It’s like something out of a story book!
Pillar and Post Hotel and Spa | 48 John Street West, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
The main street is full of fun tourist shops and boutiques. COWS ice cream is one of Canada’s best (in my opinion) and Canadian maple fudge is a must! And I couldn’t resist buying a homemade butter tart (or two) to enjoy with my Starbucks in the afternoons.
~ how can you choose just one treat? ~
In addition to attending a bunch of wine tastings and cellar tours, we enjoyed gourmet meals at amazing restaurants. Great wine and great food? Why wouldn’t I visit!?!
Peller Estates Winery | 290 John Street East, RR#1, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Five Rows Craft Wine | 361 Tanbark Road, St. David’s, Ontario
Coyote’s Run Estate Winery | 485 Concession 5 Road, St. David’s Ontario
~ charcuterie, fresh pasta, delectable mushrooms, and lobster poutine! ~
Kitchen 76 at Two Sisters Winery | 240 John Street East, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Zees Grill | 92 Picton Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
So if you have plans to visit Niagara Falls this summer, take an extra day or two and head over to Niagara-on-the-Lake. With over 30 wineries to choose from, you’ll be sure to find a favorite!
Have you ever done a wine tour?
What’s your favorite wine region to visit?