Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls - Fallsview http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:00:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Where to Get a Birds-Eye View of Niagara Falls http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/blog/2015/03/get-birds-eye-view-niagara-falls/ http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/blog/2015/03/get-birds-eye-view-niagara-falls/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:00:39 +0000 http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/?p=1324 image001When you are standing in Queen Victoria Park, you can look out onto the Falls, feel the mist on your skin, and listen to the thundering river rush past. When you venture below, on the legendary Maid of the Mist or the Journey Behind the Falls, you can hear and see up close the power of the mighty Niagara and get drenched by its massive spray. However, it is only when you travel high into the air, to see the waterfalls and the surrounding region from above, can you truly appreciate the beauty and brawn of Niagara Falls.

In the long history of the Falls, most visitors have been resigned to viewing the natural wonder from a handful of lookouts positioned around Niagara Parks. However, as soon as Niagara became a vacation destination, savvy architects began experimenting with structures and towers that allow alternative vantage points of the fantastic falls. If you are staying in Niagara Falls sometime soon, you can’t miss the unparalleled scenery provided at these high-up locations.

Brocks Monument

The first endeavor to provide travelers with new perspectives on the Falls, Brocks Monument was first constructed in 1824 as a tribute to British Major General Isaac Brock, who was a fierce leader during the War of 1812. Unfortunately, in 1840, agitators against Britain’s continued domination of Canada blew up the monument.

However, this tragedy led to the construction of a newer, better Brocks Monument in the 1850s, and it is this second monument that still stands in Queenston Heights today. The tower is 184 feet tall, and visitors can climb to a small observation deck to look out over the countryside.

Prospect Point Observation Tower

Not to be outdone by their northern neighbors, architects on the American side of Niagara began constructing their own tower in 1888. Sprouting out of Tower Hotel and looking over American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls, Moose Tower Observatory boasted elevators — unlike Brocks Monument — that brought visitors to any of its multiple viewing platforms on the way to the top of the 250-foot-tall steel tower. It was such a superbly soaring structure that inventor Guglielmo Marconi used Moose Tower to transmit one of the world’s first wireless messages. Unfortunately. Moose Tower was dismantled and shipped to St. Louis, leaving Americans without an observation point for half a century.

In the early 1960s, Americans once again began construction on an astounding tower to call their own. This new lookout was built at Prospect Point, the busiest and most beautiful place in American Niagara, and looks out over much of the Niagara region. This 282-foot-tall tower still stands proudly today.

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Yet, a much more impressive architectural feat was already in the works when Prospect Point’s tower was completed. In the heart of downtown Niagara Falls, Ontario, engineers set to work constructing Skylon Tower. Reaching more than 520 feet into the crisp, Niagara air, Skylon was and is the most remarkable lookout in the region, providing unprecedented views of all three waterfalls and the surrounding landscape.

Skylon provides not only jaw-dropping views, but shopping and restaurants for Niagara visitors to enjoy. The eatery at the top observation deck makes for an excellent space to watch the nightly fireworks.

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All About the Niagara Movement http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/blog/2015/02/niagara-movement/ http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/blog/2015/02/niagara-movement/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:30:52 +0000 http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/?p=1309 CrowneBlog7.jpegNiagara Falls has a long, strong tie to black history. As one of the ending points for the Underground Railroad, which funneled escaped slaves to Canada where slavery was wholly illegal by that time, the rushing Falls heralded true liberty to African-Americans fleeing unjust enslavement. A proud black community has thrived in the region since the 19th century, and countless important events in civil rights have taken place on Niagara’s shores — including the Niagara Movement.

A monumental development in black culture, the Niagara Movement marked a new era of civil rights filled with choices for the African-Americans all over the continent. This February, during your trip or vacation to Niagara Falls, revel in the profound history of Niagara’s black community for Black History Month, and learn about the significant advances of the Niagara Movement.

A Country in Turmoil

Though blacks in America had gained unprecedented levels of freedom after the North won the American Civil War, Southern states continued to enforce restrictions on African-American rights. For example, segregation laws became more restrictive, and voting laws were amended to exclude blacks from polling places. The most powerful African-American orator at the time, Booker T. Washington, argued that blacks shouldn’t agitate politically for equivalence with whites, which enraged dozens of prominent African-American activists who sought equality above all else.

Two such irate men, W.E.B. Du Bois and William Trotter, staunchly and vociferously opposed Washington’s stance. Du Bois and Trotter often advocated taking action, but despite several confrontations with Booker and his followers, the pair were largely ignored. However, by 1905, it was the view of many that Washington’s passive methods were not fulfilling the black community’s needs.

A Meeting for Change

CrowneBlog8.jpegFed up with the lack of progress from Washington’s passivism, Du Bois, Trotter, and a handful of other furious and motivated African-Americans planned to meet in Buffalo, New York in 1905 to discuss forming a more powerful activist group that could effect change. However, after being refused accommodation in Buffalo, the group relocated north of the border to a hotel in southern Ontario where they would not be bothered by press or dissenters. Due to the location of the group’s formation, they quickly identified as the Niagara Movement.

During their first meeting the group organized their founding principles, namely:

  • Unrestricted suffrage for all male blacks.
  • Equal treatment for all.
  • Equal economic opportunities, particularly for blacks in the South who continued to labor in “virtual slavery.”
  • Compulsory, free education for all.
  • Equal punishments for all criminals, regardless of race.
  • And other demands for equality under law and culture.

By the end of the year, the founding members had established 21 chapters of the movement containing a total of 170 members. The movement created two different publications, “The Moon” and “The Horizon,” to rally support from black and white communities alike. The Niagara Movement’s efforts did, in fact, effect change in several states: In Massachusetts, the movement thwarted lawful segregation in railroad cars, and race riots around the country brought attention to the continued struggles of blacks.

Its Ripples in History

However, due to organizational problems at the foundation of the movement — including a lack of physical headquarters — the movement’s power petered out around 1910. Though the Niagara Movement was short-lived, it has always been considered a crucial precursor to the immensely powerful National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Niagara Falls’ involvement in one of the first activist groups battling racial injustice in the 20th century is undeniably important, which is why the Niagara region is such a profound place to visit during Black History Month.

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Crowne Plaza Hosts Niagaralicious Feb. 20th To March 13th http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/blog/2015/02/crowne-plaza-hosts-niagaralicious-feb-20th-to-march-13th/ http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/blog/2015/02/crowne-plaza-hosts-niagaralicious-feb-20th-to-march-13th/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:31:45 +0000 http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/?p=1317 niagaralicious-784x290Niagara Falls has a lot to offer in the way of spectacular scenery and first-rate cuisine, and Falls Avenue Resort is offering an opportunity for people to experience it all. Niagaralicious is a brand new dining and hotel experience in the heart of Niagara Falls that allows guests to choose between specially tailored menus and amazing Fallsview dining at The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, Windows by Jamie Kennedy, and Fallsview Buffet Restaurant, and exciting themed dining at Hard Rock Café Niagara Falls. Guests can pair their dining experience with a stay at the first-rate Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview and Sheraton on the Falls and indulge in all of the spectacular accommodations, cuisine, and sights that make Niagara Falls so wonderful.

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Canadian Cooking: How to Make Nanaimo Bar http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/blog/2015/02/canadian-cooking-make-nanaimo-bar/ http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/blog/2015/02/canadian-cooking-make-nanaimo-bar/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:30:31 +0000 http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/?p=1305 CrowneBlog5.jpegThough Nanaimo, British Columbia is far away from Niagara Falls, Ontario, the two cities are inseparably linked by an infamous Canadian treat: Nanaimo bars. These gooey, layered, no-bake sweets are among top favorites of children and adults alike throughout Canadian provinces and on your next trip to Niagara Falls, you are more than likely to spot a tower or two in bakery windows everywhere.

However, if you are itching to start your vacation early, you can quickly and easily whip up a batch of Nanaimo bars in your home kitchen. With a few familiar supplies and some hungry helpers, you’ll feel like you’re north of the border in no time.

The Traditional Recipe

Different recipes for the iconic Nanaimo bar have been floating around Canada since the 1950s, but since a contest held by the Nanaimo mayor in 1986, one recipe has stood out from the rest. The following is the best beloved recipe for regular Nanaimo bars, as created by Ms. Joyce Hardcastle of Nanaimo.

First layer:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

Melt the butter, sugar, and cocoa together in a double boiler (not a microwave). Add the egg, and stir; the egg should cook and thicken the mixture. Stir in the remaining ingredients, and press firmly into an ungreased 8-inch by 8-inch pan.

Second layer:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons cream
  • 2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups icing sugar

Cream all four ingredients together, and continue beating until mixture is light. Spread evenly over first layer.

Third Layer:

  • 4 one-ounce squares semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Melt both ingredients over low heat to combine, then let cool. Once cool, pour over second layer. Chill in the refrigerator until third layer is hard, then cut into manageable bars and enjoy.

Variations

CrowneBlog6.jpegOf course, that was the most basic form of Nanaimo bar, which provides diners with a simple and pleasurable combination of crumble, custard, and chocolate. Innovative bakers love to experiment with this fundamental formula to craft even more creative concoctions. Here are some of the more exciting and exotic Nanaimo bar variations to come out of Canadian kitchens:

  • Maple Nanaimo bars. It wouldn’t be truly Canadian if we couldn’t make it maple-flavored. To make these patriotic treats, add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts to the first layer and 1 1/2 tablespoons dark maple syrup to the second layer.
  • Blondie Nanaimo bars. Surprisingly, some people don’t find pleasure in the thick chocolate topping of Nanaimo bars. To please them, you can make Nanaimo bars with a thinner white chocolate third layer by substituting the butter and chocolate with 3/4-cup white chocolate chips.
  • Maple Canadian Bacon Nanaimo bars. The small amount of saltiness provided by the Canadian bacon makes these bars some of the best. Follow the maple recipe for the second layer and the blondie recipe for the third layer, but add two tablespoons brown sugar and two teaspoons maple syrup to the white chocolate, and sprinkle with cooked bits of Canadian bacon.
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Niagara Falls for Summer Festivals http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/blog/2015/02/niagara-falls-summer-festivals/ http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/blog/2015/02/niagara-falls-summer-festivals/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 10:30:15 +0000 http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/?p=1299 CrowneBlog3.jpegWhile Niagara Falls is one of the best destinations year-round, the region is particularly excellent in the summer. The warm weather combines with the beautiful, green scenery, and the roaring waterfalls are moving at full capacity creating the most amazing effect. Perhaps these idyllic conditions are why so many of Niagara’s best festivals are held in the summer months.

While we wait to find out how much winter is left, you can start prepping for your summer trip to Niagara Falls by reading about these four marvelous festivals in June, July, and August.

1. Springlicious

Kicking off the tourist season, Springlicious is a show-stopper of a festival. Filled with famous musical performers, excellent local food vendors, and other family entertainment, this event is unique unto itself. Grown directly out of local pride for Niagara’s best attractions — including its world-renowned wine and cuisine — Springlicious is a joy to participate in, for both vendors and guests.

Though the vendors and acts aren’t yet set for Springlicious 2015, eager attendees can mark the last three days of May — May 29, 30, and 31 — off their calendars, as they will be busy every waking moment during the days of this Niagara festival.

2. Niagara Falls RibFest

It is hard to imagine a festival more suited to Father’s Day than one wholly devoted to the grill. Perhaps that is why Niagara’s RibFest, known for its award-winning ribs cooked in every style takes place every year on Father’s Day weekend. Known as the best ribs festival in Ontario, if not all of Canada, the Niagara Falls Ribfest repeatedly attracts world-class grill masters who create culinary masterpieces out of racks upon racks of ribs.

We find it important to note that RibFest is more or less a not-for-profit endeavor, as much of the money earned by RibFest goes to various organizations around Niagara Falls, including Literacy Niagara, Boys and Girls Club of Niagara, School Breakfast Program, and more.

CrowneBlog4.jpeg3. Fort Erie Friendship Festival

The goal of the Fort Erie Friendship Festival is to foster camaraderie between nations (Canada and the United States), between attendees (locals and visitors), and amongst music lovers of all kinds. Primarily an outdoor concert with various musical acts taking the stage every night, the Friendship Festival has developed into a huge summer event filled with excellent food, shopping, and entertainment. There is a Midway filled with games for kids of all ages, and every year the festival hosts a talent show, which anyone can enter.

In 2015, the Friendship Festival takes place on June 26, 27, and 28 and is free to all, so if you are looking forward to attending, be sure to get there early.

4. Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival

Niagara Falls is a city that loves water in a region that relies on the stuff for energy and resources. Perhaps that is why the Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival has become so enormous during the four decades it has been around. This year, Niagara Falls expects more than 300,000 visitors over the course of the four-day festival, which features arts and entertainment dedicated to the region’s marine heritage.

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Fun and Funky Valentine’s Day Traditions Around the World http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/blog/2015/02/fun-funky-valentines-day-traditions-around-world/ http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/blog/2015/02/fun-funky-valentines-day-traditions-around-world/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 16:46:23 +0000 http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/?p=1292 CrowneBlog1.jpegValentine’s Day is one of America’s favorite holidays, but this celebration of romantic love exists in all corners of the world — including the Niagara Falls region. The United States and Canada tend to agree on the traditions of the holiday: Couples in love exchange gifts like candies or jewelry wrapped in red hues to signify their passion for one another. However, other cultures that celebrate Valentine’s Day do so quite differently. When you visit Niagara Falls for Valentine’s Day, consider the following alternative festivities to your usual romantic gestures.

1. Niagara Falls

Rather than roses and chocolates, most native Canadians prefer to exchange written notes, poems, and paintings, which is a tradition that has its roots in the very first Valentine’s Day celebrations in the 19th century. However, in Niagara Falls, there are dozens of ways for lovers to show their commitment and joy. Some examples include:

  • Strolling hand-in-hand through the various Niagara parks and gardens.
  • Enjoying a cozy carriage ride around quaint Niagara-on-the-Lake.
  • Tasting some of the world’s best wine at various legendary Niagara vineyards.
  • Cuddling up to watch the nightly fireworks show and viewing the illuminated waterfalls.

2. Japan

In the Far East, Japanese people exchange chocolates with their sweeties just like in the West — with one notable difference. In Japan, it is the women who lavish their men with gifts to show their love and devotion. Many Japanese women also present chocolate to men and women they are merely friends with, but these gifts take different names and forms:

  • Giri-choko, or obligation chocolate, is given to men who serve absolutely no romantic place in a woman’s life, like bosses, co-workers, brothers, fathers, and close friends.
  • Cho-giri-choko, or ultra-obligatory chocolate, is even less meaningful, presented to people with whom the woman has little affinity or affection.
  • Honmei-choko, or true-feeling chocolate, is reserved only for boyfriends, lovers, or husbands and may be homemade.
  • Tomo-choko, or friendship chocolate, is given to close female friends.

3. South Korea

February 14 isn’t the only romantic holiday celebrated by South Koreans. In the Japanese fashion, women in South Korea spoil their men on Valentine’s Day, or Red Day, which takes place in February. A month later, men return the favor on March 14’s White Day, which is also done in Japan. Then, on April 14, single people who were unable to celebrate Red or White Day with a sweetheart gather at restaurants to enjoy one another’s company over a plate of black noodles.

CrowneBlog2.jpeg4. Denmark

Oddly enough, the Scandinavian states aren’t a particularly romantic bunch. Still, one remarkable tradition for Valentine’s Day in Denmark is the exchanging of quirky poems or rhyming love notes called gaekkebrev. The letters are sent anonymously — like secret valentines — and the recipient is tasked with guessing the sender based only on the number of letters in his or her name. Winners receive extra presents on Easter later in the year, while losers must provide extra presents on that day.

5. Wales

Instead of St. Valentine’s Day, the Welsh celebrate love on St. Dwynwen’s Day, which occurs on January 25. Welsh legend states that an ancient princess fell madly in love with a young man, but the couple was unable to wed — for reasons such as class disparity or previous commitments, different oral traditions state. The princess, after praying fervently in the woods, was granted three wishes, one of which was for God to protect and answer the wishes of all young lovers for eternity.

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Niagara Brewing Company Opening In May 2015 http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/blog/2015/01/niagara-brewing-company-opening-may-2015/ http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/blog/2015/01/niagara-brewing-company-opening-may-2015/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:54:39 +0000 http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/?p=1275 NFaerial1113Falls Avenue Resort is pleased to announce that Niagara’s newest microbrewery, Niagara Brewing Company, will be opening its doors this coming May. Located on the corner of Falls Avenue and Clifton Hill, this brand new microbrewery will utilize and showcase locally sourced ingredients in innovative brews that offer a truly unique craft beer experience.

Niagara Brewing Company will be located just steps away from the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview and all Falls Avenue Resort hotels, restaurants, and attractions. It will be the only microbrewery operating in the Niagara Falls tourist district, offering guests an unforgettable and one-of-a-kind experience.

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The Real Maid of the Mist: Niagara’s Famous Legend http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/blog/2015/01/real-maid-mist-niagaras-famous-legend/ http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/blog/2015/01/real-maid-mist-niagaras-famous-legend/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:46:28 +0000 http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/?p=1262 CPblog7.jpegNiagara Falls has been around for more than 12,000 years, which means that countless millions from all walks of life have seen and talked about the wondrous sights in the Niagara region. It is understandable, then, that every new culture that has walked the trails around the Falls has imagined different and thrilling tales regarding its creation and existence.

The most fantastic story of them all concerns a young Seneca girl named Lelawala who would become immortalized in the history of Niagara Falls as first and true maid of the mist. When you visit Niagara Falls in 2015, watch the mysterious mists and remember Lelawana’s sad tale.

A Tragedy for the Ages

The traditional Iroquois legend states that Lelawala was immensely saddened by the recent death of her husband. This initial loss started an avalanche of misfortune in Lelawala’s life, and she quickly lost hope of overcoming her current sorrows. Thus, one day, Lelawala boarded her canoe and paddled into the middle of the roaring Niagara River. Singing a time-honored death hymn, the girl allowed the canoe to be caught by the rushing current, and soon Lelawala and her boat were thrown over the edge of the enormous Falls.

However, instead of finding the sweet release of death in the deep waters below, Lelawala was caught mid-descent by Heno, the god of thunder. Heno brought Lelawala to his home behind the Falls, where he and his son nursed Lelawala back to health. Once again happy and confident in her life, Lelawala fell in love with and married Heno’s youngest son, and together the family lived behind the Falls.

CPblog8.jpegYet, Lelawala had one regret in her magical life behind the thundering water: She wished to see the people of her past once more. Unfortunately, she gained this opportunity all too soon. Heno informed the girl that a great snake was traveling down the river with plans to poison the waters from which Lelawala’s people drank. Her people would die, and the great snake would feast on them. Lelawala was granted permission to warn her people, and she was able to save them from disaster before returning to her watery home.

When the snake finally visited the village, it was enraged to find the people fled to higher country. It sought to find them and carry out its devilish deed, but Heno rose up out of the crashing water and struck the beast dead with a single lightning bolt. However, the great snake’s body obstructed the river’s flow, and water began rushing directly into Heno’s home behind the falls. Heno was able to evacuate his family, Lelawala included, before the damage was complete, and they relocated to a new place in the sky. From their new home, Lelawala could watch her people every day, but she never again could visit with the people of her past.

Variations on the Story

The tale of the maid of the mist has changed with each retelling, and many scholars have unearthed different versions that paint a different picture. For example, a European deviation says that Lelawala did not willingly careen over the Falls, but rather that she was given to the gods in human sacrifice. Researchers continue to delve into histories to determine if any portion of the myth is derived from true events; however, no matter its veracity, this bit of Niagara folklore is as fascinating and epic as the three waterfalls themselves.

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3 Ways to Celebrate a 50th Anniversary in Niagara Falls http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/blog/2015/01/3-ways-celebrate-50th-anniversary-niagara-falls/ http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/blog/2015/01/3-ways-celebrate-50th-anniversary-niagara-falls/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 10:12:13 +0000 http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/?p=1258 CPblog5.jpegNiagara Falls might be the Honeymoon Capital of the World, but that doesn’t make it any less popular among couples celebrating each and every anniversary. In fact, the romance and excitement of the region make it the perfect destination for couples looking to go big for their golden anniversary. Fifty years together is nothing to scoff at, and couples looking at half a century of wedded bliss have earned a top-notch vacation. Here are all the ways Niagara Falls can make 50th anniversary memories that will last another 50 years.

1. Wine Tasting

Research shows that drinking a glass of wine is amazing for your health, so couples who are looking to double their 50 years together might plan to indulge in some resveratrol (the potentially rejuvenating antioxidant in red wine) in Niagara’s famed wine region.

There are pre-organized tours eager to guide you through the region to show off Niagara’s best vineyards, but selecting your own path through the vineyard land can be even more rewarding for adventurous and sporting revelers. Here’s a short list of the top winemakers in the region.

  • Innskillin Wines
  • Peller Estates Winery
  • Reif Estate Winery
  • Ravine Vineyared Estates Winery
  • Trius Winery at Hillebrand
  • Chateau des Charmes

Almost every Niagara vineyard has won an award for excellent winemaking, but no matter where you sample wine, be sure to get a taste of Niagara’s signature varietal, icewine. Novel and unparalleled in the world of wine, this varietal is sure to surprise and excite any budding connoisseur.

2. Spa Lounging

Even if the past 50 years have been happy ones, no marriage is without its points of tension. However, Niagara Falls wants to ease away those stresses in its fabulous Christienne Fallsview Spa. With dozens of packages designed to foster tranquility by soothing away all anxiety, couples can find within themselves the energy to work through another 50 years of marital pleasure.

The various massages, facials, and other treatments will surely rejuvenate the mind and body to a youthful vigor, but the real highlight of Christienne Spa is its spectacular hydrotherapy infinity tub. As waves of warm, gentle water encourage total relaxation, your eyes can watch the powerful beauty of Horseshoe Falls just outside. Plus, if after 50 years you just can’t stand to be away from one another, the spa offers a handful of couples’ packages so you can experience total relaxation hand in hand.

CPblog6.jpeg3. Cultural Opportunities

Niagara Falls may be popular among boisterous tourists, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a haven for culture of all kinds. In fact, the quaint town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, just a short drive from Niagara Falls proper, is full of art and sophistication for any worldly couple. The town is proud of its long history, and the pleasure shows in the preservation of architecture and parks dating back to Colonial times. Shops all over the town are charming in their bygone simplicity; in truth, the whole experience of the town feels like a trip back in time.

The most famous event in Niagara-on-the-Lake is certainly the Shaw Festival, which is a year-long celebration of the enchantments of theater. A handful of theaters around the city regularly present magnificent works that highlight the art and wonder inherent in stage production. And after 50 years of married life, what couple couldn’t use a little magic?

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Niagara Falls’ Favorite Award-Winning Wines http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/blog/2014/12/niagara-falls-favorite-award-winning-wines/ http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/blog/2014/12/niagara-falls-favorite-award-winning-wines/#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 09:15:46 +0000 http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/?p=1253 CPblog3.jpegWhat could possibly be more satisfying than a nice glass of wine at the end of a rough day of work? What about multiple excellent glasses of wine from some of the best vineyards on the continent during a relaxing, week long vacation?

A vacation to Niagara Falls has emerged as an oenophile’s dream due to the hundreds of outstanding wines that come from grapes grown in the region’s superior soils. Connoisseurs from all corners of the globe flock to the area, as Niagara’s wineries continue to establish themselves as on par with new and old world vineyards alike. On your next trip, stop in at any of these six vineyards to learn more about wine culture in the Niagara region.

1. Flat Rock Cellars

This is a huge, 98-acre property with a huge tasting room that overlooks gorgeous Lake Ontario. Flat Rock has won awards for its chardonnay, riesling, and pinot noir, and the master winemakers here pride themselves on their versatility and innovation. Plus, the owners, a father-son team with the shared name Ed Madronich, bring in food trucks on the weekends, so you can fill your stomach on more than wine without interrupting your tasting.

2. Five Rows at Lowry Vineyards

This is one of the smallest and newest winemakers in the valley, but most critics agree that Five Rows produces wines that could already go head-to-head with many of their French-made counterparts. The tasting room is humble, to put it quaintly, but the service is excellent and the descriptions are on-point.

3. Ravine Vineyard

If you are traveling with a companion who isn’t much for wine — but you are — you should set your sights on Ravine. This winemaker is one of the oldest in the region, with farmland dating back to 1802, and time and time again Ravine has paved the way for other wine crafters in Niagara. However, the real gem of Ravine is its unparalleled Bistro, which serves up exquisite food pairings to go with tastes of the vineyard’s signature wines. So while you enjoy the wine, your partner can enjoy the meal.

CPblog4.jpeg4. Inniskillin

This winery may have a funny name, but the master winemakers here are serious about their craft. In fact, Inniskillin is one of the foremost vineyards in the region devoted to Niagara’s favorite wine: icewine. With a carefully honed growing and treating process, icewine can be difficult to create, but Inniskillin has built the unknown varietal into an eagerly sought treat. If you love sampling rare or exotic flavors, you can’t miss Inniskillin’s line of icewines.

5. Peller Estates

This massive winery specializes in almost every varietal you could name, and it has become famous in the region for producing jaw-dropping vintage after jaw-dropping vintage. The restaurant on-site is internationally renowned for celebrity chef Jason Parsons’s impeccable palate, and the Reserve Boutique, a secret tasting room secluded away from the hubbub, is invitation-only due to the high demand of entry from global expert sommeliers.

6. Tawse Winery

One of the newest contenders in the Niagara area, Tawse only opened in 2005. However, the winemakers here have a reputation for producing consistently high-quality wines equal to the products coming from the winery’s long-lived neighbors. Connoisseurs note the wines’ purity and devotion to the distinct grape varietals, which is especially impressive considering the wines range from light rieslings to rich cabernets.

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