Friday, July 27, 2012

One of my favourite spots

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One of my most favourite spots to visit is thankfully only and hour and a half away from where we live. Niagara-on-the-Lake is a pretty town that brims at the seams with tourists who want to drink in all of it's prettiness. And she is a beauty.

Of course the other thing to drink in are the outstanding wines that the Niagara Region offers. The Niagara Region is characterized by it's unique micro-climate, topography and rich soils which provides a unique growing opportunity for tender fruit. The wines of this region are infused with complex flavours and characters, and draw wine lovers in to experience the distinctive world class wines. It's not just because I live here that I will say these wines remain among some of my favourites. If you haven't experienced Ontario wines yet, put it on your list of wines to try.

Shaw Cafe & Wine Bar                                      via GB@H

Richard and I drove down to NOTL last weekend for an afternoon of exploring....... and well truthfully, the summer wouldn't complete if I didn't wander there at least a few times.
While we didn't visit any of the wineries on this trip, we did enjoy some of the local VQA choices at lunch. The culinary choices span well beyond the quick lunches at local main street restaurants, and we have enjoyed the talents of the chefs at Oban Inn {here}, Zee's {here}, Truis Winery at Hillebrand {fabulous summer jazz program} - {HERE}, Peller Estate Winery which features the culinary talents of Jason Parsons {here}, Prince of Wales {a wonderful spot for afternoon tea and brunch} - {here}, ........... to name a few.
There is a lot of indulging going on when we visit - great food, outstanding wines.

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via GB@H

The unique climate of the Niagara Region also offers the opportunity for nurseries to grow some of the most beautiful flowers and trees. The town of Niagara-on-the-lake is itself a showstopping bouquet, and as many times as I have visited over the years it still manages to thrill me every time. I am certain that the plants and flowers are on steroids, they are flowing over the planters and sidewalks and there isn't a spot that isn't in bloom. Even during this recording breaking summer heat the gardens are lush.

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via GB@H

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I love to explore NOTL and manage to take pictures every time we visit. The quaint little town is overflowing with restored historical properties that boast of architectural detailing. One of the most visited properties is the Trish Romance Gallery, a Victorian house that really does make you feel like you've stepped back in time.

Trish Romance Gallery House                                       via GB@H

via GB@H

Trish Romance paintings and details about her work can be seen here.

Visitors are often found sitting here enjoying the view.   via GB@H

Look at the detail on the veranda, especially the domed roof. via GB@H

via GB@H

Niagara-on-the-Lake is famous for the variety of Bed and Breakfast accommodations. I've stayed at a few of them in the past and really enjoyed the quaint feel that staying at a B & B offers. There are so many to choose from but one my favourites is Cecile's House {they bring a little touch of France to the Inn and have a great shop as well} - HERE.

The main street is lined with shops that are carefully styled to the historical town's requirements. I love the old time bakery style of Niagara Home Bakery - it reminds me of the bakery my Aunt used to own. And Yum!

Niagara Home Bakery                                       via GB@H

I was so busy taking pictures at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory window that I didn't stop to buy anything....... maybe a good thing that I didn't. But I can say from prior purchases, everything is delicious there. The phrase 'like a kid in a candy store' is so accurate...... you will want to try everything.
They have of course a huge variety of chocolates, gelato, sorbet, frozen yogurt, fudge, no sugar added chocolate and even dog bones that are dipped in chocolate 'flavour' coating {safe for fido}.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory               via GB@H

via GB@H

No calories here !!                                                         via GB@H

Apples covered in more sweetness.             via GB@H

One our very first date Richard and I discovered during our long conversation that we both love Niagara-on-the-Lake - the architecture, the beautiful tree's and the quaint style that the town has to offer. So it is always extra special sharing time there together now.

The highlight of the day was taking time together - just the two of us. The fun of a summer day..... in the sunshine...... in a romantic town.......... with my guy.

Read more about Niagara-on-the-Lake during our winter trip HERE................ and HERE.

More great Niagara Region gardens can be seen via fellow blogger Nella at Acorn Lane Vintage Living. Warning: her garden will hook you in, it's stunning.


  1. So thrilled you love my little town. Moving here was a spontaneous decision (from Toronto) and husband and I have been totally immersed in a love-affair with this area ever since.
    Next time you come, visit Stonechurch Vineyard and have and afternoon of sliders on the bbque, some local wine and music in the garden.

  2. Those are the best days aren't they Katherine? I loved every photo of such a special town. My girlfriend gave me a RMCF for my birthday. I love those things!
    sending hugs...

  3. I love all those flowers! The colors are amazing!