Old World Charm Meets Contemporary Elegance at Boutique Hotel Facing Niagara River
Though it’s a relatively new hotel, The Barton Hill Hotel & Spa is located on some historic land in Lewiston, New York, site of the first battle of the War of 1812. The surrounding Niagara region has a vintage feel to it as well: it’s dotted with charming villages and idyllic vineyards. In keeping with the setting, Barton Hill’s decor and design have an old-fashioned look, too.
Beyond the white-stone entrance, you'll find the hotel’s great room, which is anchored by stately columns and outfitted with Greek Revival furniture. Upstairs, spacious Portage Retreat rooms maintain a similar sense of elegance with varying decor that might include four-poster beds, heavy draperies, and wrought-iron chairs. Each room comes with a gas fireplace and an iPod docking station.
The inn’s Chantry Restaurant serves inventive cocktails alongside gourmet pub food. The menu rotates weekly, but it might include baked tilapia ($20) or sautéed mussels and sausage ($18). On the breakfast menu, you’ll typically find dishes such as eggs benedict and frittatas.
Lewiston, New York: Historic Town Minutes from Niagara Falls
Lewiston was one of western New York's earliest settlements, dating back to the 1600s. Today, its quaint streets are lined with antique stores and art galleries. Just a 10-minute drive from the hotel is the Niagara Wine Trail, where you can find a handful of vineyards. The area is best known for its ice wine, a sweet dessert varietal made from frozen grapes.
The Niagara River flows past the hotel, about 8 miles upstream from the American side of the falls. At that iconic spot, roughly 600,000 gallons of water cascade over the brink each second, creating a thunderous roar and sending a cool mist into the air. Niagara Falls State Park offers a variety of lookout points. One of the best is free—the 282-foot Prospect Point Park observation tower.