Old World Charm Meets Contemporary Elegance at Boutique Hotel Facing Niagara River
The newly built Federal-style Barton Hill Hotel & Spa pays homage to the past while embracing contemporary comforts. Standing on land that once served as the staging grounds for the first battle of the War of 1812, the hotel now provides peaceful respite for vacationers discovering the idyllic vineyards and charming villages of New England. A full service spa and modern amenities compliment the historic atmosphere of the Lewiston area and the neoclassical hotel.
Beyond the white stone entrance, you'll find a great room anchored by stately columns and appointed with Greek revival furniture. Upstairs, spacious Portage Retreat rooms carry on the sense of grandeur, with varying décor that might include four-poster beds, heavy draperies, and wrought-iron chairs. All come with a gas fireplace and an iPod docking station from which to play Riverdance show tunes.
Come evening, the Chantry restaurant serves inventive cocktails alongside gourmet pub fare. The menu rotates weekly, and might include tomato-cranberry bruschetta ($6) and pastry-wrapped tilapia ($15). The next morning, breakfast includes eggs Benedict or an egg frittata.
Once fortified for the day, you'll find plenty to do nearby. About a 15-minute drive south, the Seneca Allegany Casino flashes and jingles with more than 4,000 slot machines alongside blackjack, craps, and roulette tables (gaming credit included). A few miles east of the waterfront, the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls showcases designer threads from brands such as Burberry, Coach, and Oakley (shopping voucher included).
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, a handful of wineries makes up the Niagara Wine Trail, 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. Roughly 600,000 gallons of water cascade over the brink each second, creating a thunderous roar while sending a cool mist into the air. Niagara Falls State Park offers a variety of lookout points, but one of the best is free: the Prospect Point Park observation tower soars 282 feet skyward for panoramic views of the falls.