Ice Wine and Unparalleled Views of Niagara Falls at 4-Star Hotel
Oscar Wilde once uninspiringly called Niagara Falls "simply a vast amount of water going the wrong way over some unnecessary rocks." But the falls' 12 million annual visitors tend to have a different reaction as they witness one of the world’s greatest wonders, thousands of gallons of water surging over a brink. Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel & Spa may have an ideal vantage point from which to prove cranky Irish playwrights wrong. The Travel Channel says it's the "closest hotel to the action" and "promises the best views."
In the Marriott's Fallsview guest rooms, you’ll find prime views of all of the falls that make up Niagara—the Horseshoe, American, and Bridal Veil. After 7 p.m., colorful lights illuminate the falls, casting a breathtaking glow on their heavy mist. Riverview guest rooms put you right next to the serene Niagara River. At the hotel’s mezzanine level, the Terrapin Grille’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer a close-up vista of the waters. The restaurant serves a hearty buffet of waffles, fresh fruit, and omelets for breakfast, then pairs steak and seafood with local wine for dinner. Guests can further a relaxing day with a swim in the indoor pool and a visit to the sauna and steam room.
Included in this Groupon is a tour of the nearby Jackson-Triggs Winery, where you can sample their internationally acclaimed ice wine, the region’s specialty dessert wine. A short walk from the hotel is the Fallsview Casino Resort, which provides three football fields' worth of slot machines and gaming tables.
Niagara Falls, Ontario: Panoramic Views of the Falls near Vegas-Style Casinos and Water Parks
At Niagara Falls, one of the world’s seven natural wonders, water thunders downward from a height of nearly 200 feet, crashing onto craggy boulders below. The falls straddle the border between Canada and the United States, with segments located in both New York and Ontario. The Canadian side of the Niagara River, however, is universally hailed as the finest vantage point to take in the photogenic American, Bridal Veil, and Horseshoe Falls.
The iconic Maid of the Mist has ferried raincoat-clad passengers around the base of the falls since 1846. The tours run from April through October, depending on the river's ice conditions. Year-round, Journey Behind the Falls grants a glimpse behind the curtain of Horseshoe Falls—board an elevator that descends 150 feet into the bedrock, then stand at an observation deck steps away from the cascading water.
From November 3 to December 31, the town of Niagara Falls will glow with 3 million lights for the CAA Winter Festival of Lights. Some of the displays will illuminate Fallsview Boulevard in the Clifton Hills neighborhood, known for its Vegas-style kitsch, including glitzy casinos, indoor water parks, restaurants, and soggy Elvis impersonators. This year, the annual fest will also feature an ice-skating rink near the brink of Horseshoe Falls.