Ice Wine and Unparalleled Views of Niagara Falls at Four-Star Marriott
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 the thousands of gallons of water surging over the brink. If you really want to prove the cranky Irish poet wrong, the four-star Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel & Spa may have the ideal vantage point of the falls—the Travel Channel says it's "the closest hotel to the action and promises the best views."
In the Marriott's falls-view 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.
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 cooks up steak and seafood and pours local wine for dinner. This Getaway includes a C$40 dining voucher you can use toward a meal here.
Also included in this Groupon is a tour and tasting at Jackson-Triggs winery and a tasting at the nearby Inniskillin winery. There, you can sample the winery's acclaimed ice wine, the region’s specialty dessert wine. Nearby the hotel is the Revolving Dining Room, located atop the Skylon Tower, where you can put a C$50 dining voucher to use toward dinner, dessert, and a terrific view.
Niagara Falls, Ontario: Panoramic Views of the Falls near Vegas-Style Casinos and Water Parks
At Niagara Falls—considered by many to be 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, but the Canadian side of the Niagara River is universally hailed as the finest vantage point to take in all three of Niagara Falls' photogenic brinks: 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.
A 10-minute walk from the falls, you'll see the neon glow of the Clifton Hill neighborhood. Its Fallsview Boulevard has plenty of Vegas-style kitsch, including glitzy casinos, indoor water parks, restaurants, and soggy Elvis impersonators.