Fine Dining, Whirlpool Spa, and Luxurious Accommodations on Niagara River
Set on the country’s largest freshwater island, Holiday Inn Grand Island sits just downstream from Niagara Falls, right beside the mighty Niagara River. It’s one of the most convenient locations in the Northeast. Here, visitors are only 20 minutes from Buffalo and just a stone’s throw away from four major points of access to Canada. Naturally, most come to see the sheer force of Mother Nature at Niagara Falls. It’s an especially striking sight in the winter, when the clinging mist of the falls crystalizes over nearby rocks, trees, and lampposts. Through February, you can take in the displays of the annual Winter Festival of Lights.
Inside Holiday Inn Grand Island, guest rooms come simply decorated and have private balconies. With this Groupon all stays include breakfast for two, served daily at the onsite restaurant, Currents. House specialties for dinner range from steak au poivre ($23.50) to salmon tortellini ($17.95). A selection of sandwiches and wraps makes up the bistro’s more casual fare. Guests can also make the most of the hotel’s riverside location while dining by looking out to the water through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Grand Island, New York: Former Lumber Town near Niagara Falls
Located on the Niagara River, roughly midway between Buffalo and Niagara Falls, Grand Island has worn a number of hats over the past four decades. Formerly a lumber town and resort area, the island is now a tranquil place to stay close to the falls without getting caught up in the tourist scene.
Just down the river, Niagara Falls is best known for its views, but also boasts an assortment of fine-dining restaurants, shops, and casinos. Included with this Getaway, guests receive a $30 voucher for slot play at Seneca Niagara Casino, located only minutes away from Holiday Inn Grand Island. More than 4,200 reel-spinning and video slot machines are sprawled out across the game room, with many machines linked to a progressive jackpot that increases after each round or when a craps player rolls a three with oversize fuzzy dice. The casino, operated by members of the Seneca Nation, also features more than 100 table games, including blackjack and three variations of poker, as well as an events center with live music shows.