Hotel at a Glance: Riverbend Inn & Vineyard
Housed in a 19th-century Georgian mansion on 17 acres of vineyards and gardens, the Riverbend Inn & Vineyard puts guests squarely in Niagara-on-the-Lake wine country. The AAA/CAA Four Diamond hotel has just 21 rooms and suites, ensuring an intimate stay.
- Wine lover's package: This Groupon includes daily continental breakfast, a wine flight and a cheese plate, three area winery tastings, a $25 dinner credit, and a parting wine gift.
- Milk-fed veal chops and cabernet sauvignon at the AAA/CAA Four Diamond Dining Room restaurant
- Travel back in time: The historical Georgian mansion recalls an earlier age with crystal chandeliers and period-designed furniture.
- Curl up by the fireplace in your premium room, which also features a flat-screen TV, free WiFi, and views of the gardens, vineyards, or scenic Niagara Parkway.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario: Low-Key Wine Country with Artistic Bent
Just 13 miles removed from the roar of Niagara Falls' waterfalls and casinos, Niagara-on-the-Lake offers a tranquil alternative on the shores of Lake Ontario. The town features golf courses and 27 wineries, which famously produce large amounts of ice wine. Niagara-on-the-Lake's artistic flair is displayed during the annual Shaw Festival, which celebrates the plays of George Bernard Shaw at three local theaters. The festival runs from April to October. Year-round, head to the RiverBrink Art Museum in nearby Queenston to see its collection of Canadian and international artworks and artifacts.