Quaint B&B in Charming Niagara-on-the-Lake
With its meandering garden paths, an enormous first-floor wraparound deck, and flower boxes bursting with colorful blossoms, WeatherPine Inn at Niagara-on-the-Lake has the look of an oil painting by an impressionist artist. A short walk from downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake and a 30-minute drive from Niagara Falls, the charming inn sits on an expansive lawn and features a large open veranda on the second floor for guests to sit, relax, and enjoy this idyllic part of Ontario with a glass of wine. Friendly innkeepers Doug and Phyllis Johnson make you feel welcome the moment you check in—whether by offering you a bicycle to explore the region or serving a hot breakfast in the dining room.
There are only five rooms at WeatherPine Inn, with the available Forest, Vintage, Periwinkle, and Harvest rooms each individually decorated with country-chic accents. The Periwinkle room has a four-poster bed, bright periwinkle walls, and a floral quilt, and the Harvest room feels more like a warm cabin with knotted pine floors and furniture. All rooms boast a private veranda space and a fridge stocked with complimentary soda and water. Private entrances to each room allow you to come and go when you please.
In the morning, wake up to a multicourse breakfast cooked by your hosts and served at the big round table in the communal dining room. Waffles, sausages, fruit, and coffee are all on the menu, and guests can get to know one another during the meal. After breakfast, you can borrow a bike, hike along the 35-mile long nature path just outside the front door, or walk to town to explore the Niagara-on-the-Lake’s wineries.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario: Quaint Streets and Wineries just North of the Falls
Named to distinguish itself from nearby Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake in southern Ontario has become a thriving tourist attraction on its own, earning the nickname "Loveliest Town in Canada." Visitors come for its calm weather and quaint streets lined with brick buildings, antique shops, and art galleries. Walk around the town's National Heritage District, where you can check out the unique Niagara Apothecary, a walk-in museum restoration of an authentic old-fashioned pharmacy, with walls displaying the actual tonics, salves, and cure-alls available in 1869.
On your trip, visit some of the area’s 28 wineries, many of which are within a few minutes each other. Though typical varietals such as merlot and cabernet sauvignon are grown here, those looking for a truly unique wine-drinking experience should try the region’s famous ice wine. Made from grapes that have been frozen during the Canadian winter, ice wine is a dessert wine that’s sweeter and more concentrated than most other varietals.
If you're driving over to Niagara Falls, the Canadian side of the Niagara River is the ideal place to admire the American, Bridal Veil, and Horseshoe Falls. Although the iconic Maid of the Mist boat tours only run April–October, the Journey Behind the Falls attraction stays open year-round. Board an elevator to descend through bedrock, leading to tunnels and observation decks just steps from Horseshoe Falls' cascading water. A recent addition, Niagara's Fury, takes guests on a 4-D multisensory ride that details the creation of the falls with special effects that enhance the interactive, 360-degree experience.
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