Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Labour Day in Niagara-on-the-lake

Who said you can't go wine tasting with a 14 month old? Well really we wanted to get away for the long weekend and take advantage of the warm weather one last time. We had a blast a few years ago at Niagara-on-the-lake with my best girlfriends, and decided this would be the weekend we would go back but with our bundle of joy. 

We obviously didn't take this getaway too seriously and when we tried booking a hotel in Niagara-on-the-lake the Friday of the long weekend, either it was sold out or ridiculously overpriced. So instead we ended up using and decided to just book a hotel in Niagara Falls which was 20 minutes from Niagara-on-the-lake. The hotel we won in our bid was the Crowne Plaza which is far from feeling anything royally luxuriously, but we essentially just needed a bed to sleep in. We didn't get to our hotel until past 9pm, as we had dinner in Niagara-on-the-lake. If you are considering spending time in Niagara-on-the-lake but don't want to fork out $500 plus a night for a Pillar and Post hotel, I would consider just staying in Niagara Falls which always has great hotel deals for $99. If you are a bigger party a cottage is probably your best bet.

We got to Niagara-on-the-lake just after noon on the Saturday of the long weekend, and rented 2 bikes one with a trailer for our little one to enjoy the views. He had such a blast, and although you may think wine tasting is not meant to be enjoyed with a kid, you are completely wrong. I mean if you are only tasting (which is what I did) and not chugging down glasses of wine, you do not get tipsy at all, and you can be a responsible adult enjoying wine country as you should. Well reality is I am not one to mix or drink too much wine, but I loved the idea of riding bikes through wine country, it was so pretty and quite the workout.