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What to Look Forward To at 2016’s Music Under the Stars

May 25, 2016 8:16 am

FARblog5What exactly is it that people are looking for in a vacation destination? World-class accommodations? One-of-a-kind attractions? Unforgettable Restaurants? Sights? Sounds? Stress-relief? Savings? For most would-be vacationers, it’s probably a combination of that list and a whole lot more, and here in Niagara Falls, we pride ourselves on the wealth of reasons people routinely give for choosing this place as the spot where they want to spend their vacation.

One of the most regularly cited reasons is the wide variety of entertainment offered throughout the busy summer season like the Music Under the Stars concert series. Here is a look at just some of what you can look forward to at this year’s series should you be on your way to Niagara anytime between June and September.

The Scene

Hosted by Jackson-Triggs Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake and located at their amphitheatre, this summer music series takes place in one of the most beautiful outdoor settings in Niagara. Settle down with your loved ones while nestled amongst luscious vineyards and farmland.

The show goes on rain or shine, but if you pack enough umbrellas on a rainy night, the weather can just add to the memory-making fun. The sound is superb and the stage is expertly lighted. For a summertime music experience, it hits all the right notes.

FARblog6The Acts

Of course, music is the most important part of any concert series, and Music Under the Stars gets in a wide variety of regional, national, and international acts. Juno and Grammy Award winners routinely grace the stage, and depending on what you listen to, you might just get a chance to see one of your favorites in an intimate setting. Here are some of the acts slated to perform at the 2016 music series:

  • Sam Roberts Band. For three performances in a row, Sam Roberts and his band will delight attendees of the series. Known for their electric live performances, the band has also enjoyed a string of hits off their albums, “The Inhuman Condition” and “Lo-Fantasy.” They’re slated to play June 9th, 10th, and 11th.
  • Colin James. A Canadian legend, Colin James’ debut album in 1988 was the fastest-selling record in Canada’s history, and since then, his records have gone platinum over and over again. Having just released his 17th album, his place among great Canadian artists is assured. He takes the stage at the Jackson-Triggs Amphitheatre on July 8th.
  • Bruce Cockburn. 12-time Juno award-winner, Bruce Cockburn, is one of North America’s most-celebrated guitarists, songwriters, and singers. Political and poetic, Cockburn is also a great storyteller, leaving audiences inspired, enlightened, and entertained. He is set to play the series on August 19th.
  • And many, many more!

All the shows start at 8 p.m., with “doors” opening at 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary according to the event, but one thing is certain: 2016’s Music Under the Stars is one of the finest concert series in all of Canada. Whether you love rock and roll or singer-songwriters, schedule your vacation to coincide with a concert. You won’t soon forget the place, the feeling, or the performance.

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3 Reasons to Celebrate Father’s Day in Niagara Falls

May 18, 2016 8:13 am

FARblog3When people make their way to the Niagara Falls region, they do so for a wide variety of reasons. Some come to celebrate an anniversary or honeymoon or to rekindle a romance that has grown stale.

Others are looking to take a break from the stresses of work in a location known for providing visitors with unbelievable sights as well as scores of events and attractions.

Then there are those who want to experience one of North America’s most revered wine destinations. Lastly, there are some who want nothing more than to experience the wonder and majesty of our always-impressive waterfalls.

Within these categories, of course, lie more categories still, and one group of visitors that experiences the area a lot but rarely gets any credit for it is fathers. From the brand-new dad still trying to figure out how to hold his infant to the spry octogenarian boasting 25 grandchildren, Niagara Falls makes a great destination for the dad in your life. Here are three reasons to celebrate this Father’s Day with a trip to Niagara Falls.

The Golf

Yes, it’s a stereotype, but there’s a very good reason the stereotype developed. Namely, a lot of men really do enjoy hitting the links for a game of golf. Especially for men from the Baby Boomer generation, few propositions compare to spending a weekend morning or afternoon tackling 18 holes on a beautiful course. Home to a dozen or more stunning courses, the Niagara region is a perfect getaway for the golf-loving dad in your life. Here are just a handful of some of the finest courses that are open to the public:

  • Legends on the Niagara
  • Whirlpool Golf Course
  • Thundering Waters Golf Course
  • Beechwood Golf & Country Club

FARblog4The Weather

June is often a pleasant month in many places across North America, but Niagara Falls’ June weather is lovely enough to win a beauty pageant and take home the prize. Temperatures range from highs in the mid-60s to the occasional low-80s, and nightfall brings with it cooling breezes that rarely drop the temperature below the mid-40s so you’ll be comfortable just donning a sweatshirt. The spring rains have mostly passed, and the storms that do roll in are brief. For an early summer vacation where you’ll hardly ever face an uncomfortable moment related to how the air feels, June in Niagara Falls can’t be topped.

The Food, Wine, and Beer

Eating and drinking are two vacation favorites no matter who you are, and in Niagara, we do both remarkably well. A new crop of craft breweries is reaching the standards set by our world-renowned wineries, so whether you and your dad love wine or beer, you can find excellent examples of both all across the Peninsula.

And the food is second-to-none as well. The Niagara region’s farm-to-table movement has resulted in a wide variety of restaurants that serve excellent food sourced right from their own backyards. Whether you love grass-fed steak, Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist, or fresh-caught fish, you’ll eat like kings at every turn.

Spend Father’s Day in Niagara Falls. As these three reasons show, celebrating your dad — or yourself — isn’t just easy to do here; it’s incredibly fun as well.

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For Lovers of Rock and Roll Flowers: Two Shows

May 12, 2016 8:10 am

FARblog1If you’re a flower lover, then right about now is probably your favorite time of year. From early spring’s cherry blossoms, daffodils, and tulips to late summer’s coneflowers, asters, and mums, the warmer season’s offerings of beauty make the passing of time more bearable, especially since flowers always follow the cold and barren landscapes of winter.

Here in Niagara Falls, we can’t help but get in on the flower festivities. Besides the trees, shrubs, and perennials that burst forth when the weather warms without any coaxing, it’s a common pastime for many in the region to tend to lush and lovely flower gardens.

However, it isn’t just private citizens who get in on the floral act. There are eight annual flower shows offered by the Niagara Parks Commission and held at the Niagara Falls Floral Showhouse, and two of them run into one another from early May until the end of June. If you or anyone in your party lives for the chance to swoon over the colors and smells provided by too many flowers, make sure you include a stop during your Niagara Falls vacation.

The Floral Showhouse

The location of the Niagara Parks Commission Floral Showcase, visitors have been stopping by the Floral Showhouse for more than 70 years. Located just a short, quarter-mile walk from the waterfalls, the Showhouse includes collections of orchids, tropical plants, and succulents in addition to the rotating flower shows offered throughout the year.

Colorful birds fly and sing throughout the greenery, and during the summer months, the grounds around the Showhouse are themselves a stunning example of fragrance, color, and order. There are eight different shows offered throughout the year, and for lovers of rock and roll flower experiences, the two held throughout the months of May and June are among the finest. Tickets for adults are just $5, and children under 13 get in for $3.75.

FARblog2Annual Hydrangea Display

Held from early May until June 10th, the Annual Hydrangea Display is a feast for the eyes and nose. Characterized by their large, round heads, hydrangeas grow in clusters of flowerheads, which helps make them especially lovely when on large display. Pinks, blues, lavender, and whites abound throughout each year’s annual hydrangea display, and the scent is almost heavenly. The setup in the Showhouse features hydrangeas above, below, and beside, so no matter where you walk, look, or stand, you can fully experience these bright, big flowers.

The Regal Geranium Show

Opening right on the heels of the Annual Hydrangea Display, the Regal Geranium Show continues the Floral Showhouse’s floral love fest. From June 11th through June 30th, you can walk among a wide variety of annuals and perennials as the Showhouse is almost completely overtaken by regal geraniums, caladiums, and fuschia. Reds, purples, whites, oranges, and combinations of colors are everywhere. For an experience of the scents and sights of summer, the Regal Geranium Show should not be missed.

Bring your love of flowers with you when you come to Niagara Falls. Whether you take in hydrangeas or regal geraniums, the Floral Showhouse’s late spring and early summer flower shows are designed to please.

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3 Niagara Spots Where You Can Get Your Nacho Fix

May 5, 2016 2:44 pm

FARblog7The Niagara region boasts some of the finest dining in all of Canada. From downtown Niagara Falls spots like The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra and Windows by Jamie Kennedy to winery restaurants like Raven Winery Restaurant and Trius Winery Restaurant, if what you seek above all else is a fine dining experience where the food lives up to its legendary status, you can literally swoon at almost every meal. And while it’s true that the high-end dining that’s available throughout the region is second-to-none, sometimes, even in a foodie’s life, it isn’t foie gras that calls — it’s bar food.

When that time happens and you’re on vacation to Niagara, you’re in luck. From burgers and poutine to pizza and donuts, there are food options here nearly as wide-ranging as those in New York City. One of the dishes that’s especially common and good is that old bar food standby: nachos. When what you crave is a mountain of chips topped with an impossibly large mountain of cheese, head to one of these three spots.

Taps on Queen

This local brewery serves up some fantastic food and beer, and for a visitor who needs a plateful of piping hot and noteworthy nachos; Taps’ will FARblog8definitely fit the bill. On Fridays, you can actually get a pitcher of their beer and an order of nachos for just $15. If that isn’t enough to tempt you, though, here’s a description: Their nachos include delicious melted, shredded cheese and queso cheese, jalapenos, tomatoes, green onions, and sour cream.

In addition to that feast of flavor and color, though, is what sets their hot, pile of chips apart: their house-made beef chili.

Taco ‘N’ Tequila

Taco ‘N’ Tequila’s main claim to fame is their 45-ounce margarita, and while that’s certainly something to write home about, drinking one of those margaritas with their nachos ups the excitement ante considerable. There are two types of nachos available at this restaurant.

The first, their Nachos Gachos, are the simple ones: hot tortilla chips are topped with pico de gallo, melted cheese, sour cream, and guacamole. These nachos also include a side of salsa, and for an additional charge you can add taco beef or chicken.

Their Mucho Nachos go a step further: hot tortilla chips are covered in cheese, seasoned ground beef, pico de gallo, sour cream, fresh, sliced jalapenos, lettuce, guacamole, and black beans.

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

It’s fitting that Jimmy Buffett’s theme restaurant would also serve up some of the best nachos in the city, and while you can get them at any one of his restaurants, they’re so good they still deserve to make the list. Called Volcano Nachos, they’re big enough to share between two people as an entire meal thanks to the veritable mountain of chips covered in ground beef, salsa, two types of melted and shredded cheese, queso cheese, tomatoes, green onions, guacamole, sour cream, and jalapenos.

When it comes to delicious nachos, no one needs to reinvent the wheel. At these three Niagara spots, you can always count on the nachos. The chips will be many. The cheese will be hot, and the extra fixings delicious.

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Where You Can Perform Karaoke in Niagara Falls

April 25, 2016 3:42 pm

FARblog5An evolving form of entertainment that got its start in the 1960s and 1970s in both the United States and Japan, karaoke (a Japanese word that literally means, “empty orchestra”) is that rare form of entertainment that is wholly interactive, as audience members take turns being singing and stage performers.

At a karaoke bar, regular people sign up and take the stage to sing along to a backing track of a favorite song that has had the vocals removed. Lyrics are displayed on a video screen off to the side, so the singer can stay on target throughout the song. Something more holistic than a singing contest, the best karaoke performers are those who give their whole selves over to the performance. It makes for a remarkably exhilarating and fun way to spend an evening.

Whether you’re an old hat or a fresh newcomer, karaoke is almost always a blast, and Niagara has a handful of places where you can step onto the stage, grab the mic, and sing your heart out in front of a roomful of strangers. Have a Niagara vacation experience you’ll never forget at one of these Niagara karaoke bars.

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

Located in Niagara Falls, the main draw of Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville’s karaoke stage is that Jimmy Buffett himself has performed on it. Every Friday and Saturday night, all year long, you can join tourists and locals for a fun night of whatever music it is you want to sing. In addition to performing and listening to karaoke, you can also enjoy excellent Caribbean-inspired bar food and burgers, as well as some of the best margaritas in the whole region. For a sun-inspired good time that includes a lot of questionable singing, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville is a great spot.

FARblog6Beer Garden Karaoke Patio

From May through October, the Pizza-Pizza Patio at the Beer Garden in Clifton Hill has karaoke each and every night. Skilled and entertaining karaoke hosts keep the audiences and performers engaged, and the full bar and fast service keep everyone in the mood to keep trying to outdo their last performances, and with over 2,800 songs to choose from, you’re almost guaranteed to find something you want to croon over. One thing to keep in mind: Anyone under 19 will have to leave the patio at 9 p.m. nightly.

The Blue Lagoon

This Lundy’s Lane bar and restaurant is a great place to perform karaoke if you want mostly local flavor, as the tourists tend to stick to the places closer to Niagara Falls’ downtown. A full bar and great chicken wings will keep you in the mood for singing and listening whether you hit the bar early or late. Be sure to call ahead to ensure karaoke is on the menu as the bar also plays host to local and touring live bands from time to time. For a karaoke experience that can truly only be had in Niagara Falls, The Blue Lagoon is the spot for you.

Whether you love Hall and Oates or Diana Ross, make some time for karaoke in your Niagara Falls vacation. Not only will the night be memorable, but you just might make some local singing friends to meet up with the next time you’re in town.

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When You Need to Send Flowers in Niagara Falls…

April 15, 2016 3:40 pm

FARblog3It’s hard to know exactly what services you are going to want and need when you head out on vacation, but planning ahead is always a great idea. From determining which of the region’s massage therapists are the best to scheduling a lazy and luxurious manicure or pedicure, being pampered by professionals while you’re taking a break from your hectic life is something almost everyone enjoys.

Of course, the services of some professionals you can hopefully avoid entirely, such as a dentist, nurse, doctor, or car mechanic, and while sending flowers is sometimes due to unfortunate events, it’s still a service that may come in handy, whether you’re trying to tell your betrothed how much she means to you, or you’re trying to tell her how sorry you are for spending too much money playing poker at the casino the night before.

Whatever the occasion, there are times in life when you really can only say what you mean with flowers. Here are some of the finest florists in the area who can help you do that.

Dobbie’s Florist

A fourth-generation flower shop in Niagara Falls, this Victoria Avenue shop is open every day of the week, except for a handful of national holidays. They routinely win local awards and have been awarded a Master Florist service and quality level from FTD. The vast majority of their flowers are brought in from around the Niagara Peninsula throughout the year, so you can be certain the flowers are as fresh as possible.

Almost any floral needs can be taken care of at Dobbie’s, whether you want a bouquet for your last-minute elopement or you need to send sympathy flowers to your sister in Bangkok when her dachshund dies. They also have gifts, stuffed animals, fruit, and gourmet baskets.

Sunstrum’s Florist

FARblog4Another local and award-winning florist, Sunstrum’s was started in 1962, when Dennis Sunstrum, Canada’s first Master Designer, opened up the shop. Specializing in delivery throughout the Niagara region, they also work hard to get their flowers locally.

One helpful aspect of Sunstrum’s is that they feature a vast variety of floral designs on their website, so when you don’t have time to run in to the shop, you can’t decide what you want, or you just don’t know anything about flowers, you can still make the right decision simply by looking through their online catalog.

Country Garden Floral Boutique

Open since 1984, Country Garden Floral Boutique is another specialist in local delivery, and when you make the purchase online, the delivery is free. From orchids and roses to lilies and plants, they offer a wide variety of options that should be able to meet any need or occasion. They also offer an excellent catalogue online that not only includes many wonderful bouquets and blooming plants, but they also offer gift baskets of a wide variety.

Whatever your needs and whatever the reason, Niagara Falls’ many florists can be counted on to provide excellent flower-centered service. Whether you choose Dobbie’s, Sunstrum’s, Country Garden Floral Boutique, or still another shop, should your Niagara Falls vacation need flowers, you’ll be in good hands.

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Take a Trip to Tuscany With Massimo Capra

April 8, 2016 3:40 pm

FARblog1Niagara sees many celebrities. There are the waterfalls, of course. There are the many award-winning vineyards and wineries such as Inniskillin and Peller Estates, and the people who started them. There are the stars of stage and screen who regularly make their way to the various venues in the region to perform throughout the year, but one of the most treasured of all Niagara’s many celebrities is the Italian-born celebrity chef, Massimo Capra, whose fantastic restaurant, the Rainbow Room, is easily one of the finest places to eat on the whole Niagara Peninsula.

While every meal at the Rainbow Room is noteworthy — it does have one of the finest views of the waterfalls in the entire city — Capra’s ongoing culinary tour of Italy makes some meals even more noteworthy than others, and on the first Friday in May, his restaurant is showcasing Tuscan cuisine with paired wines from the region.

About Tuscany

Tuscany is located in central Italy and covers about 9,000 square miles. Given its history, landscape, influence on culture and the arts, and food traditions, it’s no wonder3.8 million people call the region home. Considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Tuscany is also where we get wines like Chianti, brunello di Montalcino, and vino nobile di Montepulciano. So strong is the Tuscan cultural and linguistic identity that it is often referred to as “a nation within a nation.”

Its food is central to much of what makes Tuscany so unique. Oriented around the Italian idea of “poor cooking” or cucina povera, straightforward meals are crafted out of inexpensive ingredients utilizing the freshest and highest quality ingredients available. Bread, roasted meats, beans, foraged mushrooms, and red wine — the ingredients that make up Tuscan cuisine are unassuming but hearty, and an experience in eating there is one of life’s simplest pleasures.

About the Winery

FARblog2Tenuta Il Poggione is the winery partnering with Capra on this night of Tuscan flavors. An historic winery known for its excellent wines, attention to detail, and sustainable approach and respect for the land, Tenuta Il Poggione was started in the late 1800s by the Franceschi family, who knew the land was favorable to viticulture and embraced it as such. Today, just like 100 years ago, this winery produces some of the finest wines in the entire region.

The Details

This Tuscany-inspired meal will take place at the Rainbow Room on Friday, May 6th, 2016. Tickets for dinner are $125 per person, and, because seating is limited, it’s highly recommended that you get them as early as you can, as they may sell out. The evening starts with a standing cocktail reception where guests will mix and mingle with one another and Massimo Capra while canapés and wine are served. Dinner will be a five-course Tuscan-inspired meal, and each course will be paired with a wine from Tenuta Il Poggione Winery.

Spend a night in Tuscany during your next Niagara Falls vacation. Buy your tickets to Massimo Capra’s tour of Tuscany now, and discover just how out-of-this-world the world’s simplest food can taste.

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3 of the Best Bike Shops in the Niagara Area

March 27, 2016 1:31 pm

FARblog11Whether you’ve been an avid cyclist for years or you’re just now remembering the thrill and freedom a bike offered you back when you were a child, heading out on a bicycle for a day or an hour has a lot to recommend it. Great exercise that doesn’t wear on your joints the way running or racquetball does, it can help keep stress at bay. And, because you do it outside, it can help keep you connected to a sense of place while you get a regular dose of vitamin D.

For visitors to the Niagara region who love cycling, there are scores of excellent roadways and trails to bike along, which is why cycling in the area is fast becoming almost as popular as touring wineries. To keep up with the cycling craze, quite a few bike shops have sprung up throughout the region as well Here is a look at three of the best, whether you’re in the market for a brand-new bike, you need a replacement tube, or you just want to step into the heady smell of bike tires, sweat, and good-natured people.

Liberty! Bicycles

This downtown St. Catharines bike shop offers a lot of almost everything. They offer an impressive array of bicycles, including Specialized, Cannondale, Kona, and more. Whether you’re in the market for a road bike, a dual suspension mountain bike, a couple of kids’ bikes, or you just want to see what’s current in bicycle design, their showroom is impressive. They also do repairs and host rides. If you’re looking for a bike shop and a small sense of community while you’re in the area, Liberty! Bicycles will feel like a second home.

Pedlar Bicycle Shop

A Norco, Giant, and Haro dealer, this Niagara Falls-based shop takes all the guesswork out of selecting a bike or getting work done on one. Family-owned and operated, the good people at Pedlar have over 40 years of experience working in the bicycle industry, and they’re routinely award the prize of being Niagara’s Favorite Bike Shop in newspaper polls.

They have over 1,000 bicycles in stock and their array of accessories, clothing, and parts is second to none. Especially if you don’t want to wander outside of Niagara Falls to meet your cycling needs, Pedlar is the perfect place.

FARblog12Canal City Cycle

A Thorold-based bicycle shop, Canal City Cycle offers a wide range of bicycles, accessories, and clothing for sale. They also have a repair shop staffed by fast and knowledgeable workers, and if you want to bike while you’re in the area, but you don’t feel like packing your bike into some sort of checkable luggage, you can rent top-of-the-line bicycles here, too. Because they’re located in Thorold, the shop is close to some of the most picturesque biking in the region, which makes renting from them a clear win. Rent bikes for everyone in your party at this shop, and whether you’re looking for a paved path or a day of rugged mountain trails, you’ll be near enough to pedal to it.

Be a part of the swooning cycling masses as they pedal across the Niagara region. Whether you’re young or old, looking for single-track or hoping for an easy, wide, and loping road, the place is filled with great biking trails, and thanks to these bike shops and others like them, you’ll never want for anything bike-related while you’re here.

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Horseback Riding in Niagara? Don’t Mind if I Do

March 18, 2016 9:28 am

FARblog6Once you start to look into it, it can seem like there are as many reasons to visit Niagara as there are drops of water in the Niagara River. Touring the world-class wineries and vineyards, hiking the Bruce Trail, taking in a night of hilarious and delicious musical dinner theatre, gambling until the wee hours of the morning, shopping, eating at restaurants with breathtaking views of the falls, going to festivals, touring historical and military museums — it’s a region rich not just in overall offerings but in the variety of its offerings, too.

So diverse are the opportunities to have a great time here that some of the less-heralded and known-about fun can get lost in the shuffle. For instance, did you know you can go horseback riding while you visit Niagara Falls? Regardless of whether you had a deep and burning passion for horses as a child or you just want to get out into nature on the back of an impressive and well-behaved animal, horseback riding in the region makes for a great way to spend a day or afternoon.

Here are a few of the places where you can saddle up a horse and experience the Niagara landscape as the earliest settlers, First Nations groups, and other pioneers of the past might have.

Niagara Riding Stables

Offering trail rides all along the Niagara Escarpment, Niagara Riding Stables is located in Niagara-on-the-Lake and offers year-round rides and horses to people of all backgrounds and experience levels. Reservations are required, so be sure to call ahead before you go. Their stable of horses is perfect for almost any rider, whether you’re skilled and comfortable in the saddle or you’ve never even seen a horse up close.

The trail rides take roughly 50 minutes and can be scheduled throughout the day. The cost is just $45 per person with a two-person minimum, and riders must be at least 10 years old to ride.

FARblog9HorsePlay Niagara

Based in Wainfleet, HorsePlay Niagara offers rides along the beach and along quiet forest paths. Known for their gentle, easy-to-ride horses, they offer hourly rides for anyone, including children as young as six.

Should you be looking for a more unique experience, they also offer Sunset Rides, Romance Rides, and Cowboy Cookout Rides, and special packages are available for the extra-timid or the very advanced rider. A great place for children, they also have mini golf, a baby animal petting zoo, and a barn play area on-site.

Gordon Harry Conservation Trail

Perhaps you have your own horse or you’re friends with someone in the region with a stable full of ponies eager to hit a trail. If that’s the case, you should make your way to the Gordon Harry Conservation Trail. Named after long-time conservationist Gordon Harry, who was a long-time Wainfleet resident, Wainfleet mayor, and Chairman of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, this trail runs east and west across the old Grand Trunk Railway Corridor, through Wainfleet, and parallel to Lake Erie’s picturesque shoreline.

So, saddle up, and experience Niagara in a totally new and unforgettable way: On the back of a beautiful and trustworthy horse.

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Can’t-Miss Arts and Crafts Studios and Galleries Scattered Across Niagara

March 12, 2016 12:24 pm

FARblog3Makers of all kinds have long been inspired by Niagara’s majestic scenery. Much more than just the home of one of the world’s most impressive waterfalls, the Niagara Peninsula offers up a wealth of beautiful and pastoral landscapes interspersed with everything from lovingly tended vineyards, orchards, and farmlands to old-growth Carolinian forests. Even for artists who create along more abstract and conceptual lines, it’s an inspiring place to wonder and work.

Regardless of whether you love fine art or down-home craft making, Niagara has something for you. With so many fabulous studios and galleries scattered across the region, you could spend all your time here just trekking from one to another. While this list is incomplete, it’s a great place to start your hunt for Niagara-made treasures. Here are a handful of can’t-miss spots for the arts and crafts for your visit to Niagara.

Rodman Hall Art Centre

Located at Brock University in St. Catharines, Rodman Hall Art Centre hosts some of the region’s most contemporary and exciting exhibitions. Home to a permanent collection that boasts over 1,000 drawings, sculptures, paintings, and prints, the Centre also offers tours, lectures, workshops, and classes that the public is welcome to attend. Another highlight are the estate gardens surrounding the centre. Sculpture dots the collection of exotic plants and trees set amidst the micro-climate of Carolinian forest making it an ideal spot to connect with and contemplate the world around you.

Angie Strauss Gallery

Set in Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Old Town, the Angie Strauss Gallery is located in award-winning artist Angie Strauss’ 1860’s Victorian home. A lush English country garden surrounds the space, and flowering plants and trees, a pond, waterfall, and massive weeping beech all add to the allure of the place. You’ll gain intimate access to the artist’s studio and gallery, including many oil paintings and giclee prints. For anyone who loves to meet the artist behind the work, this gallery is should not be missed.

Glass Arts and Crafts

This small Jordan shop offers a wide range of glass-based pieces including the very practical and necessary: doors, windows, cupboards, and lamp shades, as well as the unnecessary but beautiful: suncatchers, flowers, and jewelry. A wonderful place to peruse if you’re looking for something to take home with you, if you work in glass yourself, they also offer a stock of supplies. You can make custom orders, take a class, and gain access to free patterns for stained glass and other ventures.

FARblog4East West Pottery

Another studio and gallery located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, East West Pottery is the only Raku studio in the entire area, and it features Susan Winthrop’s work, as well as the work of a Canadian sculptor by the name of Dean LevsQue. Raku is a traditional Japanese method of pottery-making, and Winthrop has incorporated it into her own designs and creations with stunning success. Whether you just want to stop by to see her at work and purchase some Canadian Raku pottery, or you’d like to take a class or workshop while you’re in the area, East West Pottery is a great place to spend an afternoon.

In Niagara, the hills and dells are alive with making. Head to these can’t-miss studios, galleries, and shops while you’re here to get a taste of some of the region’s best arts and crafts.

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