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Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar Awarded Prestigious 2015 Golden Plate Award

January 14, 2016 10:29 am

GoldenPlateFalls Avenue Resort is very pleased to announce that the Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar restaurant located inside the Sheraton on the Falls hotel has been awarded the prestigious 2015 Golden Plate Award by Les Clefs d’Or Niagara. The recipient of this award is voted on annually by members of Les Clefs d’Or Niagara – a local hotel concierge association – based on quality of cuisine, restaurant atmosphere, service, hotel guest feedback, and reservation accommodation.

As the 2015 winner, Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar has been awarded a framed Royal Dalton gold-ringed plate featuring an engraved Les Clefs d’Or Canada logo in the center. Les Clefs d’Or Niagara created the Golden Plate award to recognize outstanding culinary experiences in the Niagara Region and the award has now been adopted by chapters in both Vancouver and Toronto.

Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar offers a dining experience unlike anywhere else, serving fresh and seasonal farm-to-table cuisine and award-winning local wines in a spectacular Fallsview atmosphere. The entire Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar team is honoured to be recognized with the 2015 Golden Plate Award and will continue to offer guests memorable Fallsview dining experiences focused on local and sustainable agriculture.

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Make New Year’s Eve Spectacular with Spoons

December 29, 2015 10:35 am

event14533If you’re looking for a fun way to make this New Year’s Eve the most memorable one yet then make sure to check out an exclusive live performance from legendary Canadian band Spoons at the Hard Rock Club in Niagara Falls.

This 19+ show is an exciting event that will help you ring in 2016 right! Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased from the Hard Rock Café Niagara Falls or at TicketScene.com. And if you’re a Falls Avenue Resort hotel guest staying at the Sheraton on the Falls, Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, Clifton Victoria Inn, or Skyline Hotel and Waterpark then you’ll receive a special offer of $15 off your ticket price.

Experience amazing music from Spoons in a one-of-a-kind rock & roll atmosphere this New Year’s Eve and have a truly unforgettable night in Niagara Falls. Doors open at 8pm on December 31st, so stop by and join the party!

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Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve Fun in Niagara Falls

December 29, 2015 10:27 am

KidsNYE (3)Ring in 2016 as a family in Niagara Falls with an exciting kid-friendly celebration taking place on December 31st at Adventure City! Children and families are welcome to attend this early New Year’s Eve party in the heart of the city’s tourist district to experience amazing music, dancing, and snacks starting at 8:30pm.

Kids will have the chance to dance and have their photos taken with an exciting lineup of special character mascots including SpongeBob SquarePants, Pink Panther, the Rainforest Café’s Cha Cha the Red Eyed Tree Frog & Ozzie the Orangutan, and the very sweet Miss Kiss Hershey’s Kiss! There will also be gifts for all children in attendance and an exciting balloon drop taking place at 8:59pm followed by spectacular fireworks which can be viewed from the comfort of Adventure City Arcade.

This one-of-a-kind celebration is the perfect way for children and families to ring in the new year together and connect with a ton of fun and excitement just steps away from the magnificent Niagara Falls!

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Ring in the New Year at Niagara’s Amazing Annual NYE Concert

December 29, 2015 10:12 am

NFfireworks5One of the highlights of visiting Niagara Falls in wintertime is attending the city’s annual New Year’s Eve concert in Queen Victoria Park, which is an incredible free musical event that takes place just steps away from the spectacular Niagara Falls! This year, you can ring in 2016 by experiencing live entertainment from Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, Dennis Deyoung and the music of Styx, Down With Webster, and Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies. The concert starts at 8:00pm and will also feature a countdown and spectacular fireworks show over the Falls at midnight!

You can make your New Year’s Eve even more memorable and convenient by also booking remarkable accommodations at one of four Falls Avenue Resort hotels, including the Sheraton on the Falls, Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls- Fallsview, Skyline Hotel & Waterpark, and Clifton Victoria Inn, which are all located just steps from Niagara Falls and the one-of-a-kind celebration in Queen Victoria Park!

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Skyline Hotel & Waterpark – New Name for a Family Favourite Hotel

December 9, 2015 9:57 am

complex-smallFalls Avenue Resort is very pleased to announce that the former Skyline Inn will now be operating under the new name: Skyline Hotel & Waterpark. The hotel is directly connected via indoor walkway to the 3-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, which is one of Niagara’s top family-friendly attractions, featuring 16 thrilling water slides, a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, giant wave pool, and much more!

Skyline Hotel & Waterpark is also directly connected to many other exciting Falls Avenue Resort destinations such as Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls, Casino Niagara, Adventure City Arcade, Hard Rock Café Niagara Falls, and Niagara Brewing Company.

Book a stay at Skyline Hotel & Waterpark today by visiting skylinehotelniagarafalls.com and discover amazing accommodations and non-stop fun just steps away from the thundering Niagara Falls!

Experience a Winter Wonderland at Niagara’s Winter Festival of Lights

A Niagara Falls winter getaway is never  truly complete without experiencing the city’s annual and amazing Winter Festival of Lights. Running from November 21st until January 31st, this unique festival lights up Niagara Falls and the surrounding parklands with one-of-a-kind light displays and millions of incredible lights, offering unforgettable sights and experiences for people of all ages.

You can experience the stunning lights with a walk or drive along the 5km festival route, which includes Dufferin Islands – the site of this year’s Great Canadian Outdoors illumination displays. Visitors will also be able to see spectacular fireworks shows over Niagara Falls, nightly illumination of the Falls, and additional illuminations at the Fallsview District, Victoria Centre, and on Lundy’s Lane.

Come and experience the beauty and excitement of Niagara’s annual Winter Festival of Lights and become a part of this beloved winter tradition!

Holiday Magic is Now Happening at Falls Avenue Resort

RainbowRoomEmbark on the family getaway of your dreams this holiday season with one of Falls Avenue Resort’s exclusive Holiday Magic packages! This limited-time offer gives families the chance to experience some of the best accommodations, dining, and entertainment in Niagara Falls with getaways starting from only $189!

The Holiday Magic package includes your choice of accommodations at one of four Falls Avenue Resort hotels and four two-day passes to the incredible Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. This will connect you with all-ages family fun right in the heart of the city’s tourist district and give you the chance to experience 16 thrilling water slides, adult-only Jacuzzis, a giant wave pool, and so much more. And don’t worry about having to face the winter cold as the waterpark is directly connected to the Skyline Hotel & Waterpark, Sheraton on the Falls, and Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview via indoor walkway!

For even more entertainment and one-of-a-kind fun, the Holiday Magic package includes four passes to the Adventure Heroes Laser Ride, Combat Bumper Cars, Wild Safari Mini Golf, and an amazing magic show on select dates.You will also be connected with incredible Fallsview dining experiences with Kids Eat Free vouchers to the Fallsview Buffet Restaurant or the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, and Kids Eat Free lunch or dinner at Planet Hollywood.

Warm up to winter in Niagara Falls and book your special Holiday Magic package by visiting fallsavenueresort.com/packages/family-holiday!

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The Best Places in Niagara to Snap a Photo for Your Holiday Card

November 27, 2015 12:00 pm

image001Photos and Niagara Falls have been joined together in people’s imaginations and practice for decades. From the first daredevils crossing the falls via high wire in stately Victorian garb to a couple who’s just eloped smooching in front of a crowd of tourists, photographs and Niagara Falls go together like two peas in a pod.

As the many offerings of entertainment have blossomed in the region, so have the photo opportunities. Today’s visitors don’t just snap a picture of themselves in front of cascading water, they also snap photos at the casino, while out on a hike, and while lifting a glass at one of the area’s many wine tasting bars. If you can do it in Niagara—or anywhere else for that matter—today’s camera phone-centered and social media-centered traveler is going to document it, and while the area does afford ample opportunity to keep your Instagram and Facebook followers enthralled, it also offers plenty of perfect spots to take a photo for your family’s holiday card.

Whether it’s you and your partner, or you and your partner and your five kids, if you’re headed to Niagara between this holiday season, plan ahead to get the photo for next year’s holiday card. Here are just a few of the many spots throughout the region that are downright perfect for a holiday photo.

The Waterfalls

image003It almost goes without saying that getting a holiday photo in front of the waterfalls is a good idea, but how you get the photo, when, and from what vantage point all matter a great deal. Two of the area’s finest restaurants offer breathtaking views of the falls from inside their dining rooms, and because of the holiday season, the dining area will also be decked out in holiday decorations. Book a lunch reservation at either the Rainbow Room or Windows, and take a photo that has the waterfalls in it, a beautifully dressed table, and the warm glow of holiday decorations.

Queen Victoria Park

One of the loveliest places in the Niagara Falls region is Queen Victoria Park. Especially if the weather complies, you can get a photo amidst its perfectly manicured grounds. Regardless of the time of year, the park always looks fertile and lively, and in the morning sun, it absolutely glistens and glows. It’s also situated right next to the waterfalls, so it’s possible to set up a shot that includes part of the English garden and the region’s eponymous waterfalls.

Nightmares Fear Factory

If you’re someone who like a holiday card a little more out of the ordinary, then consider subjecting yourself to the Nightmares Fear Factory. A haunted house experience that runs all year long, the Fear Factory also snaps photos of the people being terrorized inside. The result is a hilarious photo of loved ones frozen in time, howling, clutching at one another, and, in general, looking quite unlike themselves.

Head to Niagara this holiday season, and while you’re here, get next year’s unforgettable holiday card photo.

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Spotlight on 4 of the Best Chefs in Niagara

November 18, 2015 10:00 am

image001If you consider yourself a foodie, the odds are good that you’re already well aware of Niagara Falls’ and the surrounding area’s reputation as a haven of exclusive restaurants, locally sourced ingredients, and all-around excellent taste. For years now, the combination of fertile farm country, wine lovers, and a continually expanding farm-to-table movement has fueled a growth in stellar restaurants offering a wide range of culinary experiences. Whether it’s fine dining you’re looking for or more humble digs in which to enjoy a meal, Niagara is a great spot to revel in food.

Because of the wide variety of options, taking in the food scene can all seem a bit overwhelming to the newcomer visiting Niagara. Where should you begin to get the best food experiences available? While the list is small and by no means conclusive, here is a little spotlight to guide you on your way to enjoying Niagara’s fantastic food scene, especially as it’s represented in two of its finest restaurants: Windows by Jamie Kennedy and Massimo Capra’s Rainbow Room.

From celebrity chefs to hometown heroes, here are four of the best chefs in Niagara Falls.

1. Massimo Capra

One of the most recognizable culinary figures in North America, thanks to his role as the host of “Restaurant Makeover,” Massimo Capra is one of the most celebrated chefs in all of Canada. In addition to crafting some of the finest food in the region, his invigorating personality, obsession with fine food, and undeniable skill have led him to some fascinating undertakings, one of which is the Rainbow Room. Under his tutelage, the Rainbow Room offers some of the finest contemporary Italian food in all of Canada, much of it crafted from local ingredients.

2. Jamie Kennedy

Jamie Kennedy has been an outspoken advocate for the farm-to-table movement for years, and his commitment to locally grown fare has remained steadfast. Local food tastes better, looks better, and is more nutritious, but what Kennedy also understands and helps foster is the idea that local food reflects the uniqueness of a place in a way sightseeing and other forms of tourism cannot. For a truly Niagara-based experience, a visitor needs to eat Niagara’s food, and at Windows restaurant, you can do that every day of the year.

3. John Casciato

image003A native of Niagara Falls, John Casciato is the Rainbow Room’s Executive Chef and the Executive Chef of Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls. In addition to overseeing the vision Massimo Capra has for his restaurant, Casciato offers his own unique insight and craft into the region’s fare, ingredients, and culinary practices by helping to craft menus that make use of the best the region’s farms, orchards, fishermen, ranchers, cheese makers, and more have to offer.

4. Jay Jackson

The head chef of Windows Fresh Grill and Wine Bar, Jay Jackson is also Windows restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine. With two decades’ worth of experience in fine restaurants throughout Canada, Jackson is also wholly committed to local ingredients, sourcing them with an insight guided by his own personal taste and desire to give guests the best eating experience possible.

When you’re in Niagara, these four chefs will help you eat like it.

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Holiday Entertainment You Won’t Want to Miss in Niagara This December

November 12, 2015 11:00 am

image001So many people love to visit Niagara in the summer that it’s hard to remember the place is open and full of spectacular fun all year long. Not only does the water careen at its breathtaking pace any time of year, but the offerings by the area’s entertainers and those who book those entertainers don’t drop off one bit. In fact, December is a particularly perfect month to visit, and chief among them are the many holiday-themed entertainment opportunities that exist throughout the region. From musical theater to ballet, here are just a handful of the options you can find throughout the Niagara region should you choose to spend some time with us this December.

A Christmas Fiddle Celebration

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy’s Christmas Celebration comes to the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines for two shows on December 5th, one at 2:30pm and one at 7:30pm. For lovers of Christmas and holiday-themed music, fast as lightning fiddling, storytelling, and good, old-fashioned dancing, this event is a must-see and must-experience. Whether you’re alone, with a friend, or travelling with your full family in tow, getting to watch and listen to these two world-class fiddlers will be a highlight of your holiday season.

It’s a Wrap

Brought to you by the talented people behind Niagara’s long-running and ever-popular musical dinner theater, Oh, Canada, Eh?, It’s a Wrap is a Christmas show unlike any other. Set in the 1970s, it’s a Christmas-themed variety show that includes everything from the singing of classic Christmas tunes to dancing fruitcakes and rapping elves. Enjoy a five-course Canadian-themed Christmas dinner served by cast members during the performance as well. It’s a Wrap is a delightful way to spend the evening for young and old alike, and it’s something that can only be experienced this holiday season in Niagara Falls.

Ballet Jorgen

image003For many families, the holiday season is incomplete without getting to take in the perennial holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Join area families and lucky-enough-to-know-about-it visitors as the Ballet Jorgen, inspired by the Group of Seven—an area dance troupe known for taking a different approach to classics—brings Tchaikovsky’s classic alive in a way that is refreshingly Canadian. For two days only, on December 12th and 13th at 7pm, you can experience The Nutcracker at St. Catharines’ First Ontario Performing Arts Centre.

Catherine MacLellan

Performing live at the beautiful Seneca Queen Theatre in downtown Niagara Falls on December 12th at 7pm, Canadian roots musician, songwriter, and singer, Catherine MacLellan is a staple of contemporary music in Canada and the United States. Her unique and luscious sound has earned her much critical acclaim over the years from media outlets as different in scope as The Austin Chronicle, BBC Radio, Q Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Maverick Magazine. For a night of roots music helmed by a singer with gravitas and exquisite taste, this one-time-only performance should not be missed.

So, head to the Niagara region for your fix of entertainment this December. Whether you’re in the mood for ballet, original roots music, or fancy fiddling, we have something for everyone, and almost all of it can only be had with a visit to Niagara.

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When the 12 Days of Christmas Require 13: A Christmas Wine and Food Event Only in Niagara

November 6, 2015 10:30 am

image001For anyone who’s ever spent a holiday season in Niagara, it’s easy to tell that both locals and visitors take their holiday fun seriously. Whether it’s with a drive through the Winter Festival of Lights or by eating a holiday-themed meal at one of our many fabulous restaurants, festive and fun opportunities abound.

When it comes to proper gift-giving, however, it can seem like there’s little guidance beyond the world-class shopping that’s always available. Well, this year, there’s a small but welcome change afoot in that department.

The 12 Days of Christmas

In the popular holiday song, “The 12 Days of Christmas,” holiday gift-giving is both amorous and increasingly elaborate. From the first day’s “partridge in a pear tree” through the fifth day’s “five golden rings,” all the way up to the 12th day’s “12 drummers drumming,” each day’s gift haul gets bigger in number and more elaborate in nature. While few givers of gifts practice such excessive and long-running gifting, the sentiment inherent in the song is undeniably sweet — a marker of the ways in which gift giving reveals how we feel about one another.

Enter the 13th Day

If you and your loved ones give gifts around Christmas and Hanukkah, you’re probably already on the hunt for the perfect gift. Whether or not you have people who are difficult to buy for, the 13th Street Winery has a fun, holiday-themed event that will help you tackle your list. For one afternoon only, on December 12 from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., join 13th Street Winery’s sommelier, Corinne Maund, for a tour of wine and food pairings that will amp your gift-giving and holiday hosting prowess up considerably. It’s called the 13 Days of Christmas.

About 13th Street Winery

image003The creators of the 13 Days of Christmas hail from the 13th Street Winery, where a shared love of wine, art, food, and hospitality called two families together to start a winery. John and June Man and Karen and Doug Whitty have deep roots in the Niagara region, and a visit to their St. Catharines wine boutique is a must for any visitor to the region. From the tasting bar to the on-site bakery, delicious treats and the feeling of coming home abound. It’s no wonder, then, that they found a way to combine all these things together in the 13 Days of Christmas.

The 13 Days of Christmas Event

Beyond getting to sample 13 unique food and wine pairings that you can make use of at your next holiday get-together, the 13 Days of Christmas will also provide guidance in buying wine for your family and friends. Holiday entertaining tips will also be given, from decorating ideas to ideas on how to make a holiday party even more fun. You’ll also be able to choose from among 13th Street Winery’s gift sets and bottle gift wrapping for beautifully wrapped presents your loved ones will exclaim about.

So, come to Niagara over the weekend of December 12, and buy your tickets to the 13 Days of Christmas early. If you need any help with your forthcoming holiday festivities, the 13th Street Winery will have almost everything you need.

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4 Reasons to Get Fabulicious in Niagara This November

October 29, 2015 12:00 pm

image001The Niagara region hosts some of North American’s most memorable food- and wine-centered events.

From the Ice Wine Festival that takes place each January to the Niagara Food Festival held each September, the region, its inhabitants, and the visitors who make their way here all know that when food and wine come together anywhere on the Peninsula, a good time will be had by all. Add to the many occasions of revelry the backdrop of the world-famous waterfalls, the stunning beauty of the Niagara Escarpment, and the hospitable environment, and you’re hard-pressed to find a better place to eat and drink.

So it should come as no surprise that the trend of good food and wine is on full display in little Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Fabulicious this November. A twice-a-year event that takes place each February and November, Fabulicious showcases the cuisine and artistry of the chefs associated with the Signature Kitchen restaurants. And, because it’s, Niagara, local flavors are front and center.

Here are four of the many reasons to take a trip to Niagara between November 12 and November 19 to hit the regional highlight that is Fabulicious.

1. The Restaurants

Known as the Signature Kitchens, 14 of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s finest restaurants have banded together over a desire to deliver imaginative, high-end cuisine that makes the most of the area’s rich produce, fruits, VQA wines, meat, seafood, and artisanal cheeses. Committed also to the guest experience, the food in every restaurant is served in a comfortable, rich atmosphere, where it is offered by professional and knowledgeable staff.

Every day of the year is the perfect day to visit a Signature Kitchen; it’s just that Fabulicious offers special menus at unbeatable value. Here are just a handful of the 14 restaurants participating in Fabulicious:

  • LIV at White Oaks
  • Riverbend Inn
  • Bistro Six-One
  • Peller Estates Winery Restaurant

2. The Prices

image003Fabulicious provides a wealth of opportunity to eat and drink like royalty, and it does so at prices that are astonishingly affordable! Prix-Fixe menus of three carefully curated courses—appetizers, main dish, and dessert—are offered for just $25 during lunch at each of the 14 restaurants and, the price is just $39 during dinner.

3. The Relaxed Pace

One hidden and treasured secret of Niagara in November is that due to the cooler temperature and lack of crowds, the pace the region settles into is much more conducive to enjoying leisurely meals in beautiful settings. Fabulicious takes place at just the right time to benefit from this relaxed pace before winter has set in. Enjoy cooler temperatures that aren’t yet cold, and an easy-going, rarely hurried feeling.

4. Niagara-on-the-Lake

One more excellent reason to take in Fabulicious this November is its location. Niagara-on-the-Lake is considered by many to be one of the most charming and interesting towns in all of Canada. Its many wineries, quaint shops, fabulous parks, and top-notch restaurants all make it a place where, to the weary traveler looking for a true holiday, time can easily be well-spent.

Come to Niagara to eat and drink this November when Fabulicious will make enjoying an excellent meal easier than ever.

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