Latest Posts July 24, 2016 8:41 am
Niagara Falls is very well known as the romance capital of the world. Couples have been honeymooning here for well over a century and this trend has never shown any signs of slowing. The beautiful falls, the scenic parks and nature reserves, the first class dining options, and a slew of amenities have made Niagara the top choice for couples from around the world.
As the idea of destination weddings took off several years ago, Niagara has consistently been at the top of that list as well. Beautiful venues, a wide array of vendors and services, and the ease of combining a wedding and honeymoon in one place make Niagara the perfect choice for a destination wedding.
However, as with any destination wedding, the right planner makes all the difference. Because you can’t necessarily be here to oversee the preparations, you want to be sure that you have a wedding planner that will take care of all the details for you. These are a few of the best wedding planners in Niagara Falls, any of which can make your special day everything you’ve dreamed it could be.
Amanda Cowley Sweet Events
Well known and popular for her fresh and unique take on weddings, Amanda Cowley has been one of Niagara’s top wedding and event planners for several years. She prides herself of taking the time to get to know the couples she works with and incorporates their vision into the perfect wedding.
She’s happy to take on the entire planning of your wedding or simply assist if you’d like to take a more hands on approach. Her list of contacts and vendors is impressive, so you’ll be able to rest assured that she can take care of all the details, no matter how big or small.
Since 1996 Occasions Niagara has been another of the top wedding planners in Niagara. They offer a wide range of services and packages to suit any type of wedding, from a secret elopement to a lavish affair for 300+ guests.
You can choose one of their pre-planned packages which feature the venue, decor, and catering all rolled into one, or you can work with them to design a custom wedding that suits your needs. They offer chapel services, outdoor weddings, and many other options. If you’re the type of couple who prefers to simply provide your planner with the details and leave in their hands, Occasions Niagara is the wedding planner for you.
A Divine Affair
A wedding in Niagara Falls doesn’t have to be complicated, and A Divine Affair is the planning service that can take care of as few or as many of the details that you prefer. From full-service planning to simply assisting with a few select tasks, the team at A Divine Affair is skilled and professional, and can meet all of your wedding needs.
From photography to cakes and stylist services, A Divine Affair has every aspect of your wedding covered. All you need to do is show up.
Niagara Falls is the perfect locale for a destination wedding, and with the services of any of these wedding planners, you can rest assured that your big day will go off without a hitch. If you’re planning a Niagara Falls wedding contact one of these planners today and get ready for your wedding dreams to come true. July 16, 2016 8:38 am
Most of the time when people travel they do so with a packed itinerary and every day is carefully mapped out with activities and sightseeing. This is especially true in the case of a visit to Niagara Falls, as there are so many things to see and do that some visitors feel compelled to do and see as much as they can in the time they have to spend here.
However, a great vacation and the memories you take from it can also involve doing nothing more than spending quality time with each other, especially for busy couples who already have limited time to spend together. A day of doing nothing much at all can often be one of the most memorable days of any trip.
If you want to take a day out of your Niagara trip and relax, reconnect, and simply abandon all pressure, these are just a few ways you can spend a day without ever leaving your hotel and enjoy every second of it.
Book a Room with a View of the Falls
During your visit you’ll definitely have many opportunities to get close to the falls, whether it’s from one of the viewpoints or by boat. However, if you book a room with a direct view of the falls you have the delightful chance to simply open your curtains and view Niagara Falls from the comfort and privacy of your own room. It’s even more of a bonus if you choose a room with a balcony.
This way, you can spend a day watching the light change over the falls, from a beautiful sunrise to sunset and the spectacular light displays that take place at night. So cozy up, get comfortable, and enjoy your own private Niagara experience in the privacy of your room.
Order Room Service or Dine Onsite
Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner Falls Avenue Resort has a number of restaurants that will be happy to deliver any of their delectable choices right to the door of your room. Enjoy your meal while taking in the aforementioned view of the falls from your private balcony.
If you do decide to leave your room, you can choose from a number of incredible restaurants like the Hard Rock Cafe, Windows by Jamie Kennedy, or the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, which are all within the resort complex. Book ahead to secure a table near the windows so you’ll always be able to keep the spectacular view just a glance away.
Treat Yourselves to Spa Services
A day spent in your hotel wouldn’t be complete without some pampering and a spa visit will suit that perfectly. At the Christienne Fallsview Spa you can indulge in a wide array of spa treatments, many of which take place in front of the expansive windows and impeccable views of the falls.
The Christienne Couple’s Retreat is perfect and includes an aromatherapy massage in a private room with a fireplace and sweeping views of the falls. Relax, reconnect, and enjoy your time together in this indulge in this intimate setting with someone you love.
Vacations should be about fun and relaxation, and you can do both without ever leaving Falls Avenue Resort. Enjoy some time spent on your own schedule and enjoy the exemplary amenities available without ever leaving the resort. July 9, 2016 11:14 am
Finding a hairstylist when you’re on vacation might not always be your first priority. After all, a vacation with family or friends is supposed to be about making memories, experiencing new activities, and taking in the wonderful sights, and in this case, the majestic falls are the epitome of wonderful sights.
However, there may be a time during your trip to Niagara Falls that you’re in need of a cut, color, or style for yourself. This can be doubly important if you’re holding your wedding in Niagara and need a stylist for your big day.
No matter the reason or your haircare needs, these are just a few of the top-notch salons in Niagara Falls who will be happy to help, no matter the occasion.
Maria Delduca Hair and Makeup Artistry
Maria Delduca has been one of Niagara’s top stylists for some time, and in addition to formal classroom training, she has apprenticed under some of Toronto’s top stylists. Currently, she’s one of Niagara’s most sought after hair and makeup artists for weddings and individual clients.
She offers individual services in her home studio which can accommodate up to two clients at a time, and she and her team are available for travel to nearby hotels or wedding venues. While they mainly focus on hairstyling and makeup for wedding parties, she also specialized in hair extensions and other services for individuals who want to look their best while visiting Niagara Falls.
Hip and wildly popular with both locals and visitors, Studio 55 is one of Niagara’s premier hair salons. They offer a wide range of services from simple cuts for men and women to conditioning treatments, styles and blowouts, highlights, and eye-catching color, all performed by a team of highly trained professionals.
The salon space is welcoming and offers a funky yet minimalist decor, the entire staff is expertly trained, and yes, they also do weddings and special events. For a fresh new style, a fun pop of pink, or services for your bridal party, Studio 55 is available for all of your haircare needs while you’re in Niagara.
Vogue Salon and Back Bar
With an interesting twist on standard salon services, Vogue Salon and Back Bar has taken innovation up a notch. While the name might be misleading as they don’t actually have a bar per say, they do mix up and serve coloring and conditioning products in martini glasses for a decadent experience.
Wedding party options and individual services are their specialty and their team can travel to your hotel for styling for your big day. Also available are special in-salon events like ladies’ night out parties and participants are encouraged to bring their own food and drinks for a fun girls’ only experience. Similarly, they offer pampering parties for younger girls, spa treatments, nail art, and men’s services as well.
Whether you’re a bride to be or you just simply want to look your best while vacationing in Niagara, any of these salons can meet and exceed your expectations and have you looking fabulous, no matter the occasion. June 30, 2016 8:36 am
It used to be wine and the people who carefully crafted it that got all the attention, but in recent years beer lovers have been rejoicing in the fact that breweries and brew pubs have finally gotten their day in the sun. While beer has always outsold wine by far it’s only recently that professional brewmasters and the pubs that serve their creations have become staples and innovators in communities around the world.
The Niagara region is a brewmaster’s dream, as hops and the other ingredients that are vital to a delicious beer are all grown in the area, so while Niagara’s wineries have usually garnered all the attention the local breweries are swiftly catching up.
Niagara Brewing Company opened in 2015 and has quickly become the pub of choice for beer lovers from all over the world. Here are just a few reasons why you should stop in for a pint or two during your next trip to Niagara Falls.
Situated within the Falls Avenue Resort complex, and just meters from the falls themselves, Niagara Brewing Company is right in the middle of all the action. Casino Niagara, the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, and the area’s top hotels are all within steps of the pub.
If you’ve been out exploring the area all day and simply need to take a break with a cold beer, you couldn’t pick a better place than the Niagara Brewing Company.
Niagara Brewing Company offers a number of beers on tap, so there is ale, lager, or IPA that will appeal to just about anyone. Their Amber Eh ale boasts a hoppy flavor with notes of caramel and the Honeymoon Peach Radler is sweet in all the right places with a hint of ginger to create a smooth finish.
Their seasonal beers are definitely worth a try as well. The Hennepin Stout, White Canoe Wheat, and more are only available at certain times of the year, so be sure to ask your bartender what they’re featuring during your visit.
What’s a great beer without some great food to go along with it? Niagara Brewing Company offers a small but mighty menu featuring inspired appetizers and entrees that complement their beers perfectly. Try the homemade pretzels with a savory IPA cheese sauce or the pesto veal parmigiana.
Niagara Brewing Company also offers a menu for groups so this is the perfect spot if you’re in Niagara for business or a special event and you’ve got a group that craves nothing more than great beer and some great food to go along with it.
Good beer wouldn’t be possible without a good brewmaster, and Niagara Brewing Company has the best. Brewmaster Gord Slater oversees the brewing operations here, and as a 30 year veteran in the industry, he has honed his skills in some of the best breweries in the world.
Gord embraces the technical and the artistic sides of brewing beer, and has won awards for his creations in Germany, the location some might say is the pinnacle of the industry.
Beer lovers rejoice! The next time you visit Niagara be sure to pay a visit to the Niagara Brewing Company and sit back and relax with your favorite brew. June 23, 2016 9:53 am
Falls Avenue Resort offers one-of-a-kind Fallsview dining, accommodations, and attractions that make Niagara Falls the ultimate romantic summer getaway destination.
Best Location Across from the Falls
The 20-acre Falls Avenue Resort sits directly across the street from the thundering Niagara Falls in the heart of the city’s tourist district. The Resort’s hotels, restaurants, and attractions are all centrally located just steps from Hornblower Niagara Cruises and are just a short drive away from the region’s best wineries and golf courses.
Niagara’s Newest Craft Brewery
Falls Avenue Resort is now home to the Niagara Brewing Company, Niagara’s newest craft brewery experience. Located in the middle of the excitement right on Clifton Hill, Niagara Brewing Company offers a changing variety of bold and refreshing beers, a Niagara-inspired tasting menu, and a relaxing outdoor patio environment. It’s a craft beer experience unlike any other.
Remarkable Fallsview Accommodations
For the best Fallsview accommodations in the city, look no further than the Sheraton on the Falls and Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview. The Sheraton on the Falls offers beautiful sweeping views from floor-to-ceiling windows in each of the Fallsview guestrooms, while the Crowne Plaza offers classic elegance overlooking the majestic Falls.
The Only 4-Diamond Fallsview Dining
Falls Avenue Resort is home to a wide array of restaurants and offers one-of-a-kind couples dining experiences at the 4-Diamond Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar and the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra. Both Fallsview restaurants offer exquisite menus, extensive wine lists and breathtaking views of Niagara Falls, making for romantic and unforgettable couples experiences.
Rejuvenating and Relaxing Spa Treatments
The serene and beautiful Christienne Fallsview Spa is a one-of-a-kind relaxation experience located in the Sheraton on the Falls hotel. The spa offers exclusive amenities, features a breathtaking Fallsview treatment and relaxation area directly overlooking Niagara Falls!
About Falls Avenue Resort
Falls Avenue Resort is a 20-acre entertainment complex in Niagara Falls, Ontario that features properties such as the Sheraton on the Falls, Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, Niagara Brewing Company, Hard Rock Café, Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls, Casino Niagara, and Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. The Resort is home to 35 meeting rooms, 1,200 guestrooms, 12 restaurants, and numerous entertainment sites and attractions.
June 22, 2016 10:58 am
Niagara Falls and sushi don’t necessarily sound like they’d go together, but as the international food movement has spread, it’s sublimely easy to find a representation of almost every cuisine on the planet in our corner of the world.
Sushi bars and Japanese restaurants have sprung up all over the Niagara region in the last several years, which means that both visitors and locals can dine on expertly prepared sushi rolls, sashimi, nigiri, and other Japanese dishes like tempura and ramen.
If you get a sushi craving on your next trip to Niagara Falls these are just a few of the places you can go to feast to your heart’s delight.
A small and intimate setting that is big on innovation and quality, Michinoku Restaurant has been a Niagara favorite for some time, and Chef Koji is a master at the sushi game. He and his team pride themselves on preparation of traditional Japanese sushi and sashimi dishes, as well as a funky blend of eastern and western tastes.
You’ll find all of your favorites here including sushi rolls stuffed with shrimp, salmon, scallops, and more, as well as fish and meat dishes. Be sure to try their signature volcano roll, filled with imitation crab, masago, and spicy mayonnaise.
Taki Japanese Restaurant
Taki Japanese Restaurant is one of those places where the menu is utterly rife with delicious options. Their seafood choices are staggering and you can choose from ocean delights like scallops, sea urchin, salmon, tuna, and much more. From noodle dishes, tempura, a wide variety of sushi rolls, and beef and chicken options, this restaurant will make you feel like you’re in a bustling Tokyo eatery.
In addition to in-house dining Taki also offers delivery, which is the perfect way to end a day of sightseeing with a speedy delivery of your favorite Japanese dishes to your hotel room.
Suisha Gardens Restaurant
Another of the Niagara region’s most beloved Japanese eateries is Suisha Gardens Restaurant. With a kitchen and grill open to the dining room, customers can witness all the flair that comes with a traditional teppanyaki style dining experience.
The sushi roll menu offers all your favorites, plus some interesting combinations like eel and avocado and sweet potato tempura rolls, plus sashimi, nigiri, and vegetarian options. In addition, the owners of Suisha Gardens also offer a Japanese market where you can pick up all of your favorite food items, and a Japanese flower arranging class as well.
As more and more tourists place a great deal of importance on dining when they travel, most popular destinations do a great job of meeting and exceeding the levels of expectation. Niagara Falls has become a foodie town to rival most others, and if sushi and other varieties of Japanese cuisine are your favorites, you’ve come to the right place.
When you book your trip to Niagara Falls, be sure to keep these Japanese restaurants in mind. You never know when that sushi craving is going to strike! June 13, 2016 10:56 am
Packing for any vacation can be an exercise in confusion. What will the weather be like? If I don’t pack this can I just buy it there? How many of these things do I actually need?
Fortunately, Niagara is not an undeveloped region and you’ll be able to find most or all of the products and brands that you’re familiar with. However, there are a few things that you will need to bring to ensure that you’re not without your favorites and your necessities.
While this is by no means a comprehensive list, these are a few of the items that you won’t want to be without on your next trip to Niagara Falls.
Copies of Important Documents
The most vital things that you need to carry with you are copies of your travel documents. Passports, passport cards, birth certificates, divorce and custody decrees, and drivers’ licenses should all be photocopied, but don’t forget the originals as well. You will need the originals to cross borders, and you will definitely need the copies in case any of the originals are lost.
Another way to facilitate this is to scan these documents and email them to yourself as attachments. This way, in the unlikely event that the originals and the photocopies are missing, you can access them via your email and print them out.
It’s vital that you bring any prescription medication that you take on a regular basis, but it’s also necessary to bring a copy of your doctor’s original prescription(s). Some medications go by different names in different countries, and if you lose your medicine or run out, it’s important that the local physician knows exactly what you’re taking, the correct dosage, and how often you take your medication.
Additionally, some medications that aren’t labelled as controlled in one country may be highly restricted in another. On some occasions, customs official may need to see your doctor’s prescription for controlled medications to ensure that you’re not in violation of local drug laws. Therefore, always keep your medication in the original pharmacy bottle and keep the prescription wrapped around the bottle and secured with a rubber band for ease of inspection.
Emergency Contact Information
While no one wants to think about something unfortunate occurring during a vacation, the truth is that accidents can happen anywhere and it’s wise to be prepared. Choose a friend or family member to be your emergency contact, and write down every phone number and email address that will reach them immediately.
You can leave a copy of this information with your hotel’s front desk and carry a copy in your wallet or purse. It can also be wise to include any allergy or pertinent medical information on this copy. This way, if you’re unconscious or can’t communicate, emergency responders and medical personnel can and will search through your personal effects and find the information they need.
The chances are always good that your vacation will go off without a hitch and a great time will be had by all. However, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so consider these tips to ensure that you’ll be well prepared. June 6, 2016 10:52 am
There’s nothing better than reading a great book while relaxing on vacation, and it can become an even more immersive experience if you read books penned by writers who hail from the country you’re visiting. Canadian authors can often be overshadowed by their south-of-the-border counterparts, but Canada has a rich literary history and a number of award winning authors on its roster.
If you’re looking for a great read while you visit Niagara Falls, these are some of Canada’s most prolific and popular authors as well as some of their best works.
Margaret Atwood may be Canada’s most well-known writer, and her work is popular across the globe. While she tends to write dystopian novels such as “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Oryx and Crake,” her volumes of work span many genres and any reader will find a Margaret Atwood book to suit their taste.
In her collection of short stories, “Bluebeard’s Egg and Other Stories”, Ms. Atwood includes a story called “The Whirlpool Rapids”, which focuses on a daredevil of a young girl and her Niagara experience. This story will certainly set the mood for your Niagara experience, without the daredevil experience, of course.
Many people might not have been familiar with Canadian author Yann Martel until the blockbuster film “The Life of Pi” hit theaters a few years ago. Based on his novel of the same name, “The Life of Pi” is as wonderful to read as it is to watch, and this fantastic novel makes perfect vacation reading.
“Beatrice and Virgil” is another of his most popular works and tells an allegorical tale of the Holocaust. While not necessarily light reading, Martel’s unique style is intensely engaging and could have you turning pages for hours as you read poolside.
Emma Donoghue might have never become as well-known as she now is if not for a certain book called “Room.” Once it was made into a motion picture and Brie Larson won the Academy Award for best actress for her starring role, this book became a household name. If you haven’t already read this emotional powerhouse of a novel, we highly recommend it.
This Irish-Canadian author writes about controversial subjects, and some of her best works have been nominated for a number of literary awards.
Alice Munro is a prolific Canadian author and Nobel Prize winner who specializes in short stories, many of which take place in Huron County, Ontario and some even feature the Niagara region as a backdrop. Short stories can often be a better alternative than a novel during a vacation, as the time commitment is obviously less intimidating.
A fun fact about Ms. Munro: when she won her Nobel she was not in attendance and the prize committee had to call her to inform her that she’d won. However, she didn’t answer the phone and they actually left a voicemail.
On your next visit to Niagara Falls, be sure to check out titles by one of these Canadian authors. Who knows? You may even find a new favorite. May 31, 2016 8:20 am
When people first start planning their Niagara Falls itinerary, after writing “See the waterfalls” at the top of the list, they tend to move on to other common area favorites like: touring wineries, spending time in the casino, and taking a ride on the Maid of the Mist.
While all these activities are definitely worth your time, one routine attraction that’s often missed is the opportunity to take in high-quality theater. Most people assume you have to go to New York City or London to take in a Broadway-style play, but thanks to Niagara Falls’ reputation as a hot-spot for fun and people, sometimes, the Broadway plays make there way to us.
Here’s one such lucky happening that’s slated to grace the stage for ten days during the month of June.
Called a “jukebox musical,” the Broadway play that’s making its way to Niagara is called “Million Dollar Quartet,” and it brings to stage the too-good-to-be-believed-but-still-true story of one of music’s most famous recording sessions. 60 years ago, on December 4th in 1946, stars Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis got together for an impromptu jam and recording session at Sun Record Studios — easily the most famous early rock and roll recording studio — located in Memphis, Tennessee.
Considered one of rock and roll and pop music’s most seminal moments, 17 tracks from the session were finally released to the public in 1981, but they were just released in Europe. After the discovery of more tracks, another record was released — again to a European audience. Finally, the full batch of recordings was released in the United States in 1990 under the title “Elvis Presley — The Million Dollar Quartet.”
The musical spawned from that session seeks to bring to life that long-ago and legendary night when four of the world’s best and most iconic musicians and performers played and sang together for little more than the fun of it. For fans of that era of rock and roll music — and those four performers — the musical offers a snapshot of that moment in time as well as the songs the four young men played together.
The musical first opened on Broadway in New York in 2010, and it enjoyed a West End run in London in 2011. Now, the musical has finally hit the road so that audiences in other parts of the world can experience what it would have been like to be a fly on the wall of Sun Record Studios all those years ago.
Here are just some of the songs you’ll hear:
- “Blue Suede Shoes”
- “Folsom Prison Blues”
- “Long Tall Sally”
- “Sixteen Tons”
- “Great Balls of Fire”
- “Brown Eyed Handsome Man”
- And many more!
The musical should be easy to fit into your Niagara vacation schedule since there are both matinee and evening performances offered from June 21st through June 30th. Don’t miss this chance to relive one of musical history’s finest moments. Get your tickets to see Million Dollar Quartet at the Fallsview Casino Resort’s Avalon Ballroom today. Tickets start at just $35. May 25, 2016 8:16 am
What 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.
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.
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.