Road trip guide: Niagara on the Lake

Niagara on the Lake was always a magical place for me growing up, because every year my mom and her sister would sneak away for a sisters-only weekend here and would always come back with the best treats. When I finally got to see it for myself it met every one of my expectations with it’s beautifully manicured gardens, stately homes, and wineries everywhere! It’s the perfect road trip destination for a mother-daughter getaway, wedding/honeymoon, or a good ol’ fashioned girls-only weekend. I’ve put together this road trip guide for Niagara on the Lake based on some of the activities from the Volkswagon Lifestyle event.

Harbour House

This was a gorgeous hotel near the mouth of the Niagara River and Lake Ontario. Although it’s a modern building, it fits in well with  it’s Eastern Seaboard-style charm and cozy interior. I particularly enjoyed the whirlpool bathtub overlooking the main room.

Strewn Winery Tour & Cooking class

As Canada’s first winery cooking school, Strewn winery lived up to its glowing reputation. I highly recommend cooking classes with Elaine Duffy, who genuinely loves to share her expertise with others and has unending patience for us non-chefs.

Laura Secord Homestead

Visiting the home of Laura Secord brought me back to my school days of educational field trips. I think it’s the normal people being forced to wear old-timey outfits and the smell of musty furniture that really brings me back…ahh, the smell of childhood. However this time around I found a tour of this nature really interesting and our tour guide could tell you the origins of any object in the house, he really knew his stuff.

Interesting fact: Laura Secord probably never ate chocolate in her life! Check out this link for more info.

Niagara helicopter tour

This was an unforgettable experience and a great opportunity to snap a new Facebook profile photo. Even if you’re afraid of flying (like me), it’s a much smoother ride than I had anticipated and the pilots know the region really well so they can point out a lot of interesting landmarks along the way.

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