Niagara Falls Has Plentiful Bounty In Fall

Niagara Falls in fallThe Niagara Region has a lot to offer in the way of fruits and vegetables during the fall season. Our bountiful region offers delicious corn, apples, squash, berries, and many other fruits and vegetables to be harvested during the month of October.

There are a number of Pick-Your-Own fruit and vegetable farms in the region, which provide a unique fall destination and activity for people of all ages. You can also visit a local farmers market to experience and purchase the best crops that the region has to offer. Some farmers markets in the region include:

Niagara Falls Farmers Market: 5943 Sylvia Place, Niagara Falls (Open Saturdays 6am-noon)

• St. Catharines Farmers Market: 91 King St., St. Catharines (Open Thursdays and Saturdays 6am-3pm)

• Welland Farmers Market: 50 Market Square, Welland (Open Saturdays 6am-noon)

A number of farms in the area also feature pumpkin patches, which are a perfect fall destination for guests looking to choose and take home their very own gourds. Whether you pick your own fruits and vegetables, or buy them from local farmers, you are sure to enjoy the rich and delicious bounty offered by the Niagara region in the fall.

Four Romantic Ways To Impress Your Special Someone in Niagara Falls

DSCF5167Niagara Falls is the perfect destination to share with a loved one. Deemed the “Honeymoon Capital of the World” the city offers attractions that are full of romance and memories.

Check out our list of the top romantic things to do in Niagara Falls!

Hornblower Niagara Cruises: Choose a sunset or fireworks cruise of the Niagara Gorge on one of Hornblower’s evening voyages. Perfect for the couple looking to explore the beautiful waters of Niagara Falls and make memories that last a lifetime. Share a glass of wine and hop aboard the cruise that gives you a beautiful view of the Falls and the sunset.

Tour and Tasting in Niagara-on-the-Lake: Take a trip to one of the many wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake for an intimate tour of the vineyards and the winemaking process. Indulge in dinner at the vineyard or flight tastings to enhance your experience.

A Visit to Christienne Spa: Pamper yourself at the spa during a couple’s massage, a pedicure or facial. Choose from one of the many packages offered that will leave you relaxed in no time. A perfect afternoon at the spa means you will be well rested for your night out on the town!

Dinner at the Rainbow Room: Enjoy a hand-crafted meal paired perfectly with one of the many Ontario wines on the menu. Using local ingredients, Massimo Capra has mastered fine dining in Niagara Falls. Accompanied with mesmerizing views of the Falls, you will definitely feel satisfied after dinner.

Romance is in the air in Niagara Falls! Come and experience the romantic side of Niagara Falls by enjoying these attractions.

Romance in the Summer

CoupleInBedFallsThis summer treat yourself and your special someone to a romantic getaway to Niagara Falls filled with dining, entertainment and wine tastings. The Ultimate Niagara Winery Experience Package is perfect for those who have never been to Niagara Falls and want to make it your next romantic destination. The package offers everything you’ll need for your vacation and much more.

Ultimate Niagara Winery Experience Package Includes:

  • One Night Hotel Accommodations at the Sheraton on the Falls or Crowne Plaza Fallsview
  • Winery Tour and Tastings for two at four wineries including transportation & guided tour with Magnificent Tours ($178 value)
  • Three Fallsview Dining Gift Cards:
  • $40.00 at Windows by Jamie Kennedy
  • $40.00 at Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra
  • $20.00 at Fallsview Buffet
  • $40 Credit at the Fallsview Christienne Spa
  • Special Hershey’s Chocolate World Gift

Keep the romance alive by choosing something unique and fun to do in Niagara Falls this year. In Niagara-on-the-Lake you can enjoy wine tastings and tours at one of the many wineries in the area. The package offers two vouchers for transportation and guided tours at one of the four wineries so you can learn about wine making and taste Niagara’s bounty. Embrace the VQA wines found in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake and see why Niagara is known for its wine production.

If you’re keen on staying active during your stay, Niagara Falls offers many trails with beautiful scenery. Choose to bike, walk or hike along the paths that intertwine through the natural beauty of Niagara Falls. An active morning calls for a relaxing afternoon at the spa. Pamper yourself with one of the many services and packages at Fallsview Christienne Spa close to your hotel stay.

In the evening, The Rainbow Room is the perfect setting for an intimate dinner with a breathtaking view of the Falls. Enjoy a hand-crafted meal using local ingredients matched with expertly made wine pairings. The dinner menu embraces the season using ingredients that are available resulting in a beautiful and rare meal experience. With a perfect view and a delicious meal your Saturday is sure to be relaxing and satisfying.

Book your package at Falls Avenue Resort and visit Niagara Falls for your next romantic getaway.

A Transition From The Spring Harvest to Summer Crops At The Rainbow Room

Mossimo Event_66The seasons offer more than just weather changes – delicious fruits and vegetables that Niagara and Ontario farmers are known for begin to make their way into fresh seasonal dishes. Both the spring harvest and the summer crops offer new and exciting additions that we have carefully chosen to add to our menu.

Spring is a season filled with renewal, rejuvenation and growth. The season is perfect for creating new menu items and incorporating spring vegetables and fruits.

For those looking to cook with spring vegetables and fruits, consider using some of these seasonally fresh items in your next dish.

  • Artichokes: The main harvest is in the spring and the second crop comes in the fall.
  • Asparagus: Harvested from March through June.
  • Beets: In season during spring and fall.
  • Fennel: Fall through early spring marks the natural season for this vegetable.
  • Fiddleheads: A great item to cook with that is popular in early spring and throughout the summer.
  • Mint: Begins to bloom in spring.

From spring we have summer offering the warmest climate, the longest days and shortest evenings. The summer calls for lighter meals filled with multitudes of different colours.

Use these fruits and vegetables when cooking during the summer to add new summer flavours to your meal.

Parsley: This herb is at its best during the summer.

  • Strawberries: Peak season for this favourite is during the end of June.
  • Apples: Come into season late summer and early fall.
  • Chard: Perfect during the summer and fall seasons.
  • Cucumbers: At their freshest during the summer months.
  • Figs: Catch these quickly because they are only around during the summer.

If you want to taste some of these for yourself without having to do any of the cooking, check out our summer menu and plan a trip to the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra this season.

An Inside Look at Bellinis At The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra

Mossimo Event_22Everything has a history and you might be surprised to know that the history of Bellini’s reaches back to 1948. The popular cocktail can be found on our menu, and is one of our favourites. Massimo’s philosophy of uncompromising attention to detail and fresh ingredients has made our Bellini a perfect beginning or cap to your meal.

A classic Italian cocktail, the Bellini traditionally contains pureed peaches and Prosecco served in a champagne flute. The drink was invented in 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy. When it was created it was often difficult to find white peaches in season so a hint of cherry or raspberry juice was added to the drink to give it the signature faint pink colour.

After gaining popularity in Italy the drink made its way to the other side of the ocean to New York.

During its rising popularity it was becoming hard to find the fresh white peach puree found in the delicious drink so eventually people began to take matters into their own hands. Fresh white peach puree was processed in New York and eventually shipped to cocktail makers looking for the best cocktail base for their Bellini.

The International Bartenders Association put the Bellini as an Official Cocktail under its Contemporary Classics category. What started out as an experiment in Italy turned to be a world-wide classic in no time due to its delicious and fruity taste.

Perfect with poultry or vegetable pasta, this drink will be a great start to your meal at Rainbow Room.

Why Niagara Falls Is Great In The Summer

complex-smallCity life can sometimes be stressful and overwhelming so give yourself a break this summer and take some time to relax in Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls is an amazing city to visit all year round, but it’s undeniable that the city truly shines during the warmer months of the year. The variety of available activities and attractions, coupled with the enjoyable summer weather make Niagara Falls an ideal place to get away for a weekend.

Start your weekend off with a tour of one of the many vineyards that call Niagara home. During the summer they’re open for daily tours, giving you the opportunity to stroll through the beautiful vineyards, growing your appreciation for the wine that is to come. The wineries also host several events all throughout the summer, including BBQs, picnics, outdoor dinners and live music. Niagara’s often calm weather gives you the opportunity to see the wineries in their entirety and experience everything that they have to offer. If you love to enjoy tasty food and wine then make your way to one of the many wineries in the region and explore Niagara’s hidden gem.

The region also offers tons of trails and nature inspired activities that will get you outside and active in no time. Breathtaking scenery is just a step away from the tourist district of Niagara Falls so you can be cycling, hiking or walking the many nearby trails in no time. With thousands of acres of parklands, wilderness and green spaces, Niagara Falls is more than just tourist attractions – the natural side of the city is something that can add many more options to your itinerary.

As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Canada, Niagara Falls has many festivals and celebrations of all things Canadian taking place during the summer. The choices are plenty, whether you want a music festival, food festival or to celebrate a special holiday, Niagara Falls has got it covered.

Don’t let the fun stop there either! With options like The Journey Behind The Falls and Hornblower Niagara Cruises you can actually get up close to the Falls and experience something that you can’t find anywhere else.

Clifton Hill is of course a must visit on your trip, starting with the Falls Avenue Resort, found at the base of the hill. Home to the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, Adventure City, Casino Niagara, four hotels, the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, and tons more, it should be considered the ultimate base of operations during your stay.

While there is always a lot to do all year long in Niagara Falls, the summer months are the best time to plan your visit. Walking along the Niagara Parkway with the flowers and foliage in full bloom is a great way to relax and get away from the everyday commotion of life.

Kick Off Niagara New Vintage Festival at Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra

vineyard - summerjpgJust in time for the summer weather, the Niagara New Vintage Festival is kicking off for an entire week on June 14.

With tons of wineries taking part in the festival, all will be hosting unique events to showcase Niagara’s proudest export – our world-class wine. Filled with live entertainment, wine tastings and delicious food you won’t want to miss out on this awesome festival.

The New Vintage Discovery pass will give you the opportunity to taste at eight Niagara wineries, enjoying their VQA wine options and culinary pairings all throughout the festival. The pass is perfect for those who want to discover new wineries and relive the experience at their favourites. The Driver’s Discovery Pass is a new option for designated drivers that want to take part in the fun too. This pass includes eight non-alcoholic winery experiences through the festival.

An event for the books includes the Tailgate Party at Wiens Family Vineyard. Winemakers will get together and share their stories for everyone to enjoy – all taking place right in the family’s backyard. This unusual event is also filled with tastings and culinary shows you won’t want to miss out!

Most wineries throughout Niagara will be hosting their own unique events during the festival so visit one, or a few, this June!

Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra – Ultimate Couples Experience Package

RainbowRoomKeep the romance alive in the warmer months and indulge in the Ultimate Couples Experience Package at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra. Filled with dining, wine tours and spa vouchers, this package has it all.

Ultimate Couples Experience Package includes:

One Night Hotel Accommodations at the Sheraton on the Falls or Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls Fallsview

Three Fallsview Dining Gift Cards:

$40.00 at Windows by Jamie Kennedy

$40.00 at Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra

$20.00 at Fallsview Buffet

Two Winery Tasting Passes at Trius Winery at Hillebrand and Peller Estates

$40 Credit at the Fallsview Christienne Spa

Two Cocktails at the Hard Rock Café

Special Hershey Gift

Make your way to Niagara Falls and enjoy an evening full of relaxation and good food.

Before dinner, take a trip to Trius Winery and Peller Estates for complimentary wine tasting passes. After returning to the Falls Avenue Resort, sit down for dinner at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra and then enjoy a cocktail at the Hard Rock Cafe before ending your night with a romantic walk down the beautiful Niagara Parkway. The next day is the perfect time to relax with a visit to the Christienne Fallsview Spa for a morning or afternoon of pampering.

The city is filled with unique events, chances to win big at the casinos and peaceful walks along the falls.

Book your package today and visit us at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra for an experience that you’ll never forget.

Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra – Honeymooning in Niagara Falls

Niagara falls New Years Eve DinnerNiagara Falls holds the reputation of being the honeymoon capital of the world for good reason – it has everything that romantic vacationers could want.

For an unforgettable romantic getaway to Niagara Falls there are a few attractions and experiences that every couple needs to try in the city.

Dinner and fireworks – Every Friday and Sunday at 10:00PM, the Niagara Parks Commission organizes a massive fireworks display that takes place over the Horseshoe Falls. Plan for a late dinner at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra and get a table by the window for a picture perfect view of the fireworks display. You can sip champagne while watching the longest running fireworks display in Canada as it lights up the sky over Niagara Falls.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises Illumination Cruise – The iconic boat tour to the base of the falls, now run by Hornblower Niagara Cruises, is beginning their evening falls illumination cruises this month. The falls are lit up in a variety of different colours every night and this new cruise option at Hornblower will bring you and that special someone on a romantic cruise to the base of the illuminated falls after the sun has set.

Niagara Sky Wheel – Located on the world famous Clifton Hill, steps from the Falls Avenue Resort, is the Niagara Sky Wheel. This massive Ferris Wheel overlooks Clifton Hill and offers a one of a kind view of the falls from high above. Operating during the day and evening, anytime is a good time to visit the Sky Wheel.

Casino night – A thrilling trip to the casino is an exciting way to begin, or end your evening. The Fallsview Casino and Casino Niagara offer table games, slot machines, live music, a comedy club, restaurants and much more, making a visit to the casino an exhilarating evening entertainment option.

Christienne Fallsview Spa – The perfect way to spend a romantic day together is at the spa. The Christienne Fallsview Spa, located in the Sheraton on the Falls, has Canada’s only infinity hydrotherapy tubs and is the only spa in Niagara Falls to feature treatment areas overlooking the falls. The Christienne Couples Retreat package is the ideal option for a couple on a romantic getaway in Niagara Falls.

If you are looking to take all of the stress out of planning the perfect romantic getaway, the Crowne Plaza Fallsview hotel has several Ultimate Experiences available that include attractions and meals all bundled together in one package.

Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra – Spring Menu Details

Falls-view from Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra

Fallsview from Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra

We have some very exciting news to announce, our spring menu has just been rolled out and we are thrilled to share it with you.

For the food enthusiasts out there this menu captures delicious and fresh springtime cuisine ideas with Massimo Capra’s special flair worked into it. Filled with fine local foods and spring vegetables and fruits, this is the perfect chance to embrace the season with our new menu.

Here is a little teaser of our new menu:

Appetizers:

  • Porcini Mushroom Bisque: Hazelnut scented shiitake, goat cheese foam.
  • Ontario Goat Cheese: Preserved heirloom beets, toasted pistachio, truffled bread crumbs, baby frisée.
  • Pear Carpaccio: Bartlett pear, Pingue prosciutto, Gorgonzola cheese, candied walnuts, pomegranate vinaigrette.

Entrees:

  • Elora Gorge: Boneless Half Chicken Rosemary roasted potato, prosciutto and Pecorino cheese, Niagara peach glaze.
  • Seared “Sterling” Salmon Ricotta Gnocchi, Sicilian relish, grilled lemon butter sauce.
  • Pan Seared Diver Scallops Crisp fennel slaw, risotto rosso, blood orange Maltaise.

Pasta & Vegetarian

  • Thyme Roasted Forest Mushroom Risotto King oyster, chanterelle, honey, shiitake and Portobello mushrooms.
  • Truffled Sweet Potato Cannelloni (Gluten Free) Ontario goat Cheese, Yukon Gold “Pasta”, grape tomato, roasted garlic, black lentil sauté.
  • Eggplant ‘’Involtini’’ (Vegetarian) Sicilian style, stuffed with ricotta, pine nut, Pecorino, and basil, finished with Buffalo Mozzarella and a duo of tomato sauce.