Experience a Hotel with History at the Crowne Plaza

The normajeanamericanfalls has a very rich and interesting history that dates back to 1929 when it was the first high-rise hotel to be built in Niagara Falls. When it opened on July 1, 1929 as the General Brock Hotel, it featured eleven floors, a roof garden, and a large grand ballroom. The top floor was known as the Rainbow Room and featured glass windows that offered a spectacular view of the Niagara Falls.

The General Brock Hotel, currently known as the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, quickly gained a reputation for its world-class elegance and has had many notable guests throughout the years, including Walt Disney, Queen Elizabeth, Bruce Willis, Shirley Temple, and Marilyn Monroe while she was filming “Niagara”.

Today, the Crowne Plaza is still known for its world-class charm and elegance and features the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, which is a fine-dining experience that continues to boast one of the most incredible views of Niagara Falls in the city. To experience all of the history and charm, reserve your table.

Upcoming Niagara Culinary Events with Massimo Capra

2013-11-08 20.07.12-1There are still two amazing opportunities to experience the culinary talent of Chef Massimo Capra as part of the Niagara Culinary Experiences Series. On March 6th, 2015 the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra will be hosting A Tour of Umbria with Massimo Capra dinner that will celebrate the fine Italian cuisine and wine associated with the beautiful and historic Umbria region.

The last stop on Chef Massimo Capra’s culinary tour of Italy and the final dinner in this year’s Niagara Culinary Experiences Series is A Tour of Campania with Massimo Capra, taking place on April 17th, 2015. This dinner will showcase traditional food and wine from the enchanting Campania region in a five-course menu, and feature classic wine pairings from Feudo di San Gregorio Winery.

Seating is still available for both events and can be purchased at www.fallsavenueresort.com/culinary.

Niagara Gearing up for Icewine Celebrations

NiagaraFallsBrinkWinterThis year marks the 20th year of the Niagara Icewine Festival and there are a number of exciting activities and events scheduled to help people celebrate the famed dessert wine. For three weekends in January, the Niagara Icewine Festival offers visitors amazing wine and culinary creations, and features unique events such as the Xerox Icewine Gala, an Icewine Dinner with Jamie Kennedy, Peller Estates Icewinemaker’s Dinner, and the Niagara Icewine Festival in Niagara Falls at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.

Visitors looking for the complete Icewine Festival experience can purchase Discovery Passes that offer up to eight experiences per pass. This gives visitors access to the very best wine and culinary offerings while travelling along the wine route, and the perfect chance to become fully immersed in Niagara’s Icewine culture!

Winter Fun at the Shaw Festival Film Series

Shaw-SpeakersSeries-LandingThe Shaw Festival Film Series is a unique experience in Niagara-on-the-Lake that screens some of the best Canadian and international films and documentaries in association with the Toronto International Film Festival Group. From December 6th to February 21st, you can experience these acclaimed films and documentaries at the Shaw Festival Theatre for $12 per film. And if you’re looking to attend multiple screenings, you can purchase a 12-film Festival Film pass, 8-film “Stocking Stuffer” pass, or 5-film documentary pass.

Topping off the Shaw Festival Film Series experience is the Lunch Market at the Shaw Festival, which offers delicious food options from food trucks and local vendors before the Saturday afternoon screenings.

The Shaw Festival Theatre is a revered institution, having opened its doors in Niagara-on-the-Lake in 1973, mounting incredible productions of the plays of George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries. This film series is a great opportunity to visit the theatre this winter and experience some of the best feature films and documentaries from Canada and the around the world.

How to Celebrate American Thanksgiving in Niagara

DSCF5262Many people will be celebrating American Thanksgiving this upcoming weekend and the Niagara Parks Commission is offering a number of great activities to help you get into the holiday spirit while in Niagara Falls.

From November 27th to November 30th Elements on the Falls Restaurant will be serving Thanksgiving inspired menus that feature traditional Thanksgiving food served in direct view of the thundering Niagara Falls.

The OPG Winter Festival of Lights is a free and worthwhile activity for visitors and locals to check out this weekend, with colourful light displays and sparkling tree installations lighting up the Niagara Parkway. The Festival is running now until January 12th, 2015 and will feature amazing fireworks displays on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday nights this upcoming holiday weekend.

And for a unique and historical holiday activity, you can visit the Laura Secord Homestead on Saturday, November 29th for a Regency Centerpiece Workshop during which participants can create festive and beautiful holiday centerpieces for just $10 per person.

The exciting and beautiful holiday season is coming to life in Niagara Falls and all of these activities will help visitors and locals get into the spirit and celebrate Thanksgiving.

Holiday Shopping in Niagara

christmas-tree-wallpaper1024x768-562x421The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means it is the perfect time to start shopping for your holiday gifts and treasures! The Niagara Region is home to a number of exciting stores, malls, and craft shows that are sure to make this season’s shopping fun and easy. A few must-visit holiday shopping destinations include:

Just Christmas in Niagara-on-the-Lake: This year-round Christmas store offers 5000 different Christmas items, including unique ornaments, lights, tree tops, and more. Just Christmas offers personalized items that make for perfect gifts, and is a unique and fun holiday shopping destination.

Christmas by the Falls in Niagara Falls: The 17th Annual Christmas by the Falls craft show is taking place December 6th-7th at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. This seasonal craft show features over 100 vendors, a Christmas tree raffle, on-site hairstyling, and chocolate demonstrations, and is the perfect activity for people of all ages.

Outlet Collection at Niagara in Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Outlet Collection at Niagara is a new mall that features brand name outlet stores that offer unbeatable items and fashion finds. Promotions run year-round, allowing you to find great deals on the latest items and approach the gift-giving season with satisfaction and ease.

5 Exciting Things To Do in Niagara Falls This Winter

NFHorseshoeMC3Winter is an exciting time in Niagara Falls, and there are plenty of fun and exciting activities happening in the city that you won’t want to miss out on. Here are five things to look out for when visiting Niagara Falls this winter:

  1. OPG Winter Festival of Lights- The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights will be running from Nov. 15, 2014 to Jan. 12, 2015, featuring millions of sparking lights in dazzling displays set up along the Niagara Parkway. This wonderful winter attraction attracts millions of visitors annually and is a one-of-a-kind winter experience in Niagara Falls.
  1. New Year’s Eve Concert- Ring in 2015 at ET Canada’s New Years Eve in Niagara Falls outdoor concert, which features exciting musical artists in a setting that directly overlooks the beautiful Niagara Falls. The concert is completely free, and will also feature fireworks shows and food and beverage vendors, which will help you to ring in the New Year right!
  1. Winter Fireworks- As part of the OPG Winter Festival of Lights, fireworks shows will be happening by the Falls every Friday night at 9pm, starting in December, with additional shows during the holidays. The fireworks will run throughout the OPG Winter Festival of Lights season and will light up the beautiful Niagara skyline like you’ve never seen before.
  1. Floral Showhouse Christmas Display- The Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse Annual Christmas Display is a beautiful site for visitors to experience, with sparkling lights, ribbon, and garland adorning the Floral Showhouse. The display will be running from Nov. 27, 2014- Jan. 12, 2015 and also features selections from the original Cullen Miniature Village collection, various horticultural wonders, and free-flying tropical songbirds that add to the beauty of the season.
  1. Casino Niagara- For 95,000 square feet of indoor gaming fun, make sure to visit Casino Niagara, located directly across the street from the Niagara Falls. Featuring live entertainment, over 1,300 slot machines, 40 gaming tables, and the largest Poker Room in Ontario, it is a thrilling and exciting 24-hour gaming experience.

Upcoming Seasonal and Savoury Events in Niagara

culinary-bg-1Experience the very best fall-inspired food and wine in Niagara this month with a number of exciting culinary and wine events happening throughout the region.

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Taste the Season event kicks off this month, pairing fall food with holiday-inspired wines at 26 different wineries. The event runs for four weekends starting on Nov. 7th, from 11am-5pm.

For a celebration of the Alto Adige wine region, join Massimo Capra at the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview on Nov. 14th for Alto Adige with Massimo Capra, featuring a delicious five-course menu paired with wines from one of the most innovative wineries in Alto Adige. This event is a part of the Niagara Culinary Experiences Series, which offers unique dinner events at Falls Avenue Resort, running through April 2015.

And if you’re looking for an interactive dining experience, try a Trius Winery Black Glass Dinner, taking place on Nov.8th, 22nd, and 29th, where guests will experience a guided wine tasting followed by a four-course meal that features secret wine-pairings. If you can correctly identify the wines you will take home a bottle of award-winning Trius Brut.

All of these events feature delicious food and first-rate wines, showcasing the bounty and beauty of the fall season in Niagara. Don’t miss out!

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.