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.

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!