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FROM THE NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Dear Guest, Welcome to Niagara-on-the-Lake. We are delighted that you have chosen our town for your special getaway and hope that you will experience what we refer to as “the Niagara-on-the-Lake Effect” while you are here. The special ambience of the town is created through a fine balance of history, agriculture and new discoveries. The Heritage District that runs through the heart of the town connects many historic sites of interest. It is also home to a unique shopping area, with gorgeous floral displays and lovingly maintained heritage buildings. Niagara-on-the-Lake became the first capital of Upper Canada in 1792, so we have a lot of experience celebrating anniversaries and marking special dates. If you are a returning visitor, celebrating your personal anniversary or special occasion, we welcome you back. If this is a first-time celebratory event in Niagara-on-the-Lake, we hope we can earn the trusted status of a “must return” destination in your future plans.
“ The special ambience of the town is created by a balance of history, agriculture and new discoveries. ”
As you find time to relax during your visit, please explore the picturesque walking and cycling trails that surround the town or play a round of golf at the oldest course in North America. If it’s entertainment you’re looking for, the Shaw Festival offers first-class productions that will inspire and delight. Niagara-on-the-Lake is well known internationally for its outstanding fresh produce and fine grapes, showcased at outstanding wineries throughout the town. The Vintage Hotels’ Wine Trolley is standing by to take you on a tour of local wineries for a memorable tasting experience. New craft breweries have also opened their doors for tasting experiences. There’s so much to see and do in the area, but don’t overlook the delightful offerings within the hotel properties. Vintage Hotels offers a range of spa treatments and unique resort activities that are detailed on their website under the Resort Activities monthly tab. These spectacular properties combine the magic of Old World sophistication with modern day comforts, from the Victorian Prince of Wales to the enchanting country charm of the Pillar and Post and the stately elegance of Queen’s Landing. Consistent at all three properties is the gracious, professional service of a dedicated staff. You’ll find the culinary offerings to be delectable, created by award-winning culinary teams. We trust that you will enjoy your stay in Niagara-on-the-Lake, whether you are visiting as part of a business group or enjoying a personal getaway. We look forward to welcoming you back on many future occasions. Sincerely
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A warm welcome to Niagara-on-the-Lake.
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AT YOUR SERVICE...Exceptional experience at
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THE SUITE EFFECT...Why everyone should indulge
every now and again.
BACCHUS LOUNGE...A sophisticated yet
comfortable lounge fit for any occasion. QUEEN TIKI COCKTAIL RECIPE...From our inhouse mixologist. STEAK IT TO ME...A local review of our signature dish which will leave your mouth watering.. STEAK RUB RECIPE...From our world-class Chef, perfect for you to recreate at home.
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JOURNEY THROUGH WINE...A highlight of our appellations & wine festivals, keeping you coming back all year round. A CHARMING RIDE...Explore our great region in style by riding our authentic wine trolley or enjoying a picturesque carriage ride. THE ZEN ENCOUNTER...If you have yet to make your spa reservation, we provide a few highlights to help you indulge. BOUTIQUE EXPERIENCE...With two exquisite shopping districts to visit in Niagara, you may need to extend your stay. ANNUAL EVENT HIGHLIGHTS...With something spectacular taking place every month of the year, there is something for everyone no matter when you visit Niagara.
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An inside story of how one young man acquired his appreciation for wine.
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Chris Smythe EXECUTIVE CHEF, PRINCE OF WALES Vanessa Tierney DIRECTOR OF SPA OPERATIONS Ferdinand Don Griot FOOD & BEVERAGE MANAGER Yannick Feyfant DINING ROOM MANAGER in collaboration with: Dave Martineau PROJECT MANAGER
PUBLISHER OWNERA MEDIA EXECUTIVE Rowena Prudente Brandy Henderson COPYWRITE Alex Kazam Erin King Annie Pasquariello
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Opulent, Sumptuous, Grand, Magnificent, Extravagant, Lavish, Elegant â€“ these are just a few of the words used to describe an experience with Vintage Hotels. In this chapter, we bring you to a collection of some of our favourite Vintage highlights, sure to keep you returning for years to come.
T YOUR SERVICE. by Erin King
Are you in need of a little romance? Pampering? How about a well-deserved getaway? Whether a foodie or history buff, the spectacular Prince of Wales Hotel, located in elegant Niagara-on-the-Lake, has everything you crave.
luxury accommodations in the heart of wine country. As Niagara-on-the-Lake has evolved into a worldclass travel destination, so the Prince of Wales Hotel has retained its standing as the crown jewel.
Built in 1864, the hotel went through several name changes before being christened “The Prince of Wales” in 1901. This was in honor of a visit from the Duke and Duchess of York, who would later become King George V and Queen Mary of England. The hotel became part of the Vintage Hotel “family” in 1999, as one of Niagara’s premier
For foodies, there are three wonderful dining rooms on site. Beginning with the Noble Restaurant, where you step into the very essence of historical romance. A luxurious dining area, framed by gorgeous panoramic windows, that looks out onto the natural beauty of Simcoe Park; a town landmark since 1888. Once you’ve settled in, you will be enticed by the fresh seasonal menu that combines the classic technique of French gourmet with a modern and exciting finish. Decadent elegance will surely satisfy your palate. And, do not forget the wine! The Noble Restaurant boasts an impressive wine list, honored by Wine Spectator magazine, as having one of the best in the world. If you are looking for a comfortable lounge to unwind in, look no further than the Churchill Lounge. Whether you want to relax with friends or curl up with someone special, this cozy venue offers a more relaxed epicurean adventure perfect for lovers of pub fare paired with finely crafted cocktails. For a more refined afternoon experience, take a stroll over to the Drawing Room for afternoon tea. Open daily from 12pm-6pm, time travel never seemed more possible! Elegant bone china and three-tiered servers transport you to a different era. To a time when attention to detail was everything and etiquette ruled. Sip some gourmet tea; sample the delicate finger sandwiches; feast on house-made scones and pastries. Reclaim your “me” time!
Drawing Room, Prince of Wales, NOTL
If it is pampering you desire, look no further than the Secret Garden Spa. It is a fresh and contemporary space, offering an earthy and serene atmosphere to soothe both body and soul. Choose a Signature Treatment with the antioxidant properties of tea extracts, anti-aging botanicals, and specialized massage techniques. If it is a facial treatment you seek, you can opt for a quick pick me up with a 25-minute, Pure Focus Express Facial. If you have time for something more indulgent, perhaps you will enjoy the anti-wrinkle High Skin Refiner or Beyond Vino facial with a rich anti-aging treatment. With a wide variety of spa packages to choose from, you will be sure to find exactly what you desire. In addition to facials, a wide-range of extravagant body treatments, scrubs, and wraps are offered along with manicures, pedicures, massages, men’s services, and youth packages.
Secret Garden Spa Lounge, Prince of Wales, NOTL
Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is important when travelling and staying at a hotel. The Prince of Wales Hotel offers a full-service gym as well as a wide spectrum of pool activities to keep you moving both in the gym and in the pool. To make any occasion special, be sure to include the fresh flowers from in-house florist, Clippings. From weddings to anniversaries and everything in between, Clippings will make the perfect arrangement for you and have it delivered right to your room.
As a wedding venue, the Prince of Wales is nothing short of perfection. The luxuriant Victorian reception rooms are exquisite, combined with sumptuous meals and an ambiance of grandeur. With every detail looked after by the in-house planner, your special day will be your own personal fairy tale. Whether for business or pleasure, a grand affair or quiet retreat, the Prince of Wales Hotel is truly the crown jewel of Niagara wine country.
On the business side, every memorable corporate retreat begins with great venues. Let the impeccable Prince of Wales Hotel speak for you at your next executive gathering. You will lead with confidence fully supported by our business amenities, multimedia capabilities, high speed internet, and wireless access. Our central location, right in the heart of a bustling and charming little town, will inspire creativity, enhance team building, and improve workplace relationships.
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If you have done any amount of travel, then you are aware of how critically important the finer details are. When these are handled with tremendous care, your entire experience is a positive one. Thinking back through to your most enjoyable hotel stays, we would bet that the most memorable experiences are when you find yourself in a hotel that is committed to taking very good care of these smaller details. Feeling right at home, amongst all the extra luxuries and amenities offered, is the ultimate objective. No matter the property you choose or the room you stay in, we offer every guest the most outstanding experience possible. For a truly exquisite experience, we invite you to seek out our signature rooms.
Vintner’s Suite, Inn On The Twenty, Jordan
“ Each of our Niagaraon-the-Lake properties is outfitted with very special signature rooms so beautiful that you will find yourself returning to visit again and again. “ At the Prince of Wales hotel, we have a selection of Premium Guest Rooms that are designed to make you feel like royalty. One of our most popular requests is how to make a reservation for “The Blue Room”, which is one of our most popularly photographed rooms. Not only is the room elegantly designed, but it offers a sprawling king size bed, a gorgeous jacuzzi, and full sitting area.
Suite Room, Prince of Wales, NOTL
Between repeat visits to Niagara-on-the-Lake, or as an extension of your stay, we invite you to The Inn On The Twenty in Jordan Village. Located less than 30 minutes away from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Jordan Village is a quaint and beautiful town that will take you back in time. For an even more luxurious experience, we offer premium suites, such as the Vintner’s Suite. Every suite is completely unique with additional features such as loft bedrooms, French doors, or floor to ceiling windows. If you have yet to experience what is referred to as “A Country Hotel”, we would be remiss if we did not encourage you to make special plans to do so. Located in the rolling hills of Caledon, surrounded by rich gallery and boutique villages, is where you will find our Vintage Hotel, Millcroft Inn & Spa. It offers unique suite rooms known as “The Crofts.” These self-contained, two-storey chalet style rooms are the absolute dream rooms. They feature a separate bedroom on the upper level, radiant in-floor heating, wood burning fireplace, walkout patio, and private hot tub. Not to mention, one of the most breathtaking views offered at the hotel is from the in-house Headwaters Restaurant. It boasts cascading waterfalls as a backdrop. With impeccable views and personalized services, the Millcroft Inn & Spa truly is a place far from the ordinary. Hence the reason why it draws visitors from across the globe.
If a trip to Stratford is in the cards for some world-class theatre and culinary escapades, we urge you to visit The Parlour Inn. This beautiful boutique hotel is a well-known landmark, holding its charming presence since 1871. Busting with character and charm, it hosts every luxury expected from a high-end hotel. With several upgrades available, this property includes 2-bedroom, 450 square foot suites with additional common living space. The perfect arrangement for guests requiring abundant space and luxurious comfort.
Bacchus: noun, classical mythology The god of wine; Dionysus Known as being the god of wine and agriculture, Bacchus wandered the world for many years, going as far as India and possibly Canada - to teach people how to grow vines.
Bacchus Lounge, Queens Landing, NOTL
While Bacchus may be one of the 12 Roman gods, it’s no surprise his namesake made its way to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Bacchus Lounge, located in Queen’s Landing is sure to please more than the gods. It is a mix of elegant and cozy ambience created by a roaring fireplace. The lounge has a panoramic marina view that you can enjoy over a local ale, wine, or some delectable food.
“ the menu incorporates sophisticated ingredients with casual fare making it the perfect lounge experience. ”
Queen Tiki Drink
FEATURED VINTAGE COCKTAIL 1 oz Dark Rum 1.15 oz Spiced Rum 1/2 oz Galliano (Vanilla Liqueur) 1/2 oz Citrus 1 oz Pineapple Juice For decoration, add fresh basil, whipped cream, and cherry on top. Created by: Yannick Feyfant, Dining Room Manager/Mixologist
“ THERE’S always TIME for a COCKTAIL “
teak it to me. by Erin King
Imagine the Queen is your grandmother. She is unflappable, formal and elegant; an icon. People who donâ€™t know her may find her a little intimidating. But to you, she is comfort and safety; a friend. This is how I feel as I walk into the Noble Restaurant at the Prince of Wales Hotel. It is a crisp, gorgeous dining room, impeccably dressed, and just waiting to begin our conversation. When a room is this beautiful, it speaks to you. It draws you in... and enchants you. If you had any nervousness about
Noble Restaurant, Prince of Wales, NOTL
eating in such a spectacular room, it melts away. While this dining room is undeniably luxurious, it is also inviting, warm, and friendly. This is a room that brings out the childlike wonder in me as I walk in. As I sit down with my companion, I already know what I am going to order; the steak. Not just any steak, the steak - the signature dish that has remained the cornerstone of the Vintage Hotelâ€™s menu for more years than anyone can remember. With such recordholding power, it must be ordered.
As we settle in, my thoughts turn to my meal. Signature Vintage Hotels Rib Steak, Twenty Ounces of Canadian Prime Rib, Signature Country Dry Rub, Duck Fat Roasted Potatoes. I order a tannin heavy wine and we dine. The steak is generous. There is no way I will eat it all, but will try. At first glance, I see that it is cooked to perfection. I order medium rare and indeed, it is medium rare. Perfectly seared on the outside,
PRINCE OF WALES Noble Restaurant Churchill Lounge The Drawing Room QUEEN’S LANDING Tiara Restauraunt Bacchus Lounge PILLAR AND POST Cannery Restaurant Vintages Wine Bar & Lounge MILLCROFT INN AND SPA Headwaters Restaurant Headwaters Lounge THE PARLOUR INN The Parlour Steakhouse INN ON THE TWENTY Inn on the Twenty Restaurant Jordan House Tavern Inn On The Twenty Restaurant, Jordan
Culinary Experience lovely, and red in the middle. The best of both worlds. When I cut into the steak, the first thing I notice is that it is wonderfully tender. The knife is sharp, but it doesn’t need to be because the meat is beautifully aged and nicely supple. My first bite is a combination of meaty heaven and velvety bliss. A good steak is one that you do not have to gnaw but can simply chew. Again, perfection! The rub is complex, creating flavour in every area of my mouth, with a wonderful aroma that
comes through as I eat each bite. It is what the English call “moorish”, in that with every bite I want more. Although the rub is complex in design, it is not overpowering. It is interesting without cloying and I enjoy the last bite as much as the first. The potatoes were cooked beautifully tender and the vegetables were surprisingly rich and satisfying. The mussels we shared before our meal were rich and creamy with a sauce of fennel, leeks, chorizo, sorrel, chardonnay,
and cream. I could have eaten a barrel of them. The amusebouches were a delight and got us excited to embark on our meal. The service was impeccable. Our waiter was friendly and cordial, neither too intimate nor too aloof; he was perfect. As far as dining experiences go, this will remain at the top of my list and leaves me contemplating my next trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake!
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Steak Rub Ingredients GRILL LIKE CHEF SMYTHE
2 oz Smoked Spanish Paprika 2 oz Dehydrated Ground Garlic 1 oz Dehydrated Ground Red Chilies 1 oz Ground Black Pepper 1 oz Ground Coriander 1 oz Ground Fennel 1 oz Ground Brown Mustard Seed 1 oz Ground Herbs du Province 2 oz Smoked Sea Salt Mix well and rub on your favorite steak cut, 15 minutes prior to grilling
Executive Chef, Prince of Wales
With his extensive experience & his commitment to a farm-to-table approach to his cuisine, Chris ensures that his dishes always feature seasonal produce and pay homage to the local farmers. Diners will be wowed by the bounty of the region, which he describes as nothing short of amazing.
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Oh My Dear... Cork Boy! By Alex Kazam
Halfway through the bottle, I had my emperor’s new clothes moment. I’d come to my aunt’s home for dinner. There were four of us there. We were enjoying a deeply coloured and lightly earthy red while my aunt put the finishing touches on dinner. You know how everything always tastes better at somebody else’s place? Enjoying meals provided by any of the women in my family epitomizes this truism. My aunt’s friend, named Shelly, started to hold court on some esoteric aspect of equestrianism. Being one of the only people in my family who hasn’t really spent much time on the back of a horse, I started to drift-off. Around me, various visual cues guided me and I started remembering all the wonderful moments I’d had in this space. Here was where I sat when I found out this amazing family would take me in. Call me their own. The home was
built by my grandfather in the early 70’s. A really comfortable place, furnished with natural materials, warm colours, and soft textiles. A place that exudes a ski-vacation feel. The atmosphere is elegant, yet cozy. The interior is as calming as the nearby apple orchards and lakeside view of the sunset. All the rooms speak to the home’s past while creating a comfortable setting for today. An antique French tole chandelier hangs over the breakfast table, which is covered in a tablecloth in a Provençal-style fabric. In the sitting room, a Dayak blowgun and some darts expertly hang over the mantelpiece. The latter is lined with albums and almanacs layered in between varying sizes of framed and unframed art. My aunt insists it’s her little ode to Potsdam. “Every room is different! No two the same!” But really, she’s being a bit deceitful.
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A thread of crisp style and serenity runs through every space. “Oh ****!” Shelly exclaimed, moments before her jaw dropped, her eyes like saucers. She began apologizing profusely to my aunt. Our long-time family friend had managed to empty a full glass of that delicious nectar of the gods onto a pristine, hand knotted, metalbeige rug that had lain innocently underneath us. I leapt to my feet trying my best to quickly right this wrong. I grabbed the glass, somehow believing that if I upturned an already empty glass with great speed, it would somehow slow the rug’s rapid rate of absorption. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Before I could even think about the next correct course of action, I notice my partner quickly jolt up from her chair. Did some wine spill on her? Was she just being melodramatic because I scared her when I leapt to my feet? No. Somehow, I moved the impossibly heavy oak table we were sat at when I was trying to play hero. So much so, that the poorly placed bottle of red we’d all been enjoying also tumbled onto the rug. Are you kidding me? Now Shelly’s embarrassment and surprise increase tenfold. Mine hits me like a ton of bricks. The delicious smell of the food seemed to disappear completely.
The nostalgic daydreaming journey I had began came to a screeching halt. This beautiful rug now covered in an array of spurts and sprays that joined two nice big stains. It looked like a crime scene, except the only crime committed was that of wasted alcohol. Soon, all of us had paper towels and clean cloths in hand, desperately trying to remove any wine that had not been absorbed yet. A few cups of warm water, a couple tablespoons of vinegar and dishwashing liquid later, we all sat down and just looked at one another. “Should’ve brought the screw capped bottle!” I sighed. We all laughed. My aunt wasn’t upset or distraught for even a second. Between raising a couple of kids, balancing her work, personal life and hobbies - some spilled Dionysus sap wasn’t about to ruin her evening. “No, I’m happy you brought a corked bottle Alex,” she said as she passed me the plate of perfectly cooked roast, “there is just something about it.” This single statement sent me spiralling on a mental journey of selfdiscovery and a final eureka. With this in mind, my first instinct then was to heed to the same one that I have now; to appear clever, in the loop, and a real connoisseur. I wanted to correct my aunt because she somewhat misused a term
that is already often misunderstood. For the sake of clarity, I did not bring corked wine to our casual soiree. My aunt was simply referring to the fact that the bottle was sealed with a cork. I remember the first time I thought I encountered a corked wine, I was sitting in a restaurant in Niagara-On-TheLake, Ontario. I was having a nice dinner with some fellow cast members, following a technical rehearsal. I was reaching the end of a glass of Gamay when I noticed little particles of cork bobbing around like little stowaways, getting a tariff-free ride to salvation. Though in this particular instance, salvation took the form of digestion. Given that I was just nineteen years old, desperately in need of approval and tending to take myself a little too seriously - I shifted my mood from jovial to serious, looked at the server and said: “Excuse me, this wine is corked, I’d like another bottle!” Somehow, as it tends to happen in those moments, everyone went quiet just as I said it. The entire group, composed of at least twelve other people, most of whom were at least double if not triple my age, burst out laughing. In particular, I remember Yvonne: A fifty something dialect coach, who was witty as heck, extremely intelligent and took nobody’s twaddle. She had piercing eyes, amazing brown hair, and a collarbone you could cut yourself on just
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looking at it. She wasted no time in telling me just how wrong I was. “Alex, corked wine means that the cork has absorbed a chemical called TSA (trichloranisole); and that’s a true chemical flaw that lives in a cork. So if it picks up just the tiniest particle of that compound - it’s going to leech into your wine. It smells like musty cardboard, it completely kills the wine. You won’t get any fruit, the flavours are a bit bitter. Most people don’t know how to detect that, but they know that what they’re drinking, is bad. You, my dear, just have some small, harmless particles of cork that fell into your wine. You don’t need a new bottle - what you need is a spoon.” For the rest of that night, I was teased gallantly and referred to as Cork Boy. I went home that night and learned as much as I possibly could about wine, winemaking, viticulture as well as popular myths and facts with which to disarm them. For example, when your server finishes opening that bottle in front of you ever so ceremoniously, she places the cork in front
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of you. Look at it. Don’t smell it. There is a very tiny percent of the population that might be able to discern the smell of cork taint from the smell of a perfectly ordinary cork. No matter how much of a wine expert you think you are, your chances of recognizing trouble is far better if you study the cork visually. By all means, you can still smell it after you’ve looked at it if you want to. Looking at the cork, notice whether the wine is towards the top of the cork. If there are very few encroachments into the cork, you’re usually in for a nice treat. Alternatively, if you can see the wine has gone about half way down the cork, you can decide. If you’ve had that particular wine before, you can taste it and deal with it. If you’ve never had the wine, then you can choose to send it back. Conversely, if the cork appears cracked or otherwise unusual, for example, if it’s coloured almost completely by the wine, it usually means the wine is cooked. Ask for a different bottle. Also, the notion of legs (the streaks that trickle down the side of any wine glass after you swirl it) came up as a term at some point. (By the way, the French refer to this same phenomenon as tears.) Nobody really knows when or why this idea came up. What many do know, is just how little wine legs really tell us. They are caused by alcohol. So it’s thought that the more legs, the higher the alcohol content. But most wines are within a few
percentages of one another, and reading the actual alcohol percentage on the label will be way far more useful. Eventually, I realized how divisive and intense the wine culture community could be. People trying to convince others that wine doesn’t pair with chocolate... Or that red should never be served with seafood. Still others trying to proselytize the ideal amount you can quaff before exceeding that elusive place known as moderation. Here I was, sitting with some of the women I love most, reaching for the second bottle and my wine key, when suddenly it dawned on me. I don’t think I’d ever actually enjoyed drinking a glass of wine since that day in the restaurant in NiagaraOn-The-Lake. Obviously I’d enjoyed a lot more than a glass since then. What I mean is I’d not actually fully taken pleasure in the experience. I’d not relished the experience of finding my own personal taste when it came to wine. Whereas, I could tell you my favourite way to make a proper whiskey sour, or wax poetic about how a daiquiri is supposed to look and taste. Working as a bartender I had some of the best mentors when it came to the craft of the cocktail and everything beer. Those mentors would laugh with me. Somewhere in between poking fun at each other and serving guests, I’d learn
something. They remembered not to take life too seriously. This wasn’t open heart surgery, it was cocktails and cohorts. I was relaxed. I was engaged. Thus, I absorbed their ideas, lessons, and wisdom with ease. Even though it took spilling a bunch of wine on a nice rug, in a beautiful home I felt relaxed and comfortable in for me to be able to find the true oenophile within myself. I’m so glad Shelly spilled that wine. I’m so glad I added to the mess and confusion by tipping the bottle. Before, it was like every glass was a new romance, I’d get the same kind of nerves and jitters. I wasn’t sure how to approach the novelty. Every bit of minutia over-analyzed, every moment under scrutiny. Exciting at first, but exhausting after prolonged exposure. Now I can speak freely and openly about my relationship with wine. Am I a sommelier? No. Do I know a thing or two about wine? Absolutely. Do I pair my wine with chocolate? You can bet on it!
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So, if anyone dares to convince you of how, why, or when to drink your wine... - remember to ask yourself this question: “Has this person spilled wine on a rug?”
Alex Kazam Alex is an award-winning former bartender. (Regional Finalist BACARDI LEGACY & 1st place winner NIAGARA’S TOP MIXOLOGIST). He currently Appears as a magician & Mindreader in venues across North America. He has performed over 3,000 live shows. He’s also made multiple appearances on radio, and national television. thealexkazam.com
Do I prefer a cork or screw cap? A cork. Why? Because I love the relaxing, romantic, nostalgic and somewhat ritualistic feeling it provides. Do I still swirl my glass and look at the legs even though it doesn’t mean a thing? Yes! Does it matter? Absolutely (to me). vintage-hotels.com | 29
In wine country, cheese is also treasured.
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Journey Through Wine
he Niagara Peninsula is home to over 95 exquisite wineries located in the Niagara-onthe-Lake and Niagara Escarpment Appellations.
In Niagara-on-the-Lake, nestled amongst the beautiful and historic community, is an oasis of over 40 uniquely distinct wineries. Each with its own story, exquisite products, and visually stunning properties. You can easily find yourself spending multiple days exploring and tasting. But do not stop there. Standing in Twenty Valley, with Lake Ontario to your front and the Niagara Escarpment to your back, you will find yourself surrounded by another 40+ wineries, all of which flourish each season as a result of the very distinct microclimate provided here. This appellation is well worth a dedicated visit or return trip.
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Now letâ€™s celebrate! Our vast and varied wine country offers a series of festivals and celebrations throughout the entire calendar year. Niagara Wine Festival is host to three of our most popular festivals, inviting you for return visits to experience each one. In January, Niagara is transformed into a spectacular winter wonderland to celebrate one of Canadaâ€™s most cherished products at the Niagara Icewine Festival. Over 30 wineries come together in June for the Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival, which also highlights farmto-table culinary offerings and live music. And in September, hosted in historic Montebello Park, is the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, the largest wine festival & street parade in all of Canada.
A Charming Ride
here is no better way to enjoy Niagaraâ€™s world renowned wine country than sitting back, putting your feet up and watching the landscape pass by in Vintage Hotelâ€™s very own, newly renovated, San Francisco style trolley. Relax and let your senses take over as the majestic, countryside rolls by like a panoramic Impressionist masterpiece, capturing the very essence of relaxation and rejuvenation in one fun, grown-up adventure. This is living! As you make your way from one world class winery to the next, indulge your inner geek as you soak up fascinating local history with one of our many insightful and entertaining tour guides. As you wind your way along the spectacular Niagara River Parkway, you will visit notable historic sites, teeming fruit orchards, and many of our lush local vineyards. You will be amazed at just how crucial and influential the Niagara Region has been to the history and destiny of both Canada and USA. If only history had been this fun in school! Tours run from April to November. For early birds we have a 10:00 am departure and a 2:00 pm departure for those who prefer a more relaxed start to the day. Tours
depart from Vintage Hotels, seven days a week and are approximately two and a half to three hours in length. Local wineries include Inniskillin, Jackson-Triggs, Konzelmann, Marynissen Estates, Pillitteri, Reif Estates, Caroline Cellars, Pondview, Lailey, Strewn and Palatine Hills Winery to name a few. When you take the trolley, you never have to worry about driving so you can concentrate on pure indulgence! It is truly a grown-up adventure for your inner child.
hile at a Vintage property, do not forget to make time for a carriage ride through the Niagara-on-the-Lake heritage district. An absolute must for guests of all ages. From the perfect proposal, an anniversary to remember, to a little girls princess dreams, the Sentineal horse & carriage ride is a must for one and all. The drivers are the epitome of professional and are wonderful companions. As they expertly maneuver their majestic counterparts down the picturesque winding streets, you will be taken back to a simpler time when luxury was found in simplicity and local sights and sounds were all the entertainment we needed. The carriages operate year-round to offer a unique experience in any season. Whether you are enjoying the full sunshine of an afternoon adventure in spring, a romantic moonlight ride in full summer, or snuggling down in under thick and cozy blankets in fall or winter, a carriage ride in any season offers an experience unlike anything you can get in modern daily life. It is an adventure that thrills every time.
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by Annie Pasquariello
What makes the perfect spa experience for you?
re you looking for a full day of pampering,
After your spa service, why not continue the relaxation and bask
pedicures with the girls, or a romantic getaway?
in the benefits of the treatments in the spa lounge while enjoying
Rest assured, you will find your bliss at any one
food from one of the delectable spa menus.
of the Vintage Hotelâ€™s spa locations.
If you are hoping to take the spa experience home with you -
To best indulge when visiting Vintage Spas, arrive early
which you will - your treatment provider will prescribe a tailor-
and take advantage of all the amenities each of our unique
made recommendation just for you. Whether it was the essential
properties has to offer. Try the eucalyptus steam room at
oils from a massage treatment or a face moisturizer, browse
100 Fountain Spa to help boost the immune system and
the retail area to find perfumes from Italy, handmade hats from
assist with breathing or the dry cedar sauna to increase blood
Madagascar, and cashmere wraps from Nepal.
circulation and detoxify the body.
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100 Fountain Spa Pillar and Post, NOTL
If you are seeking the ultimate in relaxation from head to toe, 100 Fountain Spa is the perfect place to unwind and say ahhhh. The 13,000 square foot spa has an extensive services menu with professional staff ready to help you relax your mind, body and spirit. 100 Fountain Spa offers luxurious face and body care treatments by the world’s top professional skincare brands including BABOR, Valmont Facial Treatments and Institut Esthederm. A truly relaxing escape, 100 Fountain Spa can accommodate large groups, couples or just yourself. Indulge with access to numerous treatment rooms, Vichy shower, indoor saltwater pool, heated outdoor pool and exotic hot springs.
“ While waiting for your spa treatment, you can enjoy the plush lounge area overlooking the outdoor hot springs or sit fireside. “
Secret Garden Spa Prince of Wales, NOTL
For a natural, contemporary and lush spa experience, we invite you to Secret Garden Spa at the Prince of Wales Hotel. Our signature “specialtea” treatments, such as the Beau-teas Facial, use the finest all-natural green, white and red teas.
“ Immerse yourself in this secret world, an oasis of serenity in a setting unlike any other. “
Spa On The Twenty
Inn On the Twenty, Jordan
We sometimes forget how important it is to take care of ourselves. At Spa On The Twenty, self care is one of our main philosophies. Our entire team is dedicated to helping clients place focus on this. Offering traditional aesthetic lines such as world-renowned Phytomer and Spa Ritual nail products, their special interest is vinotherapeutic services. The serene experience is enhanced by its surroundings, as the spa is tucked away in the century old Vintage House next to the main inn, enclosed by gardens and a gazebo. Spa on the Twenty is a full-service spa, with five specially designed treatment rooms, a steam shower and a Swiss shower, as well as two whirlpool pedicure chairs. The spa menu includes everything from facials to pedicures to massages and holistic treatments.
Milcroft Inn & Spa, Caledon Nestled away in Caledon, ON., Millcroft Spa, Centre for Well-Being will make you feel miles away from home with a calming retreat experience. The Centre combines age-old healing practices from around the world with the latest health and wellness discoveries, creating the perfect environment for all your wellness needs. The state-of- the-art spa has 17 treatment areas and uses Aveda and Babor skin care products and incorporates Aveda’s holistic approach to the spa services. Millcroft Spa, Centre for Well-Being also features an indoor pool, outdoor hot and cold pools, steam room, sauna, a fitness centre, and a poolside café serving a wide selection of wellness-oriented fare. The Woodlands Lounge offers infused water, granolas, and other healthy treats for you to enjoy while you are here. We invite you to experience the beauty of this place all year round. Millcroft Spa is the perfect place to be.
Boutique Experience T
he evolution of shopping throughout the 19th and 20th centuries has been quite the journey. From market settings, it shifted to department stores and mega malls. All the while, as we continue to evolve, we find ourselves continuously drawn to the time when quaint and carefree shopping lane and concourse exist. Here in the Niagara Region, we have two very special shopping districts that have remained true to that original beauty; offering you a unique, intimate, and delightful shopping experience. In the heritage district of Niagara-on- the-Lake, you will find a lavish variety of shops that will satisfy your keen eyes for beautiful things. The shopping district here has continued to thrive throughout the years not only because of its rich heritage, but also because of the exquisite products and services that each shop owner strives to provide. You will find that your purchases are treasures, one-of-a-kind items, and extraordinary finds. You will surely be intrigued to return repeatedly.
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ucked into the heart of Twenty Valley, amongst the wineries of the Niagara Escarpment, you will find the fascinating Jordan Village. Due to its large natural harbour, this area was a very popular location for exporting natural goods throughout the 1800’s. Today, Jordan Village has turned into a beautiful haven for distinct boutiques, delightful restaurants, captivating art galleries, and rare antique shops. It is complete with luxurious accommodations at Inn On The Twenty and Jordan House; along with invigorating spas and worldclass wineries. Jordan Village offers so much more than just a place to shop. It is, indeed, the perfect place to escape.
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“ Jordan Village - a beautiful haven for distinct boutiques, delightful restaurants, captivating art galleries, and rare antique shops. ”
Shaw Festival Season Begins April thru October shawfest.com Niagara-on-the-Lake Foodie Tour April thru November niagaraculinarytours.com
Canada Day at Fort George July 1st, 12pm - 10pm friendsoffortgeorge.ca Music Niagara Festival July & August musicniagara.org Cherry Festival July 7th, 12pm - 3pm stmarks1792.com Lavender Festival July 7th & 8th, 10am - 6pm niagaralavenderfestival.com Niagara Jazz Festival July 27th - 29th niagarajazzfestival.com
Supper Market Wednesdays, May - September marketatthevillage.ca Fort George Ghost Tours May thru October niagaraghosts.com
Concerts in the Vineyard June thru September jacksontriggswinery.com 13th Annual Shaw Garden Tour June 9th, 10am to 4pm shawfest.com Strawberry Festival June 16th, 9am -3pm www.standrewsniagara.com Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival June 16-17 & 23-24 niagarawinefestival.com
28th Annual Peach Festival August 11th, 10am - 5pm niagaraonthelake.com Shades of Summer August 12th, 7pm - 11pm niagaraonthelake.com
Niagara Wine Festival September 15th to 30th niagarawinefestival.com
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Battle of Queenston Heights Commemorative Tours October 7th, 10am - 6pm friendsoffortgeorge.ca Voices of Freedom Festival October voicesoffreedomfestival.org
Santa Claus Parade December 8th niagaraonthelake.com
Niagara Icewine Festival January niagarawinefestival.com Sparkle and Ice Event January niagaraonthelake.com Winter Winefest January twentyvalley.ca Icebreakers Comedy Festival January 23 - 26, 2019 icebreakerscomedy.com
Days of Wine and Chocolate Weekends in Feb. 11am to 5pm wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com Spring Into Music Series February thru October bravoniagara.org Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival February 15th to 17h, 2019 opjazzfest.org
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Annual publication showcasing the exquisite Vintage Hotels properties throughout Ontario, Canada. Your next unforgettable trip awaits you....
Published on May 29, 2018
Annual publication showcasing the exquisite Vintage Hotels properties throughout Ontario, Canada. Your next unforgettable trip awaits you....