Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Canada's best kept secret.

So as a graduation gift, my aspiring romantic of a boyfriend (he does pretty darn well for himself) tucked a little note into a journal telling me I could pick any place for a weekend escape, just the two of us, and he would take care of the rest. Seriously, how did I get so lucky? Insert: Niagara-on-the-Lake. 
A little aside: Elliot just left me for Yellowstone for 10 days-- I leave for Australia in 3 weeks so kind of crying (I never cry) So he asked me if he could take my brand new DSLR on the trip & he would let me use his photos free of charge "for the blog" to pretend I'd been there. Um, sorry, what? I know I embellish at times but that's extreme even for me. Now back to your originally scheduled program.... 

Now I'd never heard of this magical place in Canada and was down the moment I found out my trip would consist of seeing the falls, biking around to wineries, and staying in a Bed & Breakfast. Hello, perfection.
On our way in, we stopped at Niagara Falls on the Canadian side and let me tell you, it was breathtakingly beautiful! We were greeted with a rainbow, a sign that the unicorn gods were watching over us.
The weather was also amazing, mid-70's! Nice to get away from the 90's Ohio has been having.

Ignore the fact that I look like I just got electrocuted....hello, mist.
Then I found a tree I would have killed to have as a clubhouse as a youngster.
Elliot found us the most darling place to stay from AirBnB. Stop reading this and book your trip at the Clare Carriage House right now. Before I take your dates. Such a charming, quiet, relaxing, and cozy escape, just a short walk from everything.
Kelly and her husband Steve were the most gracious hosts and hooked us up with everything we could desire, from coffee beans and a French press to the softest linens imaginable and bikes to get around. They welcomed us into their home, even inviting us for drinks and darts in their Celtic Pub our last night! At which point we found out Steve was kicker for the Buffalo Bills for years. Steve was super Irish & Scottish, so made E sick with shots of $250 scotch whiskey.
In a minute you can walk to Queen Street to see the historical shops, 5 star restaurants and the world renowned Shaw Festival Theatre. You can end the night at the Olde Angel Inn (Canada's third oldest bar established in 1789) and in minutes retire back to the best bed and breakfast in Ontario.
I was going crazy playing around with my new camera if you can't tell...hello birdy!
The hosts had just bought this shaggin-wagon. Hippies.
Elliot ripped his pants as soon as he hopped on that bike, just sayin'... Gotta love him.
Now the town of Niagara-on-the-lake was a whole nother kind of beautiful.
We had a blast hitting up all the boutiques.
And we just wanted ALL the food. The Gelatoria was my favorite.



Next stop, wineries!

Chicks 'n Chocolate. Suprisingly, men were invited in too.

My boyfriend decided a photoshoot was in order, so I got a bit sassy.

White wine is made in the huge tanks.



The best part of it all? On our way back we stopped in Penn Yan (upstate NY) to visit my family for a quick 24 hours jam-packed with fun!

I think I picked a winner (the boyfriend and the trip), don't you agree? We loved it and would go back in a heartbeat!

28 comments:

Brianne said...

The pictures are amazing! The trip looks like so much fun. I think you definitely found yourself a keeper.

crystal said...

ALL HAIL THE UNICORN GODS!!! Holy anniversary trip, batman! This looks freaking glorious!!! I don't know if I can use ! anymore in this comment, but I feel compelled to by your photos. Also, I hope you bought that hat because you look great in it! OOO!!! I got more!'s in, yes.

Kaileigh said...

I went to University half an hour from Niagara-on-the-Lake but never really visited the town until this past year. (The closest I had been was Jackson Triggs). Isn't it just the most beautiful town in the world! I love it!

Melissa Suggitt said...

AH I love Jackson Triggs!!

Beautiful pictures girl.

Jenn @ hellorigby! said...

that looks like so much fun, and gorgeous photos. the falls and all that greenery and so pretty! how was the wine? :)

Becky Kozak said...

What an incredible trip! I actually went to school in Niagara on the Lake, closer to St. Catherines though. One of my best friends is the head chef at Shaw cafe and my ex works at Oban!

Looks so beautiful!

xx Becky

The Rachael Way said...

How freaking fun, girl!!! Ugh, now I want a DSLR camera. These pictures look AMAZE.

Birdie Bee said...

What a great weekend getaway. I have never been to Niagara on the Lake/Falls and would love to someday. It is just beautiful there. Looks like the rest of your trip was also awesome.

2justByou said...

So lucky! What an awesome trip. I say your guy's a keeper. Good for him - letting you pick the place. Nice!!!

Yet another post for me to add to my ever-growing collection on Pinterest with all the wanderlust and virtual postcards.

Rosy said...

Beautiful pictures! The rainbow over Niagara falls looks amazing. Glad you had a great time!

-Rosy
A Joyful Kind of Life

Emily @ Ideas of Emily said...

This trip looks like it was so nice and chill! I loved seeing these pictures because I've been wanting to take a trip there sometime-I've never been. Bike riding through that area looks perfect!

Chloe Logan said...

What breathtaking views...this is going onto my wanderlust list! But what I REALLY wanna know is where you found that cool bird!
xoxo
Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest

Kiki said...

This trip sounds amazing! Seeing the Niagara Falls in on my bucket list and those pictures are gorgeous.

Amy Fashion Blog said...

Sound and looks like you had an amazing time.

Katie said...

Your pictures are awesome, looks like you had a great time!

Kendra Loisel said...

Niagra Falls is beyond gorgeous. I could look at it forever. I'm glad you had such a good time, looks like an absolute blast!

Caroline said...

Hate to tell you that for us Canadians it's definitely not a secret! Oh I miss home right now.
xo
styleontheside.com

Jay T said...

Your pictures are AMAZING!!! I have never been there... I've never actually seen Niagra Falls but I've always wanted to!!! The photo of the rainbow over the falls is beautiful and I think you should frame it.

Alisha @ The Alisha Nicole said...

You def picked a winner!! And your sassy face is classic!

Jenn said...

Love the Niagara region, and your photos are outstanding! Hmm, may just need to plan a weekend soon...

Jennifer Speed said...

Looks like you guys had a great time, such pretty photos and it looks like an amazing place to travel to.

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

what an amazing time you had! Love the shots and especially the rainbow shot! =) I have always wanted to visit! What a great guy you have
xo,
nancy

http://www.adoretoadorn.com

Anita Kennett said...

Love the pictures,thanks for sharing

Ronald Gagnon said...

I wish we had such a fulfilling experience when we got married

Jay said...

This is beautiful! I want to go visit now!

RICHARD HICKS said...

Looks like a wonderful place to visit. Wish I could visit soon

Miche said...

Wow how sweet of him! It looks like SUCH a fun trip, and I am seriously jealous you got out of the ridiculously hot weather we've been having in Ohio the past few weeks!

StyleAndSavings said...

I love your picture of the rainbow over the waterfall