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.
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.
Now the town of Niagara-on-the-lake was a whole nother kind of beautiful.
We had a blast hitting up all the boutiques.
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!