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Niagara-on-the-Lake is a Canadian town located in Southern Ontario where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario. It also happens to be 20 minutes away from us and has been the perfect getaway spot for my husband and I for over a decade. Here are some of our favorite stops from a recent stay.
5. Konzelmann Estate Winery
1096 Lakeshore Road
Located just outside of town, this is one of the more widely known wineries in the area. Their wine is featured everywhere all over town. The Winery began in the small German town of Uhlbach, near the turn of the 19th century. A restauranteur named Friederich Konzelmann left the culinary trade to pursue the craft of winemaking. Bolstered from previous success in producing house wines for his restaurants, Friederich officially released his first vintage to the public in 1893. Friedrich’s great grandson Herbert moved the business to Lake Ontario in 1984 and the winery has been producing amazing wines ever since. Two things to note about Konzelmann’s. First, it is the only winery actually on the lake (most are across the street from the lake). Second, some of the best wines I’ve tasted out of the winery are actually the lower cost ones, such as the Baco Noir.
4. Balzac’s Coffee Roasters
223 King Street
I know you might be tempted to pop in to the same-old Starbucks when you stay in town, but if you have never encountered a Balzac’s before, this is worth the short walk to get your morning joe. With a rather crude sounding name, Balzac’s offered a variety of coffee blends and plenty of non-coffee options, for people like me (Kusmi teas, steamers, fresh lemonade, kombucha and cold press juice). They feature some great baked goods, though I usually go for the oatmeal they carry. Although all of this is great, what I love most about Balzac’s is their branding- it is AMAZING.
3. Queen’s Royal Park
Where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is an appropriate name for the town. It sits cozy on the shore of where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario. Queen’s Royal Park is within walking distance from the town and is the perfect setting for romantic couples and happy families, alike. If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the town, grab some gelato (which is not hard to do since there are a million gelato shops) and stroll on down to the riverbank. Across the water you will spot Fort Niagara along the American coastline.
2. 124 Queen Hotel & Spa (& Wine Bar)
124 Queen Street
My husband and I have stayed at nearly all of the Vintage Inns, and have been somewhat dissatisfied of late with the lack of attention to details. We decided to try Q124 recently and came back saying THIS is our new hotel! The room was exquisite- nicely done with crisp, neutral details. The hotel stocked our fridge with water everyday- which makes a huge difference for travelers. The bathroom features a lovely and spacious walk-in shower, robes, large towels and L’Occitane products. We stayed in room 407, which also has an awesome rooftop patio (with lots of seating!) that is open 24/7 for guests. It was the perfect place for me to read one morning. Lastly, I must add that the bed and pillows were ridiculously comfy – I was well rested both nights we stayed!!
The place is also convenient. Besides the award winning Treadwell restaurant, they also have a super cute wine bar, which we ate and drank at. The lovely lady working knew quite a bit about the wine in the region. I got a wine flight, my hubby two glasses of wine, and we ordered a delicious charcuterie board. Starbucks is downstairs for a light breakfast bite and all the other NOTL attractions are well within walking distance.
1. Silversmith Brewing Company
1523 Niagara Stone Road
If you are an architecture enthusiast, you are going to love this space. This unique brewery is located just outside the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and well worth the 10 minute drive. Two friends converted a small rustic church that dates back to the 1890s.
The beers are great. I especially like the black lager and my husband likes the Bavarian Breakfast wheat. There are many to choose from if dark lagers aren’t your thing, though. But if you can’t decide, try a flight. They also serve cider and wine if you happen to not like beer so much.
We’ve been to this place a few times with friends. As you can see from the photos, there are lots of seating options- at the bar, at a pub table, or at a beer hall style table. Sometimes they have musical acts to entertain the crowd (be sure to clap for these brave souls!). If you are a bit hungry, the brewery also features Tide and Vine Oyster House, which serves up fresh oysters, amazing wings, and appropriate wursts.
There are many more places to see at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please share some of your favorite spots in the comments!