Stateside

Falls and Wine

Leaf Peeking at its best… We took a short jaunt up to Niagara, Ontario via the Erie Wine trail and Upstate New York. The leaves were in full peak and unbelievable to see up-close. Our family enjoyed two full days of fun and adventure Canadian-style! Eh…. Our day started with breathtaking views of the Niagara Rapids a class 6 rapids area located up river from the falls themselves. We ventured 23 stories down and through a lit tunnel onto a platform to the class six rapids and beautiful scenery.

Niagara American and Bridal Veil Falls

The Whitewater Boardwalk got us very close to the rapids and we could not believe how the water could be so calm and then all the sudden so rough within just a few meters. Afterwards we walked two miles down the scenic road to the actual falls and were taken back by the power and beauty of the waterfalls. The American and Bridal Veil falls on the US side had lots of rocks at the base which you don’t normally see in photos. The rocks were once a part of the falls and collapsed in 1956.

That evening we visited Clifton Hill…reminded us of the Vegas strip, but kid friendly and on a smaller scale.

Clifton Hill

Saturday morning was a little dreary, but eventually ended up being a beautiful day too.  We took a ride on the Maid of Mist and got right up next to the Horseshoe Falls….it was by far one of  the coolest thing we’ve ever done and we really enjoyed the thrill of it.  Afterwards we headed up to Niagara-on-the-Lake and had a delicious lunch at the Angel Inn (a rather old English Pub).  Our meal was delicious and the atmosphere was rather interesting too!  In the Ladies Room is a naked Greek Statue with a fig leaf covering the genitals.   Of course we lifted it and underneath was a small bunch of grapes.  Later on we learned that every time you lift the fig leaf a bell rings in the pub area!!!   Fun times finished off with dessert and a stroll around the quaint town.

the falls behind them on the Maid of the Mist
And as if the weekend couldn’t get any better we stopped at one of the many wineries in the region, on our way back to the US.
Konzleman Winery
Konzelman Winery sits on the banks of Lake Ontario….a beautiful building and wonderful wine.  I especially enjoyed their Baco Noir.

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