Summer’s In Season

5 Experiences In & Around Niagara Benchlands To Enjoy Now & Remember Right Through Labour Day As the days get warmer, Niagara’s wine, craft beer, and culinary scene keeps pace, with feasts for the senses around every turn. Here are five must-try experiences on your summer trip to Niagara Benchlands. #1: An All-Out Brunch Battle…
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Niagara Benchlands Wows World Wine Critics

A growing number of the world’s wine critics are crushing on Niagara Benchlands wines. At the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards 2023, six wines made at four Niagara Benchlands wineries scored gold medals. As a country, Canada earned its most gold medals ever, with 31% of the nation’s 19 winning wines hailing from Niagara Benchlands…
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Pick A Perfect Autumn Day Equation

Whether you are road tripping with friends, heading out on a family adventure or escaping for a few days with someone special, fall is a beautiful time to plan a getaway to Niagara Benchlands. This fall, Niagara has a jam-packed calendar of fun festivals and events, colourful autumn hiking options, delicious farm-to-table experiences, winery touring…
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Niagara Benchlands Cocktail Culture

Sip Your Way Through Niagara’s Most Spirited Wine Region World-class wines and creative craft brews aren’t the only tasty tipples that call Niagara home. Niagara Benchlands is home to a very spirited cocktail culture thanks to distinguished distilleries, a diverse selection of farm-to-table mix-ins, passionate mixologists, and restaurants with a keen eye for today’s trends.…
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A Platinum Tasting Tour

A Platinum Tasting Tour Around One Of Canada’s Most Award-Winning Wine Regions Finding a direct route to Canada’s most critically acclaimed vineyards and wineries boils down to two words: Niagara Benchlands. The proud home to the Regional wine-growing appellation known as the Niagara Escarpment, as well as the terroir expressive sub-appellations of the Short Hills…
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Think Small(er)

Niagara’s Newest Crop of Fabulous Summer Stays If a big-name hotel stay feels a little too ho-hum for your next Niagara getaway, may we suggest a delightful downsize? These friendly little inns and one-of-a-kind vacation rentals located in the Niagara Benchlands excel at serving up their signature brand of small charm in some very big…
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Off-Grid Kids

Niagara’s Best Places for Families To Unplug And Explore Nature While there’s no arguing that kids love the excitement of Niagara Falls’ arcades, attractions and waterparks, a few hours enjoying that scene can leave everyone in the family feeling a little overstimulated. Fortunately, Niagara overflows with an easy-to-find antidote for helping your family quickly unwind…
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Farm-To-Table 411

A Guide To Niagara’s Best Farm Markets, Roadside Stands and First-of-the-Season Finds There’s nothing like a sunny drive in Niagara! While perfectly pink cherry blossoms and greening grape vines are a delight to the eyes, spring’s fresh farm-to-table flavours deliver plenty of delightful treats for the taste buds as well. Exploring the Niagara Benchlands’ CultivATE…
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World Flavours In Wine Country

Off-The-Radar and Ridiculously Good Niagara Restaurants In addition to being home to some of the country’s most buzzed-about wine country and farm-to-table cuisine, Niagara boasts an eclectic collection of off-the-beaten-path restaurants dishing up incredible globally inspired fare. If you find yourself craving flavours from afar on your next Niagara getaway, here are a dozen restaurants…
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The Bring-The-Kids Guide To Holiday Season In Niagara

Navigating your holiday to-do list while spending quality time as a family can feel like a daunting task. This holiday season, elevate your festive experience by seamlessly combining both aspects! Dedicate a day or two to relishing the offerings of St. Catharines and the neighbouring Niagara Benchlands communities. Blend some fun family activities with holiday shopping, a few…

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Brunch. Browse. Sip. Shop.

4 Fun Niagara Itineraries for Holiday Shopping The Day Away Elevate the joy of holiday shopping by incorporating stops along the way to indulge in local flavours. Niagara emerges as an ideal destination to eat and shop the day away. The following itineraries seamlessly weave together the finest brunching, browsing, sipping, and shopping experiences in…

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Gift Them a Taste of Niagara

Thoughtful Presents For People Who Don’t Need More Stuff Feeling stumped by the challenge of finding a gift for that person who seems to have it all? In a world of online shopping and next-day delivery, crafting meaningful gift ideas based on individual needs can be a daunting task. Instead of wrapping up something that…

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Get Your Home Holiday Ready

Transform Your Home into a Holiday Haven with an Unforgettable Day in Niagara  Does getting your home prepped for the holidays seem like more of a chore than a task you adore? Borrow this Niagara itinerary for a fun day of touring around the Niagara Benchlands and St. Catharines to fill your trunk with holiday…

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8 Dazzling December Dates In Niagara

8 Dazzling December Dates in Niagara  Hectic holiday schedules can make it tricky to find time for that special someone. This year, make spending time together a priority by dedicating one day away for just the two of you. Jump in the car or hop on the GO Train and venture to Niagara. It’s the…

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Hassle-free Holiday Season

7 Ways To Take The Hassle Out Of Your Holiday Season In Niagara Escape the holiday chaos with a serene December by opting for a more relaxed approach to shopping, entertaining, and connecting with loved ones. Take a brief detour to Niagara for a day or two of leisurely exploration in the scenic Niagara Benchlands…

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Festively Farmstand Fresh

Explore Festive Farmstand Freshness at 4 Niagara Benchlands Stops, Perfect for Enhancing Your Holiday Entertaining  Don’t let the frost-covered fields fool you! The farms and farm markets that call the Niagara Benchlands home deliver unparalleled farm-to-table flavours all year long.     This holiday season, stop fighting the crowds at busy grocery stores and take a…
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Show Dad Some Lincoln Love This Father’s Day

Want in on a secret? Amazing gifts for Dad don’t require a trip to the mall or online order from afar. This year, give Dad a chance to enjoy the simple pleasures that are made and sold in his own backyard. For The Pit Boss Pops If there’s a guy in your life who is happiest…
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Cocktail Hopping, Lincoln’s Emerging Cocktail Culture

You know all about Niagara’s award-winning, world-class wineries, but did you know the region also has an emerging cocktail culture? In addition to the classic hotspots where you can enjoy a drink, local wineries, cider houses and distilleries provide the perfect ingredient shopping list to help you craft your own creative, delicious cocktails at home.…
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Unlocking Lincoln

Prepare For Some Fun Surprises As You Explore Another Side of Niagara’s Past Any Canadian history textbook can tell you about the events of Niagara’s past, but there’s a much better way to bring those stories to life! Bypass the books and get a true sense of Niagara’s rich past and the colourful cast of…
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Sue-Ann Staff Estate Vineyards

Linger A Little Longer In Lincoln

Funny things happen when you start exploring the rural roads and small towns of West Niagara in the fall. Time feels like it slows down. Strangers suddenly seem friendlier. Food tastes so fresh. The brightly coloured trees lining the Niagara Escarpment and rolling vineyard views make you forget about checking your phone. If that sounds…
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Wide Open Spaces

With sparkling shorelines, rolling vineyards, welcoming patios and a network of really rideable trails and routes, Niagara is an ideal destination for city cyclers in search of a scenic fall cycle. Here are five favourite rides that set the scene for amazing autumn cycling. Welland Canal Parkways Trail The Welland Canal Parkways Trail offers 45…
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Searching For Niagara Falls’ Quieter Cousins

Think you’ve been there, done that when it comes to seeing waterfalls in Niagara? If your waterfall bucket list begins and ends with Niagara Falls, there is so much more to see here! This fall, skip the crowds and explore some of the Niagara Escarpment’s other watery wonders. With four beautiful waterfalls just a quick…

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Plan an Off-The-Radar Niagara Wine Country Wander

If you’re feeling wine country’s call this fall, but are concerned about the possibility of large crowds, now is the perfect time to discover the quieter side of Niagara wine country. A little advance planning, combined with some insider tips and tricks, is all it takes to create a relaxing rural Niagara wine country escape.…
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The #OnlyInNiagaraFallFun Family Challenge

The kids are back in school. You’ve watched all of Netflix. It’s time to get outside and find some fun things to do while there are still warm, sunny days to enjoy. This fall, why not take a few hours to remind everyone in your family why you love where you live. See how many…
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Crush It: 4 Winning Ways To Redefine Your Grape & Wine

Niagara’s grape growers and winemakers are a resilient bunch. If late spring frosts threaten their vines, they’ll call in the helicopters to keep the cool air from settling. When flocks of birds try to eat their grapes, they break out their brigade of bangers to frighten them away. While there’s no doubt that Grape &…
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A Beer Lover’s Guide to Niagara

While Niagara’s wine industry may get most of the attention, some really exciting things have been bubbling up in the region’s beer business over the past few years as well. Like the little brother who surprises everyone when he quietly catches up to his big brother’s size and stature, Niagara’s beer scene has definitely reached…
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