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 ways.
INN THE ORCHARD
Discover how much better your morning coffee is when served with a sweeping view of a peach or cherry orchard! Inn The Orchard’s two beautifully updated orchard-side cabins in Jordan Station offer guests wine country solitude with all the creature comforts, a waterside hiking trail, and easy access to eight nearby wineries.
Insider Tip: Book a stay during cherry season in July and take advantage of the farm’s pick-your-own cherry experience.
THE COTTAGE AT HONSBERGER ESTATE WINERY
If you’ve ever spent a sunny happy hour lounging on the Honsberger patio enjoying a glass of rosé and some fresh-from-the-wood-oven pizza, you already know how hard it is to pull yourself away from this little piece of Niagara wine country heaven! Now, you don’t have to!
Honsberger’s recently renovated two-bedroom cottage allows guests to settle in for the night on this 200-year-old fruit farm. There’s wifi (not that you’ll want to work), a private patio space, a BBQ, and a firepit, all just a two-minute walk away from wine tastings and one of Niagara’s most popular restaurant patios in quaint Jordan Village.
Insider tip: If you’re staying between Wednesday and Sunday, be sure to stop by the patio to enjoy live music on summer evenings.
JORDAN VALLEY RESORT COTTAGES
Campground fun without having to spend the night in a tent is an option when you book one of the two cute-as-a-button cottages that have been recently renovated at Jordan Valley Resort. Nestled in the heart of the Niagara Benchlands, this pet-friendly resort offers guests access to a huge pool, horseshoe pits, and volleyball and basketball courts. Don’t forget to stock up on farm-fresh produce at the many roadside stands nearby.
Insider tip: Bring along your stand-up paddleboard or kayak. The on-site canoe launch makes it easy to set out and enjoy a float on the Twenty Mile Creek into Jordan Harbour.
LOUNGE INN JORDAN
If poolside lounging time is a prerequisite for your perfect summer escape, you’ll adore an afternoon spent on Lounge Inn Jordan’s sunny patio. Bring some friends and enjoy the entire three-suite guesthouse or book an individual suite. All stays include a delicious breakfast. The cute shops and excellent restaurants of Jordan Village are just a short stroll away, as is Cave Spring Vineyard’s tasting room.
Insider tip: Plan a day of wine touring using the Lounge Inn Jordan’s extensive listing of wineries, restaurants, and other local attractions, which highlights both driving and walking distances from the inn.
ALVENTO WINERY VINEYARD VILLA
If your favourite gang of foodies is looking for an unforgettable culinary adventure, Alvento Winery’s Vineyard Villa is the perfect place to prepare a farm-to-table feast after a day of exploring Niagara Benchland’s CultivATE Taste Trail. The massive open-concept kitchen is stocked with an assortment of cooking equipment, and the dining room offers vast vineyard views.
Insider tip: All stays include a complimentary tasting at the winery, so try before you buy and design a flight of wines to pair with your meal.
LOFT ON 13TH
How can a beautifully decorated loft with a delightful deck overlooking lush vineyards get any dreamier? When you can simply take a trip down the stairs to enjoy a range of relaxing treatments at the on-site massage clinic! Loft on 13th’s fantastic location offers convenient access to both Creekside Estate Winery and Westcott Vineyards.
Insider tip: With yoga classes in the vineyard and delicious locally inspired patio lunches and dinners created by Ricky + Olivia, Westcott’s picture-perfect vineyard is a wonderful place to spend a sunny summer afternoon.
Quaint, cozy and just steps away from the heart of historic Jordan Village, Jordan House’s comfortable rooms are the perfect place to land after a day of exploring the Niagara Benchlands. Elevated pub fare, craft beer and live music that’s just a quick flight down the stairs is another sensational side benefit of staying at Jordan House.
Insider tip: Golfers will want to pack their clubs and take advantage of the fact that their room is just a short drive away from great courses, including Twenty Valley Golf and Country Club and Rockway Vineyards Golf Club.