A Weekend Getaway in Niagara-on-the-Lake


Located in the heart of the wine region in southern Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a quaint little town with well preserved 19th century heritage and charm. For those of us who live in Toronto or the surrounding area, the historic Niagara-on-the-Lake is a perfect destination for a day trip or a weekend getaway. 

Home to dozens of wineries that are famous for making world class ice wines, Niagara-on-the-Lake is the popular tourist attraction year round. Theatre lovers also flock into town in late summer for the annual Shaw Festival


Due to its close proximity to Niagara Falls, it also offers a nice change of pace to the tourists that are looking to escape the casino gaming, family entertainment, and amusement park type of vibes at the Falls. It is an ideal place for a couple to spend a romantic and relaxing weekend. 

If you are staying for the weekend, we recommend starting it off with a brunch at The Farmhouse Cafe at the Caroline Cellars.  Their Lake Erie Perch is outstanding as are most items on their menu. The cafe may look a bit on the rustic side, but the menu is very refined and refreshing. 

Next we take a stroll in Niagara-on-the-Lake's old town, there are plenty of shops on the main street, you can also take a horse drawn carriage around town if that is your sort of thing. As photographers, we always enjoy people-watching and capturing interesting scenes on the street. We were pleasantly surprised by the number of classic cars sightings and how classy most people dressed. If none of the above is your cup of tea, you can always treat yourself to afternoon tea at the historic Prince of Wales hotel

There are plenty of nice restaurants and wine bars on the main strip, but if you are looking for a place with history and character, look no further than the Olde Angel Inn

The Angel Inn has a wide selection of draft beers on tap, including some local brews.  The must-try item on their menu is the English style Fish N' Chips. 

The Angel Inn has a wide selection of draft beers on tap, including some local brews.  The must-try item on their menu is the English style Fish N' Chips. 

A trip to the Niagara-on-the-Lake would not be complete without visiting at least one winery, so we head to the region's only lakefront winery, Konzelmann Estate Winery, for the breathtaking views and for a wine tasting tour.  Their peach wine is a real crowd pleaser. 

Even though the Niagara peninsula is known as wine country, there are a few local breweries that are bringing the art of craft brewing to the region. The Exchange Brewery is one of them. Located in the heart of the old town district, this premium brewery has a tasting bar and a retail space on the main floor. If you prefer a more casual vibe, then head upstairs to a more intimate space with a nice patio. There's no better way to cap off an evening than relaxing on the patio while sampling the tasty hand crafted brews. 

Photography gear:

Leica M8 with 24mm Elmar f3.8 lens 

Fujifilm X-T1 with XF 23mm f1.4 lens



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