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A Very Niagara New Year’s Eve

nfh10.jpegThe holidays are here, which means it won’t be long until it’s 2015. However, just before January sets in, there’s one last holiday more romantic than all the rest to enjoy: New Year’s Eve. There is absolutely no better way to ring in the New Year than next to your partner, and there’s no better place to be than Niagara Falls. To celebrate the end of 2014, surprise your sweetheart with a vacation package to one of the world’s capitols of love. There are plenty of New Year’s packages to choose from, so explore your options and find one that suits your tastes.

World-Class Accommodations

We offer all manner of rooms for a variety of visitors, but for New Year’s Eve, we understand couples want something special. The Sheraton on the Falls is one of the highest class hotels in the area, and it offers stunning views of the falls as well as close proximity to all the best Niagara attractions. The Sheraton has a rich history of rich and famous individuals who have enjoyed its luxurious rooms and amenities. If you want to shower your loved one with the finest this New Year’s choose the Fallsview Gala Package to book one or two nights in the Sheraton and experience the best of the best.

With this package, you’ll also enjoy New Year’s dining at the fabulous Fallsview Resort and access to the hotel’s amazing party, replete with dancing, Champagne, music, and party favors. The next day, you’ll be able to recover in the Sheraton’s amazing Christienne Spa with a couple’s massage, facial, bath, and more.

World-Class Dining

nfh11.jpegNiagara Falls is a verdant and fertile region where chefs enjoy direct access to the freshest and tastiest ingredients, so it is no wonder that renowned chef Massimo Capra has opened an award-winning restaurant deep in the hustle and bustle of Niagara’s tourist district, The Rainbow Room. In addition to any accommodation package you select, you can purchase a three- or four-course dinner at the Rainbow Room and treat you and your partner to some of the best dining around.

However, if you’d like the most exclusive meal in Niagara, you can elect to participate in the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra Package, which includes one- or two-night accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Fallsview Hotel and a table d’hote dinner in the Rainbow Room.

World-Class Party

If the lavish lifestyle isn’t exactly for you, you can always select the Party in the Park Package where you’ll be mere minutes from the biggest New Year’s party north of the border. You can book any number of nights in the Falls Avenue Resort — adjacent to all sorts of attractions, like the Fallsview Casino and Fallsview Indoor Water Park. Then on the big night, walk directly to Queen Victoria Park for a night filled with the year’s best fireworks displays, the world’s best names in music, and the country’s best celebration — until next year rolls around, that is.


Gear Up for the Holiday Season in Niagara Falls

nfhblog3.jpegIt’s November, which means it’s almost December, which means the holidays are rapidly approaching. However, that doesn’t mean you need to spend the next month and a half knee-deep in stress worrying about the gifts you haven’t bought and the parties you aren’t prepared for. The holidays should be a time of relaxation and reveling. So, before you bite your nails to the quick about how your neighbor’s decorations are more lavish than yours, come to Niagara Falls and experience the beginnings of the holiday season with these thrilling activities.

Swingin’ Little Sleigh Ride! Holiday Dinner and Musical Comedy

From the people who bring you the award winning “Oh, Canda Eh? Dinner Theatre” comes this year’s wintery production full of holiday good cheer — and accompanied by a tasty meal, too. “Swingin’ Little Sleight Ride! Holiday Dinner and Musical Comedy” is a raucous show filled with songs you can easily sing along to and family friendly jokes worth more than a chuckle. This production is a must-see high energy affair, and it only comes around once a year.

With the show, you’ll receive a five-course meal paired perfectly with the season. Festive soups and salads come with feasts of roast turkey, baked ham, and fried haddock. And, we promise, they didn’t forget about the holiday-themed dessert. Served family style to accommodate all appetites and tastes, you’ll be able to take as much or as little as you’d like — though we always take thirds, at least.

Come for the lunch matinee, or experience it all with a full dinner, but the show only runs between November 14 and December 20, so get your tickets soon.

Santa Claus Parade

Much like the American Thanksgiving Day Parade, Canadians celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with their own parade ringing in the magical season; additionally, like the iconic Macy’s Parade, this one in Niagara Falls ends with welcome and thanks to the man who makes it all happen: Santa Claus.

Beginning at 11 a.m. on November 15, the parade will pass through all parts of downtown Niagara Falls. Filled with marching bands and dazzling floats to charm even the grumpiest of Scrooges, this parade is perfect for children who can’t get enough Christmas spirit. It is easy to fill the day watching the parade, eating delicious Canadian street food, and reveling in the joys of the upcoming holidays.

Fallsview Casino’s Christmas on Ice

nfhblog4.jpegStarting November 20, Fallsview Casino is putting on a show to remember. Canada may be full of skating rinks, but the feats performed on this icy stage rival those at the Winter Olympics. In fact, nationally ranked figure skaters grace the stage with grace and poise, telling the story of Christmas in a way you’ve never seen before. This show is fast-paced and full of energy, and you won’t be able to leave without feeling touched by the magic of the season.

The event runs from November 20 to December 7, and tickets have been on sale since August, so you might want to act fast if you want to catch a seat at this once in a lifetime show.


The Sweetest Deal in Niagara Falls

nfhblog1.jpegNiagara Falls offers a bargain vacation for any group of travelers. What other destination combines unparalleled natural beauty, world-class food and beverage, and entertainment for all ages? Still, there’s one attraction much sweeter than anything else in Niagara Falls: Hershey’s Chocolate World. This chocolate and candy paradise is a sight to behold, and even those travelers who try to suppress their sweet teeth will cave under the veritable mountain of temptation in Niagara Falls.

A Chocolate Factory to Rival Wonka’s

Hershey’s Chocolate World boasts a jaw dropping 7,000 square feet of chocolates and sweets travelers can sample and take home. Mouths begin to water as soon as travelers step through the doors, as waves of flavor from freshly made sweets and treats scent the air.

Every day, experienced chocolatiers hand dip fresh strawberries, bananas, pretzels, and more, and bakers create delectable cookies and cakes. Samples of the expertly-made gourmet fudge are always available, and visitors will find their favorite flavors mixed among custom and exotic fudges you will never find anywhere else. There’s also an old fashioned creamery, where weary travelers can refresh their spirits with a thick and creamy milkshake.

Hershey’s Chocolate World is perfect for kids (of all ages, but particularly the little ones) as they’ll be able to meet and interact with their favorite Hershey’s characters as they roam the store. Hershey’s Kiss is a crowd pleaser, as he regularly risks life and limb by walking the tight rope slung across a miniature version of the falls, but the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and Hershey’s Chocolate Bar are just as friendly and engaging. Additionally, an educational feature explaining how chocolate is made (spoiler: It’s not via waterfall and river) and distributed all across the world will provide some value to a day filled with sweets.

nfhblog2.jpegWilly Wonka may have had a river of chocolate (as well as cotton-candy sheep and a team of trained nut-cracking squirrels) but his factory wasn’t exactly consumer-friendly. Any of the delicious treats around Hershey’s Chocolate World are available for purchase, so you can bring the magic of the Chocolate World all the way home — if you can last that long without eating it.

There are also non-edible items for purchase, including plushies and clothing to bring home to friends and family. You can choose to pair them with some iconic Hershey’s treats for some unforgettable gifts, or you can eat the sweets for yourself like you want to.

How to Get There

Niagara Falls’ very own Hershey’s Chocolate World is centrally located on Falls Avenue, in the middle of the action. The shop and its attractions are well within walking distance of a plethora of worthy hotels, and visitors can easily incorporate a tour and a taste into their other Niagara Falls explorations, including the wonderland of Clifton Hill and amazing views of the falls themselves. As the front door to Hershey’s Chocolate World is a four-story-tall chocolate bar, you definitely won’t miss it while you’re out and about.


3 Reasons to Bring Your Next Conference to Niagara Falls

nfhblog1.jpegWhen you have a conference to plan, it’s tempting to pick a location closest to you. It’s convenient — for you at least — and easy enough to scout out venues. Or, some conference planners stick to a rotation of America’s biggest cities —New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and repeat — simply for the assured hotel space and attraction density. Admittedly, there are benefits to these planning strategies, but by choosing old standbys for conference locations, you’re robbing your attendees and yourself of a fantastic vacation experience.

There are three major tenants of conference location selection:

  • The location must have enough space, including a convention center and sufficient accommodation
  • The location must provide entertainment outside of the conference
  • The location must be affordable

For these three reasons alone, Niagara Falls is an ideal location for any conference.

Space Requirements

While it effectively maintains its small-town feel, Niagara Falls is a major city. While a mere 83,000 year-round residents call Niagara Falls home, an astounding 13 million travelers come to the area every year. As a result, the city has a bevy of excellent hotels, each with its own set of amenities to delight and enchant any visitor. Many of these hotels are equipped with large conference spaces perfect for any size event — from a knitting club meet-up to a multi-thousand attendee convention. It doesn’t take long to find the perfect venue for whatever conference you’re planning.

Outside Entertainment

Above all else, Niagara Falls is a vacation destination. Travelers of all stripes come to Niagara Falls to indulge in the unique sights and sounds of the rushing river. The falls themselves offer hours of adventure, from thrilling tours below and behind the falls to trails winding around the nearby wilderness areas that offer fantastic scenery. The outdoor nut has plenty to explore in the lush forests of the region.

While people may come for the falls, they stay for the city. Niagara Falls is chock full of entertainment and activities to excite everyone in your party. Clifton Hill is a veritable wonderland of excitement, filled with games, music, bars, and more. Encourage your attendees to ride the Ferris wheel or dare them to take a walk through the city’s perennial haunted factory. There’s so much to see, we guarantee one visit won’t be enough.

If you can believe it, that’s not all. The Niagara region provides prime land and climate for growing grapes, and thus world-class vineyards have sprung up offering visitors tastes of delicious, unique wines. Organized winery tours are a popular escape for many travelers to sample award winning wines and taste expertly paired foods.

Affordability

nfhblog2.jpegNiagara Falls is most famously a destination for families and newlyweds — a strong indication that the vacation destination is highly wallet-friendly. Groups of any size can certainly find packages that fit well with their budgets but still contain a plethora of dining options and hotel amenities to make a conference trip feel like a well-earned vacation.

This isn’t to say that Niagara Falls is cheap. Travelers certainly have the opportunity to spring for high-class meals or lavish activities. However, in Niagara Falls there are plenty of delicious five-star restaurants that fall well within the average traveler’s means.

If your conference planning is at a standstill while you choose the next location, make your conference a vacation to remember by organizing it in Niagara Falls.


Niagara Falls October Events

Baby in pumpkin patchOctober is a beautiful month for Niagara Falls. The very middle of autumn sees Niagara’s trees turning gorgeous shades of red, orange, and brown, and temperatures are perfect for activities of all sorts, including snuggling up with your loved ones. If you’re considering visiting us for October, learn about what festivities await you. You’re sure to find an event for everyone.

Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival

Canadian Thanksgiving, unlike its American cousin, occurs at the beginning of October, so if you’re a fan of Thanksgiving foods, you can’t miss Niagara in October. The Ball’s Falls Festival is a local and tourist favorite for its plethora of arts, crafts, and wares for sale. There are also plenty of shows and demonstrations, including magical acts and musical performances. Plus, the Niagara Falls Thanksgiving Festival is turning 40 this year, which means even more excitement to be had by all. The festival takes place between October 10-13, and Canadian Thanksgiving occurs on the last day.

Boo at the Zoo

Let your kids enjoy Halloween twice! On October 11, Safari Niagara is inviting families to trick or treat in the safe and fun environment of the zoo. The zoo will be done up with all the scary decorations you love on Halloween, and when the sun sets, you’ll get to see the zoo in a whole new spooky light. Walk around in full costume and see everyone dressed up for the occasion — and don’t forget to bring your treat bags, for local businesses will be supplying candy to trick-or-treating kids.

Niagara Falls International Marathon

people runningIf someone in your family loves to run, give him or her something to strive for by signing up for Niagara’s own marathon. This marathon is one of only a handful to span two different countries, starting in Buffalo, New York, and quickly crossing the border to end in Niagara Falls, Ontario. On October 26, you can walk, jog, or run 26.2 miles through the most beautiful scenery that Canada has to offer.

Before you register for the race, know that marathons are grueling physical feats, and they require extensive training in runners who hope to remain healthy during and after their run. For those not in pique physical condition, the 2K, 5K, 10K, or half marathon also occurring at this event might be more your speed. For anyone who finishes a race, there will be a plethora of prizes, including a finisher medal, a recovery jacket, snacks, and an electrolyte-filled drink.

Rock & Soul

Classic music–lovers will rejoice in this music festival that brings together the sounds of Memphis, Detroit, and Philadelphia. Rock music and soul have a long and storied relationship, and there is no better way to honor it than by hearing the two genres played from the same stage. At Fallsview Casino Resort between October 23-30, you can settle into the musical stylings of The Temptations, The Supremes, Hall & Oates, Bob Segar, and more. Tickets are only $20 per person — well worth the run and relaxation of a night of great music.


6 Quintessentially Canadian Foods to Try in Niagara Falls

French Fries with sauceFor many, traveling is all about getting out of the house and trying something new — specifically, trying some new foods. When you think of Canada, you might not think of unique cuisine, but you’d be surprised at the amount and quality of Canada-specific foods available to interested travelers. Canada is a land rich in delicious and fascinating foods, so on your next trip to Niagara Falls, you can seek out some of these famous Canadian eats to satisfy your cravings for culinary adventure.

Poutine

Americans might think of French Fries as the most patriotic dish we’ve got, but the Canadians have added some flavors to make it truly their own. An ample serving of fries is layered with savory gravy and chewy cheese curds to give this dish a satisfying amount of flavor and texture. Gourmet chefs have experimented with poutine and added ingredients like fois gras or black truffles, though we’re partial to the regular standby.

Butter Tart

This no-fuss dessert has been around almost as long as Canada itself. It is comprised of a flaky, buttery pastry shell filled with a type of custard made of butter, eggs, sugar, and syrup, usually of the maple variety. The tarts can be runny or firm, depending on the pastry chef’s inclinations, and they often are topped with raisins or nuts.

Beavertail

This pastry concoction is decadent and delicious, and it’s a wonder that it’s barely heard of below the border. Beavertails are essentially dough shaped into the shape of a beaver tail (hence the name) and fried. Then the dough is topped with anything your heart desires. The most common toppings are chocolate and fruits, though various other candies, like Twix or Heath, are popular as well.

Maple Syrup

You’ve surely heard the phrase “as Canadian as maple syrup,” and with the iconic maple leaf front-and-center on our flag, it’s no wonder that everything maple-flavored is closely tied with Canada. You’ll get the purest and freshest maple syrup north of the border for you to pour on pancakes or waffles, plus you can get any number of baked goods maple flavored, from beavertails to doughnuts. Maple candy is also particularly popular, so be sure to sample a maple toffee or two while you’re here.

Game Meat

Plate of foodThe forests in Canada are extensive, with almost 90 percent of Canada uninhabited. This means the wild animal populations are allowed to flourish, giving Canadians access to the choicest game meats anywhere in North America. If you identify as a carnivore, here are some of the meats you mind like to try while visiting the Great White North:

  • Boar
  • Bison
  • Reindeer
  • Moose
  • Elk
  • Deer
  • Rabbit

Ketchup Chips

When you just need something to nibble on in your comfortable hotel suite, pick up a bag of Canada’s favorite ketchup-flavored potato chips. Canadians swear by the salty, non-tomato flavor of their ketchup chips, even if Americans have never caught onto the fad. We know you’ll fall in love as much as we have, though one piece of advice: Keep a napkin handy to wipe the extra flavoring off your fingers, or you might see little red fingerprints all over your clothes.


Why You Can’t Pass Up Niagara Falls for Your Next Romantic Getaway

couple in sunsetOrganizing a vacation with your significant other can be hard work. It usually falls on one or the other of you to choose a destination, a hotel, activities, and the like, which can cause tensions that otherwise wouldn’t have existed. Sometimes it seems like you’d have a stronger relationship if you just stayed home and stuck to your old routine.

The point of taking a trip with your loved one is to rekindle the romance and gain new perspectives on your commitment with new shared experiences, so it’s vitally important to the relationship to shake things up once in a while. If you choose Niagara Falls as your destination, we can save you the headache of planning it all out. Our Ultimate Couples Experience is designed to give you everything you need to relax and reconnect with your significant other. After you book your trip to Niagara Falls, you and your loved one will have the most romantic experience of your lives — and all you need to do is show up.

Luxury Hotel Accommodations

With this package, you’ll receive lodging at one of the two most magnificent hotel resorts in the area: Sheraton on the Falls or Crowne Plaza Fallsview. Both hotels offer unbeatable amenities, and the bedrooms are spacious and sumptuous. Both hotels offer stunning views of the falls and surrounding countryside, so even from the comfort of your room you can experience the splendor of Niagara Falls.

Delectable Dining Options

You’ll never have to argue about where to eat during your stay, because this package includes three generous gift cards to top-rated restaurants around the city. You’ll be treated to world-class cuisine at each of these three locations:

  • Windows by Jaime Kennedy. One of the pioneers in the farm-to-table movement, this restaurant boasts fresh local ingredients in every one of its signature dishes.
  • Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra. International sensation Massimo Capra handpicked the dishes that make up the menu at this restaurant.
  • Fallsview Buffet. You’ll be able to eat to your heart’s content at this generous buffet filled with culinary delights.

Exclusive Winery Tours

couple wine tasting Even if you sample the creations of local vineyards at dinner, you’ll be granted unprecedented access to the best of the local wineries with tickets to tour Trius Winery at Hillebrand and Peller Estates. These vineyards are both repeat winners in wine competitions all over the world, and you’ll be able to sample several of their delicious varietals on your tour.

Trius Winery at Hillebrand is devoted to growing the best grapes for merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and cabernet Franc, but their chardonnays are also well-regarded as some of the best in their class. Peller Estates has been at the forefront of icewine production in the region, but their signature sauvignon blanc simply cannot be missed.

Soothing Spa Experiences

To round out your romantic getaway, through this package you’ll be treated with a treatment or two at the deluxe Christienne Fallsview Spa. With a calming atmosphere and glorious views of the falls, the spa creates a stress-free environment where your worries will melt away. Couples massages, body treatments, and facials are available so you can spend more time with your loved one, or you can unwind alone with any of the fantastic treatments offered by trained specialists.


Celebrate the Harvest in Niagara Falls

Woman picking fruit Besides the falling leaves and nippy weather, autumn is known for the bounty of the harvest. A plethora of fruits and vegetables come into season, allowing communities to stock up on important produce before the winter freeze. The fall harvest is a magical and beautiful time for agricultural communities around the world, and Niagara Falls is no exception.

The Niagara region is astoundingly fertile, and plenty of farms and orchards produce tons of deliciously fresh produce for local restaurants and grocery stores. Some of these places allow visitors to come pick their own fresh fruit and vegetables and experience the fertility of the harvest for themselves. If you want access to the choicest produce, plan a trip to one of Niagara’s orchards on during your fall trip the falls.

Parkway Orchards

In the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake just minutes from Niagara Falls proper, Parkway Orchards has huge groves of all types of fruit trees. Open year-round, Parkway Orchard has fruits to pick in almost every season, so you can bring your family to the farm no matter when you come to Niagara Falls. Some of the fruits you can pick straight from the trees are:

  • Cherries
  • Plums
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Apples

Apples are the only fruit the orchard is sure to have in October, but if any of the other fruits look enticing, you can plan your trip around the fruit season. Also on the premises is a fully stocked gift shop with already-picked fruits ready for you to take home in addition to various jams, jellies, and pies made fresh from the farm. Bring a bit of your orchard experience home or give a gift to your friends who couldn’t come.

Kurtz Orchards

Fruit orchard Also near Niagara-on-the-Lake, Kurtz Orchards Farm and Marketplace offers plenty of fresh produce and products for travelers looking for Canada’s harvest bounty. Take a tour of the grounds and see the fruitful trees and fields in all their glory.

In the Kurtz Marketplace, you’ll have access to a completely unique orchard experience. Fresh fruits, including peaches, cherries, apricots, plums, strawberries, and more, are piled high waiting for you to sink your teeth. Also fresh from the farm are aged specialty cheeses and various fruit pastries and ice creams that are unparalleled in the region. Or, if preserves are more your style, sample some of the jams, jellies, and pickled goods available for purchase.

You will be able to sample new gourmet tastes created from international inspiration or even take a full lunch with fresh ingredients from the on-site bakery. You can be sure that the food you eat at Kurtz will be local, fresh, and seasonal, made from the highest quality ingredients you could imagine. While you dine, you’ll get views of the gorgeous orchard grounds, replete with turning autumn leaves.

If you fall in love with more than just Niagara on your visit, Kurtz Orchards is a beautiful place to host wedding ceremonies or receptions, and they are happy to cater with their delicious and fresh cuisine.


Top 10 Niagara Falls Quotes

Before people visit Niagara Falls they may not realize how powerful and beautiful it truly is. Those who have visited, however, will know only to well how much it can inspire and impress. Many famous people have come to Niagara and been blown away by it’s beauty; it’s led to a lot of quotes on the subject from some very well known names. We’ve put together the top 10 Niagara Falls Quotes, that encapsulate what this natural wonder is all about.

Top Niagara Falls Quotes

  1. It’s Niagara Falls. It’s one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world. Who wouldn’t want to walk across it?” Nik Wallenda, a man famed for daredevil stunts, said this about Niagara Falls when asked why he wanted to walk across on a tightrope.
  2. No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.” This quote came from Harry Emerson Fosdick, an American pastor who had a way with words. His mention of Niagara is in reference to the power stations which are run by water from the falls.
  3. At last, fortissimo!” This was said upon visiting Niagara Falls, by Austrian composer Gustav Mahler. A fortissimo is a passage in music which is marked to be played very loudly; therefore we can only assume he was referring to the loud rush of the falls themselves.
  4. It seems that I have always been ahead of my time. I had to wait nineteen years before Niagara was harnessed by my system, fifteen years before the basic inventions for wireless which I gave to the world in 1893 were applied universally.” Nikola Tesla said this, upon discussing the uses for his inventions. It took 19 years after he created a way for power to be harnessed by Niagara Falls, for it to be put into action.
  5. Miss Farrell has a voice like some unparalleled phenomenon of nature. She is to singers what Niagara is to waterfalls.” Said by Alfred Frankenstein, a music and art critic in the 1900s. The lady he is referring to is Eileen Farrell who was one of the finest soprano singers to have lived; we can only assume he means that Niagara is one of the finest waterfalls then, too.
  6. Their roar is around me. I am on the brink Of the great waters—and their anthem voice Goes up amid the rainbow and the mist.” This is a tiny extract taken from the 1839 poem, Niagara, written by Grenville Mellen. It perfectly encapsulates the feeling you get whilst standing on Niagara Falls.
  7. From a drop of water a logician could infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagara without having seen or heard of one or the other.” Arthur Conan Doyle, writer of Sherlock Holmes, was known for his enigmatic quotes, this being one of them. It makes sense, but only if you read it back several times.
  8. It is with roses and locomotives (not to mention acrobats Spring electricity Coney Island the 4th of July the eyes of mice and Niagara Falls) that my ”poems” are competing.” E.E Cummings, an American poet in the 19th Century, had this quote about Niagara Falls. Here he talks about all of the things that have inspired his poetry; some of them are rather strange.
  9. I have gone to Niagara-on-the-Lake. You know, Niagara Falls in Canada. It’s this cute little quaint town, and it’s just warm, and everyone is so nice.” Nicole Anderson, a young American actress, had this to say about visiting Niagara Falls. It’s true, everybody is so very nice!
  10. You might as well try and dam Niagara Falls with toothpicks as to stop the reform wave sweeping our land.” Ending with a bit of humour, is this quote from Billy Sunday; ex-athlete and one of America’s most influential evangelists.

Next time you visit Niagara Falls, see what words first spring to mind for you. Who knows, they could become a well-known quote!


September Festivities at Niagara Falls

Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons for the Niagara Falls region. Temperatures are cool and comfortable, trees burst into flames of reds and browns while their leaves prepare to fall, and the falls are simply as gorgeous as ever. If you’ve heard of the majesty of Niagara Falls in autumn and know you want to experience it for yourself, you should consider booking a trip to Niagara during September. The wealth of festivals and festivities accompanying the overwhelmingly beautiful change of season is sure to provide a fulfilling vacation for everyone in your group. Here are just a handful of Niagara’s September events to whet your appetite for your fantastic Niagara Falls vacation.

The Shaw Festival Featuring “Cabaret”

Nearby Niagara Falls proper is the small but lively and beautiful town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Every year, this town hosts the Shaw Festival, a tribute to Bernard Shaw in the form of witty and powerful theater. The plays shown on stage during the Shaw Festival are anything but ordinary, and this year in September you have the opportunity to see the groundbreaking and celebrated musical “Cabaret.” A challenging story set in pre–World War II–era Berlin, the play is as emotional as it is entertaining, though it does contain adult themes perhaps less suitable for any vacationers under 15.

Niagara Wine Festival

nfhblog70.jpegBy now you’ve probably heard plenty about the burgeoning wine culture in and around Niagara Falls. The quality of wines available from local vineyards certainly is only improving as vintners discover the plentiful soils and beneficial climate of the region.

The 63rd annual celebration of Niagara’s wine country occurs September 18th through 28th, and features over 100 different wine-related events. Here’s a short list of the activities you can look forward to if you indulge in the festival:

  • Winery tours
  • Wine tastings
  • Concerts
  • Regional cuisine
  • Wine seminars
  • Street parades

Most varietals of wine are seeing expansive growth, so wine lovers of all stripes can find a vintage to sample. Plus, as you can see from the list, there are plenty of non-drinking events, so the younger set or those choosing to abstain will still have plenty to do.

Who’s Live Anyway?

nfhblog61.jpegImprov comedy is usually a crowd-pleaser, as it mixes quick wit with ridiculous situations to include a variety of comedy styles to excite any sense of humor. Attending a comedy show is a must in Niagara at any time of year — the Oh Canada, Eh? Dinner Theater has won plenty of awards and runs almost every night — but in September, travelers and natives alike will have the opportunity to see some of the best comedians in action, live.

Due to popular demand, the well-known cast of TV’s improve hit “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” are coming back to Niagara at the end of September. Join the prolific Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff Davis and Joel Murray of “Mad Men” fame for more than 90 minutes of uproarious improve comedy and song. If you love laughing to tears after these funny men do their work on TV, you’ll be rolling on the floor during their live show. You’ll get to give them your own suggestions, and you might even be asked to participate on stage! This is a no-lose event for comedy-lovers looking for vacation ideas.